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    Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    I'd like to get a torque wrench, and I'm not really knowledgeable enough to know where the best place to get a decent torque wrench is. Does anyone have a good recommendation for one that doesn't break the bank?

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    Re: Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    I picked up a Craftsman micro clicker torque wrench on sale for $30something a little while ago. It might be on sale again right now. Has inch-lbs and Newton-meters, which is what you'll need for most bike stuff, though you won't be able to use it for heavy duty stuff. For example, I think I remember having to pull out my large Pittsburgh ft-lbs torque wrench to do my FSA crank bolt. Can't attest to the Craftsman's accuracy, but I haven't snapped any bolts or had anything fall off yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llamma View Post
    I picked up a Craftsman micro clicker torque wrench on sale for $30something a little while ago. It might be on sale again right now. Has inch-lbs and Newton-meters. Can't attest to its accuracy, but I haven't snapped any bolts or had anything fall off yet.
    Where'd you get it, and what's the minimum nm setting?

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    Re: Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    Sears. 25 in-lbs min, which is like 2.8 Nm. I'll have to check the actually markings tomorrow

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    Harbor Freight. 10 bucks when there's a coupon. It's 1/4" drive for the one that has range for bikes so you'll need to buy an adapter or shell out a lot for bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hkenshin View Post
    Harbor Freight. 10 bucks when there's a coupon. It's 1/4" drive for the one that has range for bikes so you'll need to buy an adapter or shell out a lot for bits.
    Been using that for awhile now although most bolts I do by feel, works good. Also have a husky I think 3/8 works fine for cassette. You can get the little adapter pieces to go from 1/4 to 3/8 to 1/2, etc. for peanuts.

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    Got the Craftsman as well from Sears. Perfect for bike components. Got it on sale for $50 or so...regularly $70 or something.

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    Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    the craftsman is $39 at sears or craftsman website as well, think I will just pick one as well.

    did anyone also get a good "bike" set to go with it?

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    Haha, glad to see I wasn't the only one to score a $39 torque wrench from sears. I grabbed a metric allen socket set as well for $10.

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    For how infrequently I use one, I went with one of the $20 jobs from Harbor Freight. They have 1/4" drive as well as 3/8" drive.

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    harbor freight one works fine, pick up the security bit set too (contains hex bits +
    Complete Tool Kit?

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    I just picked up a Craftsman MicroClick too..
    at $39 it's a pretty good deal.

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    Just tried the craftsman micro torque it just snapped the bolt on my East on stem . Stem says 45 in pounds so I started at 25 in lbs and it never clicked it any thing snapped it of. So I try it on a lug nut on boat trailer and it still didn't click so now I have to buy a new stem on a month old bike. I tried a harbor freight and it was junk as well so I am not sure it is possible to get a good torque wrench at this point.

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    Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    Well for 45 inch pounds you would be using a 1/4" torque wrench not a 3/8"

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    Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    As I have never seen a 3/8" torque wrench have a setting for 4.5ft. Lb.

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    you may not get an audible click on such low torque...you may just have to feel the internal click of the wrench...once you get the bolt somewhat tight, start tightening at 1/8 turns and then release, you should feel it then

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    You wouldn't be able to set the torque wrench properly as soon as you got past lightly threading the bolt in you would have been at that torque spec immedietly and it would be easy to go by it because at that setting the internal spring doesn't have enough pressure to make a noticeable click noise. It would be an extremely faint noise if heard at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreddin22 View Post
    You wouldn't be able to set the torque wrench properly as soon as you got past lightly threading the bolt in you would have been at that torque spec immedietly and it would be easy to go by it because at that setting the internal spring doesn't have enough pressure to make a noticeable click noise. It would be an extremely faint noise if heard at all.
    I could not feel any let off at all i tried it on other items besides my bike and never heard a click or felt a let off. I also have a 1/2 in Craftsman torque wrench i use on bigger equipment and it clicks and also you can feel it let off. I never felt a difference in feel or a click even tried it on several odd parts around . Am i doing something wrong. I have lots of experience with my bigger torque wrench. Or is it defective? This is a 3/8 but starts out at 25 in lbs

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    Could be defective. Have you Tryed torque ing something at a higher torque spec. Let's say 35lbs. Put a socket on your torque wrench set it to 40lbs and go put it on your lug nut on your car and see if it clicks. Average car wheels are torqued to 80-100ftlbs

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    But if you put it on your lug but and it clicks decrease the value on the wrench and try again. I suspect that it is such a low torque spec you won't get a good feel from the torque wrench because of the little force it takes to hit that spec.

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    It's the lowest setting so it won't click or have the same feel as if you were torque ing something to a higher spec with the 3/8"

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    'Cheap', 'click-type', and 'accurate' are not three things that tend to go together. Stick with a beam/deflection torque wrench if you are on a budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    'Cheap', 'click-type', and 'accurate' are not three things that tend to go together. Stick with a beam/deflection torque wrench if you are on a budget.
    Good call. Also, no calibration required, other than making sure that at rest it points to zero.

    The park beam units are inexpensive, and it's cool to support cycling focused companies when the price is comparable to the big boys.

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    Re: Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    Quote Originally Posted by aarontriton View Post
    Just tried the craftsman micro torque it just snapped the bolt on my East on stem . Stem says 45 in pounds so I started at 25 in lbs and it never clicked it any thing snapped it of. So I try it on a lug nut on boat trailer and it still didn't click so now I have to buy a new stem on a month old bike. I tried a harbor freight and it was junk as well so I am not sure it is possible to get a good torque wrench at this point.

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    OK I messed up I tried the craftsman again . Some one here mentioned that my bolts were probable to tight to begin with and to hand tighten the set the torque wrench to the 45 inch lbs and do 1/8 turns and it worked. So feeling a little silly. Oh well you live and you learn. Any way the 3/8 micro torque craftsman seems to be working fine . Thanks for all the input.

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    I picked up Harbor Freight 1/4" (for my carbon seat post specifically) and 3/8" (for my FSA SL-K cranks) torque wrench. I can see how people can easily misuse the torque wrench and end up with no indication of when they hit their desired Nm. That said, both were very easy to use after reading the instructions and testing them on gear.

    They are both sitting in my bike tool bag set, the 1/4" at 5 Nm, and the 3/8" at 45 Nm until the next time I need them.

    At $21.99 each, I can't complain and I'm glad I picked them up. Thank you, everyone, for the helpful comments!

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    Don't leave your torque wrenches set at a spec always store the torque wrench at 0. They should never be left on a setting. Leaving it at a setting can cause it to loose calibration over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreddin22 View Post
    Don't leave your torque wrenches set at a spec always store the torque wrench at 0. They should never be left on a setting. Leaving it at a setting can cause it to loose calibration over time.
    So glad I posted before I went to bed. Thank you.

    Bought torque wrenches yesterday, storing both at 0 now. Hopefully the one day of leaving them on a setting won't be a problem.

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    No you will be fine. I am professional car mechanic. Once in a gray moon it's fine but leaving it set for long will cause it to become miscalibrated. Your fine :-)

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    I have 2 Harbor freight torque wrenches, and my girlfriends father was curious so he tested them on a torque measuring thing.. And they were surprisingly accurate, low and high torque. So that seems like a good deal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    I have 2 Harbor freight torque wrenches, and my girlfriends father was curious so he tested them on a torque measuring thing.. And they were surprisingly accurate, low and high torque. So that seems like a good deal to me.

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    good to hear. I used to borrow Harborfreight wrenches 15 years ago and thought of them having the same accuracy as the plastic handled Craftsman of the day. Recently bought a $9 harborfreight 1/4" torque wrench was sort of disappointed in how much more 'cheap' they feel now, the clicker lever is stamped steel now instead of the solid metal one they used to have. But if its accurate good enough for this hack.

    Was hoping someone would post something like an iGaging caliper find, cheap and accurate.

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    Re: Looking for a good deal on an acceptable torque wrench

    Harbor freight also sells a digital one that goes on to any ratchet

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    I went with the craftsman beam type for under $20. It's a solid tool if you don't need to fancy clicky stuff, and handles the heavier jobs on my bike well. I also grabbed the Park tw-1 for smaller measurements and that's equally good. With how often I actually use these things - since they are beam types, there is no worry of them not working from sitting unused for a few months/years.

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