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Old 10-18-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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How much should I spend for a Torque Multiplier

I am thinking about a Torque Multiplier to help get my lug nuts off.

There are a lot on E-bay that start around $50, here is one example:
New Torque Multiplier Set Wrench Lug Nut Lugnuts Remover Labor Saving Heavy Duty | eBay

There are also some that are $600 and more.
Has anyone tried these low cost items...will they work.
I only need it for home use, not everyday use.
Thanks,

Dan
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I don't know about the cheap ones. I traded a spare portable self defense tool for a Proto brand one some years ago. Does 500 ft lb with 152 ft lb of force.
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A few years ago I tried a Harbor Freight one and it came apart when I tried to remove a lug nut. I ended up getting a better one but just don't remember how much I paid but did buy it on the internet, probably ebay. I do know it came in real handy earlier this year in Alaska when I broke a valve stem on a front tire. I was able to remove the lug nuts without strain (or standing and bouncing on a pipe extension on a breaker bar). Was also able to roll the big tire up a 2X6 into a tow car and take the tire to town for valve stem replacement. I suspect it saved me a few dollars because I didn't have to call a road service to come down dirt roads to help me.
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I think you should get this one.

Lifetime warranty. $147

http://www.cheaterwrench.com

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Old 10-18-2014, 08:12 PM   #5
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I think you should get this one.

Lifetime warranty. $147

Cheater Wrenchâ„¢ | The Torque Multiplier Lug Nut Remover Wrench

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I think you are right. And it I s still affordable.
I will bet it I s much better made than a $50 version.

Will order one tomorrow.

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The best torque multiplier I have ever used to get a wheel off of my motorhome was "AAA". I gave my member number and it was finished.
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I have on of the cheap ones for my MH. Torque is at 450 lbs ft on my wheels. I have used it to remove a front tire. So far it has been good. The kit I got has a 30mm socket for lug nuts on my MH wheels. Not many people bidding on this model. I believe it was $51 with shipping.
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I am thinking about a Torque Multiplier to help get my lug nuts off.

There are a lot on E-bay that start around $50, here is one example:
New Torque Multiplier Set Wrench Lug Nut Lugnuts Remover Labor Saving Heavy Duty | eBay

There are also some that are $600 and more.
Has anyone tried these low cost items...will they work.
I only need it for home use, not everyday use.
Thanks,

Dan
There are 2 basic styles of torque multipliers. The one you posted a link to uses the rim or another stud (depending on spacing) as a support. They're generally meant to be used on steel rims. If you have aluminum rims and the spacing between studs doesn't allow the support leg use one for leverage you may mar the rim.

The second style uses a long arm that can use the ground or other hard surface to provide support. You can also add a length of pipe
to the arm if it isn't long enough to reach the ground when attempting to remove the highest lug nut.

torque multiplier from Northern Tool + Equipment

I opted for the long arm lever design to avoid the possibility of marring the rim. Either style will work. It's just a matter of which is best for your application.

As a side note I would do a little more research in attempting to find which brand is the most reliable. The one you linked to sounds awfully "inexpensive" for a quality tool. Most of the better quality multipliers of that style sell for around $150.00 or more.
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Hikerdogs, I am glad I saw your post. I d I'd not know about the long arm type. And I do have aluminium wheels. I think now I like that type better.

Other posters....please don't suggest Coach Net. I want this so that I can check/replace my brakes when at home.

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Hikerdogs, I am glad I saw your post. I d I'd not know about the long arm type. And I do have aluminium wheels. I think now I like that type better.

Other posters....please don't suggest Coach Net. I want this so that I can check/replace my brakes when at home.

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The one on Northern Tool is only a 3:1 multiplier.....that means if you need 600 ftlb
To "break loose" the nut....you have to supply 200 ftlb !


The cheaterwrench is a 78:1 multiplier ! This means even your wife could turn
the handle....


Something to think about.........

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The one on Northern Tool is only a 3:1 multiplier.....that means if you need 600 ftlb
To "break loose" the nut....you have to supply 200 ftlb !


The cheaterwrench is a 78:1 multiplier ! This means even your wife could turn
the handle....


Something to think about.........

There are advantages and disadvantages of both styles. The gear ratio on the long handled model is only 3:1, however since it has a 18" lever for a handle you deliver 1.5 times the actual force you put on the handle to the pivot point. To tighten a nut/bolt to 450 ft. lbs. you need to apply approximately 100 pounds of pressure to the handle.

Most lug nuts on automobiles are torqued to approximately 100 lbs. If you can remove a lug nut from your car using a standard lug nut wrench you should have more than sufficient strength using this torque multiplier to remove and replace one on your motorhome.

Having a gear ratio of 78:1 on the other style certainly makes it easier to turn, however for every turn of the nut/bolt you need to make 78 turns on the handle. That's a lot of turning if the nut/bolt doesn't want to come off easily.

I've used both styles on different applications. They both have their place. I've used the long handled one (to be sure it worked properly) on the 22.5" wheels on our motorhome torqued to 450 lbs. I've had no problems loosening or tightening the lug nuts, and I'm 66 years old at 5'8".
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I have purchased and used this one. It also works on my friends Military 2 1/2 ton truck. I don,t leave home without it.

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I have purchased and used this one. It also works on my friends Military 2 1/2 ton truck. I don,t leave home without it.

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Do you think it will damage/scratch aluminum wheels?
This style does have a much larger multiplication factor.

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