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ACCURATE, FAST, EASY AND ERROR-PROOF - Applying just the right amount of torque in low-torque applications can be tricky at times. The new patent-pending TorqControl Torque Tool is an adjustable, torque limiting tool that applies torque in a range between 2 Newton Meters (Nm) and 8 Nm, indexing at every tenth Newton Meter. Perfect for applying torque to bicycle component. Magnetic tip holds, and allows for easy bit changes. Standard 1/4" hex tip can utilize any standard hex bits. Ergonomic L-shaped handle with rubberized cap for better grip. Includes Certification of Accuracy. TorqControl provides easy adjustability
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Store in a safe place. Ideally, in your house versus a garage with big temperature swings. When storing dial it down to the 2 Nm setting. Do not leave it set any higher. This will drift your tolerances faster than anything. I bought a small plastic box and cut out some foam to keep it safe.
Nice that it comes with 4, 5 and 6mm hex bits.
A few tips if you've never used a torque wrench before:
-it's only for tightening! Use a different wrench to loosed.
-store it at the lowest torque setting. (In this case 2Nm)
-click slowly up and down the settings: this shouldn't be a race to get to your settings. Deliberately click up or down so the torque and the setting stay in synch.
-This seems like a durable and well-made tool. But try not to drop it and don't use it as a hammer: it's calibrated!
-If you have 4 bolts to tighten to 5NM (like on the handlebar stem), first tighten them all to 2NM, then work up to 5NM is stages. You don't want to mash one of the nuts to the 'right' torque and then go after the other 3: the first one may then be over-torqued.
Just use uncommon sense, treat the tool like the tool it is and you'll get a lot of use out of it.
I have a number of Park Tool accessories so I first considered their adjustable torque meter the ATD-1. The Park Tool variety didn't have quite enough torque range, which would have necessitated multiple meters. This CDI wrench had all the necessary settings: 8Nm for the seatpost, rear derailleur, and brakes; 7Nm for the stem; 6Nm for my aero bar extensions; 5Nm for the front derailleur; 4.7Nm for my aero bar pads; and 4.5Nm for the water bottle cage bolts. I already had a larger torque meter that could make other adjustments, e.g. to the bottom bracket, but I'll be leaving those to the local bike shop.
What I don't like about it:
- No bit storage. You get a few bits and they like to hide in my busy garage. Needs in-handle storage.
- The torque meter is calibrated against the orange click wheel, but the red line indicator does not line exactly up with the inspection window markings. CDI is actually imported by SnapOn, and I spoke to them directly: they said this misalignment may happen, and it's only cosmetic. I'm completely OK with the performance of the tool, but SnapOn was a bit cavalier that this is expected quality of the tool. I was told to anticipate replacements may have the same or worse visual alignment.
- The bit retention magnet could be a bit more powerful. I feel the bits fall out too quick. Some type of bit retention lock would improve usage.
Notes on usage:
~ Make sure to wind down the tension (to the lowest setting, 2Nm) after using the tool! Keeping the tool wound up puts increased pressure on the internal spring and it increases the chances of the tool drifting out of calibration.
~ Take care to not drop it, obviously. It's a calibrated tool. The inspection report is on the product packaging, if you care. Plus, I would worry the plastic may crack if dropped. It's not a bombproof tool.
Delivered with a torque calibration certificate, I can lock down the components on my carbon frame, seat tube etc with confidence. How tight is "tight enough"? Engineers have figured this out for you; the specs not only prevent stripping/breaking things, they work together with the thread pitch and materials to *stay* tight. That's how "tight enough" works; the friction created by the proper torque and material keeps the bolt from loosening.
The truth is, you can probably get away with one preset 5nm wrench for most bike jobs. But if you're like me, you value nice tools as much as the objects you wrench. Like all good tools it's tad on the expensive side, but you only need to crush/strip one component to save the expense.
Torque settings from 2nm-8nm in 0.1 nm increments.