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Post Torque wrench recommendations?
I've got an older Craftsman torque wrench, I'm getting tired of it coming apart in my hands and I'm starting to wonder about its accuracy. Anyone have a recommendation for a good wrench that won't require me to get a home equity loan?

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
I believe the snap on and mac torque wrenches are only in the 250 ish price range for what there used for I wouldn't settle for a cheaper quality... you can always go for an old school dial it never lies haha there cheap

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
You can always take your craftsman back those people never question anything haha I took back a 1/2 drive ratchet that I found rusted in my field they replaced no problem

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
http://www.brownlinemetalworks.com/torque-wrench

I have that wrench. Use coupon code "blaster" and get it for 99.

does ft/lbs, in/lbs, and nm.

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
I have a Craftsman Pro digital for the important stuff, for things like wheels, suspension ETC ETC I have a Kobalt that is very comfortable to use and has been surprisingly indestructable. If you have the cash Obviosuly Snap On and MAC are always a good choice.

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
I like the fact that the Brown Line digital has a wide range and switches from Nm to in-lb and ft-lb, but it's getting bad reviews for durability and use.
The 1/2" drive Kobalt wrench got nothing but good reviews and the lifetime warranty is great, but with a range of 50-250 ft-lbs I'd probably need to buy the 3/8" drive wrench to supplement it (20-100 ft-lb range).
I also see Husky (Home Depot) carries a similar model, and it's made in the USA.

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
Husky is not very good tools. I would get one of each anyway, I can't see trying to do 20In Lbs with a 3 foot long wrench and have it be accurate, you are almost guaranteed to overtorque it.

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
I jumped into Kobalt tools the last few years and haven't had any issues. 60 gal compressor, air tools, hand tools, etc. I got tired of breaking my Craftsman ratchets or sockets and spending $20 in gas just to get it replaced. I have a dial torque wrench that is older than me. Not even sure what brand it is, but it works.

edit- older than me but much younger than you guys :cheers

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
There are some design flaws with the brownline and I knew that going into it, but its $99 bucks. Its everything I needed it for and thats torquing lug nuts, not putting a motor together. Although I have assembled some 4 wheeler motors with it without any issues.

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Post Re: Torque wrench recommendations?
I picked up the 2 Kobalt wrenches at the local Lowes' this morning. Nick's right about using a 36" wrench to torque 20 ft-lbs. I'll have the bigger one for lugnuts and such, and the small one for any other engine-related tasks.

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