can a dial torque wrench be use for wheels?

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i have been sorting a lot of tools i have accumulated over the years. one is a Blackhawk 1/2 dial torque wrench. seeing it does not click , can use it to torque lug nuts?
 
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What is its operating range (torque values)? My guess is the actual value might be hard to read while you're tightening the wheels. A clicky one is much easier to use on wheels.
 
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You can, but it makes it more difficult since you have to keep an eye on the wrench. I like those for building engines on a stand. Click type are generally the best for tires since you get the positive sound when you reach the desired value.
 
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Good luck trying to read the dial leaned over to see it while using it. Tried it 40 years ago when all I had was a beam style torque wrench, and it is too much trouble.
 
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As others have said, yes you can but trying to read it is going to be a pain. Get a split beam type, there is no need to zero it out every time you use it. Edit: Put that old timer on the shelf as a conversation piece, you cant trust something almost 100 yrs old to be anywhere close to accurate. The reliability of the parts at that age is another story.
 
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Originally Posted by Trav
As others have said, yes you can but trying to read it is going to be a pain. Get a split beam type, there is no need to zero it out every time you use it. Edit: Put that old timer on the shelf as a conversation piece, you cant trust something almost 100 yrs old to be anywhere close to accurate. The reliability of the parts at that age is another story.
ok. gonna order a split beam soon . so what are these dial ones usually used for? you must be jesting that it is 100 year old. i thought is from the 60's. i paid $10 for it a few years ago. i tested it with my digital adapter and it was only a couple of pounds off .
 
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Originally Posted by Trav
As others have said, yes you can but trying to read it is going to be a pain. Get a split beam type, there is no need to zero it out every time you use it. Edit: Put that old timer on the shelf as a conversation piece, you cant trust something almost 100 yrs old to be anywhere close to accurate. The reliability of the parts at that age is another story.
ok. gonna order a split beam soon . so what are these dial ones usually used for? you must be jesting that it is 100 year old. i thought is from the 60's. i paid $10 for it a few years ago. i tested it with my digital adapter and it was only a couple of pounds off .
The link has it from the 20's..
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BlackHawk ½" Torque Wrench/Indicator - Vintage - Antique - 1920's
Dial type wrenches are for things like head, main, rod bolts/nuts. Some have a memory needle which can be very useful for setting bearing pre-load and transmission bands. The vast majority of German tire shops I have gone to use split beams exclusively.
 
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