Janie Travis Wrenches September 04th, 2018 - 11:39:52
Metric tools and metric mechanics sets, in addition to standard wrenches, keep you covered for any repair situation. By having an array of metric tools conveniently available you can grab the 8mm or 15mm wrench you need to get the job done, slip it in your pocket and you are ready to go. The roll out case keeps your combination wrenches well organized and ready for automotive jobs or other tasks. In addition to your metric mechanics set, you may wish to purchase specialty manufactured wrenches which can meet the most exacting specifications, including sets that are designed to handle non-standard bolts. A complete set of metric tools for your assembly and repair needs is as essential as a standard tool set which includes the commonly used, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ and 3/4″ combination wrench.
If you are buying a torque wrench for your car, you should buy a 1/2 inch square drive tool, as 3/8 in drive tools only work on lower torque settings (typically below manufacturer's specifications). Adapters are available to reduce the 1/2 inch square drive to 3/8 inch square to fit the more common socket size that most people have.
When tightening a bolt to the proper torque, it is essential that your hand which is pulling the wrench is cantered on the handle of the wrench. Having it too close or far from the socket actually affects the ultimate torque value you are tightening to. Moving your hand closer to the socket reduces the total "foot-pounds" of torque you are applying, while moving it away, closer to the end of the wrench increases the "foot pounds of torque you are applying."
Most manufacturers of torque wrenches supply them with a plastic storage box to protect them. They also often come with the 1/2 inch to 3/8 inch square drive adapter; some even come with a drive extension.
Toolkits come with a variety of selections from a basic 8 piece wrench set, on up to 16, 32, 64 or even 256 piece or more sets. While a few common wrenches will cover most tasks, having a large toolkit with a full selection of wrenches insures that you are ready for any job that comes your way.
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