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HF torque wrench wore out #5116155
05/26/19 09:31 AM
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eljefino Offline OP
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$10 1/2 drive. I never used it beyond the 150 ft-lb it's rated for. Started skipping and we get what we've got here, chinesium!

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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116165
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How do you get the guts of a torque wrench that rusty/nasty? How accurate do you think that $10 torque wrench ever was? Of all the tools to go cheap on a t-wrench shouldn't be one.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116173
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You got exactly what you paid for.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116207
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You saved $300! Compare to Snap on at $310 LOL


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116217
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Looks like Dirt or what ever got into the teeth which prevented them from fully engaging. Those cheap torque wrenches are surprisingly accurate.

Harbor freight now has a very good one called "Icon". Cost about $100. Check it out.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: Chris142] #5116222
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For a few bucks more you can have a USA made one from Precision. 3/8 split beam..

https://www.amazon.com/Precision-In...mp;psc=1&refRID=RQBJBG98QPXRBFFSN4B0


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116227
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Give it back for a new one. HF torque wrenches have lifetime warranty and I've done this many times.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: Trav] #5116271
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Originally Posted by Trav
For a few bucks more you can have a USA made one from Precision. 3/8 split beam..

https://www.amazon.com/Precision-In...mp;psc=1&refRID=RQBJBG98QPXRBFFSN4B0



$118 vs $10!

All I used the old one for was axle nuts and lug nuts. shrug

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116283
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That's the thing about many HF tools, you buy needing to use it once, maybe a few times but don't expect a lifetime of service.

Personally I'd get a 250 ft lb in 1/2" size, there are a few on Amazon under $100 but again they are arguably not a lifetime ownership tool, just expected to last longer, not just from material quality but also being designed to withstand 250 ft lbs. This Tekton is one example:

https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24340-2-Inch-ft-lb-33-9-338-9/dp/B00C5ZL1NS

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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: AZjeff] #5116287
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Originally Posted by AZjeff
How accurate do you think that $10 torque wrench ever was?


+/- 4% according to a Hot Rod Magazine test a couple years back.

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116326
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I'd see if they warranty it. LOL If not for $10 I'd buy another.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: Trav] #5116363
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Originally Posted by Trav
For a few bucks more you can have a USA made one from Precision. 3/8 split beam..

https://www.amazon.com/Precision-In...mp;psc=1&refRID=RQBJBG98QPXRBFFSN4B0


Few=$110


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: TheLawnRanger] #5116372
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Originally Posted by TheLawnRanger
Originally Posted by Trav
For a few bucks more you can have a USA made one from Precision. 3/8 split beam..

https://www.amazon.com/Precision-In...mp;psc=1&refRID=RQBJBG98QPXRBFFSN4B0


Few=$110


apparently you guys didn't see Trav was referring to the post tabout the harbor freight icon that runs around $100


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116406
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Several years ago when Craftsman was clearancing all the USA made tools to get the Chinese ones in i bought a USA made torque wrench on clearance.
I later found out that the guys on garage journal say it's junk.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: SubieRubyRoo] #5116457
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Originally Posted by SubieRubyRoo
Originally Posted by AZjeff
How accurate do you think that $10 torque wrench ever was?

+/- 4% according to a Hot Rod Magazine test a couple years back.

Yeah, but how many times? smirk


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