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torque wrenches #4449081
07/04/17 07:41 AM
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mobilaltima Offline OP
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I have my Snap On torque wrenches which I use at home. I have a barn by my grandmothers house 20 miles away where I do oil changes, small repairs etc. Im looking to buy a set of torque wrenches to keep there. Looking to buy a 1/4 in dr (40-200 in lbs) 3/8 dr (5-75 ft lbs) and 1/2 (50-250 ft lbs). Ive looked at Husky and considered them but theyre made in China. I'm skeptical on the accuracy. I dont mind buying used, I can always send them to Angle Repair if need be. What do yall recommend?

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Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449090
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Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449097
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How accurate do you need them to be? Are you doing cylinder heads or usually just lug nuts and drain plugs?

Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449101
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Harbor Freight for me. Don't believe in splitting hairs.


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Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449102
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Lug nuts, drain plugs, the occasional transmission swap. Id rather them be pretty accurate and trustworthy


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Early '99 F250 ECLB 7.3 Stroker, 223k miles
Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449114
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Harbor freight is 25% off today with coupon. Used it to put my 4cyl head back on, axel nuts on the GP and wheel torque. Perfect for home use. Mine was $9.95 years ago for 1/2 inch clicker. Checked it with a shops Snap On tool on my axel nuts a few weeks ago at 118 ft lbs after changing hubs and it was right on.


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Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449119
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The HF torque wrenches are OK. But if you want an affordable torque wrench, the Tekton ones are significantly nicer for not a lot more money. They are made in Taiwan. They look similar to the HF wrenches, but they're better made and there are some differences.

Re: torque wrenches [Re: stephen9666] #4449125
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Cheaper even when the 20-25 percent coupon is used at Harbor Freight?


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Re: torque wrenches [Re: sprite1741] #4449131
07/04/17 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted By: sprite1741
Harbor freight is 25% off today with coupon. Used it to put my 4cyl head back on, axel nuts on the GP and wheel torque. Perfect for home use. Mine was $9.95 years ago for 1/2 inch clicker. Checked it with a shops Snap On tool on my axel nuts a few weeks ago at 118 ft lbs after changing hubs and it was right on.




HERE'S the database of HF coupons. There's one there for $9.99 torque wrenches, any size.


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Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449134
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Ill pass on the HF wrenches. Bought some a few years ago they went in the garbage after one use


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Re: torque wrenches [Re: stephen9666] #4449136
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Originally Posted By: stephen9666
The HF torque wrenches are OK. But if you want an affordable torque wrench, the Tekton ones are significantly nicer for not a lot more money. They are made in Taiwan. They look similar to the HF wrenches, but they're better made and there are some differences.


I agree on the Tekton, but I just bought a mid-level, Taiwan made Capri Tools 1/4" clicker from Amazon and I love it!

1/4" Capri Torque Wrench

It has the diamond rubber grip and a nice metal retracting locking ring which is very intuitive to use.

In fact, I'm going to order a Capri Tools 1/2" model today to replace my trusty, but well worn, 1/2" Craftsman torque wrench (circa 1995).

1/2" Capri Tools Torque Wrench

Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449139
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Look at the Kobalt 1/2 and 3/8 and the Tekton 1/4 at Lowe's, for the money they are pretty decent.


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Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449146
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I have considered the Kobalt ones, though being Taiwan made Angle Repair wont service or calibrate them. They only take in US made wrenches


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Re: torque wrenches [Re: mobilaltima] #4449164
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Originally Posted By: mobilaltima
Ill pass on the HF wrenches. Bought some a few years ago they went in the garbage after one use


Can you elaborate. I have one and am wondering if I unwittingly am doing harm.

Re: torque wrenches [Re: SumpChump] #4449176
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Originally Posted By: SumpChump
Originally Posted By: mobilaltima
Ill pass on the HF wrenches. Bought some a few years ago they went in the garbage after one use


Can you elaborate. I have one and am wondering if I unwittingly am doing harm.


I have a few and for the money I found them to be pretty good. For jobs like torquing down lug nuts, the filter cap on my Pentastar engine, or scope mounts they've been very good, and accurate. Would I build a race car engine with one? No. But for what I use them for they've been very good, and save wear and tear on my more expensive torque wrenches.


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