Torque Wrenches for 1 Airplane Maintainer

Discussion in 'Maintenance Bay' started by kontiki, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. kontiki

    kontiki Line Up and Wait

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    All I have is an old bending beam torque wrench, any reason it shouldn't be used for prop bolts?

    Im so used to seeing the dial and click type that get the annual calibration at work, it almost seems prehistoric.

    I don't know how I'd manage the logistics of keeping a fancier one calibrated. Any better ideas and suggestions.
     
  2. RotorAndWing

    RotorAndWing Final Approach

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    If it works for you, use it.

    The Snap on guy that use to service my area had a calibration tool on his truck, he would calibrate my torque wrenches as needed.

    Or find who does it for your company.
     
  3. rbridges

    rbridges Pattern Altitude

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    I've used a bending bar torque wrench for placing dental implants for years. Old school but doesn't lose calibration, but it's a small one; 35Ncm
     
  4. Geico266

    Geico266 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    I would have it calibrated and use the hell out of it.
     
  5. flyingron

    flyingron Touchdown! Greaser!

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    I use a Craftsman model 1019 Laboratory Edition Signature Series torque wrench. The kind used by Caltech high energy physicists. And NASA engineers. It has been calibrated by top members of the state AND federal Department of Weights and Measures... to be dead on balls accurate!
     
  6. BiffJ

    BiffJ Pre-takeoff checklist

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    We used both types when working on a lot of military and commercial type aircraft. As long as they aren't damaged they're as good as the click type, just not as easy to use.

    Frank
     
  7. John221us

    John221us En-Route

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    One of my favorite movies :yes:
     
  8. jhausch

    jhausch Cleared for Takeoff

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    +1

    I was not sure if that was the source, but Googling the first sentence confirmed it. Very funny.
     
  9. Tom-D

    Tom-D Touchdown! Greaser!

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    Probably the best type of T/wrench made, if you know how to use it, I see no reason not to.
     
  10. nrpetersen

    nrpetersen Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Only a bending beam type wrench can hold a given torque for a while. This makes it better in certain applications, probably including wood prop installations.
     
  11. Skylane81E

    Skylane81E Final Approach

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    I have a click type but keep grabbing the bending beam instead...


    They are cheap enough to have one in 3/8 and 1/2 drive
     
  12. dell30rb

    dell30rb Final Approach

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    1/2 drive I have a nice click but I just reclaimed my smaller 3/8 drive bending beam from my parent's house

    Got a new car. 4wd 2004 Acura MDX w 200k Miles. All of the drain and fill bolts for the diffs, transmission, tcase etc... use 3/8 for the drain and fill bolts. Drain and fill bolts! I'm used to pulling transmission pans and diff covers, getting fluid on my head and scraping gaskets.