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Power bars

Discussion in 'Tools' started by Flexin, Nov 18, 2013.

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

    Apr 25, 2012
    Truck Driver
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Anyone who has been on the site for a bit might have heard me talk about power bars once or twice (or 15 but who is counting). I'm not talking about the electrical power bar that you have your computer and all the other items plugged into. I'm talking about a hand tool.

    Power bars are great when you get a nut that is tough to get off with a regular wrench. With the longer handle of a power bar you can get more leverage, and this will normally break the nut free.

    I find that great for removing lug nuts on cars. The OEM tire wrenches are not the best. Some are too short to get enough leverage to break free a nut that was put on with a air tool the last time you had your tires off at a garage. Plus the factory one normally doesn't work will with a set of after market rims.

    That was my problem. I bought after market rims for a car I had about 16 years ago. The rims (American Racing) had holes that were not much bigger then the lug nut. A standard OEM tire wrench was going to be way too big to fit in the hole and it would also not be long enough to reach the nuts. So I bought a power bar at Canadian Tire. With that I bought the proper sized deep socket to go with my lug nuts. This allowed me to change them and also made it easier getting them off.

    Be careful putting things on. With the extra leverage you can over tighten nuts which can cause you problems. Because of this, a torque wrench can help you get a nut on tight, but without damaging the part you installing.

    Here is where buying a quality tool comes in handy. You are applying a lot of force to this tool and a lot of times you need it when you can just grab another tool off the shelf (like when your sitting on the side of the road with a flat) so you want the tool to last. But you don't have to pay big money. I bought mine on sale and it is a great tool. It is made by Mastercraft which is their brand and I have had great experiences with them. I still have my power bar today 16+ years later and plan on having it for many years to come. Maybe I will hand it down to my kids.

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  2. rocketfish

    rocketfish New Member

    Nov 25, 2013
    I've eaten pizza's that were larger than the wrenches that come with cars these days.

    Each of our vehicles have a large old style lug wrench, but I like this power bar - definitely a space saver in the smaller car.
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