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Old 07-28-2020, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Torque wrench recommendation

Mine doesn't seem to work right anymore. It is a kobalt from Lowe's and I honestly don't think I ever trusted the thing. Now I'm certain it's wrong.

Wonder if anyone has one they like that's reasonable. I may try the local pawn shops for a Snap on digital, but don't really think I want to go that overboard on price as I'm a hack mechanic lol.

Anyone love their 3/8" torque?
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My 20 year old torque wrench broke and I went with a 1/2" digital Craftsman. I probably paid too much but I think digital is the way to go these days. I could never read the gradients very well. I also have a 3/8" click Craftsman. Haven't used it in some time though. Needed when I took apart my oil filter housing.
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I like my Harbor Freight click type torque wrenches. Can’t beat the on sale prices. But if super precision is your goal you should probable look elsewhere. They have digital versions too.
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My mechanical Snap-On is at least 20 years old and (coincidentally) I just checked mine on the truck (they have a torque tester on the truck) and after all this time and use, it is about 4lb/ft high, which is well within tolerance.

I do take good care of it (looks brand new) and keep it clean in the hard case when I’m not using it, but a used mechanical (the type you set the torque on the handle micrometer scale and the lock ring holds it) works very well.

I also have a raftsmen beam type torque wrench I use to set timing belt tension. I don’t use a beam type otherwise.

Check eBay for a used one and next time you see the truck have it tested. It’s free to test.
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Cool. Thanks all. I still haven't picked one up yet.

I used to have the tool truck on my block once a week, but I moved. So it'd kinda be a pain now to find one to test mine out on now. But maybe that's what I need to try to do.

They should have those things at more places, like a NAPA or something.
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If you go on the snap on web site I think hey can tell you who the dealer is in your area. You may have to drive to him (I went to the house of my previous dealer, who was also my Dad’s dealer) and that worked out fine for us both. He gave me a small discount that offset the tax or maybe a bit more.
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