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Posted: 6/16/2014 7:24:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2014 7:25:58 PM EDT by USMC88-93]
Want to buy a good one for a friend that works on vehicles and do not want to buy one that would limit its use if it is outside the range typically used on vehicles.

Correct one for 1/2 inch drive?
Correct one for 3/8 inch drive?
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 7:34:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2014 7:34:52 PM EDT by JoshtheCarGuy]
For a 3/8" drive I would recommend a 10-75 lb. ft. wrench. That range is good enough to do 95% of the bolts on a modern car.
I also have an inch lb. one that goes up to 200 in. lbs.
I very rarely use a 1/2" drive wrench on cars.
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 7:36:37 PM EDT
For 1/2" I would definitely go 50-250. A torque wrench is a must when tightening the axle nut on new wheel hub assemblies and most call for a minimum of 175ft/lbs.
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 7:41:11 PM EDT
Get the kind that noticeably click or one of those over engineered gadgets that beeps and vibrates. My guess is go with the click style.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 6:48:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2014 6:48:15 AM EDT by USMC88-93]
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Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Get the kind that noticeably click or one of those over engineered gadgets that beeps and vibrates. My guess is go with the click style.
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Bump for today's crowd.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 6:51:54 AM EDT
I got a 3/8 click style that does 10-100 ft lb. Does pretty much everything I work on.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 11:31:25 AM EDT
I have 2 that handle most of my needs a 1/2" drive 50-250 ft lbs and a 3/8" inch lbs
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 1:25:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2014 1:31:35 PM EDT by Keekleberrys]
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 5:05:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 4:58:10 PM EDT
I've got the Snap On Tech Angle 12.5-250 lb ft torque wrench and the C Tech 5-100 lb ft wrench for work.
That's a grand in torque wrenches...


Digital/ electronic wrenches get expensive fast, so stick with the click type. Maybe just buy as needed.
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