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    Shimano 0-15 nM Torque wrench?

    considering this wrench for things like my stem, seatpost bolts, pivot bolts-etc.;

    Shimano Torque Wrench Tools Reviews

    anyone know how well it works? better alternatives?

    I'm not really looking to go and buy an Effetto Mariposa wrench, as much as I might like one, but I feel I need to start getting more wrenches around here.


    Considering the Park tool TW1 and TW6 for their appropriate applications as well.

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    I'd buy this and call it good - Craftsman Torque Wrench - Tools - Wrenches - All Open Stock Wrenches

    Your bike might be expensive, but it ain't no rocket, and the torque values you are looking at are IMO not super critical ... Besides, click stuff is easier to have go out of calibration, and a pain to have recalibrated.
    A beam needs to be abused to suffer the same out of caliber condition, and it will be obvious by looking at the needle.

    And this - Amazon.com: Park Tool SBS-1 Socket and Bit set 3/8 inch: Sports & Outdoors

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    That Shimano tool is a great value and a pretty solid tool. I think it's the best tool at that price point. I would choice it any day of the week over the Effetto Mariposa because the head ratchets like a normal torque wrench. Click style wrenches don't go out of calibration often enough to be of much worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    I'd buy this and call it good - Craftsman Torque Wrench - Tools - Wrenches - All Open Stock Wrenches

    Your bike might be expensive, but it ain't no rocket, and the torque values you are looking at are IMO not super critical ... Besides, click stuff is easier to have go out of calibration, and a pain to have recalibrated.
    A beam needs to be abused to suffer the same out of caliber condition, and it will be obvious by looking at the needle.

    And this - Amazon.com: Park Tool SBS-1 Socket and Bit set 3/8 inch: Sports & Outdoors
    Though that looks like a good wrench, I'm not sure if I need that for my collection. Maybe down the road. That wrench says it measures up to 75 foot pounds-way higher than a 0-15 nM wrench. All my components are top end-save for my headset-so using a ft lb wrench would be really off for things like my stem, calipers-any low value torque.

    After a low value wrench, I'm looking to get a 10-60 nM wrench; maybe a Park TW5 or something similar. That'd be good for cassettes.

    I'd be more likely to use a beam torque wrench with my cranks; things like that. They are super handy.

    Quote Originally Posted by customfab View Post
    That Shimano tool is a great value and a pretty solid tool. I think it's the best tool at that price point. I would choice it any day of the week over the Effetto Mariposa because the head ratchets like a normal torque wrench. Click style wrenches don't go out of calibration often enough to be of much worry.
    I can get the Shimano wrench for $70, so I figured I'd jump on it.

    I have a personal affinity for Effetto Mariposa-so I just threw that out there. The ones I worked with had been just recalibrated; so I felt really confident each time I used it. I think I'm going to go with this Shimano tool though, so thanks for your input.

    Anyone else with input on other wrenches, building a collect, I'd love to hear it.

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    A lot of people, me included, have had great luck with the Harbor Freight 1/4" torque wrench which costs $20 or less.

    1/4" Torque Wrench - 20-200 in. lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    A lot of people, me included, have had great luck with the Harbor Freight 1/4" torque wrench which costs $20 or less.

    1/4" Torque Wrench - 20-200 in. lbs.
    That would also work, and the conversions are easy enough to find, ehigh - Inch-Pounds to Newton Meters Conversion Calculator

    However, I'd question how accurate, and for how long.

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    Oh, I know there are plenty of conversion charts.

    But it's more appropriate to have a lower torque-value wrench for what I'm currently working on-pivot bolts at 8 & 6 nM, stem and top caps etc, etc. A 20-200 in lbs would work, but the 75 ft lb wrench is about 100 nM; way outside the range of what I'm looking to work on. It does look like a great wrench, one I'll probably get it in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    A lot of people, me included, have had great luck with the Harbor Freight 1/4" torque wrench which costs $20 or less.

    1/4" Torque Wrench - 20-200 in. lbs.
    No way in hell I'm trusting a set of $400 handlebars to a bargain basement Chinese torque wrench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehigh View Post
    Oh, I know there are plenty of conversion charts.

    But it's more appropriate to have a lower torque-value wrench for what I'm currently working on-pivot bolts at 8 & 6 nM, stem and top caps etc, etc. A 20-200 in lbs would work, but the 75 ft lb wrench is about 100 nM; way outside the range of what I'm looking to work on. It does look like a great wrench, one I'll probably get it in the future.
    They come with calibration certificates, and they've been working great for me for many years and are still accurate. I know quite a few other guys who've been using them for a long time as well.

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    I've have the Park TW-5 with no complaints. Solid tool.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab View Post
    No way in hell I'm trusting a set of $400 handlebars to a bargain basement Chinese torque wrench.
    I'd not buy a $400 set of handlebars, but I'd trust the torque tightness to how it feels, via hand manipulation, ONLY.

    Call it a feeling

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    I swear ... It's not a NASA experiment .... It's a damn bike !!!
    Mission critical be damned.

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    It's just a bike

    Spending thousand on tools to maintain it, doesn't change the fact that ... It's just a bike !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    I'd not buy a $400 set of handlebars, but I'd trust the torque tightness to how it feels, via hand manipulation, ONLY.

    Call it a feeling
    That's the difference between a professional and an amateur.

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    Re: Shimano 0-15 nM Torque wrench?

    One of my favorite demonstrations: five pro mechanics all tried to tighten by feel on a 200 ft lb torque value. The closest was 10 ft lbs off. And then they all go, "so what do you think of 'feeling' it? Would you risk someone's life over it?' The bike isn't a rocket, but a rocket isn't me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehigh View Post
    One of my favorite demonstrations: five pro mechanics all tried to tighten by feel on a 200 ft lb torque value. The closest was 10 ft lbs off. And then they all go, "so what do you think of 'feeling' it? Would you risk someone's life over it?' The bike isn't a rocket, but a rocket isn't me.

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    That's a pretty good way to sum it up.

    The other thing is that a lot of bike parts can be cranked on with little worry. Personally I don't see a lot of mid range bikes in my shop and don't see anything cheap. With the kind of stuff I'm working with not pulling out the torque wrench just isn't an option, using a $20 version on a $12,000 bike isn't either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeabuser View Post
    It's just a bike

    Spending thousand on tools to maintain it, doesn't change the fact that ... It's just a bike !!
    I have less than $250 invested in bike specific tools. Each was purchased on an as needed basis for repairs/maintenance. I have saved more than the cost of the tools in labor charges over the last couple of years by being able to do the work myself plus I'm not at the mercy of the LBS and having to wait on them to do the repair.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customfab View Post
    That's a pretty good way to sum it up.

    The other thing is that a lot of bike parts can be cranked on with little worry. Personally I don't see a lot of mid range bikes in my shop and don't see anything cheap. With the kind of stuff I'm working with not pulling out the torque wrench just isn't an option, using a $20 version on a $12,000 bike isn't either.
    And in a PAID work environment, this is the proper thing to do ... But it doesn't change the basic idea that you presented, and I bolded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FujNoob View Post
    I have less than $250 invested in bike specific tools. Each was purchased on an as needed basis for repairs/maintenance. I have saved more than the cost of the tools in labor charges over the last couple of years by being able to do the work myself plus I'm not at the mercy of the LBS and having to wait on them to do the repair.
    I know I don't have that much wrapped up in bike specific tools ... Then again, I don't consider a torque wrench bike specific, even though I have both high and low torque versions.

    See the comment of customfab ... It more or less agrees with what I've said about bicycle fasteners.

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    $400 vs $20 Torque wrench doesn't really mean jack unless you are trying to push some products or build brand value. Because things get bumped around & dropped from the factory and shipping, you may not have a very accurate wrench when you get it at the store/mailbox. If you don't take the tool to a calibration facility to get it check and adjusted with frequency, any monetary value of torque wrench is going be inaccurate (Usually, U$75-U$80 to check & more $ to adjust).

    From an economical/home wrenching situation, its a better deal to get the $20 (more direct from china with less middle man) and have it calibrated from a local facility. Hopes this helps.

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    I took delivery of my Shimano Pro 1/4" torque wrench last week and used it for the first time yesterday. It's a nice tool. I like the feel of the adjuster and it gives a solid click when the desired torque is reached. I think it's a great value but I didn't pay anywhere close to retail. I have to say that I probably enjoy buying nice tools more than nice bike parts. I tend to look at tools as something that will last a lifetime, bike parts, not so much....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inuitbiker View Post
    If you don't take the tool to a calibration facility to get it check and adjusted with frequency, any monetary value of torque wrench is going be inaccurate (Usually, U$75-U$80 to check & more $ to adjust).
    With a little ingenuity they're pretty easy to check yourself.

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    Re: Shimano 0-15 nM Torque wrench?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inuitbiker View Post
    $400 vs $20 Torque wrench doesn't really mean jack unless you are trying to push some products or build brand value. Because things get bumped around & dropped from the factory and shipping, you may not have a very accurate wrench when you get it at the store/mailbox. If you don't take the tool to a calibration facility to get it check and adjusted with frequency, any monetary value of torque wrench is going be inaccurate (Usually, U$75-U$80 to check & more $ to adjust).

    From an economical/home wrenching situation, its a better deal to get the $20 (more direct from china with less middle man) and have it calibrated from a local facility. Hopes this helps.
    I strongly disagree. I just had to critique an essay and I'm not down to do it again, but that's an oversimplification of a much more complex matter.

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    Buy whatever your pocket allows you too .. I have a good amount of money into my bike and tools... I buy what I like

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    I have that Shimano Pro torque wrench. It works great.

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