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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Got he Tekton one that reads high enough to do the F250 lug nuts as well as the Airstream one. 200 lbs/ft. if I remember correctly. Always set it back to zero after using it and it's performed nicely.
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And when you use the 3/4 torque incorrectly to take off the bolt on the hitch, and it breaks, just buy another and use the broken one for the rough stuff.

Do you mean you're not supposed to use them as a wrench??
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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 have two Precision Instruments torque wrenches to cover a range from 40 to 600 ft/lbs. High quality, made in the USA, very reasonable price for what you get. I carry the 40-250 wrench with me when we tow the trailer.
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Harbor Junk is just that. Chinese crap. Probably good enough if you not too concerned about accuracy. I used to build engines and race cars. I also had made a jig for verifying accuracy for all my torque wrenches including a 3/4" that went to 360 ft lbs. What ever you buy remember to reset to the lowest setting on the dial. Leaving at a high setting will distort the spring and calibration over time.
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Harbor Junk is just that. Chinese crap. Probably good enough if you not too concerned about accuracy. I used to build engines and race cars. I also had made a jig for verifying accuracy for all my torque wrenches including a 3/4" that went to 360 ft lbs. What ever you buy remember to reset to the lowest setting on the dial. Leaving at a high setting will distort the spring and calibration over time.
Sometimes things change. Poached from the Precision Instruments split beam page.

"SPLIT-BEAM CLICK WRENCHES
Split-Beam Click Wrenches overcome many of the problems associated with micrometer-style clock wrenches in abusive environments. The wrench has few components, and all critical parts are welded together at assembly. There is no need to "work in" a C series torque wrench before using it the first time. Nor is it necessary to adjust to the lowest torque setting after use. Setting the tool requires only fingertip force since the adjustment mechanism is not under load."

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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.
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I doubt this would be the case at any reputable tire shop, the liability for incorrectly TQing wheel nuts is just too great. Any of the tire shops that I have used even have a reminder on the bottom of the work order for the customer to return after 100 miles to get lugs retorqued.

Lug nuts do not require the torque accuracy that, say, engine parts do, and the HB TQ wrench would be just fine. As others have mentioned, it is important to return the TQ to zero for storage to maintain its relative accuracy. There are places that will calibrate your wrench for a fee, which is not a bad idea from time to time to ensure that it is not too far out.
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