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With all the threads on torque specifications and listed concerns about craftsman click style torque wrenches.

“What’s the best torque wrench on the market that an average guy can afford.?”


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What's wrong with a Craftsman TW? As with all, you need to turn the adjuster back to zero after each use. I've had mine for 12 years with no problems. Had it recalibrated a couple years ago and it was still dead on.
 

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Mark;

You just taught me two important things. One...put the Craftsman TW back to zero. I have had it for 32 years and while I have always put it down in the 15 to 30 ft lbs range going to zero never accurred to me.

Secondly, that it can be checked and recalibrated.

Where can I get mine recalibrated!!!
 

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Beam type is fine IMHO for hobbyists like me. I treat it very gently, and store it in its original box to keep it from getting whacked with anything else in the toolbox. Bought a Craftsman, the beam-style was WAY cheaper than a click-style. And no calibration issues except for my eyeballs, which have needed recalibration for a good long while now. :rolleyes:

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So where do I get my craftsmans click type recalibrated??
 

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Sears will recalibrate your wrench at a local service center. The kicker I found here in Denver is the cost of recalibration was almost exactly the cost of a new wrench. They got you one way or the other. I just bought a new Craftsman TW BTW.
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5N4K4,
I used to live in Philly (Montgomeryville) and I got the NAPA store in Lansdale to do it for me. I think they charged me $40, but since it was fine, I have never taken it back. BTW, John is right, take it to the lowest setting.
 

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well, I have a $20 harbor freight torque wrench I use as a beater. I occasionally check it against my brothers $500 snap-on. It's always been within 1-2 ft/lbs. Good enough for what I do.

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FWIW, I got a flyer in the mail from Sears yesterday, click-set torque wrenches on sale, 3 sizes, plus Craftsman Club discount. Home Depot sells similar TW's, same manufacturer as Sears, don't know about prices though. HTH
 
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