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Old 11-17-2010, 01:09 PM
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What Torque wrench to buy?

What Torque wrench to buy?

What do you guys have?

Homedepot $79
Husky Brand. Lifetime warranty
20-100 ft./lbs. range
3/8

Lowes $74
Kobalt Brand. Lifetime warranty
10-100 ft./lbs. range
3/8

Northern Tools $34.99
5-80 ft./lbs. torque range
3/8

Harbor freight
pittsburgh. Lifetime warranty.
0 to 80 ft./lbs. range
3/8

SK Tools. 1 Year Warranty.
Part No. Drive English Length Price
74026 3/8" 25-250 in.lb. (1 in.lb.) 13.40" $ 160.80
74104 3/8" 10-100 ft.lb. (.5ft.lb.) 18.00" $ 162.87

Sears
Craftsman Beam Torque Wrench $25
3/8 in. Drive
Sears item# 00944690000 Mfr. model# 44690

Craftsman Torque Wrench $80 1 Year Warranty
3/8 in. Drive
Sears item# 00944594000 Mfr. model# 44594
10-75 ft./lbs. range

Craftsman Torque Wrench, $120 1 Year Warranty
3/8 in. Drive
Sears item# 00944596000 Mfr. model# 44596
5 to 80 ft. lb

Craftsman Professional Torque Wrench, $175 2 Year Warranty
3/8 in. Drive 15 to 75 ft./lbs.
Sears item# 00934883000 Mfr. model# 810756

Craftsman Professional Torque Wrench, $165 2 Year Warranty
3/8 in. Drive 4 to 20 Nm
Sears item# 00934882000 Mfr. model# 810776






Was thinking about this one from HB ($20 today, but its gonna be $11.99 on blackfriday)
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...rench-239.html
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:52 PM
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I prefer to use one using in/lbs instead of ft/lbs since most aluminum engines i work on specify torque using in/lbs. Cheaper is better tho one i have was $357 from Snap On and it's digital with only + - 2% tolerance..plus i can have it checked whenever the snap on truck roles through to make sure it's still "true".
Techwrench model TECH2R100
3/8
17 1/2 long
servicable
it displays as
in/lb 60-1200
ft/lb 5-100
nm 6.7-135

audible or vibrating handle warning when at torque
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ya deffinetly dont cheap out on a torque wrench.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:09 PM
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I really like the Precision Instruments split beam style models. Havent tried any of their others yet but might be getting one of their micrometer click ones soon.

They used to make Snap-On's torque wrenchs...not sure if they still do or not.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:13 PM
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2nd on precision instroments,outstanding torque wrench, on the one's you listed,
sk tools is the only one i'd trust.stay away from home depot & lowes for a torque wrench. sears only as a last resort
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:14 AM
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Torque wrenches are most accurate in the middle portion of their range. So before you decide on ONE, you need to take a look at the torque specs you are looking to use it on. For example, oil pan bolts on my car are 9ft lb but the lug nuts are 85ft/lb. Although one wrench could theoretically cover both, a wrench used to torque down lug nuts will almost always over torque the oil pan bolts causing it to leak.

I prefer to have two wrenches because of the wide range. I have a Craftsman 25-250INCH/lbs.... and a Mac tools 10-100 FEET/lb.

And for the love of god, save yourself a headache and stay away from split beam set ups... get a digital or at least clicker style.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:09 PM
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And for the love of god, save yourself a headache and stay away from split beam set ups... get a digital or at least clicker style.
Go easy on the split beams. They're much less likely to go out of calibration than a clicker, don't suffer from a weakening spring (you know that a clicker MUST be stored at a setting in the lower half of its range), and have no parts to fail.

I've got half a dozen clickers and one dial (and no split beams, although the dial kind of works that way), because they're so much more convenient, but if you have some patience, the split beams are a good value, and are very reliable.
Oh, and if you only have clickers, you can't look at the torque it takes to remove a bolt (which I've done, in checking other's work).
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