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Old 07-24-2009, 05:04 PM   #21
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I think Craftsman has a good one for about $70.00 or so. Yes, You set the torque, and it will cklick when it is achieved.

X2 I have the 1/2" drive Craftsman that I will assume you are talking about, and it works great.


I also have a 3/8" drive Snap-On that I reserve for the important stuff like engine work, etc.

The Snap-On is obviously of far superior in quality, but will cost you a pretty penny, and is not necessary for most work.
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Check pawns shops too. Some people will say no but right now with the economy the way it is you can find a ton of stuff (some quality stuff) for relatively cheap. Just a thought.
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X2 I have the 1/2" drive Craftsman that I will assume you are talking about, and it works great.
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Check pawns shops too. Some people will say no but right now with the economy the way it is you can find a ton of stuff (some quality stuff) for relatively cheap. Just a thought.
Good idea. I am watching a few on Ebay, Amazon and elsewhere....should have one before the weekend is out. I am basically trying to upgrade and fill out my tool chest with a few things I didn't have. I gave up trying to stick with any one brand...now I just look for the best tool for the purpose and get it.
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just found a 1/2" drive 20 - 250 foot pounds for ~80 bucks.

I should have qualified that it is a Husky Pro from Home Depot.
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just found a 1/2" drive 20 - 250 foot pounds for ~80 bucks.
There's tons out there for ~$80. I'm trying to get mine cheaper.....
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I almost got a Gear Wrench from Amazon for nearly $200 bucks, but just happen to see one in Home Depot for more than 1/2 the price. I'm happy
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I almost got a Gear Wrench from Amazon for nearly $200 bucks, but just happen to see one in Home Depot for more than 1/2 the price. I'm happy
Yeah, GearWrench is made by Danaher which also makes Kobalt, KG, Matco and several other brands. There is one for sale on Ebay starting at like a buck, new, or used once maybe. I almost bid on it.....
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I've been using a Taiwanese made one 10-80lbft that I got off Amazon for like $25 shipped.

Spose my Taco's going to fall apart.
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i learned my lesson the hard way, not to use cheap crappy tools. You either break the tool while working on what ever your doing, causing you to smash your hand/knuckles into the ground, or you strip/round off the bolt you are so desperatly trying not to, by purchasing the cheap(right now tool) to begin with. Ill stick with the craftsman/matco/snap on/mac tools
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I've been using a Taiwanese made one 10-80lbft that I got off Amazon for like $25 shipped.

Spose my Taco's going to fall apart.

Eh, I'm sure it will work for the smaller stuff. What do you use it for?

80 ft pounds isn't nearly enough for wheel lugs. You want to be at about 70-75% of your total capacity or lower. If not, you run a high risk of quickly decalibrating the wrench.
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Eh, I'm sure it will work for the smaller stuff. What do you use it for?

80 ft pounds isnt nearly enough for wheel lugs. You want to be at about 70-75% of your total capacity. If not, you run a high risk of quickly decalibrating the wrench.
Mainly just the oil pan drain plug. I may look into something higher quality for spark plug and wheel work...but I got a good long time before I need to worry about either of those.

Most stuff works fine with just the German torque wrench anyway...gudnteight.
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Mainly just the oil pan drain plug. I may look into something higher quality for spark plug and wheel work...but I got a good long time before I need to worry about either of those.

Most stuff works fine with just the German torque wrench anyway...gudnteight.
Gotcha.

Yea I forgot to throw in some information that was pretty critical to my statement. I meant to say, "You want to be at about 70-75% of your total capacity or lower."
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After reading the reviews here it looks like everyone is having the same problem with the Craftsman. Maybe its just that model. Something about a ring near the handle that breaks. Almost 30 reviews with the same problem. And Sears only fixes them for 1 year.

I don't want to spend $200 for an electronic model. So, I am starting to shop other brands.
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After reading the reviews here it looks like everyone is having the same problem with the Craftsman. Maybe its just that model. Something about a ring near the handle that breaks. Almost 30 reviews with the same problem. And Sears only fixes them for 1 year.

I am starting to shop other brands.
Yup, I've got a craftsman that has a "locking ring" on the handle that broke as well. Piece of crap. And Craftsman stated they would have to send it back to the company to have it repaired, at my expense. Went out and picked up the Husky.
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Yup, I've got a craftsman that has a "locking ring" on the handle that broke as well. Piece of crap. And Craftsman stated they would have to send it back to the company to have it repaired, at my expense. Went out and picked up the Husky.
Wow.. lame. I have the digital torque wrench.. been doin well with it for years. Husky is a great one as well. Everything else, you can buy crap - but something as precise as a torque wrench - buy quality

However - once i was using some random crap china made sockets and i couldn’t turn a bolt.. i put a craftsman wrench on the same bolt and took it right off.. Been a craftsman man ever since
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I bought a Powerbuilt ( Taiwanese made) torque wrench rated for 160Lbs. It cost around $55 and so far has held up well. I don't use it often, but when you need it, its handy. I got the super high torque rating because I had to torque a crank pulley which required 155Lbs. But now I have a wrench that will pretty much work for any setting.
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OK, I got my Craftsman 20-250 troque wrench for $36. Excellent condition! I used it last night. I set it to 80 ft/lbs and put on 4 Gorilla wheel locks. Now, since I have never used one, I torqued it until there was a "click/click" in raqpid succession. This is where I stopped. Did I use it correctly? Or should I continue torquing until it slips entirely and won't torque any longer?
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