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Old 01-28-2018, 08:28 AM   #1
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I need a new 1/2'' drive torque wrench. looking for some recommendations. I was on the snap on site and there are a lot of different models. thanks ron
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:12 AM   #2
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I have put a lot of motors together with Craftsman.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:21 AM   #3
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I have many torque wrenches in my shop,but my favorite is Snap On TQFR250E. Very precise and you know exactly when you hit your target.
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:00 AM   #4
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I need a new 1/2'' drive torque wrench. looking for some recommendations. I was on the snap on site and there are a lot of different models. thanks ron
I worked for the Navy Dept. at Indian Head Naval Weapons Center, Maryland calibrating precision tools for over 18 years before retiring. The most accurate is the old Sears Craftsman "Beam" torque wrench. I do not know it they are made in America these days. Been retired for 15 + years. They held the accuracy forever it seemed unless they were used for a hammer. The "Click Clicks" are good from Snap On but most people forget to return the setting to zero after the are done using it and that kills the spring inside. Its can be adjusted to a point but the lead on the end of the handle needs to be melted out and then you need a torque wrench calibrator. Several thousand dollars like the one we used in our lab. Other wise its a throw away. I have seen the click click types being off by 20-25 ft. lbs. Some guys were blowing engines up because of inaccurate torque wrenches. Even some of the fuel funny car guys back in the 70's had junk torque wrenches as I proved to them. They are precision tools....use them as such.

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Old 01-28-2018, 11:17 AM   #5
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Working on the new aluminum block Hemi engine for my drag pack, I had all of my torque checked at the Charlotte race. The best I had was the "beam-dial" snap-on wrenches. Worst was the click type, also snap-on. The click type had a "sweet" spot for being correct. My click type were off on the low and high sides.
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:24 AM   #6
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If you are using the wrench for anything other than torqueing lug nuts , don't buy a "clicker " type wrench .
Dial indicator or beam type are far more accurate ,and for a much longer time.
I have my SnapOn 1% dial type wrenches checked every 2 years and also check them occasionally at the ARP trailer . ...The SnapOn's before and after readings are usually within 1%or less.
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:49 AM   #7
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What do you all know about the Brown Line Metal Works wrench. I have one, like somethings about it, but not everything.

https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Line-BL.../dp/B0032A60W2
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Old 01-28-2018, 12:30 PM   #8
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I run a QC lab for the govt. All we use are snap-on click type. They work well, but as said above, you need to return them to zero after use. I think proto are fine for home use.
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Old 01-28-2018, 12:50 PM   #9
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If you are using the wrench for anything other than torqueing lug nuts , don't buy a "clicker " type wrench .
Dial indicator or beam type are far more accurate ,and for a much longer time.
I have my SnapOn 1% dial type wrenches checked every 2 years and also check them occasionally at the ARP trailer . ...The SnapOn's before and after readings are usually within 1%or less.
where are you getting your wrenches calibrated and what is a round about cost?
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:10 PM   #10
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The Snap On TorqueMeter style wrench is the best non electronic torque wrench. They have some nice electronic torque wrenches as well. They do offer calibration services. Mine have stayed well calibrated for decades.
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