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Old 01-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #16
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I have had a Snap on that I have had used for years: my findings:
Click on type is better then reading: faster especially on lug nuts when you do a lot of them and often
Always reset it back to 0 so you dont leave tension in the wrench otherwise over time it will change the readings.
Get it calibrated: ask your local trusted mechanic where does he send his or contact snap on

there are a bunch on ebay some already calibrated

I am looking at a smaller one: thats where im looking

found this manufacturer that makes them for Snap On
USA made.
http://www.protorquetools.com/cat-35...e_wrenches.htm

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:23 AM   #17
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Those Protorque wrenches look nice, and reasonably priced.

This digital toque adapter looks like a nice inexpensive way to keep your wrenches calibrated. I may have to pick one up.

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:05 PM   #18
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CDI Torque Products is owned by Snap-On and makes, repairs and tests torque wrenches under several brand names including Snap-On and CDI (which are Snap-On quality but less expensive). You can find CDI torque wrenches at many internet stores (Amazon.com, etc.) as well as many places listed on their web site. http://www.cditorque.com/
Look at their FAQs too - much info there.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:57 PM   #19
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Just a word of caution, using the reducing adapters will generate "false" readings. It is technically not advised. That being said, I have tried to determine the variation, and it has not been significant in my findings.

I had not heard this advice before. Can you explain or give a reference?
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:57 AM   #20
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I had not heard this advice before. Can you explain or give a reference?
I think that the extra joints allow the torque to leak out before it reaches the bolt head.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:09 AM   #21
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I think that the extra joints allow the torque to leak out before it reaches the bolt head.
Google wasn't very helpful on the subject of torque leak. I've always adapted my two 3/8 in wrenches up to 1/2 for axle nuts and down to 1/4 for pinch bolts. Never thought there might be an accuracy problem.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #22
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Google wasn't very helpful on the subject of torque leak. I've always adapted my two 3/8 in wrenches up to 1/2 for axle nuts and down to 1/4 for pinch bolts. Never thought there might be an accuracy problem.
Yeah, though I am sure that use of a universal joint, or misuse of a crowfoot wrench would give erroneous readings, I don't see how a drive-size adapter could have a significant effect.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:32 AM   #23
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I have 4 torque wrenches.

3 are Craftsman. One is 1/2" high torque ft/lb, one is 3/8" mid torque ft/lb and the other is 3/8" inch/lb.

1 is a Harbor Freight 1/4" inch/lb. I usually think the HF is junk but this is ok and actually surprisingly accurate.

All the Craftsman ones are click type and the quality has really plummeted in recent years. They do not qualify for the lifetime warranty. 90 days IIRC. First thing I do when I get one is mask off the handle and spray the markings on the plastic handle with shellac, else they rub off with use. I've had to replace 2 in the last 5 years and they only get occasional use.

Remember that the wrench is least accurate at the ends of it's range, so if you need to torque 40 ft/lb, you're better off with a 20-60 than a 40-80. i.e overlapping ranges is good.

You don't really need a high torque 1/2" unless you're deep into the motor.

The 1/4" inch/pound is, IMO, really useful. The 1/4" head is smaller plus 1/4" sockets are smaller making it much easier to work in confined spaces. For hard to access areas, something like this is useful also http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0134/ Of course KTM can't ever seem to use 12/14mm

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:12 AM   #24
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I too, have 3 Craftsman, and 1 HF 1/4" drive.

I was lucky enough to get some of the last US made Craftsman. So far, they have served me well, and seem to be holding up.

The current ones are made in China, but look decent. Who knows, they might even be good.
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The 1/4" inch/pound is, IMO, really useful. The 1/4" head is smaller plus 1/4" sockets are smaller making it much easier to work in confined spaces.
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+1, I keep the HF wrench because my Craftsman in/lb wrench is 3/8 drive, and is occasionally too large to fit into a tight space.

BTW, if you go with Craftsman, and don't need it right away, wait for a sale. Their $80 wrenches are often on for $50, and sometimes for $40.
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I have a HF 1/4" ratchet, 3/8" ratchet and then a huge/long Husky Pro 1/2". The big one is useful for the clutch basket nut, as well as the countershaft sprocket nut. For everything else I use the HF ones.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:03 PM   #26
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I too, have 3 Craftsman, and 1 HF 1/4" drive.

I was lucky enough to get some of the last US made Craftsman. So far, they have served me well, and seem to be holding up.

The current ones are made in China, but look decent. Who knows, they might even be good.
I recently looked at a new Craftsman 1/4 torque wrench, but it got horrible reviews on-line and didn't look great in person - very cheap looking. That's when I went the adapter route.
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I recently looked at a new Craftsman 1/4 torque wrench, but it got horrible reviews on-line
Link? I don't see one on sears.com
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I recently looked at a new Craftsman 1/4 torque wrench, but it got horrible reviews on-line and didn't look great in person - very cheap looking. That's when I went the adapter route.
I couldn't find a Craftsman in 1/4" drive. Maybe that is just as well?
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It's been quite some time so I don't have a specific link to reviews but they were in the 2-3 star range. Reliability seemed to be the biggest issue. And I should say, that was for the new generation micro torque wrenches in general - don't know that I ever saw a 1/4 drive specifically.
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It's been quite some time so I don't have a specific link to reviews but they were in the 2-3 star range. Reliability seemed to be the biggest issue.
Maybe it's just a California thing I've never seen one in the Sears here. Or maybe it was so bad they stopped carrying it.

I wouldn't mind finding a nice used SnapOn or Mac 1/4", though I really don't have a compelling reason (other than ooh, ahh, shiny) as the HF one works fine.
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