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Old 09-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hey y'all , need to buy a couple Torque wrenches. What are the best 2 to start with ?
Ya know, size, Drive, ft lbs. etc
Any thoughts would be great.

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My opinion is far from expert, but I have a 1/4inch for the small stuff (diff covers, spark plugs, etc...), and a half inch for the big stuff (like lug nuts). Not sure of the ft lbs on the small one, but the 1/2 one goes from 20 to 200 I think ? Small one MIGHT be a 10-75... I highly suggest the clicker kind. And if you think the 1/2 is a be all end all, you can put SO much torque on that thing (because of handle length, even on the 20lbs setting)... I try not to use it on anything under 50lbs.
And as for brand, I'm sure someone will mention snapon being the best. Also the most expensive. Motorcraft, Kobalt, and Husky (maybe) are decent consumer brands.
Problem with cheap wrenches is they fall out of calibration. Make sure you ONLY use it for TIGHTENING. Never for loosening. And personally I store mine untorqued and unlocked. But there's always a debate about those kinds of things too.

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:35 PM   #3
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Inch pounds and foot pounds, 3/8 and 1/2
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #4
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You mean 3/8 in inch pounds and 1/2 in foot pounds. ? Will that cover most basic stuff.
And yeah, would love to own Snap on or Matco stuff, but wow ! Big bucks.
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Yes. But craftsman will be just perfect. And a ton less money
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:17 PM   #6
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That will work too. Sears has a lifetime warranty on Craftsman tools as well.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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I would buy these 2:
http://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-850.../dp/B000TDEFR2 click type 100$
http://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-850...ef=pd_sim_hi_2 click type 100$
But these are neat, too - not sure where the electronics are made though:
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-3-8-i...p-00913918000P 80$ digital 3/8
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...P?clicked=true 80$ digital 1/2
And for comparison:
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....store&tool=all beam type (better version of a click type) 1/2 345$

If you are really gonna tinker, look into a smaller in-lb wrench, like a gearwrench 85051.

KD tools, owner of the Gearwrench brandname, is owned by Danaher tool group, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation. Also in this grouping is a long laundry list of medical and general companies, as well as Fluke, Hach, Raytek, and formerly Apex tools (sold last year to Bain capital). The super corporation also purchased Armstrong tools, which has operated a very high quality American tool factory outside Chicago for many, many years. This is where Craftsman tools (Craftsman professional) Mac Allied Tool Company (Matco - another Danaher tool group member), Armstrong tools, and a handful of other brands are made, including Gearwrench US made products. Make NO mistake - same tooling, same machines, same product.

Snap-on is different, very different, but unless you need that tool to feed your family or to do what other versions fail to do, you do not need a Snap-on. It is also much easier for non-professionals to get warranty replacements at a store than to track down a mobile business or send in to corporate.

(I was a tool dealer/field rep for about 10 years)

As mentioned, all torque wrenches need to at least be verifyed to be accurate yearly (yeah... sure). Dropping them (or slappin them around) will make them fall out of calibration faster. They become less accurate at the extremes, the top and bottom 15-20% of their range. You should not rely on them outside the 20-80% range. Also, as stated, they should be stored unwound towards the lower end of the range to not stress the spring unless you have a beam or digital type which does not have springs. Even when turned down, they should not be turned outside the marked range.

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