Torque Wrench - what to buy

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  1. Geo4K

    Geo4K Just your average Gearhead.

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    Alrighty FABO folks, I didn't need a torque wrench for tearing parts off my car, but stuff is ready to go back on, it's time!

    Give me your suggestions!!!

    Thanks!

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  2. dano

    dano Evil Handy Man

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    The Home Depot Huskey 1/2 is Made in the USA. The 3/8 used to be. The 1/4 is not. I have the 1/2 and its a nice piece. If your building $50k racing engines then look to something better but for the all around garage Joe it works well.
     
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    toolmanmike Moderator Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    Foot pound? Torque range? What parts do you need to torque? Many low torque ft/lb wrenches are 15-75# and high torque are often 50-250# You often need both or spend big $$$ and get a digital one that does both.
     
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    NodakDuster Well-Known Member

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    I have had good use from the Kobalt wrenches from Lowe's. Their torque wrenches are nice and if taken care of last (remove spring pressure every time you put them away).
     
  5. Bad Sport

    Bad Sport HALF A BUBBLE OFF Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    I bought one of these, and it seems to work well.

    http://www.brownlinemetalworks.com/torque-wrench

    When I got my wrench, it had some problems, I called them and they, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, sent me another one that was upgraded to include the plastic storage case AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!

    They even included a return shipping label. Everything on their dime.

    It got here and I opened the package, swapped them out, stuck the return label on and handed it right back to the UPS driver.

    Talk about customer service!!
     
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    FJRdoc FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    I purchased Harbor Freight torque wrenches in 1/2, 3/8, and 1/4" with one of their regular $9.99 coupons that they list regularly. They may be cheap but the advertised tolerances wer as good as more expensive wrenches. Like mentioned before, just turn back the tension on the spring when you're finished using them.
     
  7. Bad Sport

    Bad Sport HALF A BUBBLE OFF Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    Yeah, people knock the horror freight stuff, but some of it is actually not bad and furthermore a lot of it is American made which a lot of folks don't realize.

    I checked my HF wrench against the digital I posted above, and they are in sync with one another.
     
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    emsvitil Well-Known Member

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    It's also easy to adjust the calibration on the HF wrenches.


    Plus they have a lifetime warranty.
     
  9. FJRdoc

    FJRdoc FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    I agree. I got three sizes of torque wrenches for $40 + tax. Kinda hard to beat that.
     
  10. Geo4K

    Geo4K Just your average Gearhead.

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    #-o

    Well, yes, I should have mentioned this!

    For now it is the ft suspension. Haven't looked too deep, but I thought I saw some torque values about 100 ft lbs. A bit after that would be engine reassembly. I appreciate all the info so far - thanks all.
     
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    Check Amazon.....
     
  12. DartIan

    DartIan Goof Squad

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    I'll be the first to say it. Snap On. Buy it once don't have to buy another another.
    If you brought your car in for service at a dealer. Would you want them to torque your lug nuts with a snap on or a harbor freight? I know my answer. Especially if it comes down to safety of me and others on the road.
     
  13. mopowers

    mopowers Well-Known Member

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    I would want them using one that worked correctly, regardless of brand.
     
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    Bad Sport HALF A BUBBLE OFF Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    Yep!
     
  15. Geo4K

    Geo4K Just your average Gearhead.

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    Not really asking where to buy - was more looking towards brand recommendations. Once I've settled on that I'll give Amazon a shot to compare cost. I do try to support local shops too and a mom and pop if at all possible. If the price delta is too great I'll go to a large business - or a "Other Than Small" in the vernacular of my job... It's nice I have that choice with my money, I don't always have it when I am spending yours!

    I've got plenty to read up on and then make a selection. Opinions offered here are really appreciated and will help me make that important Informed Decision.
     
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    66340SEDAN FABO Member #3649 FABO Gold Member

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    I have some older Craftsman ones in both ft lbs and inch lbs and both work great over the years :glasses7:
     
  17. RustyRatRod

    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    The Craftsman beam type are great. They work well and virtually last forever.
     
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    buy quality but have it calibrated, I bought a couple of 3/8 US made units, +$200 each, had them checked and they were way off, they are now certified correct, dont take it for granted.
     
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    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    I have a nice snap on dial-type I bought off Ebay, where fid you get it certified? Cost?
     
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    crash520 Well-Known Member

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    Seabee, I'm in Australia sorry, you'll probably find a local place if you google it
     
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    emsvitil Well-Known Member

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    If you don't need it certified, you can calibrate it yourself........

    (just remember the definition of ftlbs.........)
     
  22. Abodybomber

    Abodybomber Breaking street machines , since 1983.....:) Legendary Member

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    Any good tool truck ,can do it.. Or better yet : Contact ToolManMike.. A Mac dealer,that tells it like it really is.. ( He has treated me ,well...) Snap On & H.F, aren't the only answers....
     
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    MOPARMITCH Mekong Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    KD Tool or Gearwrench are also great brands. Easco is another. All tools available at Professional Auto Parts Stores.
     
  24. Louie70Dart

    Louie70Dart Southern IL. Complete opposite of k-town FABO Gold Member

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  25. halifaxhops

    halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

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    I actually had a few of them While I was calibrating wrenches in the USAF, Put them on the bench and they were just as good as snapon/CDI wrenches.
     
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