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HARDnuary: Torque Wrench
A model of a torque wrench, build for HARDnuary.
About this creation
This is a model of a torque wrench, built for HARDnuary over on Flickr. For those unfamiliar with this tool, it is designed to precisely tighten bolts to a specified torque, and it is absolutely indispensible for jobs like assembling an engine. This model is an older beam-style torque wrench. It works as follows: When torque is applied to the wrench, the main shaft bends slightly, but the narrow, upper shaft remains straight. A gauge near the end of the handle measures the deflection. The markings on the gauge are calibrated to convert the angular deflection into units of torque, either pound-feet or Newton-meters. When properly calibrated and properly used, this type of torque wrench is almost fool-proof (unlike other types, such as the clutch-type torque wrenches, which can wear out and become unreliable).




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 I like it 
  January 25, 2014
The best kind of torque wrench :D
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
Nice.
 I made it 
  January 21, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Your choice of the beam style with your explanation is wonderful! I wonder how many kids now days even experience using these? I think it is sad that schools are doing away with their auto and/or woodshop classes. As others have mentioned... the handle is great! :)
Thanks. You raise a good question regarding the dwindling opportunities for students to be exposed to this type of thing. I actually never took shop when I was in school, but I lived with a bunch of motorheads after I graduated college -- 4 young guys living in one house, with up to a total of 9 cars/trucks at one time -- our neighbors just loved us ;-)
 I made it 
  January 21, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Another perfect and indispensable tool. Always liked the beams, very reliable. I have a Starrett dial that's about 80 years old and still accurate as well. Kinda redundant if it says Starrett. I agree about the clutches, or clicks. I've worn out three and there's no recalibration for them. Great job on this one. Love the handle and the proportions are spot on. Excellent!
Thanks, matt. I have a few busted click-type torque wrenches in my collection now as well. I'm not sure why I'm still keeping them around -- nostalgia maybe. With some luck, I'll have some time and resources in the next few years to start putting my torque wrenches back to good use -- building a new engine for my classic Mustang.
 I made it 
  January 21, 2014
Quoting David FNJ This is really nice! Great tool choice! I especially like the Technic gears as part of the handle.
Quoting Nick Barrett Looks perfect!
Quoting Dr. Monster Great choice of tool, and nicely put together.
Quoting Tom Simon Very nice.
Quoting clayton Marchetti Great piece! I really like the handle design . These are great and truly indispensable tools. Excellent work .
Quoting Alex Rode Perfect model. Well built!
Thanks, everyone. I'm finally getting back to full speed after being sidelined by the flu for a few days. As far as the handle goes, I was trying to create that look of a rubberized/polypropylene covering, and black Technic gears were the best thing I could come up with.
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
This is really nice! Great tool choice! I especially like the Technic gears as part of the handle.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Looks perfect!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Great choice of tool, and nicely put together.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Your choice of the beam style with your explanation is wonderful! I wonder how many kids now days even experience using these? I think it is sad that schools are doing away with their auto and/or woodshop classes. As others have mentioned... the handle is great! :)
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Very nice.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Another perfect and indispensable tool. Always liked the beams, very reliable. I have a Starrett dial that's about 80 years old and still accurate as well. Kinda redundant if it says Starrett. I agree about the clutches, or clicks. I've worn out three and there's no recalibration for them. Great job on this one. Love the handle and the proportions are spot on. Excellent!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Great piece! I really like the handle design . These are great and truly indispensable tools. Excellent work .
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Perfect model. Well built!
 
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