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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ignorance is bliss

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
         (Benjamin Franklin)

'Walked past some contractors after lunch. 'Saw a rather familiar looking tool sticking out of a pile of debris. 'Asked the contractor if he still wants it.

"Oh, it's broken. Bent. Not accurate anymore," he said.

Fine. I brought it home.

What is it?

A Sears Craftsman 1/2" drive, 0-150 lbs ft. lb. (0-203 Nm) torque wrench.

As opposed to a click-type, the beam-type can be easily re-calibrated by the end-user. I.e. one second spent bending the indicator arm back to zero... and, it's as good as new! That, and these things are guaranteed for life. (Yes, some of us do read the fine print.)

Well, it's mine now.

It makes a fine complement to my Park Tools TW-1 1/4" drive, 0-60 inch pounds (0-7 Nm) and TW-2 3/8" drive, 0-600 inch pounds (0-70 Nm) torque wrenches. I am still looking for the late Sheldon Brown's elusive Tork-Grip Ultimate Torque Wrench.

So, remember, kids! If you get a flat on your bike, the bike's useless. (The same goes for your car.) Give it to me and I will dispose of it for you!



Anonymous Ambrose said...

I was wondering what you needed those torque wrenches for, and then I checked your link, and realised that those torque wrenches are pretty small and calibrated for smaller torques e.g. bikes (I never knew those needed accurate torquing either).

The torque wrenches I knew about (from army mechanic days) were all huge ratchet-type 1/2" or 3/4" drive ones calibrated for much larger torques on tanks and APCs. And now as an intern I'm looking at torques of say 400 ft-lbs in the aircraft MRO industry.


January 20, 2010 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Ambrose said...

And, the Sheldon Brown site is hilarious...

January 20, 2010 10:08 PM  
Blogger -ben said...

Heh, yes. On some of the newfangled carbon fiber bicycles, torque specifications must be followed religiously, or else... or else you become a repeat customer :-P E.g. seatpost clamp is 5 Nm max. Any significantly tighter = *crack!*

Armor, eh? Then you might enjoy this.

As for the late Sheldon Brown, he rocks (and still does) :-)

January 21, 2010 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Ambrose said...


agagooga is gabriel seah!

January 22, 2010 12:57 AM  
Blogger -ben said...



January 22, 2010 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Ambrose said...


and anyway I wasn't from armour, I was more on the maintenance side of things though I did get posted for a while to an NS armour unit.

Oh, offtopic, but I thought this was hilarious, some old guy having a little fun, AND the way it's presented. Hope it's right up your alley for LoLs. If not just minimise the window and enjoy the song hahahaha.

January 22, 2010 8:44 PM  
Blogger -ben said...


Yeah, I was posted as an AutoTech for a while... until I was re-voc-ed into a COPA :-) :-D :-P

January 22, 2010 10:45 PM  

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