Wheeler Fat Wrench question
Anyone have experience with the Wheeler Fat Wrench, who could tell me, from a perceived effort scale, what 55 inch pounds feels like? For me, it is every bit as much torque as the crews and the driver bits want to take without threatening to strip or deform.
I have been checking my guard screw with a Wheeler Fat wrench torque driver.
I see torque values as high as 55-65 inch pounds for guard screws. For one of my rifles, 55 ## was what the factory rep recommended over the phone. On guard screw was noticeably loose, so they did definitely need tightening. But , I was a little surprised at the amount of force that 55 # # involved. I'm not Hulk Hogan, but I'll put it this way, when I tried 55 ## setting on a hose clamp, just to test it, my Makita drill would not reverse it unless I set the clutch on no-slip. The screw heads were having about enough of it at 50-55 in lbs, and wanted to deform no matter which bit I used.
I was a little surprised also at the degree of elbow grease it took, considering 60 inch pounds supposedly translates to 5 foot pounds.
I am more used to 3/8 in or larger drive torque wrenchs in an automotive or non-firearm usage, where the handle is 15-18" long and provides a lot of leverage. Maybe that makes all the difference.
The Fat wrench was supposedly factory calibrated (came with a little calibration certificate from the factory). Just curious if other people have had good experiences with them, and found them to be more or less well calibrated from the factory.
While I should not be surprised, I was not too thrilled to see the Wheeler is Chinese made. Not trying to offend anyone but I am no fan of Chinese manufacturing, having had to return a non-working floor jack, and any number of other PRC tools that failed under normal usage. When any major gun makers start farming stuff over there, I'm through with them until and unless I just can't find a domestic, Euro or Japanese source.
Final Q: does anyone know of an American made inch-lb torque wrench?
Snap On? California Torque?