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Old 03-29-2017, 11:50 PM   #1
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What's up everybody? My cheap 1/2 drive torque wrench took a dump on me today and now I gotta source a replacement for it. It had a pipe over it one too many times and now it no longer clicks when proper torque is achieved. I wasn't trying to abuse it or anything, I'm just not physically strong enough to get it to 150 ft/lb with the handle length. I'm looking for something a bit more heavy duty with a longer handle. I can't afford a high dollar USA made one so I'm looking for the next best thing. I have noticed that most of them max out at 150 ft/lb and I occasionally deal with numbers higher than that. My broken one doesn't owe me anything, it has torqued several heads and done a fair amount of suspension work. Not to mention a few hundred lug nuts. I'm looking for something cheap but willing to spend a little more if it's worth it. Thanks.
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Old 03-30-2017, 02:28 AM   #2
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check sears. i was in one here this past weekend and they were 30 bucks off on sale. sears is dying a slow death.
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check sears. i was in one here this past weekend and they were 30 bucks off on sale. sears is dying a slow death.
I think ours just closed or is right about to. Either way their tool selection is abysmal - I went in a couple months ago to warranty a couple of broken screwdrivers and they had eliminated the open stock section. On the flip side, I managed to pick up a set of Craftsman wrenches (the good ones, not the cheap chinese junk they're selling now) for less than half price. It's not a tool I use every day but at least once a month.
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I have a snap on that I found brand new at a pawn shop for half the new price
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Old 03-30-2017, 04:36 AM   #5
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Nice. Sometimes you luck out like that. It's probably still more than I am looking to spend at the moment. Maybe someday. I'd like to find one that's from Taiwan instead of China if possible. I found this one on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24340-.../dp/B00C5ZL1NS
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Old 03-30-2017, 04:58 AM   #6
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i ahve a sears and a "gorilla" i dont do anything so precise that +/-3lbs is gonna make a difference. Theres also only two bolts i bother using a torque wrench on. Wheel lugs and head bolts. anything else doesnt really matter too much when you understand how bolts work from an engineering perspective.

if you want the long version of that lemme know


also, what part of wa are you from?
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i ahve a sears and a "gorilla" i dont do anything so precise that +/-3lbs is gonna make a difference. Theres also only two bolts i bother using a torque wrench on. Wheel lugs and head bolts. anything else doesnt really matter too much when you understand how bolts work from an engineering perspective.

if you want the long version of that lemme know


also, what part of wa are you from?
I'm up in bellingham. Yourself?

I might just go with the tekton or something similar. The head looks identical to my broken one (like an old proto ratchet head) but that's not the part that broke. I looked at the gorilla and it looks like the same tool with a different name on it. As a general rule of thumb once a tool breaks on me I try to replace it with a better one. Mine broke as it was approaching its upper torque limit, so the first step is to get something with a higher torque limit. In the meantime I think I'll see if harbor freight will give me another one. I am a bit of a torque nazi myself, especially if it's someone else's vehicle.

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what were you working on that needed that much tq? i presume, axle nut, crank pulley nut or maybe something diesel?
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Yeah mostly axle nuts. Some larger vehicles like 3/4 or 1 ton trucks and vans have lug torque specs in excess of 150ft/lb. 200 is about the maximum I've come across. I don't do this professionally though.
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I have a stanley Fatmax torque wrench, 1/2" drive rated for 10-200 ft/lbs. I love the thing, albeit it's a little large for some applications.
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