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Torque Wrench - What online vendor?

I'd like to purchase a nutimeter torque wrench from an online vendor. Can anyone suggest a site and/or a recommended wrench? Thanks!

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Mac or Snapon...both are going to cost $$, but when it comes to a torque wrench you don't want to skimp.
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I have 2 Craftsman torque wrenches that have scales for both foot pounds and Newton Meters. You shold be able to get them online at www.sears.com.

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I have 2 Craftsman torque wrenches that have scales for both foot pounds and Newton Meters. You shold be able to get them online at www.sears.com.
Those the 'clicker' kind, David?? That's what Monte and I use down at the storage unit. Each one of 'em overlaps the other by a small spread. Just gotta remember to zero 'em out after use, cuz I heard they might take a 'set' if left cranked high, and then stored.

Keep an eye out for Sear's annual tool sale and the hit isn't so bad!!
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Just a little useless info to thoroughly confuse everyone, most click type torque wrenches are accurate to 4% clockwise and 6% counterclockwise within the range of 20% of full scale to 100% of full scale. That is to say a 200 inch pound max setting wrench set to say 50 inch pounds and used in the CW direction should yield a torque accuracy of 48-52 inch pounds. This will be true as long as the unit has been properly calibrated. It is also true that leaving the adjustment barrel turned up to a high setting for a lengthly time will weaken the spring inside the wrench, once weakened it will not return to original length and may become uncalibratable unless repaired. So turn those click type torque wrenches to the lowest setting on the barrel when finished using. Most dial type torque wrenches will produce a higher accuracy with these units coming in at 1% or 2% of reading from 20% to 100% of FS both CW and CCW directions and you won't have to turn them down after use. I have calibrated many brands and types of torque devices and have found most major brands to be very good, Snap-On, MAC, CDI, Craftsman, Stanley-Proto, Sturtevant Richmont to name a few. For best accuracy a torque device needs to be exercised before using (make it click or make the dial pointer move several cycles by holding the square drive stationary).

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Just a little useless info to thoroughly confuse everyone, most click type torque wrenches are accurate to 4% clockwise and 6% counterclockwise within the range of 20% of full scale to 100% of full scale, until you use it as a hammer.
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Those the 'clicker' kind, David?? That's what Monte and I use down at the storage unit. Each one of 'em overlaps the other by a small spread. Just gotta remember to zero 'em out after use, cuz I heard they might take a 'set' if left cranked high, and then stored.

Keep an eye out for Sear's annual tool sale and the hit isn't so bad!!
Yep, them's the ones, and exactly the same reason I have the two of them. I heard you don't want to store them set to zero, but keep a small amount cranked in to them when put away. I keep them set about 10-15% up from dead bottom, that should be OK, don't ya think?

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I keep them set about 10-15% up from dead bottom, that should be OK, don't ya think?
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I'd like to purchase a nutimeter torque wrench from an online vendor. Can anyone suggest a site and/or a recommended wrench? Thanks!
Greetings and welcome to our little web site. I have a Craftsman digital and have had excellent results. I don't recommend the "clicker" types because they have not been as accurate as the digital read-out type.

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I keep them set about 10-15% up from dead bottom, that should be OK, don't ya think?
Well, I don't know, David. I keep mine flatnear horizontal, cuz the tool drawer where they live is rather thin and at 10-15% up from dead bottom, the drawer wouldn't close!!

Siriusly, I'd have to get my instructions out and read 'em for the first time, butt I hear folks say that you want'em relaxed when you store 'em, so that percentage from dead bottom oughta do it.

BTW - anyone know an easy DIY'er trick to calibrating these thangs, or do they gotta be sent off to the calibration station in the nation?
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BTW - anyone know an easy DIY'er trick to calibrating these thangs, or do they gotta be sent off to the calibration station in the nation?
Yeah Dick,

Measure the distance from the center of the drive to a point out on the arm and hang a weight on it with the drive in a bench vise.

If the arm is 12" and you hang 10 lbs on it - that represents 10 FtLbs. Not perfect but should reveal a significant defect should it happen. Try to rig it up for mid scale torque test.

I never worked in a calibration lab but I stayed in Holiday Inn last night.

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I have been away from the Calibration Lab environment since my previous employer closed its doors in NJ a couple of years ago but we use to sub out some of the torque wrench work to an OSV. Angle Repair in Beckley, WV did a fairly decent repair and/or calibration with quick turn time and fair prices. They will even supply a Calibration Certification traceable to NIST if required (at additional cost of course). Click on the link for more info: http://www.anglerepair.com/

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I have been away from the Calibration Lab environment since my previous employer closed its doors in NJ a couple of years ago but we use to sub out some of the torque wrench work to an OSV. Angle Repair in Beckley, WV did a fairly decent repair and/or calibration with quick turn time and fair prices. They will even supply a Calibration Certification traceable to NIST if required (at additional cost of course). Click on the link for more info: http://www.anglerepair.com/
Check out the ISO Certification of this lab. They will certify instruments to 2,000 ft/lb. Must be for the CAT D's !
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