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Old 07-12-2019, 07:32 PM   #1
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Torque wrenches

New to the Airstream community and hoping to be a long time friend. We just purchased our first AS. Tommy Bahama FB27. Looking for advice on a quality torque wrench to take with us to check lugs periodically.


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Old 07-12-2019, 07:43 PM   #2
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I'll probably get flamed, but the Harbor Freight one works for me.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:53 PM   #3
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I've been happy with the two Tekton torque wrenches I own.

I use the 1/2" for the wheels - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C5ZL0RU and the 3/4" for my Equalizer hitch - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0EG1H3.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:36 PM   #4
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I bought a craftsman. It torques to 240lbs. It has a digital read out. I also have a smaller one that torques to 150lbs.
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Vote for Tekton torque wrench. Mine works great
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:21 AM   #6
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Quality is different things to different people. For the intended use Tekton would be just fine. In what would generally be considered quality: Click type: CDI Split beam: Precision instruments.
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:20 AM   #7
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I'll probably get flamed, but the Harbor Freight one works for me.
I have been using a HF model for over 10 years with no problems. Seems to be some really negative reviews on the Tekton on Amazon.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:20 AM   #8
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I'll probably get flamed, but the Harbor Freight one works for me.
I'll second that.
First, what do we use torque wrenches for? To tighten lug nuts.
We're not assembling parts for the space station.
If you buy a torque wrench and it's off by 5%, well it's probably as accurate as any.
I bought my torque wrench from HF also, the dial is hard to read, but once dialed in at 100 ft/lbs. I leave it. I paid $20.
Go ahead, buy the one from Snap-On for $300. But I won't.

BTW, I've never seen a tire store torque lug nuts. The guy gives them a burp with the air gun and you're on your way.
Even when I was watching Nascar. The lugs are only torqued before a race. By the end they're lucky to have five lug nuts on.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:40 AM   #9
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Quality is different things to different people. For the intended use Tekton would be just fine. In what would generally be considered quality: Click type: CDI Split beam: Precision instruments.
Precision instruments is the manufacturer of Snap On torque wrenches. They make the same tool under their own brand name for about a third of the price Snap On charges. It comes with calibration documentation, and the split beam does not have to be reset every time.

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I live on the wild side and don’t have any tools to change my own tires. Good old coach net can come to my rescue. Road side assistance is $1 a month through insurance as well. We full time and don’t make reservations, so worst case for us we are on the side of the road making lunch waiting for our help to arrive.

Haven’t had to call yet after 25k miles.
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I bought a pawn shop torque wrench to carry in the Airstream. I'm torquing lug nuts, not aircraft engine parts, so perfect accuracy isn't required. Minimum loss if someone steals it.
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First, what do we use torque wrenches for? To tighten lug nuts.
We're not assembling parts for the space station.
I use my torque wrenches for more than just tightening lug nuts. There are a vast array of uses for a torque wrench between lug nuts and space stations.

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If you buy a torque wrench and it's off by 5%, well it's probably as accurate as any.
That is simply not the case.

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I bought my torque wrench from HF also, the dial is hard to read, but once dialed in at 100 ft/lbs. I leave it.
If you are leaving your torque wrench set to 100# then more than likely it's toast. You are suppose to release the tension between uses.

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BTW, I've never seen a tire store torque lug nuts. The guy gives them a burp with the air gun and you're on your way.
My tire place torques lug nuts. If they didn't I wouldn't go back.
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Got mine at Harbor Freight. Doing its job for nine years now.
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+1 Harbor Freight. Seldom use it so why spend big dollars. Have yet to see a trailer on side of road without a wheel.
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