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Torque Wrench Recommendation

Hi all,

I need one, so...

Harbor Freight has them on sale for $14.95.

Worried about their quality.

So what do you use/recommend?

Thanks
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I have one of those and it works fine.

Just remember to zero it out when not in use.

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X2 with Knifemaker. I started using a Harbor Freight torque wrench after my Craftsman busted. Note to self: don't use a torque wrench as a breaker bar, dumbass.
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Ive never used a Harbor Freight TQ wrench. But the way I see it you get what you pay for. Some things from Harbor Freight are ok, however I would not rebuild an engine with a TQ Wrench from there.

X2 on placing the TQ Wrench setting back to the miminum TQ after use.
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Ive never used a Harbor Freight TQ wrench. But the way I see it you get what you pay for. Some things from Harbor Freight are ok, however I would not rebuild an engine with a TQ Wrench from there.

X2 on placing the TQ Wrench setting back to the miminum TQ after use.
Right, you've never used one but believe that they are no good....

I've own one and think they work fine.

Gee, who to trust here? Lol

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Ive never used a Harbor Freight TQ wrench. But the way I see it you get what you pay for. Some things from Harbor Freight are ok, however I would not rebuild an engine with a TQ Wrench from there.

X2 on placing the TQ Wrench setting back to the miminum TQ after use.
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Right, you've never used one but believe that they are no good....

I've own one and think they work fine.

Gee, who to trust here? Lol
I have a 1/2" drive torque wrench from Princess Auto, a discount chain here in Canada, similar to HF I believe. I picked it up several years ago at a half off sale for ~$20. It works just fine for the few times a year that I need it. If I were a professional mechanic who used it every day or even just every week, I may feel the need for a higher quality wrench costing 10 or 20 times as much. For now, I am happy with this one. I think I bought it when I was rebuilding the heads on a 350 small block Chevy.

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I have the same one and have used it for years without issue. X2 about setting it to zero when not in use. If the bolt/nut in question is very critical I will reach for the $250 one in the toolbox but the cheapie works very nice for 90% of everything I come across in my garage.

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Depends on what you want it for. If it is something non critical, like an axle nut, I don't even use one. If it is critical, Snap-On is the only way to go. I have three. About $1000 worth retail. I didn't pay that much but still paid plenty. If you really do need a torque wrench, you need it to be accurate. I have special padded cases for mine. Like any other quality tool, they should last a lifetime, several lifetimes actually.

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Thanks to everyone for the input!

I ended up getting the Harbor Freight 3/8 one.

On sale for $14.95

Clerk pulled out a yellow flyer that had a coupon for it for $9.95!!

I know you get what you pay for, and that is my expectations from HF.

But hey, I've spent more and gotten less.

Thanks again.
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