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phil400
Cochise

Canada
456 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  09:54:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm shopping for a new one, 10ftlbs-150ftlbs range, click style, want a decent quality one. Suggestion/recommendations?

78T/A 4-SPEED Marty blue 400/milled 6x-4's/268H,comp roller tip rockers/ performer Q-jet/RA manifolds 2.25" exhaust with x-pipe/ mine since '99 3rd & final owner as long as I'm alive
"sometimes I do what I want to do,rest of the time I do what I have to"

Bill Boyle
Horse Feathers (Charter Member)

USA
4793 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  10:32:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tetkton makes a good unit at a fair price. Check out their products.

"Dedicated to keeping the classic Pontiac engine alive."

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400 bored +.030, forged TRW pistons, ported 62 heads, Hedman headers, 2.5 SS dual exhaust X Pypes, Comp 276AH10 cam, Scorpion 1.65 RR, 850 Q-jet, stock intake & tuned HEI; original owner.
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NOTROD
Buffalo

USA
64 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  11:32:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Look up Car Craft's torque wrench comparison from a few years back. A $20 Pittsburgh from Harbor Freight performed better than a number of big name, much higher priced wrenches.

A friend of mine had a coupon for 50% off, so for $10 I figured I couldn't go wrong and bought one. The finish is good, the ratchet mechanism feels very robust and the wrench gives a nice sharp click. The only thing I noticed is that it's about 6" shorter than your average 150 ft/lb wrench. Not really noticeable until you are trying to pull up over 100 ft/lbs.
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Blued and Painted
Chief PONTIAC

USA
3404 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  11:53:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To covers that range u may need two torque wrench'es. They are most accurate in the middle of the range.
I have three. A 1/4 drive inch pound for up to 200 in/lb, a 3/8th drive for up to 100 ft/lb, then a 1/2" drive for the big components. They are all Snap On.
A good tool will hold its value and can last for multiple generations. Thank You Dad.


Bull Nose Formula/ 461/ Q-Jet/
TH400/ 3.08 8.5 / R44TS.

Edited by - Blued and Painted on 14 Oct 2017 11:58:22 AM
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phil400
Cochise

Canada
456 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  2:05:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok thanks, I currently have 2 and my big one goes to 160 i think, so I'll look into 10-100 range.

78T/A 4-SPEED Marty blue 400/milled 6x-4's/268H,comp roller tip rockers/ performer Q-jet/RA manifolds 2.25" exhaust with x-pipe/ mine since '99 3rd & final owner as long as I'm alive
"sometimes I do what I want to do,rest of the time I do what I have to"
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68bird
Sitting Bull

USA
221 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  4:28:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
X2 on the harbor freight cheapo

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RonW
Buffalo

44 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  10:52:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was putting an engine together a few years ago and had bought a Harbor Freight torque wrench.
As I stood there getting ready to torque the main caps, I asked myself. Do I really want to assemble a bottom end I spent almost $3k on, with a $10.00 tool?
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phil400
Cochise

Canada
456 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  11:06:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron, that's exactly my thinking, I had a performance tool torque wrench that served me well for over ten years but has been giving ,e problems the last few times I used it so now I don't trust it anymore, I'm putting together 350sbc for a friend and then a 400 for my car and need a good wrench to torque it all down.

78T/A 4-SPEED Marty blue 400/milled 6x-4's/268H,comp roller tip rockers/ performer Q-jet/RA manifolds 2.25" exhaust with x-pipe/ mine since '99 3rd & final owner as long as I'm alive
"sometimes I do what I want to do,rest of the time I do what I have to"
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NOTROD
Buffalo

USA
64 Posts

Posted - 15 Oct 2017 :  11:32:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was in the calibration lab for 11 years where I work. We have all kinds of neat stuff to play with, including a torque table. The Harbor Freight unit performs just as well as our other wrenches. Numbers don't lie.

There could be any number of reasons why you wouldn't want to buy the HF tool, but to think you're getting a better torque result should not be one of them.

Bill's Tekton suggestion looks like a decent, reasonable priced wrench as well.

Edited by - NOTROD on 15 Oct 2017 11:35:28 AM
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4spta
Tribal Scout

USA
20 Posts

Posted - 15 Oct 2017 :  9:10:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
X2 on the Harbor Freight.

400/467cu.310cfm kauffman D-ports w/1.65 steel roller rocker arms. XE274-H cam.Forged steel Ohio crank.Eagle rods. Icon pistons.Balanced.HSD intake.750mech.sec Holley.1-3/4in hedders.3 in collectors.2-1/2in exhaust.Flowmasters.ST-10 tranny.4.10 gears. 6 point cage.subframe connectors.every bushing polyurethane. F/R drag shocks line lock. Lightened up front end. Appox.3500lbs

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loosetappet
Sitting Bull

113 Posts

Posted - 16 Oct 2017 :  4:59:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Harbor Freight may be fine right out of the box, but what about repeatibility? Which will give more accurate readings after 100 clicks? A snap on or Williams or the Tekton? Does Harbor Freight recalibrate their wrenches? Snap on will.
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