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post #1 of 10 Old May 8th, 2009, 7:12 pm Thread Starter
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post #2 of 10 Old May 8th, 2009, 7:35 pm
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Re: best torque wrench

best ? I'd go with snap-on

adequate? craftsman

close enough? harbor freight

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Re: best torque wrench

Prices also reflect that too.

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If you're gonna use it much at all, I would not recommend a Harbor Freight tool...period. The whole purpose of a torque wrench is to get an accurate amount of torque on a critical fastener. With that in mind, go with something a bit more dependable. Snap On (my 1st choice) Matco (2nd choice) Mac Tools (3rd) Craftsman, Cornwell, etc, etc. etc.

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Re: best torque wrench

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I have three "clicker type" craftsman that are at least ten years old. For occasional use they are fine. That being said I do not know what their quality level is today.

I bring mine to work and check their accurcy on out torque wrench calibrator and so far they have always been accurate.

For heavy use I would go Snap-on.


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post #7 of 10 Old May 11th, 2009, 8:59 am
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Re: best torque wrench

I am a casual torque wrench user, and indulged myself with the Craftsman digital torque wrench. You can get them for just over $100.

It is very easy to use. A yellow light turns on when you're close the the set value. When you reach the set value, the light turns red and a tone sounds. You can set it to read in several units (ft-lbs, n-m, in-lbs).
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post #8 of 10 Old May 12th, 2009, 2:23 pm
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Re: best torque wrench

It is also a good idea to turn the torque wrench down to the lowest setting when you are done using it. Helps to keep it accurate.

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post #9 of 10 Old May 12th, 2009, 6:16 pm
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Don't overlook bending beam type wrenches. They won't shift calibration, cost less, and can be used to hold a steady torque for a while. It can withstand a lot of abuse, and still be accurate.
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+1 for beam type.

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