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Old 03-03-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
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I need a new torque wrench. Where should I get one and do you guys have any recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:41 PM   #2
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I picked up a craftsman one about a month ago on sale for about 70 bucks comes with a case too =)
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
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Where did you get it from?
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:47 PM   #4
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i would say he got it from sears
what ever brand you get. make sure to keep it stored with no tension on the spring
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:49 PM   #5
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:03 PM   #6
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Check Ebay for craftsman torque wrenches.
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:26 PM   #7
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Can't go wrong with Craftsman. Can buy Craftsman at Kmart now too, since Sears bought Kmart a couple of years ago. I have a Harbor Frieght, cheap to buy. Seems ok, but if I used a torque wrench more than once or twice a year I'd get a Craftsman rather than a cheapo HF.
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:28 PM   #8
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snap-on
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:47 PM   #9
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craftsman's been great for the 4-5 times a year it comes out of the toolbox.
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:07 PM   #10
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Will the torque wrench be considered under their lifetime warranty?
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:07 PM   #11
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You can't do better than Snap-On. I've had mine for about 25 years. I use it often,so every 6-10 years I send it to their Nevada facility for recalibration,a process that takes less than a week including shipping.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:41 PM   #12
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I've got a Craftsman, one of the manual ones though. Works well and seems accurate (after verifying with en electronic one). I think it was bout $25.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:24 PM   #13
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i wouldnt be building an engine with a harbor freight torque wrench let me tell you....
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:47 PM   #14
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I have a craftsmen. I broke the locking collar thing after about 10 years. I exchanged it with no problem, it's lifetime warranty. I've built at least 20 engines with it no problems.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:58 PM   #15
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i love my snap-on tech angle, it's digital and instantly converts from ft/lbs to nm to in lbs. and the best part, it does torque angle. all very good functions.
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:37 AM   #16
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love my Husky 1/2" drive TW! Homer Depot $90 with a nice case. no complaints at all after 4 years of use.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:08 AM   #17
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Craftsman only warranties torque wrenches for 90 days now. I broke the locking collar as well and they wouldn't exchange it. I got a good ten years of use out of it though. So, I went to Home Depot and bought a husky for $80. They have a lifetime warranty.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:13 AM   #18
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I have a Snap on 3/8 drive and 1/2in drive...they are expensive but worth it!
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:33 AM   #19
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Only the beam type wrenches are covered under Craftsman's lifetime warranty. The clickers are not. I would either get a Husky from Home Depot (lifetime warranty) or a Harbor Freight one. I've had both and they were the same to me. I kept the HF ones because I paid $25 for a 3/8" and 1/2" compared to $74 for a 3/8" Husky that didn't have as much range as the Harbor Freight.
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i love my snap-on tech angle, it's digital and instantly converts from ft/lbs to nm to in lbs. and the best part, it does torque angle. all very good functions.
i have the same one! haha. comes in handy for head bolts, cam sprocket bolts, and crank pulleys if you really feel like doing it by the book
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:16 AM   #21
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What's a good electric one with lifetime warranty? Which size would you guys recommend 1/2" or 3/8"?
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:51 PM   #22
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What's a good electric one with lifetime warranty? Which size would you guys recommend 1/2" or 3/8"?
It would depend on the need and torque range you're looking at to determine if you want 1/2" or 3/8", I went with a 1/2" since most of the things I need to torque down are on the higher end and I like the overall feel of it.

Why do you need an electric (assuming you mean digital) one? The manual ones are just fine, and much cheaper than a digital.
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Old 04-22-2008, 03:07 PM   #23
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You can't do better than Snap-On. I've had mine for about 25 years. I use it often,so every 6-10 years I send it to their Nevada facility for recalibration,a process that takes less than a week including shipping.

how much does this cost?

i have a snap-on torque-wrench for a few years now
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Old 04-22-2008, 03:28 PM   #24
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It would depend on the need and torque range you're looking at to determine if you want 1/2" or 3/8", I went with a 1/2" since most of the things I need to torque down are on the higher end and I like the overall feel of it.

Why do you need an electric (assuming you mean digital) one? The manual ones are just fine, and much cheaper than a digital.
The main use would be for torquing down the lug nuts, tranny fluid bolts, and lsd fluid bolts. Probably nothing over 120ft/lb. I've been keeping my eyes on a digital one and would like to get one.

So which digital one should I get and should it be 1/2" or 3/8"?

Say I get the 3/8"; are there adapters that can convert it to 1/2" on the other end?
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Yeah, every socket set should come with adapters for just about any conversion you're looking for (except big steps like 5/8 to 3/8 or something like that).

Since you would be using it for higher torquing, I would get the 1/2" drive and call it a day.....love mine, and it's great for lug nuts.
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