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Torque wrench suggestions

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Pster, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Jul 24, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    SC4333

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    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.
     
  2. Jul 24, 2009 at 5:09 PM
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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.
     
  3. Jul 24, 2009 at 5:19 PM
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  4. Jul 24, 2009 at 5:25 PM
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    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. :D
     
  5. Jul 25, 2009 at 1:56 PM
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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.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2009 at 2:04 PM
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    Bak Flip bed cover, shorty antenna, Peripheral iPod interface, Garmin 750 mount, add'l bed tie down rings, Westin nerf bars, hitch safe, tailgate lock, Ideal 1 3/4" turn-key clamp to secure tailgate from removal, Spare tire security cable, spare tire stainless air hose extender, Fumoto oil drain valve, Amp Research Bed X-Tender w/Schlage Cable Lock, bed mat, Redline hood struts
    There's tons out there for ~$80. I'm trying to get mine cheaper.....:D
     
  7. Jul 25, 2009 at 2:21 PM
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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 :)
     
  8. Jul 25, 2009 at 2:21 PM
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    Just bought a Craftsman 20-250 ft/lb click type 1/2" for $36, slightly used. Thanks for all the suggestions!
     
  9. Jul 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM
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    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.....
     
  10. Jul 25, 2009 at 8:24 PM
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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.
     
  11. Jul 25, 2009 at 8:40 PM
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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
     
  12. Jul 25, 2009 at 8:48 PM
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    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.
     
  13. Jul 25, 2009 at 8:52 PM
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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.
     
  14. Jul 25, 2009 at 9:02 PM
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    Gotcha.

    Yea I forgot to throw in some information that was pretty critical to my statement. :eek: I meant to say, "You want to be at about 70-75% of your total capacity or lower."
     
  15. Jul 27, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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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.
     
  17. Jul 30, 2009 at 6:08 AM
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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.
     
  18. Jul 30, 2009 at 8:21 AM
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    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
     
  19. Jul 30, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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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.
     
  20. Aug 3, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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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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