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torque wrenches

anyone know much about torque wrenches? how much? who makes the best ones? anything to keep in mind when purchasing one?
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:58 AM
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I have a Craftsman from Sears. Pretty good value.
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Sears (Craftsman) are ok and inexpensive - from the simple lever bar ($15), to vernier ($45), to digital ($85). Snap-on is great but expensive. The best thing(s) to keep in mind is(are):

1. Only use to tighten bolts - even though the thing will rachet both ways
2. Store the torque wrench at the "0" setting (i.e. - don't leave at 150 lb-ft when putting the tool away)
3. LB-FT is different from LB-IN
4. Try to find one that matches your existing sockets (i.e. 3/8") or you may have to get a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter.
5. Treated properly, they will last a long time.
6. Calibrate annually (if used a lot)
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thanks for the advice...
going to sears tomorrow to get one

btw, ya'll know the reputation of Husky tools in comparison to say Sears, Mac, Snap-On, etc?

I know they also have a lifetime guarantee and my local home depot carry them... they seem to be in a similar price range as Sears
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Husky tools are made by Stanley. Stanley makes MAC and Proto. Up until '94 or so, Stanley made Craftsman.

Do a search on 'who makes tools' on google. Pretty enlightening stuff there. You know that $20000 tool box that Snap-On sells? Made by Waterloo, whom also makes toolboxes for Craftsman, Husky, Cobalt, Mac, etc.....
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I have teh snap-on electronic wrenches in 1/4 and 3/8 and a big stahlwille 1/2 for the big stuff (I still like the "click\clack" a wrench makes when you tighten a bolt to 200NM)

Everything Profssr said is true - but I offer the following as well

Don't confuse lb-ft with lb-in and really don't confuse either of them with NM (newton meters) Find a scale you are comfortable with and stick with it - avoids confustion.

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I use both the flexible old style with a pointer and the ratcheting click type. Occasionally I attach them together to check the click type - so they are either both wrong or both right. Click type seems to remain accurate but I only use it several times a year. It is 3 years old now.
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waddya think? 1/4 inch head with 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch adapter to go with it or 3/8inch head with 3/8 inch to 1/4 inch adapter
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I personally advise 1/2 inch. It's been a life / time saver for me on hub jobs on my "other" cars.
1/4 inch is just too small
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We use BIG torque wrenches at work 600 ft lbs and bigger. I have purchased for work Proto (clicker type), Snap On (digital), and some really cheap proto knock off from Harbor Freight (clicker type and made in china). The Snap on was most expensive, the proto was still pricy, while the cheap one was.........well..... CHEAP. $25 for 1/2" 150ft lbs. The snap on lasted 6 months then the electronics broke and I had to rebuild the ratchet head 3 times. The proto has needed a rebuild every year which gets a thumbs up from me considering how often it gets used. I bought the cheap one for home use. I took it to work and checked it against the snap on for calibration and it was good. +/- 5 %. If I was spending my money I would go for my cheapy. If I was spending someone elses money I would by the Proto. I think the Proto is better suited for industrial environments than the Snap On. (in my opinion) I hope this helps. I would also check Craftsman. They look pretty good.
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1/4 inch head will not give you much torque. Get either the 3/8 inch or the 1/2 inch. My flexible one is 1/2 inch. The click type one is 3/8 inch.

You're talking about inch-pounds with a 1/4 inch head. That's for pan gaskets and things of that nature where little torque is needed.
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Everything Profssr said is true - but I offer the following as well

Don't confuse lb-ft with lb-in and really don't confuse either of them with NM (newton meters) Find a scale you are comfortable with and stick with it - avoids confustion.

AFJuvat
Oh yeah - I must have forgotten that I was on the Porsche site (I was on a TR-6 site earlier).

Luckily, most wrenches now include both the Imperial and Metric units.

But Mr. Juvat is correct - use the correct scale (NM) for your 944.

And I think Todwic has a site for conversions if you need to convert values.
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Or educate yourself by learning how to convert one set of units to the other.
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thanks for all the info

i actually already got me a Sears Craftsmen Torque Wrench with a 3/8 inch head. it's in ft-lb's and NM's
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