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Old 09-21-2017, 10:00 AM
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Pittsburgh Torque Wrench

I am swapping some front end part out on my JK this weekend and need a torque wrench for light use. I understand the "you get what you pay for" mentality especially when it comes to tools. However, I also don't like spending money on things that I wont use often. With that being said, and trying to not speak out of both sides of my mouth, does anyone have any experience on the Harbor Freight 1/2 drive torque wrench? I have never shopped at Harbor Freight mainly due to logistics but I now have one near my home.

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Have one and it works well. Know a few others that have one as well with no complaints.

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Old 09-21-2017, 12:48 PM   #4
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Yeah, I've got all four sizes, and they work well.

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I have used the 1/2" and 3/8" torque wrenches for about 2 years now. No issues. Like you, they get some use (not that often though), and fit my needs.
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Don't do a lot of wrenching. Most stuff I've got from Harbor Freight has been holding up pretty good for me. Can't see paying Snap-on prices for something that will get little use
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:40 PM   #7
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Used it often installing my lift. Have not confirmed the accuracy of it, but seemed to work just fine based on my calibrated right arm. The left arm goes out of calibration all the time though.
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I also have the 3/8" and the 1/2" torque wrench from Harbor Freight and they work fine for me. I have had good luck with their hand tools.
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I've had good luck with their tools.
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Can't see paying Snap-on prices for something that will get little use
A little off-topic, but check out CDI Torque Products, which is a Snap-On industrial brand. VERY good value. My big 1/2" torque wrench is a Snap-On, but all my smaller torque wrenches are CDI (and they come with all the calibration documentation & certificates).
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Recently took my Pittsburg 1/2" torque wrench out of my tool box in order to check calibration and adjust it as needed (i hadnt done any adjustment since i bought it 10ish years ago). When i tested it it was pretty damn close to what it was set at, ended up adjusting it just for the practice and to see that i could make it more accurate. Worked well. I am very happy with my purchase.
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Thanks for all the responses, I will be picking one up this evening.
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Bought it to Start my LCA bolts. Seems to work fine. For the few dollars it was well worth it for this maintenance check. Never did anything like this before owning a Jeep


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I too have the 3/8 and 1/4 TW. Work well. I use them a lot more than I ever thought I would.
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Mine has been solid I used it for my lift kit, front steering and everything I've done on my camaro. I've checked it's "calibration" against a friends craftsman wrench and they seemed to be the same. That's good enough for me.
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Over the years I have discovered that many of the Harbor Freight tools are made in the factorys in China that make the tools with "American Names"
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A little off-topic, but check out CDI Torque Products, which is a Snap-On industrial brand. VERY good value. My big 1/2" torque wrench is a Snap-On, but all my smaller torque wrenches are CDI (and they come with all the calibration documentation & certificates).
I've got the CDI 1/2" and it's a great wrench.

If you're not rebuilding engines and things like that, you will likely be fine with a cheaper wrench. I mean, if your control arm bolts aren't at exactly 125 ft/lbs, you're probably not going to notice.

That said, before I got the CDI wrench, I had a similar 1/2" Craftsman and it was the worst tool purchase I've ever made. The ratcheting mechanism was sloppy and sometimes just disengaged when you got near 100 ft/lbs. This was on a wrench that was nearly brand new. Of course, the Craftsman lifetime warranty doesn't apply to torque wrenches, and I'd bought the wrench hugely discounted at a Sears that was going out of business, so all sales were final.

After a few busted knuckles and many curse words, I spent three times as much on the CDI and I couldn't be happier.

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I've got the CDI 1/2" and it's a great wrench.

If you're not rebuilding engines and things like that, you will likely be fine with a cheaper wrench. I mean, if your control arm bolts aren't at exactly 125 ft/lbs, you're probably not going to notice.

That said, before I got the CDI wrench, I had a similar 1/2" Craftsman and it was the worst tool purchase I've ever made. The ratcheting mechanism was sloppy and sometimes just disengaged when you got near 100 ft/lbs. This was on a wrench that was nearly brand new. Of course, the Craftsman lifetime warranty doesn't apply to torque wrenches, and I'd bought the wrench hugely discounted at a Sears that was going out of business, so all sales were final.

After a few busted knuckles and many curse words, I spent three times as much on the CDI and I couldn't be happier.

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I've been using the same HF torque wrenches for at least 6 years, they work , and will get the job done.
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We have a torque wrench calibrator at work. I've got 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" torque wrenches from HF and 3/8" and 1/2" Craftsman. The HF were more accurate across the board.
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Pro Torque Tools website has a sale on CDI torque wrenches. I just bought a 1/2 drive 10-150 ft lbs wrench. Was $133ish when I bought mine...then a few days later I get the sale email where it's $107.
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Pro Torque Tools website has a sale on CDI torque wrenches. I just bought a 1/2 drive 10-150 ft lbs wrench. Was $133ish when I bought mine...then a few days later I get the sale email where it's $107.
That's a great deal. I think I paid something like $140 for mine from Amazon.

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