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Torque Wrenches In-LB and Ft-LB

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by boshak, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Mar 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM
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    boshak

    boshak [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Looking to buy 2 torque wrenches... In-LB and FT-LB. Any recommendations? Search on the forum and google show a lot of negativity toward Craftsman because Sears doesn't replace their torque wrenches.
     
  2. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:03 AM
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    brs127s

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    I have an older Craftsman Digitorq 3/8" drive that is 5 to 80 ft/lbs. I have had it for 10 years and haven't had any issues with it.

    I bought a Precision 1/2" drive that is 50 to 250 ft/lbs. I have had it for about 2 years and haven't had any issues with it.

    Both are dead on. I have compared them to the Snap-on's that my buddy uses at the machine shop he works at. The Snap-on's are nice, but for occasional use, I can't justify the cost of the Snap-on's.
     
  3. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    go to ebay, buy a used one. Snap on will recalibrate it if needed. Thats what I did with the one I have at home. Looking to buy a 3/8 drive for work for the smaller stuff, and I plan on doing the same thing.
     
  4. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Ive never had issues with Craftsman wrenches. AS long as they arent dropped, or abused, they will be fine for a long time. They are rated to hold calibration for at least 5000 torque cycles. Between the 44595 (1/2" 20-150 ft. lbs) and my 31423 (3/8" 25 to 250 in.-lbs) I have all bolts/nuts covered from 2# to 150#'s. The only gripes I have seen about these wrenches is the plastic lock ring. If you know how to use/adjust a torque wrench, I dont see it as being an issue.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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    i have two (1/2" & 3/8") craftsman torque wrenches i bought about 5 years ago and they are great.

    i do need to find out how i would get them recalibrated once the time comes.
     
  6. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:27 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    If they havent been dropped, or abused, then they are probably good. You can check them yourself by sticking the socket attachment into a vice, make a mark 12" from the center of the socket attachment, twards the handle. Set the wrench to 30# (for example), and tie a 30# weight to the mark on the handle. See if it trips the clicker.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUD81N_TlS8
     
  7. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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    I like Cornwell's products. I have one of their torque wrenches.
     
  8. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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    My Craftsman has been fine so far. I figure, if I can trust it for building an experimental aircraft, then it's fine for my truck too :rolleyes:
     
  9. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Never seen one, but after some google-foo, they look like nice units!
     
  10. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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    I work at a calibration lab, and test torque wrenches weekly for airline manufacturing companies. I see alot of craftsman wrenches beat to hell and still work well. They need adjusting from time to time, but the guys in the machine shops abuse them regularly. I own a craftsman 0-150 ft lb wrench, and it hasn't let me down yet.
     
  12. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM
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    I had 2 Crapsman units in the past. One broke the lock ring for the adjustment then the while adjustment handle broke off and the second just broke the adjustment handle. I got tired of dealing with it so I bought a quality unit. I liked Snap On but I hear their stuff is China made now.
     
  13. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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    At work we have a 40-200 in-lb snap-on and a 200-i believe 600 in-lb snap on. It very rare to need to go much above 300 in-lb regularly. should get you by in that range. that covers you from 40-600 in-lbs (3.3 ft-lbs-50 ft-lbs)
     
  14. Mar 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM
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    I have a snap-on 75-250 1/2 inch I've used it for about 3 years it need to be calibrated its about high 10ftlbs right now but it's never let me down.
     
  15. Mar 3, 2012 at 7:25 AM
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    Thanks for the replies and affirmation. I'll look further into the Craftsman wrenches... Local Sears is closing their doors so hopefully I can find one on clearance.
     
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