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Old 05-01-2022, 02:59 PM
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Since I'm now in the world of self-maintenance, I find my self in need of a torque wrench. What torque range is appropriate? Harbor Freight quality good enough or do I need to get something a bit better? Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2022, 03:23 PM
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Shop around for a good quality 1/4" drive torque wrench, which you will find useful for most RV type applications. Also a 1/2" drive for plugs, prop bolts etc:.
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Old 05-01-2022, 03:29 PM
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Although I’m guilty of buying harbor freight tools on occasion, they don’t touch my plane . Get a decent torque wrench.
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Old 05-01-2022, 03:35 PM
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Shop around for a good quality 1/4" drive torque wrench, which you will find useful for most RV type applications. Also a 1/2" drive for plugs, prop bolts etc:.
What range of torques? They come is various ranges.
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Old 05-01-2022, 03:38 PM
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Although I’m guilty of buying harbor freight tools on occasion, they don’t touch my plane . Get a decent torque wrench.
Don’t be so quick to diss HF tools. I watched a YouTube video that tested the HF 1/2” drive torque wrench side be side with the comparable SnapOn. Shocked me when I watched it.
https://news.speedsociety.com/snapon...torque-wrench/
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Old 05-01-2022, 04:00 PM
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A 1/4” drive with a 20/150 in-lb will do most fasteners. You’ll use a 3/8” 100/750 in-lb on a few related to the LG, prop and engine.

Below is a recent debate on brands. A torque wrench can be considered more of an instrument than a wrench.

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...=Torque+wrench
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Old 05-02-2022, 05:54 AM
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Both of my torque wrenches are from harbor freight. Both have been calibrated and certified and are used on aircraft every day. I mostly use an in/lb 1/4" drive and a ft/lb 3/8" drive.
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Old 05-02-2022, 09:16 AM
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Aviation spark plugs are torqued to 360 - 420 inch pounds. My 3/8" drive is the only torque wrench I use (post build).
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Old 05-03-2022, 07:26 AM
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Default Torque Wrenches ad nauseam...

Here's a good thread on the same topic.

https://vansairforce.net/community/s...ghlight=torque
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