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Old 12-06-13, 04:20 AM
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Topeak d-Torq wrench: Are there non-branded versions available?

Are less expensive non-branded versions of Topeak d-Torq wrenches available?
If so, please post some links.
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Looks to me like this "OnGuard" wrench basically IS the Topeak wrench, I guarantee Topeak does not make torque wrenches. If you can find out who actually makes the Topeak wrenches you could probably find it considerably cheaper. I'm willing to bet OnGuard isn't the manufacturer either but they are a little cheaper.

https://www.amazon.com/OnGuard-Deluxe.../dp/B0041CE2LQ (Look close at the lid though, looks like it's a picture of the Topeak to me.)

Personally, having used torque wrenches for the better part of 40 years and maintaining the torque wrench calibration for 300 wrenches for an OEM manufacturer for 10 years, I'll stick with clicker type wrenches. For the money my lowly clicker wrenches do just fine and I use them on things far more critical than bicycles. Digital are great if you have to do data collection for capability studies or SPC but otherwise they can be a little fragile and they are more expensive to repair/replace. Without getting into Belknap or Sturtevant-Richmont type industrial wrenches some of the best I have found for holding calibration in an industrial environment are the MAC and Proto wrenches. Snap On was one of the worst which I found very surprising. I'm talking continuous use and abuse 6 days a week for months and years on end by people who don't know the difference between a torque wrench and a breaker bar though. In the hands of someone who will use one within it's design parameters most name brand wrenches will hold up well. If you have to have digital though I wouldn't expect to find a quality digital wrench with the package like the Topeak/OnGuard "cheap" but you can probably do better than $200.
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Old 12-06-13, 06:38 AM
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Good catch--it looks similar but not less expensive though.
Google shopping gives me
Topeak d-torq wrench: 1 - 20 Nm: $168
Topeak d-torq wrench DX: 4 - 80 Nm: $192
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I'm with Murray Missile on the clicker wrenches. They are relatively inexpensive and rugged and have no batteries to run down or leak. You can feel them click off without having to watch a display or listen for a "beep", or hold them at a weird angle to be able to see a dial or pointer. Cheap ones, which work fine IME, can be had for $20 or less. Given the low cost you can have the proper wrench for the job at hand without breaking the bank.
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I am not disagreeing with either of you.
Just want to know if there are less expensive digital torque wrenches are available.
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looks like a nice clicker set for $60

https://www.amazon.com/VENZO-Bicycle-...ef=pd_sbs_sg_1
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For bicycle use where you can always see the wrench, a simple beam type is less expensive and less fragile than any clicker. You need a 1/4"-square drive for low torque applications and a 1/2"-square drive for high torque applications.
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+1 on the Venzo unit from Amazon. Mine works great.
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In this thread, I am NOT seeking opinions on or recommendations for non-digital torque wrenches.

Please restrict responses to less expensive digital torque wrenches, preferably similar to Topeak's D-Torq wrenches.
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$75 https://www.amazon.com/BikeMaster-Dig...+torque+wrench

Originally Posted by anga
In this thread, I am NOT seeking opinions on or recommendations for non-digital torque wrenches.

Please restrict responses to less expensive digital torque wrenches, preferably similar to Topeak's D-Torq wrenches.
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China makes them with what ever brand name the client company wants.
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Originally Posted by anga
In this thread, I am NOT seeking opinions on or recommendations for non-digital torque wrenches.

Please restrict responses to less expensive digital torque wrenches, preferably similar to Topeak's D-Torq wrenches.
At $30, this one is best for you:

https://www.harborfreight.com/digital...ter-68283.html

Also, check ToysRUs.

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Originally Posted by AnkleWork
At $30, this one is best for you:

https://www.harborfreight.com/digital...ter-68283.html

Also, check ToysRUs.
Wrenches and NOT adapters.
Less expensive and NOT the least expensive.
Similar to Topeak D-Torq.
Tools and NOT toys.
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Originally Posted by anga
Wrenches and NOT adapters.
Less expensive and NOT the least expensive.
Similar to Topeak D-Torq.
Tools and NOT toys.
Gee, you sure are demanding for someone asking for FREE HELP from STRANGERS. I'm not a fan of torque wrenches or digital electronic tools, so can't help you, but following the thread, probably wouldn't if I could.
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gee, you sure are demanding for someone asking for free help from strangers. I'm not a fan of torque wrenches or digital electronic tools, so can't help you, but following the thread, probably wouldn't if i could.
this! ^^^
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Gee, you sure are demanding for someone asking for FREE HELP from STRANGERS. I'm not a fan of torque wrenches or digital electronic tools, so can't help you, but following the thread, probably wouldn't if I could.
FBinNY, I was responding to the sarcasm in AnkleWork's post https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post16306781
Did you miss it?
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Originally Posted by anga
. . . sarcasm in AnkleWork's post . . .
I truly believe I gave you excellent advice.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Gee, you sure are demanding for someone asking for FREE HELP from STRANGERS.
Really.
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Originally Posted by anga
FBinNY, I was responding to the sarcasm in AnkleWork's post https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post16306781
Did you miss it?
OK so about your post #9 which he might have been responding to. Without dealing with the particulars. I can tell you that negative or testy responses by OPs is the best way to avoid help.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
OK so about your post #9 which he might have been responding to. Without dealing with the particulars. I can tell you that negative or testy responses by OPs is the best way to avoid help.
The thread is about a very specific issue. The initial responses did not address this and were diverting attention. I tried to refocus the discussion, twice. First politely, and then in bold.

Are you suggesting that it is worse than diverting focus?

Are you saying I cannot respond to unwarranted sarcasm?

If that limits help, so be it.
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No problem, it's your thread, and you're the one needing help.

OTOH - since I'm not the only one who sees it that way, you might consider taking an anga management class.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
No problem, it's your thread, and you're the one needing help.

OTOH - since I'm not the only one who sees it that way, you might consider taking an anga management class.
I am not angry just annoyed at the effort it takes to keep the discussion on topic.
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I am not angry just annoyed at the effort it takes to keep the discussion on topic.
You shouldn't be annoyed. You get to start the thread and that's just about it. The beauty of forum type discussions is that they tend to wander a bit while staying close to the original topic.

If you're not interested in what people have to say then maybe you should just Google digital torque wrenches and see what it pulls up.

Personally, I don't think digital torque wrenches are the way to go for the amateur mechanic, if that is what you are. You won't be using it often enough to justify keeping batteries in the thing.

Remember, you get to start the thread but others will decide where it goes. That's just the way this forum thing goes - within reason. Al
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Originally Posted by AnkleWork
At $30, this one is best for you:

https://www.harborfreight.com/digital...ter-68283.html

Also, check ToysRUs.
These may be fine but I would be very careful.. We returned two 1/4" clickers to Harbor Fright with the calibration so far off they were unusable. Manager said to come back after they have a tent sale as these would sell out (they went back on the shelf) and he would get in a new batch. The boxes said accurate to 4%, we found them to be much much worse.
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Of course there are non-bicycle torque wrenchs available that are cheaper and works quite ok on a bike. A specific tool is just a tool, it can work on a bike, a car, or a rocket down in Fla. This falls into the same area as "bike" grease, when any good quality grease is 10 times cheaper and works just as well.
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