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Old February 27th, 2015   #1
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HArbour Freight is selling an attachment that fits any ratchet and converts it into a torque wrench. Its electronic. Works with 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch drive. Of course with all my experience assembling everything I dont find it necessary to use one myself but some may like to check this out.

BTW prices are beginning to go up as workers in China and India are having to be paid more and more money to keep from butchering their employers. The days of $8 combination wrench sets may soon be over! Instead of an amazing collection of cheap tools for anything you might require HF will someday just be an amazing colllection of tools.
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A torque wrench from Harbor Freight is the equivalent of best guess.
They may start out close in accuracy but the drift is like falling off a cliff.

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Old February 27th, 2015   #3
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How do you know?
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I read the reviews at their site. There were 30 reviews. 20 were five star and 10 were one star. Apparently some of them just plain didnt work after one time or two. Sounds like QC issues...

But the other 20 were rave reviews. Lowest setting is 30 ft lbs. Not good.
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How do you know?

We actually have two Harbor Freight and one Great Northern stores in town, truly the benefit of living in a low end town.

Having actually seen/held them I can say they are Junk looking for a bolt to break. Capital J.

Gee Wiz reviews from their own site are favorable,say it ain't so.

Everything you need to know about HF's quality is contained in the price. When you can buy a torque wrench for less than the sales tax on a quality tool you question quality, when you seen one in person the question is answered.

A Torque Wrench is a precision tool that will command a higher level of quality. Higher the quality higher the price.

HB's Torque Wrench does not make it to the kiddy toy level of service.


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Hmm the people who left comments report years of use and satisfaction.

And accuracy.
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Hmm the people who left comments report years of use and satisfaction.

And accuracy.
You pay your money you take your chance.

I recommend you buy one of each the 1/4 inch drive. the 3/8 inch drive and the 1/2 inch drive.
Cheap tools deserve company in the drawer.


For those that care about their work buy quality tools.

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I feel OK using a cheaper torque wrench only on the really high torque value items such as the wheel axle nuts. For everything else, I use decent quality torque wrenches. The lower the torque, the less the margin of error.

The brand I use for decent quality wrenches without paying Snap-on prices is called CDI. They are a subsidiary of Snap-on. Here's the last wrench I bought from them. It's for the really low values:

http://www.emaxaction.com/cdi2502mrmh.aspx

and here's their main page:
http://www.emaxaction.com/cdiclickwrenchatemax.aspx
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HF...You gets what you pays for....

I'm OK with *some* of their tools. I don't mind ripping apart a deep-well socket I paid a couple bucks for when I stick it on my air driven impact wrench and go to town on a wheel nut form an old front wheel drive car. Then I pull out my good stuff, and take it apart.

Your HF tool simply *cannot* be the only tool you have to perform any particular task. If it is, you're doomed to failure eventually. If you're working on your only vehicle, then you better have a phone handy to call a friend for a ride if that part also means you can't drive/ride your vehicle.

Anything that requires accurate torque settings will also require an accurate torque wrench. Any HF tool that's older than a couple months just can not be considered accurate. Some of them aren't accurate right out of the box.

A friend had a HF torque wrench, and he tightened the wheel lug nuts to the "correct" setting. I got mine out, and they were all loose. Maybe his wheels wouldn't have fallen off - I don't know. What I DO know is, now they won't. He also comes over and borrows mine when he needs one. Since he's a friend, I'm OK with it. Since we had also just rebuilt his front suspension in my garage, I went through all his fasteners when he was done. I just have more tools (and knowledge) than he does.

Sometimes, you can't learn all you need to know from youtube.
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I always get a kick out of people who think they can "feel" the torque of a fastener.
Arrogance gets expensive.
Muscle memory is nowhere near as accurate as a "quality" torque wrench.
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