Bring back the clicker torque wrench

Discussion in 'Maintenance and Repair' started by kiwioutdoors, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. kiwioutdoors

    kiwioutdoors Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oakland
    Name:
    kiwi, Tony
    Anyone besides me sick of fiddling with stupid menus on digital torque wrenches?
    It does not help that I have different brands for 1/2" and 3/8". But both are annoying.

    I miss the old days of dialing in torque and commencing to use the wrench.

    And using old tech there are no batteries to corrode and stick inside the torque wrench.
     
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  2. KTMJack

    KTMJack Cheese cutter

    Location:
    Sunnyvale
    Name:
    Jack
    All mine click pop and this 600lb one has a light and dial 14847689148911456646003.jpg
     
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  3. code3ryder

    code3ryder Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Jose
    Name:
    Shawn
    Clicker all the way!
     
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  4. DaveJ

    DaveJ Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Gatos
    I think analog-dial is the best.

    Sometimes clickers don't break away like they should, which can be a problem for smaller more sensitive parts, like M6 aluminum. Sort of risky.

    I like to see a torque "come in" which is easiest with a dial. And I'm under the assumption that dial units hold calibration a bit better, if that matters.

    But I do agree with you about the PITA associated with electronic units.

    And not to say that I don't use breakaways from time to time. They have their place.
     
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  5. gino831

    gino831 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Reno
    Name:
    Gene
    I'm still rolling my head around 600lb of torque. Not many motorcycle parts are spec'ed to numbers that significant. Well at least not motorcycles I'm familiar with. What was your original need for so much torque? I can't help it, I'm curious.
     
  6. 3stripes

    3stripes Still learning, still leaning

    Location:
    San Jose
    To torqued that thingymaggiger???
     
  7. KTMJack

    KTMJack Cheese cutter

    Location:
    Sunnyvale
    Name:
    Jack
    Torque heads on big Cat C15 motors
     
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  8. RobertHaas

    RobertHaas Gone to Facebook

    Location:
    Salinas
    Name:
    Robert
    My Snap on Digital's give a nice read out as it comes up on torque, it also has a short memory and will display how much over the beep/buzz the user pulled the damn thing.
     
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  9. suzbandit987

    suzbandit987 Stop stalking me

    Location:
    DroopyVille, CA
    Name:
    J
    I don't understand why the OP says to bring back the clicker. Can't you just go to the store right now and buy one? I'm sure I saw one not long ago.
     
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  10. Tim

    Tim 2016 BMW S1000RR 2013 BMW R1200GSA

    My Snap-On's both have LED lights that come on as the torque goes up.
    It's a nice visual indication before it reaches the set spec. It also shows
    the overage if you pass the settings :thumbup
     
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  11. MikeO

    MikeO Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Jose
    Name:
    Mike
    My favorite torque wrench has a dial.
    SK.JPG
     
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  12. Tinman

    Tinman Well-Known Member

    Do you have to use your reading glasses and a magnifying glass when using that or just one or the other?.........:runaway
     
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  13. MikeO

    MikeO Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Jose
    Name:
    Mike
    I use my reading glasses to set the blue needle at the proper setting, then when the blurry orange needle hits the blurry blue needle I stop. :twofinger
     
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  14. Tinman

    Tinman Well-Known Member

    I just have to use my reading glasses to set the clicker.....:laughing
     
  15. kiwioutdoors

    kiwioutdoors Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oakland
    Name:
    kiwi, Tony
    yes, of course. I guess I meant that the move to digital makes us abandon the old ways, sometimes too soon.
     
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  16. kiwioutdoors

    kiwioutdoors Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oakland
    Name:
    kiwi, Tony
    I also thought that I needed the precision of digital when working on motorcycle stuff with aluminum parts. On a steel-engined car its more forgiving if you are off a bit. As for aluminum heads - I'm not so sure. I am real nervous about the spark plug holes in my Miata head (after blowing one plug out of the engine).
     
  17. brokenglass

    brokenglass "I live for myself and I answer to nobody."

    Name:
    Dan
    Right when I feel the threads start to pull then I fart. PERFECT :bounce
     
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  18. mightslip

    mightslip Registered slow poke

    Location:
    San Leandro
    Name:
    Mike

    I have the same, though the cost is prohibitive for most people I'd think.

    Want a clicker?? Go to Harbor freight and buy one.......$10 bucks. :laughing
     
  19. kiwioutdoors

    kiwioutdoors Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oakland
    Name:
    kiwi, Tony
    Cheapie clicker ? No thanks. I went to digital because my cheapie clicker was waay-off. That clicker went into the garbage can. I still have my other two clickers - they have been brought out of hiding for a new lease on life.
     
  20. brokenglass

    brokenglass "I live for myself and I answer to nobody."

    Name:
    Dan
    They keep making a new model of what was simple , more complicated more accurate , Higher tech. So that can get to you by the newest greatest gizmo out for a very profitable margin .
    So they do not make that old thing , the model you got that I said at the time was great ,sorry no parts available ! It was to dependable ,so we came out with this :twofinger
    So many applications call for torque to yield a good degree wheel and knowing how to use it is mandatory along with a torque wrench that is fairly accurate .
    I sure there is some deviation from one stretch bolt to the next .
    who knows what brand engine head that is ?:idunno

    download 1111.jpg
     
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