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Spent $3.65 on a great tool yesterday.(8 posts)

Spent $3.65 on a great tool yesterday.Lone Gunman
Oct 17, 2001 3:54 PM
An 8mm hex socket from a big Auto Parts chain store. Had my crank off the bike in minutes with no knucklebusters. Put a piece of pipe over the shaft of the ratchet for leverage, easy as pie to remove,clean, and replace.
Why stop there?mr_spin
Oct 17, 2001 4:06 PM
Get a 4mm and 5mm, etc. I've got all the useful hex sizes in socket form. They are very, very useful to have. And necessary to have, if you use a torque wrench.
Why stop there?Bicycle Bill
Oct 17, 2001 5:35 PM
Back in the day a good mechanic had a torque wrench built into his arm, now a days a good mechanic has a torque wrench on his tool board and it has greasy fingerprints on it. Todays lightwieght parts are fragile, using a cheater bar can be disaterous. Learn the proper torque specs for your parts and abide by them. Sears has nice basic torque wrench for less than 20 bucks that will serve most home mechanics well.
Sounds good...where can you get a nmjagiger
Oct 17, 2001 6:40 PM
Home Depotmr_spin
Oct 18, 2001 9:31 AM
Got mine pretty cheap at Home Depot. I don't actually remember the cost, but I bought a whole set that comes on a strange rack contraption that seems like it would be more at home on a BBQ. Anyway, it has all the useful metric hex sizes, some ASE hex sizes, and a few torx (?) sizes as well.
Oct 18, 2001 1:32 PM
Sell a nice 3/8" socekt hex set that runs from 4 mm to 10 mm - perfect for bikes (well, maybe not the 10 mm).
Personally, I prefer the "clicker" type torque wrench.
SearsBicycle Bill
Oct 18, 2001 2:46 PM
You will need the 10mm to remove a Shimano freehub body from the main hub.

My father used to tell me to take care of my tools, they will take care of me. I'd adapt it to you make money with your tools so if you wanna make good money, buy good tools. Snap-On are the best. Period. They don't let you down, they are gorgeous to look at, feel even better in your hands and make your friends drool. But they are exspensive, unless they are going to pay for themselves Craftsmen will do. Clicking torque wrenches are better but they are exspensive.
Oct 18, 2001 5:43 PM
Yes, Snap-On is considered the best. But consider this - the guys driving those fully loaded Snap-On trucks around are making a decent living off of you from the franchise and still return profit to the company. It's really like the Campy/Shimano debate - one is considered the best, period. The other gets the job done just fine and leaves you with some money left over. Pretty dang funny when the guy off the Snap-On truck wants $28 for a 12 pointed star/torx type of socket to do the head bolts on a VW water cooled motor while I can get one that works just fine for $8 at the autoparts store - and it never let me down. There is a lot of hype and marketing that went into positioning the Snap-On brand - some people buy it hook line and sinker. That's not to say I don't own some Snap-On tools, I do, but it's usually b/c no one else makes such a tool. Sears will give you a replacement Craftsman tool in a heart beat, but I've never had to take them up on it - I don't abuse my tools. But my brother does and has.

Ultimately a clinker torque wrench is easier to use and more accurate. Sometimes it's the only tool that will work when you can't read the scale on the others.

There is nothing finer than good tools well cared for.