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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: SubieRubyRoo] #5116477
05/26/19 03:57 PM
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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.


You mean the one that got cherry picked.

Took me three tries to get one that actually worked. The third has torqued a good many lug nuts without flying apart.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: BrownBox88] #5116491
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Originally Posted by BrownBox88
Give it back for a new one. HF torque wrenches have lifetime warranty and I've done this many times.


Not for torque wrench. Unless the user still store the paper that said "Lifetime warranty".
Otherwise it is only 90 days for Torque Wrench.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: demarpaint] #5116495
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Originally Posted by demarpaint
I'd see if they warranty it. LOL If not for $10 I'd buy another.


Since I'm always misplacing stuff, I could lose 31 of these for one Snap On.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5116536
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Originally Posted by eljefino
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


I was replying to Chris 142 with that when he mentioned the Icon brand HF created.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: Trav] #5116594
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Originally Posted by Trav
Originally Posted by eljefino
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


I was replying to Chris 142 with that when he mentioned the Icon brand HF created.

I see now. Sorry about that.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: JMJNet] #5117397
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Originally Posted by JMJNet
Originally Posted by BrownBox88
Give it back for a new one. HF torque wrenches have lifetime warranty and I've done this many times.


Not for torque wrench. Unless the user still store the paper that said "Lifetime warranty".
Otherwise it is only 90 days for Torque Wrench.


Maybe you are confusing this with Craftsman? The Harbor Freight site shows lifetime warranty for these gems.

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5117556
05/27/19 07:11 PM
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Let's face it. Nothing from Harbor Freight is great. As a professional, you will want something better. As a guy in the driveway, Harbor Freight tools work.

It's a good wrench, if you are not looking for precision. It gets you "close enough". I use it all the time for lug nuts. For decades, I would change a tire or rotate tires, tighten the best that I could using that X shaped lug wrench, then finish it by pulling on one side and stepping down on the other side. It never failed. I never lost a wheel going down the road. The Harbor Freight torque wrench no gets me a lot closer to the actual torque spec.

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: csandste] #5117593
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Originally Posted by csandste
Originally Posted by demarpaint
I'd see if they warranty it. LOL If not for $10 I'd buy another.


Since I'm always misplacing stuff, I could lose 31 of these for one Snap On.

That sounds about right. wink


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5118048
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Just puttin' this out there... I have a Snap On 1/2" drive torque wrench. I bought it when I was nineteen. I'm 53 now. It's never broken and twice when I sent it in to be calibrated, it came back needing nothing. I believe I paid 250 for it back when I bought it. I've owned it 34 years. This works out to 7.35 a year.
It's earned it's keep many times over and one day, my son will have it.

I hate to sound like a fan boy but sometimes you gotta buy the good stuff.

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: Trav] #5118081
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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



Agree. Really like mine. Wouldn’t pay $100 for HF when I could have one of those...

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: NYEngineer] #5118108
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Originally Posted by NYEngineer
I hate to sound like a fan boy but sometimes you gotta buy the good stuff.



You are correct. Sometimes you have to go for the best. If this is a tool of the trade, and you make a living but with it, you buy the best. If I walk into a shop, and see a mechanic with Harbor Freight, I would reconsider.

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: BrownBox88] #5118286
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Originally Posted by BrownBox88
Give it back for a new one. HF torque wrenches have lifetime warranty and I've done this many times.

Yep. The screws backed out of mine and the pieces fell out. I returned it in pieces and got a new one.


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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: BigD1] #5118433
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Originally Posted by BigD1
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.


You mean the one that got cherry picked.

Took me three tries to get one that actually worked. The third has torqued a good many lug nuts without flying apart.


Yes, they seem to have cherry picked the ones they tested.



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Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5118834
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I've seen plenty of worn out ratchets in American made tools as well. Yeah and snap on's too.

Re: HF torque wrench wore out [Re: eljefino] #5119305
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When Snap On tool break - "You abused it"
When HF tool breaks - "It is piece of junk"

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