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Old 07-17-2020, 10:47 AM #1
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Torque wrench brands

Looking to see what others are using for torque wrench brands. I have been using older Craftsman beam style 3/8 and 1/2. Decided it is time to move up to some more modern technology. Given my tool chest is full of 1970s and 80s Craftsman tools, first thought was just pick up a Craftsman click type and be done with it. Of course it's 2020 and I started doing some online research.

I know there are quite a few brands out there - it seems like the Tekton wrenches are popular, get good reviews and the price seems right. Or do I move up to a CDI - more $$$, probably better quality.

I assume these torque wrenches will be the last I buy. Use is typical backyard mechanic though unlike when i got started working on cars and equipment, now I torque almost everything - I'm pulling out a torque wrench for almost any job.

I wouldn't mind spending the premium on say a CDI, but if a Tekton will get the job done and last me 20+ years, that's good enough.
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I had my fill with budget wrenches like Tekton and Harbor freight. They worked fine initially but performance either faded away or was inconsistent. It was just hard to trust it. After a couple broken bolts due to it not "clicking" I called it quits.

I would take a look at Precision Instruments... they make some really nice high quality torque wrenches.

They are also an OEM to Snap-On, and I have seen their products used in professional shops for years. My local tire shop uses my exact model of 1/2" drive and they really rail on those things so I was pretty confident going in on that brand.

I only wrench for hobby, but I made a sizable investment before starting on my 4Runner. These 3 wrenches basically built the truck.

My favorite thing about the 1/2" and 3/8" design is that you don't need to turn them down after use. Actually pretty convenient as I just leave my 1/2" set to what my tires are. Ready to use any time I pull it out the drawer.




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Good info Bumbo. Thanks.

You have model #'s for those?

After replacing my LBJs a few weeks ago, I'm tiring of HF quality TWs and want to kick it up a notch or two.

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That's just what I had on file... the model numbers seem to vary a little these days.

1/4" Precision Instruments 30-200 inch/lb PREM1R200HX
3/8" Precision Instruments 20-100 Ft./Lbs PREC2FR100F
1/2" Precision Instruments 40 - 250 Ft./Lbs REC3FR250F

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Looking to see what others are using for torque wrench brands. I have been using older Craftsman beam style 3/8 and 1/2. Decided it is time to move up to some more modern technology. Given my tool chest is full of 1970s and 80s Craftsman tools, first thought was just pick up a Craftsman click type and be done with it. Of course it's 2020 and I started doing some online research.

I know there are quite a few brands out there - it seems like the Tekton wrenches are popular, get good reviews and the price seems right. Or do I move up to a CDI - more $$$, probably better quality.

I assume these torque wrenches will be the last I buy. Use is typical backyard mechanic though unlike when i got started working on cars and equipment, now I torque almost everything - I'm pulling out a torque wrench for almost any job.

I wouldn't mind spending the premium on say a CDI, but if a Tekton will get the job done and last me 20+ years, that's good enough.
I realize this is old but for what its worth:
Generally speaking there's nothing wrong with beam wrenches. I looked up Craftsman Beam Wrench and what came up looks like one made by Sturtevant with the double solid bar design. Same as SK. Back in the day both Sturtevant and SK were owned by Dresser Industries.

Quality Beam wrenches come in at +-2%. That aint bad. Click wrench spec is +-4% accuracy. Some brands claim better but so what. On a bench and a good click wrench I can repeat at 1%. It's all about proper use.

The only problem with Beam Wrenches is reading the scale and the parallax problem. Even so Briggs & Stratton and Ford not too many years ago used beams to do their torque audits.

BTW CDI is owned by Snap-On and so now is Sturtevant as of about 3 or 4 years ago.
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That's just what I had on file... the model numbers seem to vary a little these days.

1/4" Precision Instruments 30-200 inch/lb PREM1R200HX
3/8" Precision Instruments 20-100 Ft./Lbs PREC2FR100F
1/2" Precision Instruments 40 - 250 Ft./Lbs REC3FR250F
Just pulled the trigger on these three exact models on ToolsID. There doesn't seem to be a lot of suppliers for this brand and their site doesn't have any resources to help. Amazon has them all, but I wanted to use PayPal Credit. I was originally looking at CDI, as my current 1/2" 50-150 ft. lb. wrench has held up nicely over the years (despite me never unloading the tension after use), but Precision seems like a great alternative for a little less!

Thanks for the info, Bumbo!
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Just pulled the trigger on these three exact models on ToolsID. There doesn't seem to be a lot of suppliers for this brand and their site doesn't have any resources to help. Amazon has them all, but I wanted to use PayPal Credit. I was originally looking at CDI, as my current 1/2" 50-150 ft. lb. wrench has held up nicely over the years (despite me never unloading the tension after use), but Precision seems like a great alternative for a little less!

Thanks for the info, Bumbo!
I took a shot at calibrating one of these which were branded Snap-On. The specimen I was working with would sound like it clicked off before torque was achieved. I played havoc with my transducer and software.
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I bought an AC Delco 3/8" after a HF one snapped a bolt off. It's digital, so easy to set, and reasonably priced at around $110. The problem with it is
1. It doesn't beep at less than 10 nM, which could cause issues to those who don't read the manuals, and
2. there's no vibrate function like the fancier ones and
3. The digital display is only readable at certain angles.

I remember reading the more accurate models have a narrow range of ft/lbs.

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This is also quite a good option. Rotary screwdrivers can detect and limit the force you apply to the screw when it is secured. There are many Torque Screwdrivers available . Check the purchase guide at the end to see the whole picture before you buy a first-class torque screwdriver.

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uring the pandemic, my wife and I decided that it would be the best time to renovate our home but in a DIY style, so we needed a lot of stuff that we simply never owned before, like miter saws and sanders. We were not shy at spending to be honest, but we still wanted to make sure we got good quality machines so I think I might have spent a full month just reading articles from Dweller Power about all types of power tools. That's a resource that I really recommend if you're looking to buy anything related to tools and machines.
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Thanks for the information. It is really useful! I've been looking to buy a new one as well. I'm looking into some reviews that Dweller Power has to offer because that's how I've come to purchase my table saw last year. Personally, I really trust this company and their ratings so I think you could give it a look to see if you find any useful information on there. When you're a newbie like me, without any previous experience with tools, I assure you that it's so much easier to see a top with what the best options on the market are. Pretty sure I would have ended up with a poor-quality saw if I hadn't done all of this research beforehand.

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