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Best place to buy torque wrench?

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by totalburnout, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. totalburnout

    totalburnout Well-Known Member

    No, I don't want to beat anyone with a torque wrench...

    but, yes I would like to know the best place to buy one.

    Went to Autozone, bought one. Found out that it measured 120ft lbs -960ftlbs. Who the fuck needs a wrench that would measure those extremes?

    I want something either 0-80ft lb or 0-120ft lb. 3/8in drive. NOT 1/2inch drive!

    Sears had a cheap wrench for $20 but it looked like ass and their was a meter at the bottom of the wrench rather than the numbers on the handle. Their decent craftsman torque wrench was $75.
  2. totalburnout

    totalburnout Well-Known Member


    AHHVTEC Well-Known Member

    lol mabe it wont tear up one thing that you wont to spend good money on is a tork wrench
  4. GSRCRXsi

    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator

  5. DarkHand

    DarkHand Senior Member

    If you only buy one good tool, make it your torque wrench.

    If you really have to get the cheap ones, I suppose they're ok for things like lug nuts and maybe suspension, but never work on your engine with it.

    This is a nice one for general engine work, but it can't go high enough to torque your axle nuts. This one can, but has a minimum of 50ft lbs.

    Personally, I like 1/2" drive torque wrenches... I can always use an adapter for 3/8" sockets, and have the 1/2" available when I need it.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2006
  6. asmallsol

    asmallsol Super Moderator

    for my quality one, I have a Craftsman 3/8's trq wrench. It was like 60 back in the day. Then for my crappy one, I have a 1/2 MIT tools on that I probally paid like $20 for.
  7. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP

    i've got both 1/2 inch and 3/8

    i got my 3/8 at sears/craftsman for inch lbs and i love it
    how are you gonna do 71 inch pounds when your torque wrench does 5 lbs to 80 lbs?
    just used it lastnight for an isuzu pickup cam caps

    this is the one i have
    60 bucks

    Craftsman 44593 Torque Wrench, 3/8 in. Drive at Sears.com
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2006
  8. totalburnout

    totalburnout Well-Known Member

    Increments are .5lbs, not 5lbs.

    It starts at 5lbs, which there isn't anything that I'll need to torque that lightly anyway so there's no difference. A shifter bushing is 8 1/2 lbs, I'll be able to do that with this wrench.

    Other wrenches only go in 1lb incrememnts.

    It says its accurate within +/- 4%. That should be good enough for anything but doing a head swap and frankly the WRX is never getting a head swap.
  9. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP

    the fine print on that +/- 4% on most torque wrenches is

    so you're only within 4% if you're over 20lbs

    i never said anything about incriments

    look through the manual and see what calls for inch pounds
    your base inch lbs is gonna be 60, and thats if you trust a 13 dollar torque wrench to do 5lbs

    just a heads up
    you're better off buying something that will last a lifetime

    what are you torque'ing anyway?
  10. totalburnout

    totalburnout Well-Known Member

    Spark plugs, suspension, lug nuts, exhaust components.
  11. cheese9988

    cheese9988 Senior Member

    I metrology/calibration for a living. I have calibrated probably thousands of them. Hands down the best are going to be snap-on, but you are going to pay for them. The ones with the needle and the gold dial are best (front looks like a pressure gauge), +/- 2% rdg, last a long time. Some Proto and CDI (owned by Snap-on) isn't too bad. Sturtevant Richmont are good, Craftsman hold up for the money. I wouldn't buy anything from Williams, Harbor Freight or Armstrong, have seen many of these fail right out of the box.

    Just because it has a needle and a dial (like a pressure gauge) doesn't mean it isn't any good, they are usually more accurate and last longer than the click style wrenches. The problem with this style is when you have to try and read it in a small space. Most companys make a wrench that actually bends (maybe like the Craftsman you looked at) and moves a needle around, these are usually +/-4% and can be hard to read sometimes also.

    If you want them to last awhile, don't torque them past the click point and do not losen bolts with them. That is the #1 way they break or go out of tolerance.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2006
  12. B16RacerN2NR

    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard

    I got a Mac Tools one from my friend's dad since he got a brand new Snap-On one for $20 from a guy who was moving and couldn't take anything with him...score!

    When I got the Mac tools one it was only a few months old and used only a few times. I like it. I've torqued down a bunch of heads till this day with no problems.

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