Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    104
    Location
    Northeast PA
    Tractor
    Kubota L3430cab w/ FEL

    Default Torque wrench

    Just got my L3430 kubota last weekend. I have most of the tools I need already for maintenance but I don't have a torque wrench. Is it something that I need? Also what are some good brands to buy? Thanks

    Haz

  2. #2
    Epic Contributor RoyJackson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    20,453
    Location
    Bethel, Vermont
    Tractor
    John Deere 4520 MFWD, Deere 855D UTV, Z920A Zero Turn Mower and assorted implements

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    No need to spend a lot of money. A Craftsman from Sears will do you fine. I suggest a 3/4" drive micrometer setting ("click") type of wrench. " drives would be OK, but tightening the blades on a mower deck might require a 3/4".
    Should go to at least 150 ft-lbs.

  3. #3
    Veteran Member sandyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    1,321
    Location
    Steep Falls, Maine
    Tractor
    Kubota B3350 HSDC

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    Agree on the micrometer. I have the old fashioned bar type torgue wrench and it is a bear. Makes me think that I will take it back as the indicator rod is bent and I have to add or subract a bit to get the right value....I'll trade up to the micrometer....I like the idea of being able to concentrate on work and just listen for the click!

  4. #4
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Posts
    1,329
    Location
    Western PA
    Tractor
    BX2200

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    I just got the 1/2 inch drive bar type wrench. I use my wife to spot for me as I crush in to it. A click type would be better I guess, but I wanted the tool length for leverage. It ain't easy to push 108 ft lbs! At least not when you're a sissy hand engineer like me. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

  5. #5
    New Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    0

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    I have one of each. You get what you pay for. I had a $19 click type from Harb Freight that lasted 5 days,rebuilding a 72 Chevelle. I now have Craftsman.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    388
    Location
    Southern Maryland
    Tractor
    L3010DT

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    Haz,

    You have gotten some good advice. The micrometer clicker types are certainly they way to go. I occasionally use a 3/4" drive job at work for up to 450 ft lbs. Also use a needle sweep with a multiplier to get about 1200 ft lbs. That's a bear.

    One point about the clicker style that hasn't been mentioned is proper care. The adjustment mechanism uses a spring. If you store it loaded up, eventually the spring will weaken and be out of calibration. It will take a long time (many months, maybe even a few years) to do the damage, but you'll likely have the wrench for a really long time. Simple maintenance to back off the load after each use. We try to do that at work, but then our wrenches go out for calibration annually.

    Nick

  7. #7
    Veteran Member mikim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    2,416
    Location
    Paige Texas
    Tractor
    NH TC45

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    I used to do those cals in the USAF -- the 2 primary reasons a wrench would be out of cal -- getting dropped - and being left at a setting other than the lowest setting on the wrench... where it should always be stored at.

  8. #8
    New Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    0

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    Mike makes a very important point. Always unload the adjustment knob on the clickers after use if you want them to be accurate and treat them like a fairly delicate measuring tool. Always use slow even pulls then using them, don't do fast little jerking pulls, they won't be accurate if you do.

  9. #9
    New Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    0

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    Avoid taking the wrench apart. Also, do not lubricate it. Both will affect the final readings. Purchase an injected molded storage case to protect the torque wrench. A calibration service told me that a newer torque wrench is more likely to be out of calibration due to the breaking in of new parts. After initial break-in, a quality torque wrench will hold it's calibration for approximately 10,000 cycles. I own a 3/8" Sears DigiTorque and a 1/2" Proto. These guys have calibrated both wrenches and I was pleased with their work and price. Team Torque

  10. #10
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Posts
    951
    Location
    Sierra Foothills, Northern California
    Tractor
    Kubota B7300; JD LX233

    Default Re: Torque wrench

    <font color="blue"> Purchase an injected molded storage case to protect the torque wrench. </font>

    I picked up a pretty nice clicker version from a Napa store a few years back that came with the molded case. I paid $34.95, according to the price tag that I never took off [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]. Seems to work well - I've "tested" it against a neighbor's "guage" wrench and they were pretty darn close to each other. But I am careful to unwind it before storage.

    Yeah, before y'all start - I probably could have gotten a Craftsman for less. But I was already at the store [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img].

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2016 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.