I see from your profile that you are in northern Colorado. If you are anywhere near Denver. you might contact:I have, but all I get are labs I have to ship my torque wrenches to. I'm just trying figure out if there's an easier option for me.
I assume you mean bending beam type ? They usually have a tolerance of 3%, a little better than the click type. There is another type torque wrench available that I know nothing about, it's called the split beam and are usually more expensive than the click type.Frankly, I like the old needle type. I figure that so long as the needle is pointing to zero it's within an acceptable range. Others may be more meticulous than I am, but I've never had a failure of a head gasket, for instance.
Im a metrology engineer and I work at a calibration lab where torque wrenches are calibrated. If I were you I would decide on the purpose and accuracy needed. See most torque wrenches are designed and calibrated to the tolerances listed in ASME B107 or similar. With this being stated snap-action click type torque wrenches are reported to be good to +_ 4% iv CW and +6% iv CCW. Iv means indicated value. Most beam torque wrench's have a tolerance of + 3% iv in both directions. Those are two most common. MFR’s often meet these requirements or better.I need to buy a torque wrench and am wondering what are some good options “for the money?” I don’t want a piece of junk, but I’m not a professional mechanic using it all day either… suggestions?
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Obviously you wouldn’t want the torque wrench to read exactly at 3% that would be suspect and the reliability would be bad. A proper calibration checks that a wrench meets specific requirements not adjusted to requirements. Note asme b107
A few years ago Hot Rod tested a bunch of torque wrench a few years ago. The HF wrench actually did quite well. It wasn't too far behind the Snap On wrenchCan't advise on what to buy, but can DEFINITELY advise on what NOT to buy. Stay away from the cheapies (Harbor Freight etc) as you said in your initial post. You get what you pay for.
Im not sure how you test torque wrenches like this. The thing that really matters is reliability which takes years of data to determine. Additionally this data can be effected by many of issues, such as misuse and bad storage.A few years ago Hot Rod tested a bunch of torque wrench a few years ago. The HF wrench actually did quite well. It wasn't too far behind the Snap On wrench
I understand thats what they do but it is not a good way to test them. Torque wrenches like a lot of tools have an associated repeatability. Checking that a torque wrench reads with in tolerance makes sense but you really can’t compare them. Without tons of data over a large time frame.Alot of the tool trucks have a device on board they use to check your torque wrench for free while you wait-how accurate that is I am not sure, but the Mac fella checked my 35-year-old Vulcan 1/2 inch click style and said it was spot on!
craftsman a few years back is two worlds...one of them today is foreign and i've had two wrenches fail in last few years. really depends on amount of use and price you can afford. i've been using a Husky 200 ft/lb for last two years quite a bit. no issues, looks to be quality build, and a warranty which Craftsman doesn't have...I picked up a couple Craftsman in various drive sizes a few years back and so far they have performed good.
Also, it's generally a good idea to set them back to 0 torque when not in use.
My reasoning is that I work in manufacturing in the US, and prefer to support companies that manufacture - in the US. The CDI torque wrenches I recommend are made here, by our relatives, friends and neighbors. That money goes directly back into our economy, not overseas into another country's, or as profits into the HF owner's pockets.I would imagine anyone on here telling you to stay away from HF torque wrench has either never researched them, never used them, or simply has some sort of weird brand favoritism.
This is a great mentality. The issue is that for many of us our pay checks only go so far. I can’t justify spending more money for a tool that will do the same job. Also how often do most VMF members use a torque wrench? 3 times a year… maybeMy reasoning is that I work in manufacturing in the US, and prefer to support companies that manufacture - in the US. The CDI torque wrenches I recommend are made here, by our relatives, friends and neighbors. That money goes directly back into our economy, not overseas into another country's, or as profits into the HF owner's pockets.