Thread: torque wrench
07-06-2006, 02:17 PM #1
I've read some of the past posts and I think snapon is overkill for me, I don't need something that costs $500 when it will only be used for the supercharger clutch. I've narrowed it down to a couple of choices. What do you guys think?
This one from sears is more accurate:
but this one is the same as snapon and is calibrated to NIST standards.
07-06-2006, 09:52 PM #2
07-06-2006, 10:34 PM #3
Hoss will yell at me, but I don't like the Craftsman's. The jury is still out on the CDI's, though they are supposed to be the same as the Snap-on's.
Dr. Len and I bought 2 of them in different ranges and one broke the first time I tried to use it- they did send him a new one though...
If you try the CDI, go w/ the single scale, as I find the dual scales a little confusing and harder to read (too muddled).
As I said- not enough time w/ the CDI's to give a good review...
07-06-2006, 10:37 PM #4
We got one 0-150 inlb for clutches and one 0-600 inlb for other stuff.
Trust me, get the single scale & use a conversion table when needed.
07-06-2006, 10:49 PM #5
I was looking at "accurate to 4%" for the CDI vs. 2% for Craftsman.
The fact that a CDI broke out of the box, doesn't say a whole lot
07-06-2006, 11:04 PM #6
No, the CDI was not to impressive breaking right away- but I guess it happens...
I have not had good luck w/ Sears Torque wrenches and I've had lot's of them- mine have just not been accurate.
I never had a Craftsman w/ that low of torque scale though...
Don't get too hung up on the numbers- nobody's checking up on their accuracy, especially after they have been used awhile. 2% out of the box is nice- but how long will it maintain that accuracy and after what abuses?
One thing- CDI knows their product- how to build it, cal. it, fix it, etc...
Sears, well, you know- the guy at the counter won't even know what a torque wrench is.
07-07-2006, 08:07 AM #7
Yep, Snap On does cost a whole lot more, but I look at it this way, you get what you pay for. Some will say "why buy such an expensive tool for just checking the slip on the supercharger?" You can still use it for many other jobs as well. At least using a Snap On you can be pretty sure what you are measuring will be accurate, leaving all guess work for other non important things.
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