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2005 3.0 R n totaled
I had thought this to be true for some time -- I've been using beam type torque wrenches with pivoting handles (as well as clickers) for years. But this thread got me thinking more about the idea, so I set up an experiment.The handle has a pivot because you have to apply force on the handle at a specific point for the wrench to be accurate. . . So, when turning a nut or bolt the handle should be balanced on it's pivot point at all times. This style of wrench works off the idea that the metal in the thick part of the wrench will bend when force is applied at the handle end. If the handle were pivoted so its edge touched the main, thick section of the wrench you would be changing the effective length of that section and it could bend slightly less.