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Torque wrench. Which one?

Old 10-05-08, 09:56 AM
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Torque wrench. Which one?

I need a torque wrench without spending $100s. I have looked at the Park Tools TW1 and TW2 and the BBB Torquefix. The Park looks slightly antiquated but if it works well that's OK.

Any recommendations?
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Old 10-05-08, 09:58 AM
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Nashbar has a nice one. You can also check at Sears. I bought mine there for $79.00
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I got one from ace, along with the necessary drivers/adapters and bits, about 70 bucks US.
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Sears torque wrenches are identical to ones from Park, but for 1/3 less money.
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For the 2-16 nm range, I use an Effetto Mariposa. It is crazy expensive, but it is a pleasure to use.

For > 16 nm, I picked up a wrench on Amazon that fits my standard sockets and has a click instead of the gauge that the Park has. The effetto has the click as well. I really prefer that over having to watch a gauge.
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If you're looking for the least expensive, you can try this one.

https://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2696

I'm not sure what the quality is like.
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Originally Posted by darkest View Post
For the 2-16 nm range, I use an Effetto Mariposa. It is crazy expensive, but it is a pleasure to use.

For > 16 nm, I picked up a wrench on Amazon that fits my standard sockets and has a click instead of the gauge that the Park has. The effetto has the click as well. I really prefer that over having to watch a gauge.

I own one myself. Works amazing and is way cool. It is also complete overkill.
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Originally Posted by MadeInItaly View Post
I own one myself. Works amazing and is way cool. It is also complete overkill.
It is, but I buy quality tools, whether for wood working, bikes, or just general home tools. Most of our bikes are overkill too, but there is pleasure in using something of quality. I am sure you can relate, or you wouldn't have spent that much either
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Indeed, you are preaching to the choir.
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I really wanted to convince myself that I needed a crazy expensive model, but after lots of trying, I ended up with Park Tool beam type torque wrenches (about $70 for both). No regrets. Both work great.
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Syntace Torque Wrench for $200 +/- is a great wrench.
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One that has been calibrated and has the calibration table included with the tool. The manufacturer will make a point of this, if it has been done. For example Gear Wrench.
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I decided to stay away from the bike specific torque wrenches. I went with a non-ratcheting (for head clearance) Stanley Proto. It's their industrial model and it comes complete with certs and such. I use it for everything I tighten on the bike, so it's definitely worth it to get a quality tool that will last. If you're not planning on using it all that often though, just get the Park ones. They'll work fine.
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