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Ive rebuilt many motors just going my feel, but I would like to get a cheap torque wrench just to check things every once in a while and torque them properly.

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Lot's of people will bash them but Harbor Freight will be the cheapest. You can try Pawn shops for decent prices on tools.

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Check sears too. But, something Ive found with torque wrenches, the cheaper they are the less accurate they are.

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Check sears too. But, something Ive found with torque wrenches, the cheaper they are the less accurate they are.

Yea thats what I was thinking. I've seen them from $50-$300. Im going to keep my eye on craigslist or maybe just ask for one for my birthday.

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A torque wrench is definitely not something to cheap out on. It will cost you in the long run. Craftsman has a nice torque wrench for about $70 that would work well. I've seen the Harbor Freight stuff and wouldn't use it on anything important.

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A torque wrench is definitely not something to cheap out on. It will cost you in the long run. Craftsman has a nice torque wrench for about $70 that would work well. I've seen the Harbor Freight stuff and wouldn't use it on anything important.

I got a Craftsman from Sears for $90. very satisfied so far..

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Harbor Freight. I got one a year ago and used it all the time on my bike. No issues so far. Think it was like 30 or 40 bucks.

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It is much cheaper to simply break the bolts and strip the threads with a regular ratchet than to spend a little money on a cheap torque wrench to help you.

Torque wrenches are like helmets. How much protection is enough? How much damage is acceptable?

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I just bought a 3/8 Drive (5-80 ft lbs.) torque wrench from Harbor Frieght. I haven't used it yet, but it looks good.

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The ones from harbor freight say right on the package "accurate to within +- 6%..Thats not very accurate..

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The ones from harbor freight say right on the package "accurate to within +- 6%..Thats not very accurate..

I looked up some of the craftsman units and they list +\-4%. That said, what is an acceptable variance?

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A 6% variance on 8 ft-lbs would be 0.48 ft-lbs. I don't think that is that bad. 0.48 ft-lbs tighter than recommended torque wouldn't hurt anything.

I have always did torque by feel and who knows how off I am but I am sure its more than a 6% variance lol. Or maybe not it will be interesting to see. I have a really good feel when I am tightening something depending on the torque I grip the ratchet closer to the head for delicate/aluminum threads. I never stripped a bolt etc. I did some pretty extensive rebuilding of motors without a torque wrench and never had a problem. I think I am going to take a trip to sears later today and have a look around. I know they sell some at the local advanced but I wouldn't mind spending around $60 for a decent tool.

Anyhow hope my luck is good today, I picked up a display 200cc Honda 2600PSI Pressure washer for $200. It was missing the tips, which I already had from an older washer, so they knocked off an additional 20%.

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A 6% variance on 8 ft-lbs would be 0.48 ft-lbs. I don't think that is that bad. 0.48 ft-lbs tighter than recommended torque wouldn't hurt anything.

I have always did torque by feel and who knows how off I am but I am sure its more than a 6% variance lol. Or maybe not it will be interesting to see. I have a really good feel when I am tightening something depending on the torque I grip the ratchet closer to the head for delicate/aluminum threads. I never stripped a bolt etc. I did some pretty extensive rebuilding of motors without a torque wrench and never had a problem. I think I am going to take a trip to sears later today and have a look around. I know they sell some at the local advanced but I wouldn't mind spending around $60 for a decent tool.

Anyhow hope my luck is good today, I picked up a display 200cc Honda 2600PSI Pressure washer for $200. It was missing the tips, which I already had from an older washer, so they knocked off an additional 20%.

When you do it enough, you can get extremely good by feel. I used to be able to torque by hand using feel to 40 ft-lbs as good as any torque wrench. I had the added benny of knowing that I was able to intelligently tell when a little extra was needed dues to dirty threads or whatever. But that is all back when I spun wrenches for a living. These days, I use a strain gauge torque wrench, the best you can get. But that is only for head bolts or very large fasteners. Nearly everything else, I do by feel.

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I got a broken craftsman from a coworker, cleaned it up and it's worked good sense

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Sears had a sale I got a Craftsman one for $65, not too bad. They were reg. $79

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