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11-21-2018 11:50 AM
RTW Great writeup on HF torques. I ended up buting a Titan 3.8 torque wrench, as a half inch is not needed on a motorcycle.
12-01-2017 05:05 PM
outdoorgb The test units we bought are used to check "preset" torque used in our manufacturing areas. So, no beams or others to test.
12-01-2017 10:32 AM
campfire Excellent info on those HF wrenches, I've always wondered about them. Having spent 15+ years actually working as a mechanic, I have that collection of Snap-On torque wrenches that were sent in to be "calibrated" a couple of times. I would love to know how they test out on those scales. Could have saved a lot of money had I known this back then.
I started out with an old K-D 1/2" micrometer style wrench (50-250lb) that a buddy borrowed and brought back with the handle backed off all the way. Never did work right after that.
11-30-2017 07:43 PM
pdwestman Excellent information.
Any chance that anyone brought in any OLD dial gauge or balance beam wrenches to test?
11-30-2017 04:09 PM
outdoorgb
Torque Wreches Tested - Harbor Freight

I've owned and used the HF 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" torque wrenches for about five years. Read good reviews but always had that "$16 torque wrench" feeling in the back of my head when using.

This week our metrology shop got two new torque analyzers. I brought all three wrenches in today and we ran them through the settings.

1/4" in/lb tested at 35, 55, 100 and was within the 2.5 in/lb increment on the scale
3/8" ft/lb tested at 20, 60, 80 and was also within the 2.5 ft/lb increment on the scale
1/2" ft/lb tested at 85, 100, 120, again within the increment of 2.5 ft/lb

In fact most all broke right on. We both ran the tests and repeated (sorry, no official gage R&R). The metrology guy was impressed and commented on his box of Craftsman and Snap On wrenches.

I'll note, we did a few "back off tests" in case we run into reverse threads. The readings were a bit higher here with 5 in/lb and 5 ft/lb being seen repeatedly...
i.e: Set at 80 ft/lb the scale stated 85 ft/lb

Got a doo to do in a couple more thousand miles and will feel a little better knowing these results.

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