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#2545666 - 02/23/12 12:44 AM Use for speed handles
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 33793
Loc: New Jersey
Is there really a benefit/use for speed handles anymore?

I have one of these:

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/tools/tool-test-bosch-ps-10-2-i-driver

Bosch 12v li-ion driver. Can drive straight or head turned 90 degrees.

With an adapter to 3/8" square, I essentially have an electric ratchet that is shorter than a speed handle.

So is there a good reason to get/have one?

Thanks!

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#2545739 - 02/23/12 07:23 AM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
The_Eric Offline


Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 3381
Loc: Iowa
I think it boils down to preference. I prefer not to use one as I have plenty air ratchets and impacts.
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#2545752 - 02/23/12 07:53 AM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
VWguy Offline


Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 112
Loc: Los Angeles, Ca
Maybe this is dating myself but back in the '70's and early '80's, Vasek Polak had his Porsche dealer in SoCal. It was, and still is, common practice to use a speed handle to R/R the oil strainer plate on any of the air-cooled cars but I remember seeing a guy using a 3/8 butterfly air tool during the installation of the 6mm nuts. Vasek was always in the shop and scolded the tech for this and instructed him to use a speed handle. This tech did it again and Vasek saw it and fired him on the spot!
If on a hoist, I still will use a speed handle for this.

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#2545824 - 02/23/12 09:31 AM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
440Magnum Offline


Registered: 02/01/09
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I rarely use a speed handle, but for the few jobs I use it on, I really like it. For example during engine assembly I always like to keep a manual feel on any bolts that are compressing a gasket rather than use an air or electric tool. So I pull out the speed handle for the repetitive task of running down valve cover bolts or oil pan bolts.
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#2545892 - 02/23/12 10:58 AM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: 440Magnum]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: 440Magnum
I rarely use a speed handle, but for the few jobs I use it on, I really like it. For example during engine assembly I always like to keep a manual feel on any bolts that are compressing a gasket rather than use an air or electric tool. So I pull out the speed handle for the repetitive task of running down valve cover bolts or oil pan bolts.



Well I use the electric and visually stop so that I can do the last few turns myself. Especially on something like a gasket where I want to do a fancy crisscross tightening to ensure it is even.

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#2545997 - 02/23/12 01:07 PM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 09/23/09
Posts: 996
Loc: Houston, TX & SFbay, CA
I don't even own a speed handle anymore. For long bolts, I use wimpy electric screwdriver or, for lug nuts, a cordless drill on a low clutch setting. I find it easier to align the power tool's axis with the fastener axis, which helps prevent galling when soft metals are involved. I'm too wobbly with speed handles.

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#2546877 - 02/24/12 10:30 AM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
Smoky14 Offline


Registered: 04/23/03
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Times may have changed, but the use of power drivers on aircraft hardware was forbidden, speed handle was your friend.
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#2549228 - 02/26/12 02:07 PM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
67lemans Offline


Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 146
Loc: wisconsin
we use them quite a bit in the aviation community hi-torque fasteners.
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#2549494 - 02/26/12 06:43 PM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
tom slick Offline


Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 8601
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
Speed handles work great as screwdrivers because you can apply a lot of torque while applying pressure to the screw. Aircraft use a lot of screws.

The also work great when your batteries are dead (or non-existent) and by the time I drag a hose out and wait for the air compressor to pressurize I can usually have the fasteners out.
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#2552263 - 02/29/12 11:21 AM Re: Use for speed handles [Re: JHZR2]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 9871
Loc: Illinois
Back in the day when I worked on jet engines I used one(3/8) all the time. Practical when you have many small bolts to tighten or loose.
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