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Torque wrench

I'm looking to add one of these to the tool arsenal soon. Any recommendations. What should I look for when buying one?
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I bought mine from NAPA... about $50, i think. It's 1/2" drive and has lifetime warranty, so i went with it. So far i've used it once (CV Joints) and it's been swell.
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Thanks. In the next few weeks we are changing the gaskets and radiator on my dad's vette. But I know I am going to need one for my car someday, so it would be good to have one around...
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Best advice: Buy a good one, you are relying on its accuracy. Also make sure it covers the range you will use most frequently. I have 3 different torque wrenches, to cover all the ranges needed. A flex head is also nice, helps out a bunch in tight spaces.

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Definitely go for a quality instrument here - I agree. If it feels sloppy or doesn't give a nice "click" when it hits the appropriate setting, don't bother.

Don't use one as a breaker bar EVER or you'll eat a $50 tool. I know this from experience.
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Harbor Freight has a $40 tool 1/2 inch drive on sale for $10 right now.

Pittsburg tools - seems to be very sturdy with no slop.

They also have a 3/4 inch one for $289.....Yikes.
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I think mine had 3% range of error. I'll doublecheck when I get home.
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sears, clicking (not beam) lifetime warranty. i use it for lugnuts, sparkplugs, steering wheel and any place where they give a torque spec.

i only have the 1/2 " drive which runs from 20-150ft-lbs, no good for the lower values that are in inch lbs.

i've had it for 25 years.
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Thanks for all of the advice
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