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1/2 inch torque wrench recommendation

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by yelcab, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. yelcab

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    I have a really nice and pricey electronic Gearwrench 1/2 torque wrench that does Nm, Ftlb, and degrees rotation with a flex head. It's always in a case, inside a cabinet, and only comes out when really precision work is needed between 100 - 250 lbs. Well, it went tits up on me, won't even turn on with brand new AAA batteries. This is the second electronic torque wrench that has done this bull **** and I am DONE with the effing electronic torque wrenches. I am keeping it in my car so that I can pitch it over the side of the Golden Gate bridge the next time I cross it.

    I want to buy a mechanical clicking type that goes up to 250 lbs, 24 inches long minimum, and I am not sure what to buy. Choices are:

    1. Used SnapOn 250lbs wrench (not paying for new ones.... )
    2. New Gearwrench 1/2 inch 250 lb wrench
    3. Others ????

    Any insight, recommendation, and / or brain farts is appreciated.
     
  2. zygomatic

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    What are you going to use this for?

    I have a Tekton 1/2" click torque wrench that is mostly used for wheel bolts / lug nuts. I know S/O and others are more accurate and better made. For what this is used for, at $50 it was a good buy and hasn't let me down.
     
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  4. Dave rocks

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    You get what you pay for, Mitch.

    Two words - Snap On.
     
  5. John Glen

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    Snap On for sure. Remember to get calibrated.
     
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  6. SoCal1

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    I use digital snapon and get it calibrated yearly here at a digital instrument place in the area for $50
    Useally within 5 pounds
    Btw the rotation degree is widely used after torque
     
  7. ago car nut

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    The beam type is basically a spring and is more rugged. I double check my torque wrenches against each other. Put a bolt with nut in vise and try one wrench against another. You know that bolt torque is affected by lubrication or lack of on the thread. So I wouldn't get to concerned 100% accurate torque. Measuring bolt stretch is more accurate. Over tightening is bad.
     
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  8. bisel

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    #9 bisel, Oct 29, 2018
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    Beam type very good, very reliable, but does not have a nice click when reaching set torque. I have a Craftsman dial in type. No batteries.

    Steve
     
  9. yelcab

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    Let me add more information.

    I have seven torque wrenches from SnapOn 3/8 and 1/2 balanced beams, Precision Instrument 3/8 balanced beam, Husky 1/4 clicker, and Craftsman clicker types, and the now-dead electronic Gearwrench one. One is dedicated to 75lbs for torqueing wheels only. Four are used for high quality precision work to 150lbs. Occasionally, I need to go beyond 150 lbs (axle nuts, gearbox nuts, big ass wheel nuts) and that is when I pull out the big Gearwrench electronic one that is now dead as a door nail. No more electronic garbage (and I hold a MSEE).

    I bought the electronic one thinking that the degree rotation will come in handy but I have found its use to be finicky and inaccurate especially if you have to take multiple passes to get to the final degrees. So, I rely on my Snap On mechanical degree gauge for that. Or, simply mark the nuts/bolts. So that feature is not important anymore.

    So, now I am looking for a 24 inch long (so I can use the leverage), 1/2 type (big sockets), clicker adjustable mechanical type (no more batteries), that is of good quality and will last a long time. CDI is now making Snap On so I would just buy from CDI instead of a new Snap On.
     
  10. SoCal1

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    [QUOTE="yelcab, post: 146276084, member: 211"

    So, now I am looking for a 24 inch long (so I can use the leverage), 1/2 type (big sockets), clicker adjustable mechanical type (no more batteries), that is of good quality and will last a long time. CDI is now making Snap On so I would just buy from CDI instead of a new Snap On.[/QUOTE]



    Yeah I know you need one of these.
    Not mine just an example. I think the newer one is better gets better battery life from an update. Plus it has the degree wheel on it also
    I use these on Diesels with big ARP studs in the 200 lb range
    Same guts as another model I forget the name

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Snap-On-1-2-Drive-Electronic-Torque-Wrench-TechAngle-ATECH3FR250B/253951850725?hash=item3b20b5b8e5:g:ROsAAOSwlY5b07Kv:rk:5:pf:1&frcectupt=true
     
  11. yelcab

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    Yeah I know you need one of these.
    Not mine just an example. I think the newer one is better gets better battery life from an update. Plus it has the degree wheel on it also
    I use these on Diesels with big ARP studs in the 200 lb range
    Same guts as another model I forget the name

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Snap-On-1-2-Drive-Electronic-Torque-Wrench-TechAngle-ATECH3FR250B/253951850725?hash=item3b20b5b8e5:g:ROsAAOSwlY5b07Kv:rk:5:pf:1&frcectupt=true[/QUOTE]
    How long have you had yours?
     
  12. SoCal1

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    I think 4 years or so

    I upgrade to the latest ones all the time, have 3/4 and 1/2 in these no 1/4 as I dont do that work anymore
     
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    Does your wife have a sister ;)
     
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  15. Challenge

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    I got the big Tekton clicker that goes to 250 lb ft. Only need it for axle nuts but it seems to work well.
     
  16. Wade

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    Sorry but no... I certainly got lucky, that's for sure.
     
  17. vincep99

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    I use SK-Wayne click-type; I have 3/8, 1/4 and 3/4 (the 3/4 was only for my Testarossa, haven't used it since). They work great. I also have an angle adapter for when I do torque/angle measurements.
     
  18. sandreb

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    I use and recommend Precision Instruments torque wrenches.
     
  19. radlu

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    Harbor Freight has some good quality ones. Top notch.
     
  20. thorn

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    Harbor Freight doesn't have good quality anything. Inexpensive, though.
     
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    Utica Tools makes professional grade torque wrenches used in manufacturing and trades. I have had mine (home use) for 30 years. Every time I have the calibration checked it is spot on. http://uticatorquewrench.com/about-us.html
    http://uticatorquewrench.com/utica-ratchet-head-torque-wrenches.html
    Whatever you buy, (especially used) have the calibration checked. I had a friend buy two new Craftsman torque wrenches and had them checked and both were out of calibration right out of the box.
    I have purchased a second used Utica Tools torque wrench off Ebay and immediately sent it in for testing and calibration. Not expensive and they return with a certificate with calibration % in each direction.
     
  22. f355spider

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    Consider a used Utica Tools 1/2" drive is $400+ new, but you can find them for $40 to $50 on Ebay. Send it out for calibration (factory or local) and you should be able to have a decent used one for 1/4 the price of new. Even if it needs a new ratchet head, you wouldn't be into it more than $175 to $200 total.
     
  23. yelcab

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    I snatched a SnapOn 1/2 inch 250lbs used torque wrench off Ebay. I will post picture when I get it.
    Since I am in a buying mood, I will make an offer on a Utica 3/4 inch 600lbs model
     
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  24. f355spider

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    I think if you can find your local Snap On dealer, they have a tester and can test and calibrate on their trucks. Not sure if they service one from another manufacturer. Worth asking. A friend told me Snap On dealers only test, cannot calibrate
     

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