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Hi All.

   Didn't know where to post this, I'm after a decent torque wrench. Any recommendations? I'm guessing you get what you pay for.

  Cheers Mark.

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I'm using Halfords Professional torque wrenches. Reasonably priced and calibrated, though two are needed to cover all the torque settings on most cars, including TRs.

Nigel

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Hi Mark,

 both Halfords and Machine Mart do a selection of reasonably priced good torque wrenches.

Whatever you get allow for them not to be accurate close to the edges of their operating range.

Ignore the 25% at either end of the range and use the 50% in the middle.

eg   0 - 100 lbs ft - use 25 - 75 lbs ft.

 

Roger 

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5 minutes ago, RogerH said:

Hi Mark,

 both Halfords and Machine Mart do a selection of reasonably priced good torque wrenches.

Whatever you get allow for them not to be accurate close to the edges of their operating range.

Ignore the 25% at either end of the range and use the 50% in the middle.

eg   0 - 100 lbs ft - use 25 - 75 lbs ft.

 

Roger 

Good advice! I apply the same principle to camera lenses!

Nigel

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Good advice, apriciate that.

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Another here for Halfords plus you get a life time guarantee against breakage.

For the bottom end ranges I went for  1/4" Teng .

Andy

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An alternative to a wrench is this sort of thing which can be used with any existing socket set, which makes it a bit more versatile:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/KKmoon-Electronic-Torquemeter-Adjustable-Professional/dp/B07JM5L11Q/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=torque+meter&qid=1559638227&s=gateway&sr=8-6

 

 

 

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Mark,

dropped this into Technical, you've a better chance of replies,

though I for one would not go past Halfords professional,

think they are great value for the dosh.

John.

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I picked up one from Aldi and was prepared to say it was pants!!!! but Ok for rough work.

It comes with a cert and can be re-calibrated for a fixed fee.

Checked against a Norbar and a Snapon one was close as to be the same.

No one has mentioned about care of Torque wrenches. ALWAYS BACK OFF THE SPRING AND IT WILL last WELL.

COMES WITH SHORT EXTENSION AND A SELECTION OF SOCKESTS!!!!!!!!

A lot of snob value associated with Aldi Tools but they are mostly from Germany so you choose. Halfords and the like re-badge the same import stuff as do the Germans but mostly the standard is better.

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Thanks all for the replies, I'll take a look at the Halfords range.

  Cheers Mark. 

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4 hours ago, RobH said:

An alternative to a wrench is this sort of thing which can be used with any existing socket set, which makes it a bit more versatile:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/KKmoon-Electronic-Torquemeter-Adjustable-Professional/dp/B07JM5L11Q/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=torque+meter&qid=1559638227&s=gateway&sr=8-6

Looks good. As it has a pre-set, I guess it will beep or similar when that torque is reached ?

Bob.

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18 minutes ago, Lebro said:

Looks good. As it has a pre-set, I guess it will beep or similar when that torque is reached ?

Bob.

That’s VERY important, you don’t want to be pulling 105 lb ft ( 4 cyl cylinder head) and trying to read a varying scale, that’s rupture time.

A welcome beep or chirp when you reach your required torque is essential.

Mick Richards

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I have a cheapo item that I bought from ToolMart years ago.  I regularly calibrate it against a bendy bar item that I have had for years and it seems pretty good.  I also back it off to zero when I'm not using it.  My logic is that there is nothing in a bendy bar one to go out of calibration provided you don't over stress it, they just aren't as easy to use.

Rgds Ian

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There was a test of Torque wrenches in one of the magazines about 8 years ago.

They varied from Aldi type £20 ones to £200 units.

From the point of view of accuracy, they were all within specification, not one was out of spec.

Some of the more expensive ones had handy features others were just more expensive with little difference to the cheaper units.

They may well have used better materials but I cannot comment on that.

Let's be honest here, I have had a Torque wrench for 45 years and i have never sent it for checking of its calibration.

I use an Aldi one for general use 4o NM up and it tightens very close to a 40 year old Draper unit. both 200 NM units, a 3/8 drive unit that I use for say 20NM up and a 1/4 drive unit for below 20NM.

I torque anything from 40NM up and anything below that where in my opinion a stated torque is a bit high for the bolt diameter.

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I had two torque wrenches of what I thought was a good German make named “GIS”. Jochem, Marco and Andreas will start smiling now. It only means “tested safety”.

They were cheap, but BOTH were reading low by about 30% when compared with 2 new good quality wrenches. I always treaded them well, did not leave them loaded.

They may have been ok when I bought them, but after 2 or 3 years of occasional use theydeviated a lot.

I binned them and bought a Gedore.

Waldi

 

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I’ve got 2 Sykes pickavents (3/8 and 1/2) from andrew page on a Friday special. Can’t remember the price for each but they  have a nice quality feel and the deal price was good. 

 

Cheers 

dave

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