On Wed, 31 Dec 2003 11:04:54 -0600, in alt.trucks.ford, Andrew Rossmann wrote:
Ok. I'll keep the one I got for Christmas, then, and later think
about getting a bigger one to complement it. (FWIW 250 in-lbs is
equivalent to about 20 ft-lbs, just gotta do the math to convert :-))
The nice thing about windoze is - it does not just crash,
it displays a dialog box and lets you press 'ok' first.
One torque wrench is not enough.
You need at least two:
1.one 150 lbs-ft torque wrench for passanger cars, for trucks you will
need probably 250 lbs-ft. (Harbor Freight has 150 on sale for 10$ very
often - purchased probably a dozen for relatives etc).
2. one smaller such as 0-200 lbs-inch for smaller jobs (got one at
toolsource for 20$).
Buy them in blow molded cases to protect them.
You should buy them in this order if you cannot afford to buy them in
I am considering getting third one up to 960 lbs-inch (which is 80
lbs-ft) at Advance Auto Parts for 20$, because it is shorter and it
will be easier to work with it in tight spots.
To remove rusted bolts or nuts use breaker bar. I got both at Harbor
Freight for 18$ for both. I can remove axle nut with 1/2 breaker bar
easily (I broke torque wrench even without cheater bar prior to
getting breaker bar). Don't listen that you can use torque wrench as
Remember, everything has its purpose, either breaker bar or torque
the kind with a dial from the top to the bottom...long skinny, 1/4 inch
rod that moves when you use it,, the metal bar on the wrench will bend
and the dial rod will stay put and you can read the dial( i guess its
the original torque wrench.. years later i saw the click kind come
out... and the prices were high and they started to come down also....
Jim, when I read that you were using your torque wrench for a breaker bar,
like others here, I cringed. But now that I think about it, it probably
doesn't harm the type of wrench you are using. I have one too (a Sears model
I've had for 20 years or so). I guess if you don't actually bend the bar it
will always return to its original shape and thus not be harmed. I'm going
to hang on to my breaker bars though!
yes, and not having any breaker bars(except a 10 in. 3/8 in. flex head
bar) it works find and if i ever do break it then i go to Harbor Freight
and get a new one for $10 with the dial like i have now to replace it...
why would you want to mess with calibrating a torque wrench.. if yours
does not work just get another one as they are pretty cheap now....
or if you want to test yours you simply take one that you can trust and
attach it to the good one via a double female 1/2 in. socket(dont know
where you would get that but .. you put one in a vice and then the old
one turn it and look at the scale on it and see if its 10 or 20 or so
ft. lbs. and then look at the good one and see if it gives the same
reading... it should.....
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