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Where to get a good torque wrench?(16 posts)

Where to get a good torque wrench?fbg111
Aug 29, 2002 10:08 AM
I went to Lowes and Home Depot looking for a torque wrench, and the smallest one either place had was an 18" inch long monster. I really don't want to spend $80 just for a wrench to use to tighten the seat tube clamp around my carbon seat post. Anyone know where to get something smaller and perhaps more bicycle-specific?
Pull Over a SNAP-On Truckjose_Tex_mex
Aug 29, 2002 10:18 AM
Snap-On is probably the best. You could go to Sears and get a Crafstman. Other good brands: Matco, MAC, and Husky.

As for not wanting to spend $80, you might have to spend more but you'll save money in the long run. Especially, on your bottom bracket, pedals, chain ring bolts...

If you think it's crazy to spend more than that on a torque wrench explain to the sales guy how much you paid for your bike - if you want the best...
Sears/OSH. Post tools. Snapon. $->$$$$SnowBlind
Aug 29, 2002 10:18 AM
Sorry, but even the Parks ones are automotive orientated.
Best ones are by Snap-on, but big bucks.
I use one by Craftsmen, not bad, and about $25.
Lots of other stuff should be tightend with a dork wrench, BB, headset, chainring bolts, stem bolts on carbon steerers/handle bars.
Good investment if you wrench your bike.
Accurate torque wrenches are not cheap...miposy
Aug 29, 2002 10:19 AM
...anywhere. If you don't want to buy your own, you are better off borrowing a buddies or taking your bike to a shop.

That said, good torque wrenches last forever, and can be had for not too much money at Sears. If you want the best of the best, Snap On is the only way to go.

They are also good for working on your MTB, Motorcycle and Car, and are an essential tool for many good mechanics and do-it-yourselfers.

Just make sure you don't confuse foot pounds with inch pounds. BIG MISTAKE.

Good luck!
Thanks all!fbg111
Aug 29, 2002 10:24 AM
"Just make sure you don't confuse foot pounds with inch pounds. BIG MISTAKE."'

lol! Hope that's not from experience.
re: Where to get a good torque wrench?VVS
Aug 29, 2002 11:02 AM
Sears - Torque wrenches come in 2 basic kinds - cheap (beam) and good (dial). Get the "good" kind. It has a dial to adjust to the desired torque and the wrench "clicks" when that torque is reached. Torque wrenches also come in different sizes. The 18" size you mentioned is too big and the torque range is too high. Sears currently has a dial wrench in the smaller size and it's on sale until the end of the week. You can also check it out on I plan to buy one this weekend myself for my new OLCV bike. If $50 is more than you are willing to spend, get the small beam version and be careful.
Is the one you're referring to?fbg111
Aug 29, 2002 11:30 AM

I guess I'll go ahead and fork out for one, since it's apparently a must have for a DIY bike mechanic.
whats the torque spec on your seat clamp?Steve_0
Aug 30, 2002 3:54 AM
I dont know what it is, but that wrench seems awfully heavy-duty for that application.

If your really need it soley for the seatclamp, as you mentioned; i'd get an inexpensive craftsman beam-type. Beam-types arent as accurate as click-types, but for your application, assuming your using the proper sized wrench, its not gonna make that much of a dif.
Aug 30, 2002 4:43 AM
A dork wrench in the range of 25 - 250 in/lb should be just right for my TCR's carbon post.

Here's the beam type:

I like the price much better, and don't need exact accuracy. This one is 0 - 150ft-lbs though. I wonder if they have one of these that measures in/lbs.
Aug 30, 2002 4:57 AM
actually, the 0-150 would be a better fit for your specific torque.

craftsman USED to have an in/lbs wrench in 1/4 drive. dont know if they still do. If not, just multiply by 12/
re: Where to get a good torque wrench?liebejungen
Aug 29, 2002 11:46 AM
I was looking at Torque wrenchs at sears 3 weeks ago... you can get one that works for what you need for around $20 or $30. And a Craftsman to boot.
You MUST check this one out!MrCelloBoy
Aug 29, 2002 12:45 PM

It's tongue in cheek, but worth seeing.

Classic Sheldon Brown.
lmao. What a piece of work. See the Real MAN's saddle too! nmfbg111
Aug 29, 2002 1:08 PM
re: Where to get a good torque wrench?gsxrawd
Aug 29, 2002 9:57 PM
I work at an automotive shop and the Snap On and Mac tool truck visit us once a week. It happens that I was looking at a torque wrench also (don't want to crush my carbon post on my Seven). This is what I found out , 3/8" torque wrench 50 to 500 inch pounds and 100 to 1000 inch pounds are a $215 and $238 from the Snap On truck. The Mac truck is about $30 more. Some interesting fact on torque wrenches: for example you set it on 20 foot pounds and when the wrench starts to "click" it's already at 20 by the time you finish the "click" you are over the setting. The Snap On tool guy prove this to me by using a electronic /digital torque wrench. I set it at 20 foot pounds and when it start to click the electronic /digital torque wrench starts to vibrate and beep telling me it's at 20 pounds already, and if I keep going and finish the click it was at 23.7 foot pounds. Also you're not suppose to use torque wrench below 20% of it's capacity because the error increase quite a bit., Searsbigdave
Aug 30, 2002 5:49 AM
Check out you don't have to get a dealer truck any more.

Like this:

Yes, the wrench is expensive, but you get what you pay for.

Sears might offer a less expensive alternative.

re: Where to get a good torque wrench?Soultrain
Sep 1, 2002 12:16 AM
I work in a Navy calibration laboratory and have probably calibrated over 1000 torque wrenches in my career. The navy uses all kinds of brands, with a preferance for snap-on.
In the navy we have to maintain a accuracy tolerance of +/-4 % on most items. this is mainly due to the fact that most of the items that they are used on are avaition related and thus require precision. We are also required to maintain a calibration interval(generic is 24 months for torque wrenches) For a bicycle I don't think that you would need to worry about that kind of precision. Things to worry about are dropping a worque wrench, as it is the easiest way to damage them. Next don't exceed their given range.
Someone here stated that don't go below 20% of their range that is correct, as they may be non-linear in that area.
As too dial versus click type I don't think that it really matters. Although I mostly see the click type go bad(out of tolerance) Our torque bench is accurate from 1 in/lb
20,000 ft/lbs within 2%. It is interesting as sometimes we will get new wrenches that are out of cal from the factory.
I'm rambling, I honestly think that nearly any torque wrench will do fine, if you want to know if it's accurate get it calibrated and ask for a report of calibration( graph of measured values and their corelation with the values marked on the wrench.)
If you have any questions shoot me an e-mail.