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$10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench #5320192 01/11/20 07:46 PM
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Is this accurate enough for the occasional weekend use? Just did my spark plugs and my large Craftsman only goes as low as 20 ft/lbs and I needed 9-10. I'd use this maybe 3-4 times a year.

I see some cheap ones on Amazon for $25-40 so I wonder how decent the $10 one is from Harbor Freight.


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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5320203 01/11/20 07:53 PM
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I think it'll be good enough for things like spark plugs & wheel lug nuts.
I too just bought this torque wrench for $10. I only want to keep/use it in my cars trunk, should I have a tire repair on the road. I still want to be able to put accurate/even torque on each lug nut out on the road. Even if this torque wrench isn't accurate as a better wrench, It'll be accurate enough for this while out on the road.


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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5320231 01/11/20 08:25 PM
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You can get an 8 point socket (or an allen slug, etc) and compare against your Craftsman where the values overlap!

Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5320252 01/11/20 08:47 PM
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I have all 3 of their torque wrenches. Mine are about 6 years old now so I dont know if they are better or worse but every once in a while I will take them over to a buddy who has a nice old Craftsman that he still sends in for calibration and they are always within 5% of his. I have noticed that its a good idea to lower the range and torque once to click after it has sat awhile. A couple times I got higher readings on the first use. The one really great part is that they are very repeatable.

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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5320263 01/11/20 09:02 PM
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I have heard good things about them. When I looked at them every one in the store was used and broken.


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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: eljefino] #5320299 01/11/20 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
You can get an 8 point socket (or an allen slug, etc) and compare against your Craftsman where the values overlap!
The simplest accurate way to check a torque wrench is to put it on something that won't turn, and hang an accurately known weight from the handle, and multiply the weight by the relevant distance. My old cheap Kmart beam wrench checks ok that way.


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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5320304 01/11/20 09:40 PM
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I have all 3 sizes and they are consistent, very close to my old Craftsman, and overall a great value. My only complaint is that the click is not very loud for the 1/4" model (gotta rely more on feel than sound).


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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5320430 01/12/20 04:29 AM
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I've got the Harbor Freight 1/4 and 3/8 torque wrenches, had them for years. They still work perfectly to this day, I've never had an issue. They might be off a percent or two, but that's fine.


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They are fine for occasional home use but would not hold up to daily mechanic use.


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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5320524 01/12/20 08:22 AM
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My 3 torque wrenches are all beam and 40 years old, but I bought the HF 1/2" for lug nuts. Better than standing on my head trying to read the beam. $10 well spent. But remember to relax the spring between uses if you want to maintain any accuracy.

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So either this thing is total garbage or I'm deaf. I hear no click from this thing at all. Did I get a bad one??


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Re: $10 Harbor Freight Torque Wrench [Re: jayjr1105] #5321732 01/13/20 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by jayjr1105
So either this thing is total garbage or I'm deaf. I hear no click from this thing at all. Did I get a bad one??

Bring it back and get another one, you might have a dud.


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My 3 seem to work well but gotta admit I don't torque spark plugs.

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After dealing with countless fasteners over the last 48 years, I would trust my feel for feeling bolt clamping force, more than any $10 torque wrench. I do use a torque wrench on many other things, but it cost much more than $10 and I recently had it calibrated, and it was spot on after 17 years.

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