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shmorri2
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Keep this OT in regards to the mechanical type (buffers, impact wrenches, etc) and not the living kind ( Ragged, etc... )


So. I know almost nothing about tool quality. I need a torque wrench. Sears had some really expensive digital ones when I went yesterday (upwards of $200). I saw some on Harbor Freight's website, but I've read too many reports on the poor quality in Pittsburg tools. With that said, where could I get a decent torque wrench (prefer up to 250ft-lbs) for ~$50? Where else could I go shop/buy tools?

9/25/2009 10:33:52 AM

zxappeal
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Just buy the Harbor Freight one. It will work satisfactorily for most things. The big reason for using a torque wrench is consistency. Second is not exceeding a fastener's rated torque.

9/25/2009 11:21:21 AM

shmorri2
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Good to know. I totally forgot about Burke Brothers off of Hillsborough Street. I'll stop by there to compare prices.

9/25/2009 11:23:16 AM

Quinn
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snap ring pliers to take apart a turbo. anyone? looks like ill just buy it

9/25/2009 11:28:04 AM

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i'm using channel lock adjustable snap ring pliers ATM and they are pretty good.

has multiple tips and reverses using a lever.

i haven't used the one they sell at harbor freight with heads that you swap, but that seems nice too.

[Edited on September 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM. Reason : f]

9/25/2009 11:32:58 AM

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"Good to know. I totally forgot about Burke Brothers off of Hillsborough Street. I'll stop by there to compare prices."


I like Burke Brothers...There is a convenience factor there that has to be weighed, but you're not likely to find anything cheaper there than the same product at Lowes or HD and I know they're not going to have anything cheaper than the Harbor Freight/Northern Tool stuff.

[Edited on September 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM. Reason : s]

9/25/2009 11:40:17 AM

shmorri2
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True, but sometimes I feel like HF sells bottom end tools, hence the cheap prices... Nothing more frustrating than a tool failing on the job. I feel like HD and BB have decent prices...

^^^ HF has a set of 5 for like $6.00 (with LT Warranty), or is that too expensive?
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=610


[Edited on September 25, 2009 at 11:52 AM. Reason : .]

9/25/2009 11:44:53 AM

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"snap ring pliers "


ive got about 5 set of em.

also i need a 1/2" air gun. mine didnt like the lift install

9/25/2009 10:54:12 PM

optmusprimer
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there is already a tools thread, idiot

9/25/2009 11:32:14 PM

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"not the living kind ( Ragged"

burn

i vote the thread stands for that gem alone.

9/26/2009 12:42:29 AM

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Kobalt tools kick ass!

9/26/2009 1:07:19 AM

zxappeal
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BTW, Kobalt has a nice torque wrench for a reasonable price. You don't need a 200 dolla torque wrench...but a nice one does give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

There are lots of alternatives to shit like Craftsman or the tool trucks. Plenty of things in between that and Harbor Freight. And seriously...for occasional use, the Harbor Freight stuff is not always bad.

9/26/2009 1:25:31 AM

shmorri2
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Anyone have a 70mm Filter wrench in 1/2" or 3/8" drive I can borrow?

10/17/2009 1:52:35 PM

shmorri2
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Fucking a. Is this really a "toyota exclusive" part? Because it appears I can't find a 70mm filter wrench ANYWHERE.

I've tried both a regular adjustable and "rubber band grip" adjustable wrench. Nether get a good lock on the filter housing.

10/17/2009 10:04:18 PM

optmusprimer
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Again, you are using the wrong thread

10/17/2009 10:13:07 PM

shmorri2
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:carlface:

This is an official tools thread. I need to either:
a) find this 70mm cap wrench tool locally... Suggestions welcome.

or

b) Borrow it from someone who has one.

These adjustable wrenches aren't working because I'm sure the last time the dealership changed the oil on the Lexus, they torqued it to all hell

Anyways, how is this posted in the wrong thread? I know I started the other "borrow" thread, but that shit is over 90 days old and I ain't got time to wait for an admin to bump it and me post my request. I need this shit before Monday, as in, BY TOMORROW (Sunday October 18th 2009)


[Edited on October 17, 2009 at 10:57 PM. Reason : .]

10/17/2009 10:54:12 PM

Quinn
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you cant stab it with a screwdriver and twist..... like everyone else in garage does when presented with this problem?

is the filter element inside a housing or something? adjustable wrench?

[Edited on October 17, 2009 at 11:37 PM. Reason : .]

10/17/2009 11:33:10 PM

shmorri2
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This is what the canister looks like. It has a replaceable filter element inside. When you buy a new filter (from advanced), you get a filter element and 2 rubber seals. You unscrew the canister, replace the filter and two seals, and reinstall. Adjustable wrench doesn't have enough "bite" on the end of the canister to rotate it; it just keeps slipping. I mean, I've done my best at it. Hell, I even used those rubber adjustables, which were tighter, but yet failed.



I'll take a screw driver to it.

[Edited on October 18, 2009 at 7:59 AM. Reason : .]

10/18/2009 7:58:09 AM

Quinn
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i see. you're just boned on that one , lol.

10/18/2009 10:10:43 AM

stowaway
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what size is that square hole in the end......

10/18/2009 10:20:26 AM

optmusprimer
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"what size is that square hole in the end......"


for real! just stick a ratchet in there.

10/18/2009 10:47:07 AM

Ragged
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3/8" extension.

10/18/2009 2:34:25 PM

tripleD4u
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size of that hole? w0w

10/18/2009 2:40:06 PM

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10/18/2009 3:13:42 PM

shmorri2
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That's not the same exact element in mine. I don't have that square end. That's some adapter plate that either came on the earlier models or that the man put on himself. Or it's another tool you can use.

It doesn't matter. I got a pair of oversized vicegrips and they did the trick.

[edit]Actually, that's a drain plug for the filter canister so you can drain the oil before unscrewing the entire canister to remove the filter. Mine is an entire one piece unit, or at least it doesn't look like that on the end...

[Edited on October 18, 2009 at 7:54 PM. Reason : . ]

10/18/2009 7:46:56 PM

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shoulda posted in the tool thread

10/19/2009 11:39:58 AM

69
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shoulda posted in the tool thread

10/19/2009 11:40:22 AM

optmusprimer
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sounds like you need to get the old style part

10/19/2009 12:31:14 PM

shmorri2
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yeah... the 2009 had some revisions. Apparently, the filter canister was one of them...

$6.00 vice grip > ~$80 Toyota part.



[Edited on October 19, 2009 at 2:03 PM. Reason : .]

10/19/2009 2:01:58 PM

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untill you crack the pot metal housing

10/21/2009 7:42:38 AM

optmusprimer
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vice grips are for use when:
-something has been damaged by someone without the right tools
-you dont have the right tools and want to damage something

10/21/2009 9:30:59 AM

shmorri2
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It worked this time...

Considering I change the filter once every 5k miles... I'll hit 100k in approximately 18 more oil changes, in which case I'm sure there will be plenty of wrecked IS250's to find oil canisters from if need be.

It's not like I put a death grip on the vice grip. I had just enough tension so it would stay in place and I could unscew the filter... Its on hand tight now anyways, doubt I'll ever need to use a tool for it again.

10/21/2009 9:37:13 AM

zxappeal
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should have used a Ford wrench for your application.

For the right moneys, I can have you a custom spanner made. I'll give you a really good price on it compared to the factory tool.

10/21/2009 9:52:28 AM

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dan the garage crackhead, he'd rake your yard with a fork for a handjob

10/21/2009 8:54:27 PM

zxappeal
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Lately, I'd just settle for peace of mind and enough money to make ends meet.

10/21/2009 9:48:13 PM

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i know the feelin, i gotta catch back up on cash money from jumping around the country lately

10/26/2009 9:18:28 PM

arghx
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I saw an infomercial for The Jawhorse, a mobile vice/clamp thing, and I'll admit I was intrigued.







it looks pretty stable (tripod configuration), and I think there's an arm up top to help stabilize whatever you're holding. I'm thinking it might be useful for welding various unwieldy things, among other applications. Price is about $180. Thoughts?

[Edited on October 26, 2009 at 10:20 PM. Reason : .]

10/26/2009 10:19:14 PM

optmusprimer
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I'll wait till they are $19.99 at Big Lots

10/27/2009 10:41:58 AM

adam8778
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why a tripod? 4 legs make more sense to me

10/27/2009 12:37:07 PM

th3oretecht
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so do y'all think one of the harbor freight torque wrenches would be OK for replacing seals/gaskets on a 2.0L type 4 VW engine or should I spend a bit more money on something like the Kobalt?

10/27/2009 12:40:11 PM

optmusprimer
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just buy a craftsman

10/27/2009 12:54:24 PM

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get a proto or snap-on, be a real man

10/27/2009 1:07:17 PM

th3oretecht
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this project is going to eat up a lot of my money when it's all said and done, so I need to save as much as possible

10/27/2009 1:16:58 PM

shmorri2
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"why a tripod? 4 legs make more sense to me"


You're kidding right? Because you should know better with a degree in ME

10/27/2009 1:32:04 PM

adam8778
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unless you're using on on uneven ground, 4 legs would be better than 3.

10/27/2009 1:49:36 PM

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haha goddamn (and no offense)


I'd love to slap each and every fool that's ever thrown my degree in my face over something like this-

tripods work better when the members converge at the same point- but in this case it would be easily tipped... think 3-wheeler vs. 4-wheeler....

[Edited on October 27, 2009 at 2:09 PM. Reason : better]

10/27/2009 1:59:51 PM

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^^ I'm sorry. I didn't mean to come off as mean as that sounded. From the picture, it looks to be extremly portable, therefore I took it's purpose to be a tool you take with you out in the "field" where you may not be convinienced with level surfaces for your equipment. Of course, on a flat surface like in a shop, I'd prefer a 4 legged table.

[Edited on October 27, 2009 at 2:45 PM. Reason : .]

10/27/2009 2:44:35 PM

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word

10/27/2009 3:03:05 PM

optmusprimer
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smores pwnt

10/27/2009 3:33:23 PM

Ragged
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set em up

10/27/2009 3:47:40 PM

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