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Old 05-31-2017, 03:36 PM   #1
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Which Torque Wrench from Where?

Aargh. I just went to use my new torque wrench and realized it only goes to 100. Having read the recent posts on flying wheels, I thought I should be on top of this.

So, looking for recommendations. Where should I get a new torque wrench of good quality? A certain brand? How much should I expect to pay?

According to the Econoline manual for the E350, the lug nut torque is 140. (Thanks, rallypanam, I think, for posting that).

Thanks, all.
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I have found the Kobalt / Lowes house brand to be reliable.. it differs a bit from my Craftsman, but [edit]not[/edit] enough that I worry about it (had the same issue). And I don't use it enough to wear it out.
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I bought the Tekton 24340 1/2" recently. It is really nice and came in two days with Amazon Prime. You aren't going to find a quality 1/2" torque wrench for cheaper anywhere.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C5ZL1NS?ref=emc_b_5_t
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I have found the Kobalt / Lowes house brand to be reliable.. it differs a bit from my Craftsman, but enough that I worry about it (had the same issue). And I don't use it enough to wear it out.
This is what I have. Mainly so when it breaks I can go swap it out for free.
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:39 PM   #5
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I'm a fan of Snapon's industrial brand CDI. https://www.amazon.com/CDI-Torque-25.../dp/B002LA1EDO
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:35 PM   #6
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I'm with JoeH, the CDI is what I have. Not the cheapest, but it won't break the bank and it is a quality tool.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:15 PM   #8
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In the past I have never carried a big heavy torque wrench around but have been thinking of a smaller cheapo for on the road. I always just used a breaker bar on the trail. At home I have a Proto J6014CXCERT and a smaller Snap-on... somewhere. The Tekton 1/2 drive looks good for under 40 bucks.
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40 year old Crafstman beam type 1/2" drive...goes to 140 or 150 ft-lbs IIRC. Cheap and cheerful....works great.

I have a small collection of lab grade torque wrenches, but for the lugs I just use the one above.

...the longer the handle is the better.....140 ft-lbs is a lot of torque.

It's the 1/2" version of this guy:

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This is all really helpful. Thanks!
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