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Old 09-04-2017, 12:02 PM   #21
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If I'm landing 500s in switchgear then I will use the ratchet. But if I am landing smaller conductors in panels, connectors, and meter pan's, then I will use T-handles or foldables.
Thanks, common sense goes a long way.

I'm not breaking out a socket wrench an extension and allen sockets just to tighten down a couple lugs when a folding set is just fine.

Pulling a motor and drive or working in a machine with allen bolts and set screws I'll bring the sockets out.
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Old 09-04-2017, 12:04 PM   #22
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I think that torque limiting shaft is just there to absorb some force with impact wrenches. With a torque wrench, the force is constant, no hammering action, the torque at the wrench is all transferred to the socket.
Rule of thumb with torque wrenches is that an extension increases applied torque, every quality torque wrench I've used has a warning in the packaged reading material.
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Thanks, common sense goes a long way.

I'm not breaking out a socket wrench an extension and allen sockets just to tighten down a couple lugs when a folding set is just fine.

Pulling a motor and drive or working in a machine with allen bolts and set screws I'll bring the sockets out.
And the impact gun!
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And the impact gun!
Since Bosch first had the 10v impact I've found them an essential part of any machine, bearing, motor, drive, blower, or fan work.

If I was still out there doing the work I used to I'd have a 3/8" and 1/2" M18 impact in my bag of tricks.
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Tired of the high cost brand names that are no longer made in the USA and aren't as good as they were before.

I found this company online
http://https://www.eklindtool.com/products.html

Eklind Tool.
Made allens outside of Chicago for about years.
All they make is allens and torx wrenches.
Prices are very reasonable.

I got both metric and standard.
Use it all the time to assemble customer items more than lugs.
Such as frames, signs, brackets, lamps, etc.
Lot of that stuff is metric.
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Tired of the high cost brand names that are no longer made in the USA and aren't as good as they were before.

I found this company online
http://https://www.eklindtool.com/products.html

Eklind Tool.
Made allens outside of Chicago for about years.
All they make is allens and torx wrenches.
Prices are very reasonable.

I got both metric and standard.
Use it all the time to assemble customer items more than lugs.
Such as frames, signs, brackets, lamps, etc.
Lot of that stuff is metric.
Your link is broken. Try this: https://www.eklindtool.com/products.html

Eklind is good as well, very similar in price to Bondhus.
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Your link is broken. Try this: https://www.eklindtool.com/products.html

Eklind is good as well, very similar in price to Bondhus.
I like to keep bunches of eklind sets around.
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Rule of thumb with torque wrenches is that an extension increases applied torque, every quality torque wrench I've used has a warning in the packaged reading material.
I think they mean something like a crows foot or dog bone, which would change the torque applies since it changes the length of the lever arm.
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@telsa @tjb What is your torque wrench/allen/hex/socket setup? When our local inspector comes out for a service/panelboard upgrade, he always wants to at least "see" what tool we used to torque down the lugs for the SE cables.

It seems everything we've got has some torque value to it... including how much to torque down the terminating screws on 15-amp and 20-amp receptacles! How many people use torque screwdrivers for this purpose?

Are you guys torque-ing circuit breaker conductor screws to their torque value too? I see everyone only using regular old #2 square, flathead, or phillips drivers for these screws.
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I started out torquing nothing... then just Big Wire -- feeders... but as time goes by... I keep expanding my target list for torquing.

I shake my head at the number of jacked up lugs I've had to replace over the years... by my own troopers.

When they REALLY jack things up... they deny they touched anything... like a three-year old standing over the cookie jar.

You can't imagine what a PITA it is to replace mechanical lugs on a significant C/B.

It's a thrill if the damage is confined to the set-screws.

Milwaukee Tools has a YouTube video showing just how WRONG electrician's estimates of their applied torque is.

And, it's usually LOW.

That is, they over-rate the torque they think they've applied.

In contrast, my fellas were and are gorillas.

They could break a hurricane.
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I ended up buying the Klein set and they are great ! Perfect fit on all my Polaris connectors


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That's cool.

I picked up a set of Bostich long ones that have 1/4" hex shanks and will fit in several different driver handles from impact to the new Klein screwdriver handle.
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