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    As above really, would like one for when I am putting the callipers and brake discs on etc
    I am lost between 1/2 or 3/8

    So what should I look at


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    Default Re: Want my first torque wrench

    I replaced my aging 1/2 drive with a Halfords 3/8 a couple of years ago, I wanted something accurate in the range 10-45 ft/lbs as I find this most useful for working on (old Brit) bikes. The exact model seems to have been replaced by this: https://www.halfords.com/workshop-to...rench-model-60
    It's really pleasing to use with an easy to read scale and positive click stop, it also came with factory calibration certificate and specs. I'm very happy with it

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    For bikes a 3/8 is best, the one Weeksy has linked to is fine, I think my 3/8 is a Facom one.
    I've also got a 1/2, but I only use that for Z1100 cylinder head nuts and the nut that olds the starter clutch on the end of the crank, I think I've had the 1/2 one about 30 years.

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    Bahco make lovely socket kits for cheap. I'd go 3/8 too

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bahco-S330-...rch&th=1&psc=1

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    I got a BFO one from Halfords a few years ago. Use it mostly for wheels where it's over 100 thingy bobs.

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    Default Re: Want my first torque wrench

    1/2" with a 3/8" adaptor. Job jobbed. You might need a smaller torque wrench as well for anything from 5-25nm.

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    Default Re: Want my first torque wrench

    1/2" is massively overkill for bike brakes.
    I'd be very worried about the accuracy of a typical 1/2" TW in that low end of the range.

    Has anyone used the digital adapters such as:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BRAND-NEW-D.../dp/B00FKF49IO

    edit: more likely
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sealey-STW2...dp/B009XQ4GKC/

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    Not stripped a thread yet after 10+ years. Each to their own though.

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    You don't really need a torque wrench by the way. Not unless youre opening the motor up anyway.

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    Default Re: Want my first torque wrench

    Just nip the caliper bolts up, thas be reet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy View Post
    Just nip the caliper bolts up, thas be reet
    It's worked for me for 30 years, but I have a lot of spanner time.

    anyway, back to the OP, 3/8 is a lot easier for bike work, I only rarely drag out the 1/2" stuff. TBH, I'm looking at 1/4 drive ones at the minute, which covers the majority of stuff on bike engines.

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    Default Re: Want my first torque wrench

    3/8 every time for bikes.

    I have a 3/8 Teng with a range from 10-80Nm which covers most stuff, except the rear wheel nut on my MV which is supposed to be torqued to 300Nm. Even my 1/2 one only goes up to 200Nm so I do it Fucking tight.*



    *This is a proper measurement btw, as I'm sure Big Pete and DefTrap will confirm

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    Default Re: Want my first torque wrench

    Another vote for the Halfords one had one for a few years but only used on particular bolts that are rarely undone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid View Post
    3/8 every time for bikes.

    I have a 3/8 Teng with a range from 10-80Nm which covers most stuff, except the rear wheel nut on my MV which is supposed to be torqued to 300Nm. Even my 1/2 one only goes up to 200Nm so I do it Fucking tight.*



    *This is a proper measurement btw, as I'm sure Big Pete and DefTrap will confirm
    indeed. I have specified Ftight on more than one occasion.
    Last edited by Big Pete; 22-02-19 at 21:47.

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