Torque Wrench

richard36
richard36 Posts: 346
edited September 2012 in Road buying advice
I'm after a torque wrench and Wiggle are selling the BBB BTL 73 spanner set for £52.76 and Parker International are selling the MPart set for £38.95. The BBB range is 2-14Nm and the MPart is 3-15Nm.

From the pictures they look very similar.

Would happily buy the BBB set if it is worth the extra £14 but does anyone know anything about the MPart set and whether it is of similar quality? If it is then I'll save the £14 and go for the MPart set.

Cheers

Comments

  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    I have the MPart (although I paid the full 50!). Can't fault it and would gladly pay full price all over again.
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  • I've got the BBB set. It's really nice quality and simple to use. I'd buy it again. Can't commemt on the other wrench.

    Edit - it's something like £48 at Ribble...
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  • If you really want to go the torque wrench route, don't scrimp and get a good one... you only need one bad calibration to wreck a carbon part worth hundreds of pounds.
    In my view a "good hand feel" is worth a thousand torque wrenches, but if you want one, get a good one. Halfords sell some very good ones for mid-torque values, while for low torque you might want to check what Park tools has to offer
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  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    +1 - BBB, great little wrench
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,855
    sealey stw1012

    covers 2-24Nm, ideal for the majority of bike stuff

    includes a good storage box and calibration certificate, can be had for a smidge under 30 quid including delivery

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listin ... dition=new

    fwiw i've got two of their wrenches, this one, and a bigger one, when i checked them against a wrench at work they were spot on with their calibration
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • jordan_217
    jordan_217 Posts: 2,580
    sungod wrote:
    sealey stw1012

    covers 2-24Nm, ideal for the majority of bike stuff

    includes a good storage box and calibration certificate, can be had for a smidge under 30 quid including delivery

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listin ... dition=new

    fwiw i've got two of their wrenches, this one, and a bigger one, when i checked them against a wrench at work they were spot on with their calibration

    +1. I got one from a local tool mart/hardware for about £35. Used it a good few times and its been great. You'll need an adapter/coverter but these are usually supplied in a little kit with all the hex bits you'll need, e.g:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Laser-0593-Hex- ... _sim_diy_3

    Teng tools are another brand to look out for if you dont get one with a cycling specific brand on it.
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  • Thanks for your replies.

    Sungod, I've looked at the Sealey torque wrench. It has some good reviews including yours, and as you say it is about £29 which is a great price. I have one question about the Sealey - I assume it comes with the various hex keys but please confirm.

    Cheers
  • Jordan, I posted my reply to sungod before I saw your post, which answers my question. I would therefore need to buy the Sealey wrench for about £29 and the converter and hex bits for about £9.50 which brings it up to £40. Wondering whether I should get the MPart wrench for about £38 or whether the Sealey one is better quality and worth getting even though I would need to get the converter and hex bits?
  • chanjy
    chanjy Posts: 200
    Thanks guys, just picked up that Sealey wrench as I was looking out for a decent one at that price :)

    Haven't used either of the ones in the OP but I had these and they were awful and went straight back to CRC:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=11142

    Just in case anyone is looking at these ;)
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,855
    Richard36 wrote:
    Jordan, I posted my reply to sungod before I saw your post, which answers my question. I would therefore need to buy the Sealey wrench for about £29 and the converter and hex bits for about £9.50 which brings it up to £40. Wondering whether I should get the MPart wrench for about £38 or whether the Sealey one is better quality and worth getting even though I would need to get the converter and hex bits?

    really depends what else you'll use it for, if it's bike only then the mpart/bbb sets look ok

    as above, with the sealey you need an adaptor, it's 3/8" drive, i have one of these sets of bits...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-Expert-2 ... B0001K9R6W

    ...it has adaptors and loads of bits, handy for other jobs too, but overkill if you'll only ever use 3-4 bits
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny