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    Who do you guys think makes the best torque wrench? I've had a nice craftsman for 25 years or very close to it and it gave out on me last night so I need to get one now.
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    $nap On!
    Mac makes a good 3/8 and 1/2 drive for the money but their 1/4 drives aren't the best.
    Just like any, don't drop 'em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliminator Cruiser View Post
    Who do you guys think makes the best torque wrench? I've had a nice craftsman for 25 years or very close to it and it gave out on me last night so I need to get one now.
    Does Craftsman's warranty cover their torque wrenches? I don't think it does, but it's worth a shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Kind Of Monster View Post
    Does Craftsman's warranty cover their torque wrenches? I don't think it does, but it's worth a shot!
    No. I bought one last year and they told me that the warranty on the torque wrench was only for 1 year...

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    [QUOTE=Warp Speed;99209]$nap On!
    Mac makes a good 3/8 and 1/2 drive for the money but their 1/4 drives aren't the best.
    Just like any, don't drop 'em![/QUOTE]

    AND, be sure to back them off below 20 or so pounds before storing them....My Craftman lasted 25 years or more, then the ratchet part started to fail. I now use a Bonny, works great. After all those years I was starting to have doubts about the actual accuracy. I compared the "click" to a friend's new Snap On and it was right there. Any quality brand will work just fine, just take care of it, like the precision tool that it is............MP
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    Proto I have 2 of them 1/2" & 3/4" drive very tuff wrenches.

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    craftsman 70 buck special, i buy a new 1 every yr and rotate out the 1yr old, keep it at home. i use em alot and i just don't trust em on torque to yield bolts. putting 80lbs of torque on something, then turnin it an additional 90 degrees, wears a t.wrench down fast. got alot of good ratcheting break over now at home though

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    If you use the wrench on a regular basis I would invest in a nice one from snap-on or one of the other high end tool companies. For occasional use I'd buy another Craftsman and it will work fine. After all your last one held up for 25 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havasu Dreamin View Post
    No. I bought one last year and they told me that the warranty on the torque wrench was only for 1 year...

    When you bought that wrench way back when, it was covered, some time after that Sears changed the rules in the middle of the game. I went through the same BS with a Sears manager not long ago. He went on to tell me " It's been like that ever since I worked here ", to which I inquired well how long has that been? A whole 13 years he proudly stated. I told him I had probably bought that wrench before he was born.

    My ratchet gears had taken a dump once before, and were replaced, no problem, not so this time. I also noticed while there that half of the power tools they sell under the Craftsman name are now made in china, just so you know what your buying.
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    Regardless of which wrench you use, regular (anual) calibration will insure that it's accurate. You may find that a more expensive wrench won't need calibration as often as a less expensive one, but they should be checked, regardless. There's a company called Utica that makes industrial precision measuring instruments, and their torque wrenches are super accurate, and high quality. Pricy, but IMO about the best. Alaso, they're American made.
    SnapOn is good, as well, and for ft/lb measuring, Craftsman is fine. The lighter the measurement, the more precise (higher quality) the tool needs to be.
    Also, never push on a torque wrench (unless unavoidable). Always pull, with smooth, equal motion, without stopping untill tq is reached.
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    Beam Type thats what i like

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