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Old 05-31-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Looking for Dependable Torque Wrench for Low Bucks ?

Have yet to buy our torque wrench any ideas would be greatly appreciated. This wheel torque process looks pretty simple according to what I have seen on you-tube.
Heading out tomorrow for our first hook-up ( central coast - California ) up to now it has just been dry camping hopefully all will go well for us.

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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I have this one, picked it up at OSH a while back.


Lots of questionable reveiws, but mine seems OK -- especially for the price. Reality is do you need one? I can't say I have ever used mine with my TT, I don't carry it in my TT. When ever I need hitch work I hand tighten with a breaker bar then head to the Tire Shop in town and they torch it tight with the pneumatice wrenches they have as a courtesy. This wrench only goes to 150 LBS and the hitch needs more than that, so it really wouldn't be useful for that.

If you are thinking about having to change a tire, I still wouldn't worry to much. Again hand tighten with the Lug Wrench and then when possible again I go to the tire shop.

Where on the Central Coast are you headed?

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Old 05-31-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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I found one at Home Depot that is obout 30" long and goes to 240 foot pounds I have had good luck with it and carry it in pickup all the time
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:02 PM   #4
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Lowes Kolbalt brand torque wrenches should work fine for lug nuts and are pretty good , be sure and get a 1/2in. drive for better leverage.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:40 PM   #5
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Had really good luck with UAP / Napa brand. Broke the gear in the head after about 15 years and they replaced it under warrantee with a brand new wrench no questions asked.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:12 PM   #6
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Looking for Dependable Torque Wrench for Low Bucks ?

I have a cheap harbour freight one that works fine. I also use an electric 1/2 inch drive impact for wheels and such
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:59 PM   #7
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As an auto mechanic for over 35 years, I have had two torque wrenches - first one was a Sears pointer type, which got replaced after about 5 years with a Sears click type. Have used that one daily since early 80's, and it has never failed me.

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