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Unread 05-31-2012, 07:22 AM   #1
Baldum
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Good Torque Wrench?

Hi guys,

I've never owned a torque wrench, but my ambitions are getting ahead of my tool chest. I'm starting to do clutch work, so I believe it's time to invest in a decent torque wrench.

I see them at all kinds of price ranges. Is there a particular brand and model anyone would recommend? I'm going for the best bang for my buck here, but I don't want buyers remorse.

I don't have too much of a desire to get the top of the line.

Thanks!

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Unread 05-31-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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I bought one from Sears. Think it was around $80 works pretty good.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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The size of the torque wrench is going to be a determining factor in price as much as the brand is. I've been really impressed with the Proto wrenches we use here at work and last I checked, they were reasonably priced.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 03:03 PM   #4
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I would skip the Craftsman torque wrenches. They don't hold calibration worth a damn and the adjustment mechanism is poor. I would step up and buy a good brand for a torque wrench. Like a Mac, Proto, Snap-On, Matco, etc. Chances are as a DIYer you will never need to recalibrate whereas my Craftsman wrench I've had to warranty twice. For the record, there is no lifetime warranty on torque wrenches, but if you get the (dumb) cashier at Sears they will warranty it like anything else.

What I actually use for my 25-250 range is an old Husky 1/2 drive that has held up very well and has a good positive adjustment mechanism. To be honest I wish I had a 10-100 range wrench, that will cover most everything I have needed. Although there are still some jobs where my micro-torque is needed (like engine assembly) or where the big one is needed (like suspension, wheel bearings, etc). Bottom line is there's no perfect one-size-fits-all wrench.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 06:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the tips.

I'm glad to already rule out Craftsman, it reinforces my current opinion of them
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Unread 05-31-2012, 06:37 PM   #6
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Yeah... I don't have a lot good to say about them. They are "ok" for a DIYer but once you've handled nice tools you'll see how mediocre they are. I'll admit most of my stuff is Craftsman but that's because it is affordable for things I rarely use and available when I need it. Many of my more-used tools are actually swap meet finds from quality brands.
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