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Old 07-23-2014, 06:08 PM   #31
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Don't go past the lowest setting. A lot of torque wrenches do not have a zero mark especially the bigger ones.

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Old 07-23-2014, 06:22 PM   #32
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Don't go past the lowest setting. A lot of torque wrenches do not have a zero mark especially the bigger ones.
Yes that would be correct. I guess I was making a point of not storing it cranked up...

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Old 07-23-2014, 07:14 PM   #34
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Precision Instruments split beam torque wrench. Does not need to be zero'd, adjust to different torque value faster than normal clicker wrenches, and doesn't need batteries/have an electronic display, etc. I suspect it is more robust than other designs. I have worked the tech line at many many track days with my split beam torque wrench, and that would amount to torquing 100 or more wheels in a morning.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:25 PM   #35
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Don't go past the lowest setting. A lot of torque wrenches do not have a zero mark especially the bigger ones.
DOH!!!! I did. So now I have to get mine calibrated?
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:27 PM   #36
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I use a Titan digital torque gauge at home so I can use a standard ratchet or breaker bar to remove/tighten lugs and not have to carry other tools.

Titan Digital Torque Adapter — 1/2in. Drive, Model# 23154 | Torque Wrenches| Northern Tool + Equipment

From a PMEL standard, shouldn't use a calibrated torque wrench to remove anything and it should be stored on the lowest setting. But that's a military thing and our equipment is calibrated semi-annually, so your mileage may vary
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:49 AM   #37
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I use a Titan digital torque gauge at home so I can use a standard ratchet or breaker bar to remove/tighten lugs and not have to carry other tools.

Titan Digital Torque Adapter — 1/2in. Drive, Model# 23154 | Torque Wrenches| Northern Tool + Equipment

From a PMEL standard, shouldn't use a calibrated torque wrench to remove anything and it should be stored on the lowest setting. But that's a military thing and our equipment is calibrated semi-annually, so your mileage may vary
Oh man, haven't heard that word (PMEL) in a while.

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:52 AM   #38
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DOH!!!! I did. So now I have to get mine calibrated?
Technically, yes. You can test it if you had another one, or borrow one. Or get one of those like SixUno
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i have a nice snap-on .. lots on ebay for great prices

the one i have for example


https://www.ebay.com/itm/SNAP-ON-NEW...oAAOSwHj1bgeRL
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i have a nice snap-on .. lots on ebay for great prices

the one i have for example


https://www.ebay.com/itm/SNAP-ON-NEW...oAAOSwHj1bgeRL

I guess it all depends on where your personal reference is for "great prices".

The Snap-on you have linked is currently over $100 in bids +$20 S&H for a used wrench. I'm sure it's a great wrench, I'm not even going to debate it. Personally, and I'm sure there are many DIY back yard mechanics like myself who feel the same way, in that I have a hard time justifying spending over $100 for a single wrench which won't get used that often. I lean more towards the value brands in tools where I put a higher value of the quantity of tools I own over the quality since with the majority of work I do on my Jeep, I continuously find myself in a situation where I always need just one more tool to complete a job, where I then find I use that tool once for that job, and I may never have to use it again. Plus, I worry a lot less if I lose it, or it grows feet and walks away on its own like tools often do.

I'ld purchase one of these Tekton's, new for $38 instead. 4.5stars with over 2K reviews, I'm sure it's a pretty good quality torque wrench. "Maybe" the snap-on is a better wrench....but likely not 4 times better as the price for a used one costs 4 times more.

https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24335-...on+24335&psc=1

With the money I saved, I could then turn around and be able to purchase additional 1/4in and 3/8in, and 1/2in 250lb drive Tekton torque wrenches for that same $120+ spent where now all of my possible uses for torque wrenches would be covered while you're spending another $400+ for an equivalent set of used Snap-on wrenches. That type of math just doesn't add up for my uses.
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I guess it all depends on where your personal reference is for "great prices".

The Snap-on you have linked is currently over $100 in bids +$20 S&H for a used wrench. I'm sure it's a great wrench, I'm not even going to debate it. Personally, and I'm sure there are many DIY back yard mechanics like myself who feel the same way, in that I have a hard time justifying spending over $100 for a single wrench which won't get used that often. I lean more towards the value brands in tools where I put a higher value of the quantity of tools I own over the quality since with the majority of work I do on my Jeep, I continuously find myself in a situation where I always need just one more tool to complete a job, where I then find I use that tool once for that job, and I may never have to use it again. Plus, I worry a lot less if I lose it, or it grows feet and walks away on its own like tools often do.

I'ld purchase one of these Tekton's, new for $38 instead. 4.5stars with over 2K reviews, I'm sure it's a pretty good quality torque wrench. "Maybe" the snap-on is a better wrench....but likely not 4 times better as the price for a used one costs 4 times more.

https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24335-...on+24335&psc=1

With the money I saved, I could then turn around and be able to purchase additional 1/4in and 3/8in, and 1/2in 250lb drive Tekton torque wrenches for that same $120+ spent where now all of my possible uses for torque wrenches would be covered while you're spending another $400+ for an equivalent set of used Snap-on wrenches. That type of math just doesn't add up for my uses.
I'm a tekton owner and so are a few others i know of. They are inexpensive and decent quality for what you pay for. Accuracy? I'm not sure... i guess I'm going by the accuracy others report since i dont have a high end torque wrench myself but they seem to be in the ballpark range at the very least.
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I love my Tekton torque wrench.


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Tekton 10-150lbs
That's what I use. Love it. Replaced that Craftsman junk I had before that failed within 2 years.
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That's what I use. Love it. Replaced that Craftsman junk I had before that failed within 2 years.
Not to mention, tekton has a very good warranty and they back their product.
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Not to mention, tekton has a very good warranty and they back their product.


All you have to do is take a picture of the defective/broken item and they send you a new one. I have been acquiring quite a bit of Tekton tools.


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I'm a tekton owner and so are a few others i know of. They are inexpensive and decent quality for what you pay for. Accuracy? I'm not sure... i guess I'm going by the accuracy others report since i dont have a high end torque wrench myself but they seem to be in the ballpark range at the very least.

You want accuracy? Then most torque wrenches can be calibrated. This is the method I use at home to calibrate my torque wrenches where I'll usually do a sanity check every so often using that same HF digital torque wrench adapter shown in the video. I personally feel not many know how to calibrate a Torque wrench or even be able to check if the torque wrench they're using is accurate or not. The video below shows how to take care of both of those problems.
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You want accuracy? Then most torque wrenches can be calibrated. This is the method I use at home to calibrate my torque wrenches where I'll usually do a sanity check every so often using that same HF digital torque wrench adapter shown in the video. I personally feel not many know how to calibrate a Torque wrench or even be able to check if the torque wrench they're using is accurate or not. The video below shows how to take care of both of those problems.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIkg94hDswY&t
Oh nice! I didnt that, will try over weekend
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:31 PM   #48
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I use a couple of 'em -

Snap-on 3/8" Flex Torque Wrench (5–75 ft-lb) - smaller, gets into tighter areas and good for lighter work

Capri - 1/2" Industrial line Fixed (30-250 ft-lbs) - long, great leverage, great tool

Split beam inch pound hunk o' crap - breaks the foot pound into 12 even pieces!
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Old 08-31-2018, 03:56 PM   #49
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Holy 4 year old thread Batman!
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Holy 4 year old thread Batman!
Blame it on @RowlyRowl leyowl but hey, it def resparked interest haha
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hrm that's weird, i never go back past the 2nd page when i read here. wonder how I got into this thread to revive it lol. sorry
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On the trail i expect to lose, damage or destroy things. so cheap and disposable for the trail ride. Expensive tools have an air conditioned, padded home at home.
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Old thread but I just bought the Harbor Freight 1/2 inch. It goes up to 150. Seems to work well and was only $16 with their 20% off coupon.
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