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4/13/2018 12:14 PM

I have the cheapest craftsman torque wrench and I honesty can’t get a good gauge on when I’ve hit the torque limit I’m after... so I’m in the market for a new torque wrench and I’ve been having trouble finding one with a low tolerances. Most I’ve found don’t even read some of the lower NM or FT. I’d like to hear any suggestions for a good wrench that you use and hopefully a decent price. Thanks to anyone with some insight.

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Ex Pro BMX rider. Lover of all 2 wheeled machines.

1978 XR75
1994 KX250
1997 KX250
2008 CRF450
2004 YZ250

4/13/2018 12:18 PM

Click type or beam type?

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Bret Bonham

4/13/2018 12:18 PM

Get a quality inch pound wrench if you want precise lower torque levels.

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4/13/2018 12:25 PM

ive had good experience with the icon series from harbor freight. The cheaper ones they have are junk tho. My dad has the snap on digital one and that thing is absolutely killer

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4/13/2018 12:27 PM

Inch pound one from 1-22 lbs
Bigger one for 20-180 lbs

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2018 CRF250R

4/13/2018 12:33 PM

Bret wrote:

Click type or beam type?

I’d prefer click type so I get a precise reading and acknowledgement that I’ve got the right spot.

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Ex Pro BMX rider. Lover of all 2 wheeled machines.

1978 XR75
1994 KX250
1997 KX250
2008 CRF450
2004 YZ250

4/13/2018 12:36 PM

Someone had to do it

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4/13/2018 12:36 PM

kb228 wrote:

ive had good experience with the icon series from harbor freight. The cheaper ones they have are junk tho. My dad has the snap ...more

Thanks kb I’ll check them out

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Ex Pro BMX rider. Lover of all 2 wheeled machines.

1978 XR75
1994 KX250
1997 KX250
2008 CRF450
2004 YZ250

4/13/2018 12:40 PM

I have a cheaper craftsman torque wrench from sears that I bought a few years ago. I think it’s a 10-75 lb. we have a few calibration checkers at work for the ones used on aircraft. I checked my sears special out a few times and it’s pretty damn accurate, which to me is within 5% or less.

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4/13/2018 1:04 PM

Peeley will be able to reccomend a high quality torque utensil.

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4/13/2018 1:16 PM

http://www.torqwrench.com/

I have a 3/8 20-100# Precision Instruments and its awesome.
Good deals on them from tool sellers on ebay as well.

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-'09 KX500AF

- '19 KX450F

4/13/2018 1:22 PM

Thanks for all the info boys!

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Ex Pro BMX rider. Lover of all 2 wheeled machines.

1978 XR75
1994 KX250
1997 KX250
2008 CRF450
2004 YZ250

4/13/2018 2:03 PM

I use snap on torque wrenches. But they don’t exactly meet your criteria for a decent price.

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4/13/2018 2:11 PM

I just got this one myself. Very happy with it. So much better than my HarborFreight clicker.

http://www.acdelco-tools.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=130

I got mine on amazon... about $100

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4/13/2018 2:29 PM

The tekton stuff available on Amazon has proven to be reliable for me.

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Mantis Toboggan, M.D

4/13/2018 3:52 PM

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4/13/2018 3:52 PM

kb228 wrote:

ive had good experience with the icon series from harbor freight. The cheaper ones they have are junk tho. My dad has the snap ...more

I love the snap on ones. You don't want to see the price we get doing for them here.

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4/13/2018 4:56 PM

Justin345 wrote:

I use snap on torque wrenches. But they don’t exactly meet your criteria for a decent price.

No doubt!

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Ex Pro BMX rider. Lover of all 2 wheeled machines.

1978 XR75
1994 KX250
1997 KX250
2008 CRF450
2004 YZ250

4/13/2018 6:35 PM

I was in the market for a torque wrench a few years ago and as others have stated you really need 2 or 3 to cover everything. The most cost effective way I found to do it is by sticking with Beam torque wrenches. They don't look as fancy as a snap on dial or micrometer style wrench but they are incredibly accurate and virtually never need recalibrating.

For the home mechanic who is never realistically going to have the wrench calibrated they are what I would go with. There are virtually no moving parts and they stay in calibration indefinitely. With some of the click style wrenches there are springs and moving parts that can change the calibration-especially if you do not turn the wrench to "zero" before putting it away for months.

If I had the money I would buy a Warren and Brown deflecting beam torque wrench as they give you the click while retaining the simplicity and reliability of a beam wrench. My father has had one for 30 years and it is a great quality tool. http://wbtools.com.au/products/deflecting-beams/deflecting-beam-torque-wrenches/

I ended up buying 3 Sturtevant Richmont wrenches which are well known in industrial and manufacturing settings and literally were the first company to sell a torque wrench. I bought all of mine used for less than 100$ total on eBay. they are all made in the USA and as long as the pointer is on zero in resting position the wrench should be in calibration. Older Craftsman Beam wrenches are great tools as well and were actually built by Sturtevant Richmont.Photo

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4/13/2018 6:39 PM

After using the Cheap ones(a few different types of Craftsman included), I decided to get this one below.They are the same or close to the ones they make for Snap-On. I really like it.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003GUPFSI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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4/14/2018 3:49 AM

I sacked up last year and finally spent the money on a snap on digital last year, I love the thing. I’m a mechanic so I can kinda justify the cost, but it was not cheap by any means

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RPM Performance
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4/14/2018 7:30 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/14/2018 7:31 PM

Look for a torque wrench made by CDI Tools.
http://www.cditorque.com/index.html

IMHO, the best you can buy. They are the manufacturer of SnapOn torque wrenches.
I have a 3/8" drive split beam (20-100 ft\lb) and one of their 1/2" drive (30-250 ft\lb) micrometer type wrenches.

Split Beam
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Micrometer
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