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    Default A decent torque wrench?

    Well another torque wrench is broken, and obviously it's an important tool so I need a new one. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good one? I know there is snap on, but I figured there had to be a more reasonable option then that.

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    Obnoxious at any speed altiain's Avatar
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    I use a 1/2" drive Craftsman Digitork torque wrench. I've had it for several years, and it's served me well. Had to rebuild the ratchet a few months back, but now it's good as new.

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    I am happy with my 1/2" Craftsman Microtork although it doesn't seem to get very good reviews on Sears's site. One of these days, I hope to pick up a Toptul preset torque wrench for lugnuts.

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    IIRC, GRM did a torque wrench test and the HarborFreight one (<$20 with coupon) was the TCB recommendation. It's what I use :)

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    +1 on Titus. no issues with mine. i do try not to beat it up too much though..
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    The harbor fright models are good if you are only using them onced in a long while. I found a great deal at a pawn shop on a Snap-on torque wrench($50) which I promptly doubled my money off of and bought a different brand (still a US manufactured model) with a lesser known name brand from the same pawn shop back several years ago. I have never had an issue with it.

    My father has had pretty good luck with his Craftsman model as well. He has used his for about 10-15 years as well.
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    I bought a 1/2" Husky 250 lb/ft torque wrench from Home Depot and it's held up well so far. They claim it has a lifetime warranty... The price was right as well...
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    I have used the 1/2" HF wrench for 3 years, and replaced it once in that time, under warranty. I bought it when they were on sale for $9.99, and it compared reasonably on its accuracy with a friend's Snap-On. Its one of the few items I've bought the "protection plan" for, since it make the replacement "no questions asked."
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    HF torque wrench FTW. For $10 you can replace it yearly if you choose to, but mine is at least 5-6 years old.

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    I've used the HF 1/2" torque wrench for about 12 years now. Probably ought to invest in a replacement soon.
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