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Any deals for torque wrenches?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by DCJeeper, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. Jan 23, 2019 at 11:38 AM
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    DCJeeper

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    Went to HF to buy torque wrenches on Monday and found that the coupon just expired:(. Any deals for inexpensive torque wrenches? Right now I only need them for oil change and tire rotation.
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  2. Jan 23, 2019 at 11:52 AM
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    Harbor freight has a sale almost every other weekend. They'll be back soon enough. Just let it be known they are not super accurate (as one should expect with harbor freight). All ours at work failed calibration, some over torqued others under, some did both on opposite ends of the spectrum. Not significantly enough to where i would worry about a bolt coming loose or stripping on things i would normally torque by hand to "that should be good" and definitely better than counting ugga duggas with an impact.
     
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    I agree and had a pro check the calibration of mine in the past. Also, if you look at the torque adapters out these days, they are invaluable:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-drive-digital-torque-adapter-63917.html

    I have a similar 1/2in drive one, and it reads down to 5N-m. It is also great for checking the calibration of torque wrenches.

    Just in case, always store a clicker type torque wrench with the dial completely backed off.
     
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    Just curious, why would you buy the very cheapest torque wrench if you have any interest in how tight the bolt/nut is? Spend a bit more and get one that is actually repeatably accurate. Don't get me wrong, HF has some great tools, but this is not one of them (for what it is intended for).
     
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    Not to start an arguement, but I've had my HF 1/2in drive for over 20yrs installing everything from lubricated SS fasteners into cast AL threads to lug nuts to swaged crankshaft / sprocket nuts. Never an issue for me. I'm just one data point though.

    It is very true that I would never use it professionally or in a shop environment mainly because I would not trust that it would take the abuse of others using it. For that, a split beam is the better choice. For home, I never had a single doubt when caring for it.
     
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    Who are you, the referee?
     
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    Tekton has been solid so far. I've had it for a few years.
     
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    There is no way I would trust a tool from Harbor Freight to be calibrated properly. The Tekton torque wrenches are very reasonably priced and a bit more trustworthy.
     
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    The 3/8’s cheap hf torque wrench kinda sucks. It doesn’t lock in and the handle will spin to a different torque if you aren’t paying attention. And it only goes to like 60ft lbs. I love HF stuff too btw.
     
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    Check out Gear Wrench they've never done me wrong. I'm never buying harbor freight again. I've had one of their sockets explode with just a wrench on it
     
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    Get a 1/2" drive and a 3/8" adaptor or visa versa. As others have mentioned, don't buy cheap. Every year or two, have it professionally calibrated. That is very important, even for a new one before you use it for the first time, especially if it is junk cheap!
     
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    My 3/8" drive is inch pounds and the 1/2" is ft lbs
     
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    I really like that load cell unit from harbor freight, but seriously are people torquing bolts that often/careful...

    On the 3 homebuilt aircraft (including rebuilding 2 engines for them), probably only torqued connecting rod bolts, cylinder hold down bolts, prop and wing attach bolts.

    People torque like most of the bolts?
     
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    All you need is the 3/8. That is what i have and that is all i needed. Make sure you follow the instructions and set it back to zero when finished using it so that the spring does not get messed up.
     
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    Willing to bet the Tekton and HF wrenches come out of the same factory over seas.

    That snap on is old af and beat to hell. Hard pass.
     
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    Hf hand tools have nearly killed me on more than one occassion .
     
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    I do for the reason that my arm has no idea what gutentite is. More like hamfisted gorilla.

    It also gives me a lot of comfort on my bike.

    The original reason for the HF wrench purchase was to properly torque lug nuts to true notoriously thin rotors on my Dodge. It caused a true mech with a "calibrated arm" a bit of red face when it fixed the problem on his Accord also.
     
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