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Aldi torque wrench

Postby KentPhil » Wed Oct 03, 2012 22:45 pm

anyone else seen this? wonder how good it is?
http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/sp ... _26856.htm
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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby Focus-rider » Thu Oct 04, 2012 07:12 am

take care. Coming from a motorbike background ive found there is a huge difference in torque wrenches. The cheaper they are the worse they are and usually not even remotely calibrated or will loose accuracy very quickly. Always remember to wind you torque wrench back to 0 when finished with it. In my opinion £40 usually starts to get you a half decent wrench. Also check to see if its in Nm or Lbs per foot, most specs are in Nm so you end up having to convert what your wrench is in to Nm. Bit of pain.
P.s that looks like a bloody long wrench, if its for doing small jobs like bars and stems you may want something smaller. larger wrenches quite often wont measure below a certain Nm where as smaller ones will and are usually more accurate. Try and maybe buy two, large for cranks and small for fiddly stuff. There are plenty on ebay.
good luck.

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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby ugo.santalucia » Thu Oct 04, 2012 07:14 am

Focus-rider wrote:take care. Coming from a motorbike background ive found there is a huge difference in torque wrenches. The cheaper they are the worse they are and usually not even remotely calibrated or will loose accuracy very quickly. Always remember to wind you torque wrench back to 0 when finished with it. In my opinion £40 usually starts to get you a half decent wrench. Also check to see if its in Nm or Lbs per foot, most specs are in Nm so you end up having to convert what your wrench is in to Nm. Bit of pain.
P.s that looks like a bloody long wrench, if its for doing small jobs like bars and stems you may want something smaller. larger wrenches quite often wont measure below a certain Nm where as smaller ones will and are usually more accurate. Try and maybe buy two, large for cranks and small for fiddly stuff. There are plenty on ebay.
good luck.


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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby k-dog » Thu Oct 04, 2012 07:14 am

That looks like mine - but mine was £40.

It won't do small things. I got mine for the car and the only thing I use it for on my bike is the bb and cassette lockring. Useful though.
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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby andy_wrx » Thu Oct 04, 2012 08:12 am

It'll be intended for car usage, so it'll have a minimum setting which is far higher than what you need on a bike and you won't be able to use it on seatpost, bars, etc

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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby Rolf F » Thu Oct 04, 2012 08:54 am

I have a Lidl equivalent (which is actually really pretty good quality and German made). For bikes its use will be bottom brackets and cassettes as already said. I use mine very frequently for the latter and it has stopped me over-tightening the cassette (which I did once hard enough to mess up the cassette tool trying to get the thing off). Mine is scaled in Nm but there is no calibration certificate - that's not really that important though; these things enable you to achieve consistency. You don't need absolutes unless you are starting from scratch.

For £15 or so it's handy to have but no substitute for a small BBB or similar which is what you need for 90% of bike tasks.
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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby Father Jack » Thu Oct 04, 2012 21:35 pm

use something similar for BB & cassette. Problem is for BB one side the torque thing doesn't function for left tigthen. Lowest torque setting for mine I think is 20nm.

My other torque wrench doesn't go high enough for BB. So it comes in handy. Plus it's longer arm so get more control. Once you get a idea of the torque needed need to use a manual wrench on the other side.
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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:21 pm

A torque wrench is supposed to be a precision tool... a cheap precision tool is what is called an oxymoron. I would rather try to save money by getting a used one from an aquaintance or known source than getting something which cannot be trusted to do what it is supposed to do

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Re: Aldi torque wrench

Postby JamesB » Fri Oct 05, 2012 14:57 pm

It`s a bit like buying a cheap Torqkey set, after breaking several and damaging teh torq bolts heads I realised why a single quality torq key bit cost considerable more than a set of ten---and was able top sort out damaged bolt heads for once and all.


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