[s-cars] Source for torque wrench?

W. Bean theringmeister at triad.rr.com
Thu Jul 17 17:13:47 PDT 2008

---- davekase at pdqlocks.com wrote: 
> Jim,
> I had a Craftsman 1/2" drive torque wrench for about 10 years.  I used it
> _very_ lightly and the damn thing fell apart anyway.   The plastic bits
> went to shit and the handle split.
> Snap-On/MAC/Matco and the like have excellent torque wrenches but they are
> quite salty.  I trolled Ebay for a couple weeks and picked up a used MAC
> torque wrench (all metal).  It was only $50 as the finish was not perfect
> on it.  I fully suspect this will be the last torque wrench I ever have to
> buy.
> What the heck happened to your old one?  Don't you know that you never,
> ever sell any of your tools.  That's just the way it is...
> Kase
> shopping for a ring-toy

I've had my 3/8" Craftsman manual torque wrench for about 8 years now, and I've used it pretty often.  The only thing that has happened is the spring clip in the head came out of the hoop (the mechanism that allows it to change direction), but I fixed that in about 5 minutes and it's been fine ever since.  I guess as always, your individual results may vary.  The only thing I'll add is that Sears doesn't warrant their torque wrenches forever like other tools.  90 days IIRC.

I've never shopped for a MAC or Snap-On wrench of any sort, so I don't know how they compare.  I can only guess they're favorable, but I was poor (still am, but for different reasons) at the time so I bought what I thought was reasonable.

Wylie Bean
TheRingmeister at triad.rr.com
90 cq
91 90q20v sport
92 UrS4
01 allroad

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