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Old 08-26-2006, 09:12 PM   #15
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Is an under $20 torque wrench just a good as a $70 one if we can ensure that both can be calibrated and adjusted to do the job within spec?
JStanley....you see this is what I was driving at.... or torquin' at in this case...
The Harbor Freight torque wrench for $12.99 sounds like a darn good deal to me their website says:

Click-stop type accurate within +/- 4%

So if that is correct the range for my wheels in the manual is 110-120 lbs
So I'm thinking set it to 115 lbs let her rip and listen for the click
if it is:
minus 4% my calculator says thatís 4.6 so that would be 110.4 lbs on the light side
plus 4% would be 119.6 lbs on the heavy side.....

Unless my math is wrong that still is within mfg spec....life time warranty on a $12.99 wrench sounds pretty good to me.....

somebody tell me if I'm wrong... I'll gladly spend more for safety especially if it's proven to be needed....if not I'd rather save my duckets.... still need to spend $2,000 on generators......and that is just one of the items on the wish list
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:25 PM   #16
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hi azstreamin'

this harbor freight model is basically the same one sold at autozone. the one you purchased there also has a lifetime warranty and autozone should have automatically registered that wrench at purchase. find your receipt.

napa and some wallyworlds carry this model/warranty. lots easier to return to one of these chain vendors than harbor freight...imo. i'm sure somebody will disagree with this observation.....

and why not buy the socket and extension on the same receipt? i wrapped my reciept around the wrench shaft and covered it with duck tape....so instead of it failing...i'll lose it!

they are all +-4%...in this price range....which is fine. infact some of the more expensive wrenches are less accurate.... 3-4 inch extension is plenty long IF you also get the long 3/4 inch socket.

as for torque values....this thread has got the real goods....

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ghlight=torque

and a table in post 81 for all common a/s wheels/lugs/torque.

i agree get a socket for the t.v. too.
my ford is 165ft/lbs and the wrench only goes to 150...
but with the + side margin of error....
i'm covered..

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Old 08-26-2006, 09:41 PM   #17
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I bet someone on the forum knows how to calibrate a torque wrench.
I know how to calibrate a torque wrench, on page 7 of the operating instructions it says " Calibration Service is available by returning your wrench to the nearest Sears store" .

BTW, unless abused, the wrench should be checked every 10,000 cycles.



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Old 08-27-2006, 12:05 AM   #18
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as for torque values....this thread has got the real goods....

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ghlight=torque

and a table in post 81 for all common a/s wheels/lugs/torque.
2air.... I followed that thread for a while and must have missed it on the tail end.. that is a great chart.... solves the ol' how much to torque debate real quick...How do we get one of the manuals for the forum? Post the whole thing in PDF... With that kind of information there would be no tech questions this forum would become all off topic
thanks for the heads-up
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Old 08-27-2006, 05:46 AM   #19
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Old 08-27-2006, 06:50 PM   #20
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hello everyone ,the beam type torque wrenches are pretty accurate.The click type like the snap on ones I use for work are great,but way too much money
for just checking or torquing lug nuts.When torquing or checking the lugs,
if the wrench gives a click or the beam reads correctly on the scale ,Don't
give it an little more for good measure ,as each good measure tweek ,the
lug nut gets, the more over tightened it will be.When you get up into the
higher torque ranges ,like 110 ft lbs ,a 1/4 turn more can yield 130 ft lbs
easily,We all know that there isn't some wiggle room on the torque of lugs.
They don't need too be" sinched up " if they are at the rated torque specs.
It is easy to pull the wrench a bit more when torquing.

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Old 09-21-2006, 07:04 AM   #21
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Go with the Craftsman torque wrench. Easy to use, works like a charm. You could also use it on your TV if you ever have to change a tire somewhere.
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