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Old 07-03-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Default What's the best torque wrench for the money?

I'm looking to buy a torque wrench. I'd like something somewhat affordable (no more that $200 if possible)

I hear Craftsman torque wrenches are junk. GrearWrench has a torque wrench, and I've been happy with their products.

I just don't want the AutoZone/Harbor Freight "special", but I have trouble justifying a SnapOn/Matco wrench for now.

Can y'all help me?
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

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Snap -on #tqfr25oe...40-250 ft lbs.. Is a good one, adjustable dial type and can be safely stored set....$200-250
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

Check on eBay & Craigslist for a good used one, a snap-op or mac or Matco, then have it re calibrated just to be sure.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:45 AM   #4
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

Just remember that torque wrenches DO need calibration depending on use.
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

In the under $200 price range we've had good luck with Proto torque wrenches at work. It's a manufacturing facility and we do a lot of assemblies for Deere, CNH and the military and have about 300 torque wrenches of all makes and sizes from 6 InLbs through 350 FtLbs. The Protos handle being used as hammers and pry bars with the best of them! Oh yeah, they hold their calibration pretty well also.
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:08 PM   #6
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

I love my Proto tools! I've used them in the military, and the steel mill I worked in carried them, good stuff!
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:10 PM   #7
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

I have Snap On torque wrenches in 1/2 and 3/8 drive. My next one will be another Snap On 1/4" drive in inch lbs, the best for the money is to buy the best. I always crank mine back down all the way after each use.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:19 PM   #8
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

The snap on ones are worth every penny,and you can send em back and have them re calibrated for free if your unsure about em.depending on how good you know your local snap on guy,you could even do the same with the one you get say...off of ebay or craigslist.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #9
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

[QUOTE=55chieftain;4083357]...the best for the money is to buy the best.QUOTE]

No truer words were ever spoken. You might get by with the cheaper rods, but you still need an accurate torque wrench to keep 'em inside the motor. Even the best get out of calibration, so have them checked periodically. This is no place to cut corners.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:12 PM   #10
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

Nothing has beat my snap on torque wrenches and I have 1/4 inch Lb to 1/2 size. About every 2 years I send then in for calibration test and never a charge and there very accurate.There an investment in precision .
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:07 AM   #11
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

I still use an old beam torque wrench. I have a click type but \i just dont trust it. I have compared both against each other and they always read real close.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:15 AM   #12
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I love my snap on tech2fr100 digital. it does ft lbs, inch lbs and Netwtons its clicks vibrates and tells you the exact measurment you stopped at. it does 5-100 ft lbs.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:18 AM   #13
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

look for armstrong, places like msc sell them really good tools, used one for about five years daily at work,until it finally went out of calibration. they are also made in the USA. they are made to be industrial tools.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:23 AM   #14
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here's one of the catalog pages, click on a wrench for specs, they are a very solidly made tool, need to get this one recalibrated. I was supried i was using one in inch pounds,the 3/8 drive up to 250 inch pounds, really nice tool. and reasonably priced. https://www.armstrongtools.com/catal...sp?groupID=153
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:05 AM   #15
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

I've got a 30 year old click type Craftsman that is still accurate.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:09 AM   #16
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

My Craftsman from 15 years ago works as well as the Snap On and Mac Tools ones that are in our shop.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:11 AM   #17
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My Craftsman from 15 years ago works as well as the Snap On and Mac Tools ones that are in our shop.
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problem is they aren't made as good now as they were 15 years ago, quality has gone to crap on most everything. now if you can find a good used one thats what i would look for.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:16 AM   #18
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Snap on hands down you will have it forever and pass it down to your kids
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:18 AM   #19
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

Have to jump on the Snappy bandwagon here. I really like my 3/8" drive Snap-On Torque wrench, and will be upgrading my 1/2" Craftsman sooner or later. I don't turn wrenches for a living anymore, so it's way down there on the list.

Here's the deal with Craftsman, which I found out the hard way. The guys who are saying the new ones aren't made as well as the old ones are right.

One, I had a 1/2" that was probably 10 - 15% out of spec after less than a year of infrequent use. Two, Craftsman torque wrenches aren't covered under that "guaranteed forever' bullshit Sears is always blowing smoke about (stop by the local Sears store and argue with them about it). Three, for some reason it costs more to have a Craftsman calibrated, and the places that do them won't stand behind that, either.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:22 AM   #20
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Default Re: What's the best torque wrench for the money?

I love my 1/2" digital snap-on
I have a 3/8" craftsman thats about 15 years old that werkz well also
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