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johnlee May 4th, 2004 11:23 AM

Snap-on Techwrench Is Everything It's Touted To Be
 
We took delivery of our Snap-on Techwrench a few weeks ago. I've had a chance to use it a few times now, and I must say it is simply an awesome tool.

The Techwrench comes in a blow-molded plastic case to protect the Techwrench from knocks and dings from other tools inside the tool box:



To turn on the unit, simply depress the "I" button:



The unit will run a self-diagnostic that takes less than a second and then it's ready to go. The "U" button selects the units of measure. The Techwrench can measure in inch lbs.:



foot lbs.:



or Newton Meters:



The "up" and "down" arrows select the amount of desired torque. The range on our Techwrench is 5-100 ft. lbs., which I consider to be remarkable. Most click-type torque wrenches cannot surpass the 5x ratio and maintain proper accuracy. That is, a typical click-type torque wrench of this size usually ranges from 20-100 ft. lbs. The Techwrench goes down to 5 ft. lbs. and still maintains better than 2% accuracy.

Setting the desired torque is very easy. Just hit the up or down buttons. You can leave a button depressed and the longer you leave it depressed the faster it will scroll up and down. You can even do revolutions on the digital display. For example, if the torque is set at 99 ft. lbs. and you want to set 8 ft. lbs, you don't have to scroll "down" from 99 to 8. You can scroll up. The display will go to 100 and then 5 and then to 6, 7, and then to 8.

When reaching the preset torque, the unit beeps and vibrates. Thus, even if you are working in a noisy environment you can feel the torque wrench vibrate in your hand. You can easily feel the vibration through Mechanix-style gloves.

The digital display also flashes the exact amount of torque you applied to the fastener you just tightened. If you are careful, you can apply just the right amount of torque to a fastener. If you want to move quickly, you will apply slightly more torque to a fastener because you continue to turn slightly even after the preset torque is reached and the unit beeps and buzzes.

The ratcheting head on our Techwrench is the high-strength sealed type:



The head swivels 15 degrees for reaching into some tight spots:




Any more than 15 degrees and the torque reading is thrown off to unacceptable levels.

To turn off the unit, simply put it down. It will turn by itself if it sits stationary for two minutes. There is no need to set the unit to zero or anything. Just let it alone and it will shut off automatically:



When you turn the unit back on, the torque setting goes back to its previous setting and not to zero.

I love this torque wrench. I can't imagine myself using a click-type torque wrench after using the Techwrench. This is a great tool.

And, if you're really into it, you can get a new tool box just to house the Techwrench:


blue May 11th, 2004 02:33 PM

Very nice

and Ho finally got the chickadee toolbox...nice!

johnlee May 11th, 2004 03:09 PM

Well, little does Ho know that yellow box is "mine". Just like the cran box is "mine".

blue May 11th, 2004 03:49 PM

so now you guys have Snap-On yellow, red, blue, and black. Like an upscale box of crayolas....very nice. I think it's about time for me to haul-ass out to the shop for a little spending spree....:D

curtis May 12th, 2004 01:46 PM

This toolbox is absolutely the shit:



Not too big, not too smal, and the perfect height work area on top.

Matter of fact, I certify this as tool porn.

The fact that Ho seems to be assuming the position behind the box might have something to do with it too:D

/C

johnlee May 12th, 2004 02:06 PM

Curtis, that's the KRL761. It was pretty much the standard "starter" box that Snap-on offered. It's now discontinued and replaced with some other box (I can't remember the part number). The new box has two full-width deep drawers on top instead of just one, and spring-loaded casters.

I want a blue and a teal KRL761 to round out our rainbow coalition. That should be more than plenty to last us for a very long time.

marc olivares May 12th, 2004 11:19 PM

what, no stainless steel top?
you guys must be slipping

hochung May 13th, 2004 08:07 AM

marc, don't tell me you carve your beef on top of the stainless top. LOL

johnlee May 13th, 2004 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by marc olivares
what, no stainless steel top?
you guys must be slipping



Hehe. The stainless tops are really nice, but they look too sterile for me. I've always been a maple butcher block top kind of guy:



It would be cool though to have a KRL in the kitchen with the stainless top. That would sort of match the cool Viking kitchen stuff.

marc olivares May 13th, 2004 10:37 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by hochung
marc, don't tell me you carve your beef on top of the stainless top. LOL


heeheehee, carve your beef, that's funnay!:D


with the chemicals in my shop, the finish on the butcher block tops don't last very long. been down that road. nope, it's SS for me!

viva la snapon!

marc olivares May 13th, 2004 10:40 AM

"KRL in the kitchen"

john, now your speakin' my language!

johnlee May 13th, 2004 02:28 PM

It's not as crazy as it sounds. Imagine this awesome kitchen. Viking shit everywhere. And in the middle of the kitchen, there is an island. But it's not your ordinary island. It's a KRL with a maple or stainless top. Above the island are hanging various pots and pans. If if the Mrs. is too short to reach the hanging pans, she can open a drawer and stand on it. And if there's an intruder in the house and you can't get to the gun safe, just open the top drawer and pull out the Benelli Super 90 and go to work. What other island would provide that kind of versatility? It could be pretty cool.

blue May 14th, 2004 10:47 AM

The Snap-On Kitchen™

Very nice. Maple butcher block top, very nice. You know, I'll be remodeling the kitchen soon....I could just roll a box between the garage & kitchen...no Mrs. to be hassling my buzz....

and damn, I am still insanely jealous over that bike you have parked there in the shop. Damn!

greghirst May 15th, 2004 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by johnlee
Imagine this awesome kitchen. Viking everywhere. And in the middle of the kitchen, there is an island. But it's not your ordinary island. It's a KRL with a maple or stainless top. Above the island are hanging various pots and pans. If if the Mrs. is too short to reach the hanging pans, she can open a drawer and stand on it. And if there's an intruder in the house and you can't get to the gun safe, just open the top drawer and pull out the Benelli Super 90 and go to work. What other island would provide that kind of versatility? It could be pretty cool.


LOL-My wife would probably shoot me by accident (or maybe not by accident?) Besides, she would probably throw my Beretta 1201FP under the sink just so she has plenty of room for her precious All-Clad! :) Hmmm... how about hanging the shotgun from the ceiling with the pots and pans?

We're finishing and moving into a new house next month and so looking forward to a new kitchen. A stainless top KRL would be a nice kitchen addition. However, our ovens and range are Wolf rather than Viking so wouldn't meet John's approval. :)

marc olivares May 15th, 2004 11:33 AM

hmmm, lets see, the senario at my house would most likely go down like this. wife in the kitchen attempting to boil a pot of pasta. doesn't hear the perp. because the stereo is to loud. perp creeps behind the counter while her back is turned and waits for a chance to spring. while my wife as she reaches for the boiling pot of pasta, she bangs her head on the hanging pots, falls against the counter and tips over her cocktail, which is then ignited by the open flame. while rubbing her now throbbing head she panics, as the counter is now on fire. she reaches for the pot of boiling pasta and douses the flames and the unsuspecting perp in the process. perp screams, she screams. she drops the pan and runs into the other room. perp tries to run but slips on the pasta water and knocks himself out cold.
all the while, my KRL (w/ SS top) sits safely in the comfort of my shop!
i guess i don't trust anything i value to my wifes Sellers-esk clumsiness.

johnlee February 21st, 2011 07:45 PM

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This isn't exactly a KRL in the kitchen as I had dreamed of, but it's close:


I won't lie. I dig it. It's probably white trash, but that's fine with me. I dig it. And I want one.

I found out about these just today. Apparently, Snap-on made some of these as a promo item for dealers who ordered multiple Epiq boxes. But the grills proved to be so popular that Snap-on may come out with this or something similar as a standard item. Our Snap-on guy is checking for us.

dchapman February 21st, 2011 09:23 PM

They're all over eBay.

JSQ February 22nd, 2011 10:07 AM

EEEK!

nosivad_bor February 22nd, 2011 06:39 PM

April 1st is like 6 weeks away. I don't get it.

david despain February 23rd, 2011 11:02 AM

In my area there is currently a "pay and play" promo going on. each dealer gets a grill to give away and all the dealers in the area (about 100) get one epiq box combo to give away. The epiq combo is pretty sweet. rollcab and topbox and side boxes, its a very large combo.
Make your weekly payment and you get a stamp in the booklet. eight stamps gets you one entry to the giveaway.

Bruno February 23rd, 2011 01:26 PM

I can't figure out where one would put that grill.

I don't cook in my garage. It would look hideous on the deck.

traveltoad February 23rd, 2011 03:24 PM

Maybe on the rear deck of your expedition trailer?

johnlee February 23rd, 2011 04:42 PM

You guys are crazy. This grill is awesome.

I still want it. I want it even more than I did before you guys ragged on it.

dchapman February 23rd, 2011 05:53 PM

I can't find it online, but I remember an episode of Monster House on the Discovery Channel that reminds me of this grill. On the same Monster House, they installed a Honda in the bedroom. I specifically remember them making an egg beater out of a pneumatic die grinder, too.

When John gets his Snap-on grill, I'm sending him a set of these.

greghirst February 23rd, 2011 10:03 PM

You'll be the toast of the trailer park.


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