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srob

9,487 posts

125 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
3DP said:
Anyone fancy their £15.99 torque wrench? I wonder what its calibration tolerences are and how accurate its calibration would be in 5 years time?
You'd certainly get what you pay for, but that may well be range, rather than accuracy. I suspect that if you took it down to your local decent garage/workshop (probably a main dealer or someone) they'd have a calibrated torque meter that you could test it on. You could make a mark if it's miles out if you're using it for a set use over and over and just nip back and ask them to re-check it occasionally - it's a two second job to check.

I suspect that as someone's said, if you tried anyone's several year old wrench it'd be miles out. Our meters (at work) are sent away anually to be checked then most of the wrenches are self calibrated/checked before each use, although some get sent away anually too. Apparently some of the electronic ones you can adjust to allow for out of cal.

3DP

8,312 posts

121 months

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tr7v8 said:
Nice test!

I have a Halfords pro and a draper. In fairness, I don't let them 'kick around the garage'. They are stored carefully (one in foam, one in the halfords tube), with the dials spun to zero to keep the springs unloaded.

I still wouldn't touch a £15.99 one.

moanthebairns

9,767 posts

85 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
thanks for this op.

went and got one this morning.

got home, opened the sealed box up and it looks like its been kicked about the floor before boxing it. covered in scuff marks and it doesn't show a full led display when plugged in.

back to aldi I go, I have no fking luck

rossonza

109 posts

33 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
i picked up 2, pm me if you cant get hold of one.

the mode functions are easy to configure. going to use it to trickle charge over winter.

so far, great purchase!

graphene

3,083 posts

42 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
3DP said:
tr7v8 said:
Nice test!

I have a Halfords pro and a draper. In fairness, I don't let them 'kick around the garage'. They are stored carefully (one in foam, one in the halfords tube), with the dials spun to zero to keep the springs unloaded.

I still wouldn't touch a £15.99 one.
To add - I have just seen that screwingflix sell one for £22

Edited by graphene on Thursday 11th October 15:06

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Mr2Mike

12,470 posts

142 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
moanthebairns said:
I might get one of these thanks, screw paying £40 - £50 for an oxford 900 or something.

Mind you I think the oxford 600 is only £20 of ebay.
The basic Oximiser is a bit of a crap thing, not a proper smart charger and more of a dumb trickle charger.

moanthebairns

9,767 posts

85 months

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Monday 29th October 2012 quote quote all
got a replacement aldi battery charger and used it last night.

THought it was great, easy to use, shows the capacity of the battery and has a trickle function. Not bad for £14

Golgarth

177 posts

85 months

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Monday 29th October 2012 quote quote all
can someone explain the difference between the Aldi one and:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OXFORD-OXIMISER-600-12V-...

as the price difference is about the same as the fuel used to collect the Aldi one

Mr2Mike

12,470 posts

142 months

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Monday 29th October 2012 quote quote all
Golgarth said:
can someone explain the difference between the Aldi one and:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OXFORD-OXIMISER-600-12V-...

as the price difference is about the same as the fuel used to collect the Aldi one
The Aldi is a proper smart battery charger i.e. it uses a micro-controller to regulate charge current and voltage. The Oximiser is essentially just a trickle charger, it has no intelligence built in, just a simple voltage cut off circuit.

graphene

3,083 posts

42 months

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Monday 29th October 2012 quote quote all
3DP said:
tr7v8 said:
Nice test!

I have a Halfords pro and a draper. In fairness, I don't let them 'kick around the garage'. They are stored carefully (one in foam, one in the halfords tube), with the dials spun to zero to keep the springs unloaded.

I still wouldn't touch a £15.99 one.
reduced to 12.99 in my local Aldi. I've gone for it: 3-year warranty, made in Taiwan (it claims), sturdy case and seems nicely made (Cr-V sockets).
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