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Torque wrench preferences?

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by cornwall325, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. Jul 27, 2020 at 3:08 PM
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    cornwall325

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    What brand and type of torque wrenches are you using? I’ve decided I need to buy one instead of borrowing. I don’t mind to spend the money and I want to be assured I have a good quality tool. I will be using this torque wrench on my truck for oil changes primarily. What kind of prices and where is the best place to buy? A friend of mine has a Snap-on and if I understood him right he can have the calibration checked every year for free.
     
  2. Jul 27, 2020 at 4:22 PM
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    I have a Tekton in 1/2" & 3/8" drives. I would not buy either again. I don't like the screw type locking mechanism on either it will always twist no mater how tight I get it.

    For $110 bucks you can get a Harbor Freight ICON series 1/2" drive torque wrench with a snap collar on it that will lock in on the set torque. My Tekton always rolls up when I'm torquing anything .
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2020 at 4:50 PM
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    I have two CDIs and a $10 cheap harbor freight. I’d trust all of them on whatever needs to be torqued (if it’s within the range); although it is nice to see the “a Snap-On company” on the CDIs when doing suspension work. They’re reasonably priced and come in a nice blow molded case. Don’t appear to be made in USA anymore but I’m sure they’re still held to a high standard. Worth considering for sure
     
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    I bought this 1/2" drive one, works great. It's more like the older beam style but has a button you press and when you hit your setting it clicks loud enough to easily hear. These types are far better than the cheap racheting ones as they don't go out of calibration, downside is it doesn't rachet.
    https://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-6...ting+Beam+Torque+Wrench&qid=1595896866&sr=8-1
     
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  7. Jul 27, 2020 at 6:03 PM
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    snap on tech angle digital 1/4, 3/8, 1/2
     
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  9. Jul 27, 2020 at 7:27 PM
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    For you Snap-on guys what kind of premium can I expect to pay? Also, is it correct that yearly calibration checks are free?
     
  10. Jul 27, 2020 at 7:34 PM
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    I paid $550 for the 1/4, $550 for the 3/8, and $650 for the 1/2. if I remember correctly yes calibration is free
     
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  12. Jul 27, 2020 at 8:29 PM
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    Just something to think about. Id research because from everything I’ve read it probably won’t be as easy as you think getting a free calibration. Unless you’re buying a ton of tools from your local Snap-On rep; you’re going to have a hard time getting a freebie
     
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    It's funny seeing die hard snap on guys stand by them since they r not made in the usa anymore. Chinese is Chinese doesn't matter who put their final name on it. Least with HF I can take it back to a store front and get a replacement.

    I pulled the sleeves off my plier pack I got from HF and they were stamped MAC tools on the metal. Probably just a fluke but come on guys. Everything comes from China now a days.
     
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    I’ve got a Tekton 1/2” from Amazon. I like it, priced right and for what I use it for works great.
     
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    I like my Snap-On Digital Torque Wrenches
     
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    We calibrate and repair literally thousands of all types and makes of torque wrenches at our Denver cal lab. It's true that most non industrial T wrenches are made in China. Emphasis on "non industrial" T wrenches. By far the highest quality with best specs and performance are the German made Stahwille's that we get in. No springs to fail. Purely mechanical and you can get various ratcheting heads for them. German "stahl" is steel. Our torque guys call them steel willies. haha Widely preferred in the aerospace sector and industrial situations in harsh environments or heavy repeated use and easy to repair if you manage to break one..
    https://www.stahlwille-americas.com/en/


    Here's a steel willie that was just calibrated

    20200728_070453.jpg
     
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    According to our in house torque guru>>>>
    The cheap brands listed here for the most part have a 90% failure rate for meeting specifications. Especially HF, Husky, NAPA. Here is a pic of a "made in USA" CDI wrench>>>

    20200728_070900.jpg
     
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    I had a Husky and a Kobalt which both failed with honesty very little use. I purchased my CDI many years before I was gifted the other two. The CDI has held up great and is a very high quality piece...for a DIYer. At this point I personally would not spend my money on any other brand.
     
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    I have Snapon and CDI. I have never had Snapon calibrate anything for free. We have always sent all our stuff out to the cal lab once a year. Some of my older Snapons have had parts replaced but still pass.
     
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    I have harbor freight 3/8" and 1/2" torque wrenches. With coupon, they come outtout to $10 and the value can't be beat. Knock on wood, they have served me well on oil changes, tire rotations, suspension work and brake rotors and pads changes. They carry lifetime warranty on hand tools so just bring it in for an exchange if it does fail. Haven't had an issue with the twist handle.

    I did have a 3/8" ratcheting breaker bar fail on me and I just took it back to the store for a swap. Most of the other HF hand tools I have have been pretty solid.
     
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    Here is what we use to verify torque wrenches. The only way actually:

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    Here is a Stahlwille. Notice no springs to fail or tilt blocks to wear out?
    Not all tilt block used in most brands are the same hardness. Cheap sourced tilt blocks will wear out faster. Same with issues with springs.

    20200728_072631.jpg
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    Our torque guru's finger...cheesy tilt block on the left. Good one on the right. "What's in your torque wrench?"
     
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    Here are the torque wrenches I have collected over the years. Takes me from about 5 in-lbs up to 250 ft-lbs.

    I bought the Precision Instruments 250 so I could torque the LCA bolts(?) to 220 ft-lbs. The CDI I bought for setting torque on the smaller fasteners found on my motorcycle. The Seekonk I use for firearms maintenance and work and the Borka (bottom right) is used in the field for fasteners needing 10-85 in-lbs. They are all very nice and for torques that overlap between the wrenches, they seem to agree. The Borka is somewhat technique dependent, meaning you need to be consistent in how you use it.

    I love tools and like to buy the right tool for the job. I can honestly say I have never torqued any fasteners associated with doing oil changes. If that is the extent of what you are doing, you may not truly need one.


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    Japanese made Tonichi's are highly recommended.
     
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    How often are your instruments calibrated and sent in for service?
     
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    Our torque stand transducers are done on a 6 month cal cycle and verified with calibrated torque wheels and state certified weights.
    Customers specify what cal cycle they want for their wrenches. If they don't know then we recommend one depending on use.

    This is what we are 17025 accredited to perform torque and hydraulic measurements.

    20200728_090213.jpg
     
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  28. Jul 28, 2020 at 10:14 AM
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    I am mostly concerned with the plastic oil filter housing. I plan to buy one and have it for the next oil change. I still figure it’s not a bad idea to have a torque wrench around, even if I only need it time to time.
     
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    I have been using my husky wrench for about 10 years now with a RV, and 3 different cars. I have used it for a complete engine and trans swap in the RV, brake jobs, valve adjustments and suspension rebuilds and it is still working great. I have 4 different sized torque wrenches. I do not know of a one size fits all wrench.
     
  30. Jul 28, 2020 at 10:21 AM
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    I won’t be doing engine/trans swaps or any kind of suspension rebuilding. I’d just be using a torque wrench for basic maintenance type stuff.
     

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