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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-03-2018, 09:48 AM
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Torque wrench most of the time.

I didn't even spend a fortune on mine. I bought 1/4" and 3/8" ratchet / click types from Harbor Freight. I don't remember exactly what I paid for them now, but they didn't break the bank or make me want to cry. I'd of surely remembered that.

I'm sure they aren't as accurate or reliable as the more expensive ones, but they have always worked for me.
Agreed, Harbor Freight torque wrenches (actually Pittsburg is the brand) are reliable and inexpensive.

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Agreed, Harbor Freight torque wrenches (actually Pittsburg is the brand) are reliable and inexpensive.
Yep, that's the ones. My only gripe with both of them is the engraved values for setting the dang things can be hard to see depending on the light. Also, the 1/4" version doesn't give you a good solid click on some of the lowest settings.

Otherwise one of the best tool purchases I've made considering the value.
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Yep, that's the ones. My only gripe with both of them is the engraved values for setting the dang things can be hard to see depending on the light. Also, the 1/4" version doesn't give you a good solid click on some of the lowest settings.

Otherwise one of the best tool purchases I've made considering the value.
Your not kidding! I have a magnifying glass in my garage just to read those values. I miss my young eyes.

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I have learned the hard way. Use a torque wrench, especially when inserting a steel fastener into aluminum, for example, spark plugs. Cheap insurance.

On another forum, a professional aircraft mechanic did two studies. One was to test the "elbow calibration" of experienced mechanics against a torque meter. All failed, by margins up to 25%. In another study, he tested Harbor Freight 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4" click type torque wrenches against the same meter. They were within 5%, pretty good for $11.99 wrenches. I have tested them myself, and they are more accurate than my Craftsman torque wrenches. I have one of each, plus, if they ever tear up or malfunction, take it back and get another one.
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I like using them for anything “important”. However being IQ impaired, I did discover there is a difference in foot pounds & inch pounds 😊


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HF torque wrench, even though it cheap the click tells me to stop. Normally when I don't use one I think "just a little more" we all know what happens next.
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I've got both, but I generally stick with the beam type. Click type torque wrenches will not give you the running torque of a self locking fastener, so you will consistently run a bit low.

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I have learned the hard way. Use a torque wrench, especially when inserting a steel fastener into aluminum, for example, spark plugs. Cheap insurance.

On another forum, a professional aircraft mechanic did two studies. One was to test the "elbow calibration" of experienced mechanics against a torque meter. All failed, by margins up to 25%. In another study, he tested Harbor Freight 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4" click type torque wrenches against the same meter. They were within 5%, pretty good for $11.99 wrenches. I have tested them myself, and they are more accurate than my Craftsman torque wrenches. I have one of each, plus, if they ever tear up or malfunction, take it back and get another one.
If I should be using a TW it must be something important. Im not trusting a $12 TW. The deal with HF tools is the inconsistency of tools. I could buy a TW at my HF store and it could be perfect. You get one from your store and it could be way off. Would you trust that it is good right out of the box? I wouldn't.
When I assembled my 106 kit I had the chance to borrow 2 snap on torque wrenches from a mechanic friend. I didn't care for the digital signal but those dam TW are nice, and expensive. A calibrated HF torque wrench could do the same thing, but who is going to send a $12 TW out to be tested?
Using those snap on TW changed my tool box. Out with the craftsman I had for years. In with new and used tool truck brand tools.
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I use a quality torque wrench on most everything.
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I guess that depends on your skill level. My skills are at best average. I use torque wrenches for almost everything.
I've been wrenching on all of my bikes for 35 years and I still use a torque wrench on most everything. I have one for inch pounds and another for foot pounds. I have been using a 30 year old Craftsman that's never been calibrated, but I decided it's time to upgrade. I just bought a CDI made by Snap-on and seems to be a nice quality tool.
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