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Aldi torque wrench
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:32 am    Post subject: Aldi torque wrench Reply with quote

Aldi have got a torque wrench in their specials from tomorrow, 16.99

https://www.aldi.co.uk/auto-xs-torque-wrench/p/801792410983800

Range is 20-150 ft/lbs 18" long for 1/2" sockets, comes with 3 sockets (common wheel nut sizes) and what looks like a 5" extension.

Only down side is that although the ratchet will work counter clockwise, the torque wrench only works clockwise.

Dave
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47Jag



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

It should be pointed out that this wrench is only available on mail order so there will be an additional delivery charge if you only buy the wrench. If there's something else you need/want that will bring the total to over 20 then you qualify for free delivery. Still a good price even with the added delivery charge. I didn't see a price for delivery but it will probably be about 3.95-ish.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.95 standard delivery
Free delivery on orders over 30

Screwfix, Machine MArt [Clarke] and Amazon all have similar, between the 20-25 price range, with free delivery too...for some.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of interest, what disadvantage is there that the torque only works in one direction? Is it just for the rare situations where you might have a left-handed thread, or something else I can't think of? Are l/h threads more commonplace in cars older than mine?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeEdwards wrote:
Out of interest, what disadvantage is there that the torque only works in one direction? Is it just for the rare situations where you might have a left-handed thread, or something else I can't think of? Are l/h threads more commonplace in cars older than mine?


I've come across them on commercial vehicles (eg big Dodge, and the Commer), also the n/s/f wheel nuts on the Volvo PV444 were LH thread.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything I have bought from Aldi or Lidl has surprised me. One tends to think that at the first sign of stress it will break but The things I have bought have been good quality and an exceptional price. Nowt to do with cars, but I've wanted a little weather station with outside temperature gauge for yonks but baulked at 70. Bought one from Lidl at 15 over a year ago and it's perfect.
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I broke into my piggy bank and bought one from our local Aldi today Smile

The are made by an Austrian toolmaker ; Walter Werkzeuge :
https://www.walteronline.com/en/tools/home-workshop/hand-tools/torque-wrench-set-p3043420

They have individual serial numbers and come with a calibration test certificate, mine was 0.5% out at 60NM, 1.6% out at 126NM and 1.3% out at 210NM, test date was 9th Dec 2020, unusually all the components in the kit have a date of manufacture.

The only disappointing features are that it only has metric calibrations, so some calculations required for those of us who work in imperial! & minimum torque is 43ft/lbs not the 20 that I had originally understood, still very good value.

Dave
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