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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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