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Stewart
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From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
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posted 01-03-2001 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who makes a good quality one, at a decent price?

What type would y'all recommend?

Also, I read something about having them calibrated every so often. Where would I take the wrench to be calibrated? How often? How much does something like that cost?

TIA,

Stewart

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John Mitzel
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From: Chester,NH USA
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 01-04-2001 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Mitzel   Click Here to Email John Mitzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stewart,
"Click" type wrenches are easiest to use, as compared to "beam" type. They are also more accurate. But the clickers drop out of calibration faster as they typically use a spring and catch that wears. If you protect a beam type it won't need calibration anywhere near as often, but the accuracy depends on your eyesight, how much your biceps is vibrating, etc. 6 of one, half dozen the other. Unless you're using it daily, forget the calibration issue.
IMHO for overall accuracy and ease of use go with a clicker.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-04-2001 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recommend having one of each.

I use my beam torque wrench when I can see the pointer clearly, and the click type when I can't.

My Craftsman beam torque wrench is pretty good, but my Craftsman click torque wrench is a piece of junk. It's very vague at anything under 50-60 lbs/ft.

I used to borrow a coworker's Snap-On click torque wrench and that was a great unit. One on my goals is to buy one of those. But--he paid about $120+ for it in 1980!!!

If I only needed one for occasional jobs, I'd just buy a $20 Craftsman beam type.

You really should have an lbs/inch type, too.

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John Mitzel
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From: Chester,NH USA
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posted 01-05-2001 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Mitzel   Click Here to Email John Mitzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Busted!
OK. I confess. I have the beam type at home. Both Sears, one little guy that I use on the metric motorcycle stuff and one 0-100 that I use on the car's larger stuff.
At work we use clickers - they're more doofus resistant.

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