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post #1 of 26 Old 02-20-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Torque Wrench?

Allright. I admit it. I need a torque wrench. Dammit. I've done alright so far, but I realized I need to do the balancer adjustment more often and I don't have that light of a touch. So, any suggestions? Do they make a wrench that will do the little stuff (69 inch pounds anyone?) and handle bigger jobs?

Options? Price? Experience? Beam, click, electronic?

I paid the guy at the local MC shop $5 today to use his for the balancer adjustment. And he was an asshole about it. So...time to suck it up and get my own.




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Do they make a wrench that will do the little stuff (69 inch pounds anyone?) and handle bigger jobs?

No, you need a separate inch pound wrench. It need not be expensive, this is not rocket science.
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Allright. I admit it. I need a torque wrench. Dammit. I've done alright so far, but I realized I need to do the balancer adjustment more often and I don't have that light of a touch. So, any suggestions? Do they make a wrench that will do the little stuff (69 inch pounds anyone?) and handle bigger jobs?

Options? Price? Experience? Beam, click, electronic?

I paid the guy at the local MC shop $5 today to use his for the balancer adjustment. And he was an asshole about it. So...time to suck it up and get my own.
Got mine from Harbor Freight for 16 bucks last weekend. Harbor Freight tools not the greatest in quality, but pretty good. Good enough for me and you can't beat the price!
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Yep, the HF inch pound was only 12 bucks with all my coupons. I have the snap on 1/2 drive torque wrench for bigger jobs.

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The HF 1/4" drive Inch Pound torque wrench is good enough for 69 inch pounds but...

...technique is critical for any "Click Torque Wrench". If you pull too fast you will not feel the click, and you could continue to pull the torque rewnch. This could cause damage. Pull easy and slow and you will feel / hear the Click.

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Another tip, a cold wrench will not click correctly.

Take it in the house for a while first if it's a cold morning.
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Be careful about the no name torque wrenches. Even the best wrenches only claim + - 10 percent accuracy. Where I work we send our wrenches out annually to be calibrated / adjusted and find the cheaper ones to be wildly inaccurate to the point of being unuseable. For home use I have a Proto 1/2" drive 10-150 ft. lbs. and another Proto 1/4" drive 40-200 in. lbs. that cover my needs. Both are micrometer adjust clickers. During the Christmas season Sears had their torque wrenches on sale and I went to get a 3/8" drive to fill the gap. What was offered felt cheap in the hand and looked Chinese made. I still don't have a 3/8".

Keep in mind that a torque wrench tries to replicate bolt stretch through a twisting motion, bolt stretch being the truest indicator of clamping force. Point is thread condition and lubrication greatly influence how much bolt stretch is attained regardless of the twisting motion or torque applied. Dry threads vs. say threads coated with a moly lubricant equal different bolt stretch given the same amount of torque. Unless a specific lubricant is called for I just use engine oil on the threads and bolt flanges.

Sorry, I got derailed there.

Oh, and never use a clicker type torque wrench to loosen with.

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I was told once by a tech at the race track that Craftsman torque wrenches were one of the most consistent of the cheaper brands. He said they kept their accuracy very well. He was a calibrater for Snap On at the time. Sears website shows a million choices. I bought one 3/8 inch pounder for the smaller stuff and still own a SK for the bigger tighter stuff.

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I don't have confidence in craftsman torque wrenches or any of their tools that don't have lifetime warranty. Their torque wrenches or tap and dies are NOT guaranteed for life. Ask me how I found that out.

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So, is there really an inexpensive brand/type of torque wrench that we can trust or do we need to fork out some cash for a reliable one (Snap-on)?
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