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Old 01-04-2016, 01:52 PM   #71
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Our HF has some big ones now. They did not last spring, but when I checked this Fall their selection included higher capacity sizes. Caution.....make sure you set the click for the correct torque setting. The HF wrench is a bit difficult to read. Pat
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:47 PM   #72
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Quick question from the mechanically challenged...What torque setting do I use for the 14" wheels standard on my AS 2015 FC 23ft?
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Old 01-06-2016, 06:11 PM   #73
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Quick question from the mechanically challenged...What torque setting do I use for the 14" wheels standard on my AS 2015 FC 23ft?

I'm not 100% sure - do you have your Airstream manual? It will tell you in there. Mine is 110 ft lbs (15"aluminum wheels).
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Old 01-08-2016, 11:36 AM   #74
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Harbor freight has their torque wrenches on sale this weekend $9.99. Everone should have one at this price.

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Sears has 3/8 drives on sale at $49.99. Much better quality than HF.
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Probably made in the same plant in China. Both have the same free replacement warranty.

My point was if you don't have one for $10.00 if you are in the area of the Harbor Freight store you should have one. If you don't like it no big loss for you and without some type of way to test one versus the other can't see the higher cost for a smaller wrench from Sears.
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Sears has 3/8 drives on sale at $49.99. Much better quality than HF.

Amen!
I have a nearly 30 year old Craftsman beam style. Works great-


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I have the set of 3 HF torque wrenches. I needed one for my batteries. 120 inch pounds. The one from HF did not work as expected, even with low expectations. The one I purchased from Sears is very much a better quality than the one from HF. I can't imagine them being made in the same factory. China is a big place.
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Hey there Papa Smurf, since you are in Canada and since the majority of answers appear to be coming from users in the USA, I thought I might give a Canadian option or two. First Choice... Canadian Tire Corp. They often put their 1/2 inch torque wrench and breaker bar combo on sale for 50% off. I have purchased two of these sets for myself and my son. Remember to use the breaker bar to bust the wheel nuts loose and not your torque wrench, saves the expensive torque wrench from abuse. My second suggestion would be the Princess Auto torque wrenches, they are the equivalent of Harbour Freight. the prices are usually good and sometimes great when a sale comes up but the quality is questionable. I threw my PA torque wrench away a couple of years ago as its calibration was really off.

PS... Congratulations on your upcoming delivery, you must be very excited.
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I sometimes think Harbor Freight's inventory is factory rejects- couldn't pas QC inspections-
Case in point:
Power inverters-
Harbor Freight version appears identical to Coleman, but won't last a year- so you better buy replacement warranty/insurance-
Open end wrenches $1- bought several- fit absolutely nothing SAE or metric!
Waste of money!
Got no use for Harbor Freight!


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Snap-On tools are expensive, but stand the test of time with replacement when the truck comes by next week....
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Torque wrench recommendation needed

For those who prefer an American made good quality torque wrench that wont break the bank, try SK tools.

In fact, if high quality but economical American made tools are what a person is looking for, I highly recommend this brand.

Most all hand tools are American made, and are great quality, except that their standard ratchet handles kinda suck...

They are a little more than Craftsman, but IMO much better that modern Craftsman tools.


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Snap-On tools are expensive, but stand the test of time with replacement when the truck comes by next week....

Some will say that cheap tools are just as good as premium tools....

There was a time when I said that...


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When I purchased my Michelins from Discount Tire they assured me they would not to jack the trailer up by the axles and to would use a torque wrench at 95# to reinstall the wheels. I walked out to the bay where my trailer was being jacked up under the axle at all 4 wheels with floor jacks and grabbed the manager who had the jacks moved to the frame. I then waited and stopped them when they started to use an air impact wrench to put the lug nuts back on.

Whenever possible, I now watch anyone working on my trailer or do it myself.
OH, PLEASE DO!!!!
And ensure that they use a torque wrench to TIGHTEN THEM, and not just check them after. An Impact gun has NO calibration at all, and can do much damage.

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