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I need suggestions for a torque wrench. Currently I have one that's about 30' long and has settings measured in foot lbs, so I have to convert - plus, it isn't granular enough.

So I guess I'd like something much smaller, while being precise & measured in Nm.

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I've got a nice clicker torque wrench from Craftsman. It's a 3/8" drive with inch/lbs and nm both on it. It's about 18" long.

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I have the 1/4" and the 3/8" from Proxxon. High quality stuff and works great.
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I have a 3/8 and 1/2 inch Kobalt cliker type, checked calibration and are accurate not sure if they are calibrated in Nm though.
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I have two Craftsman, a 3/8 drive and a 1/2 drive. They were reasonably priced, and seem well made.
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My craftsman clicker is marked both ft/lbs and n/m, however you really can only get 'close' on the metric since the stops are at odd numbers that happen to correspond to the English unit you really selected.

Of course, this wrench is probably 15 years old now. These days Craftsman stuff has gone downhill so far I really question whether I'd buy it or not.

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Originally Posted by UtahFox View Post
Currently I have one that's about 30' long and has settings measured in foot lbs, so I have to convert - plus, it isn't granular enough.
30 feet long? Were ya torquing ship propellors? (Just kidding!)

But seriously, I have a Snap-on 0-200 in/lb, 1/4"-drive one and also a 3/8"-drive 0-100 ft/lb one. They have been very reliable and accurate for many years. When I used them professionally, they required calibration checks annually. They always passed calibration. I only use them for personal use now, but I have checked them on occasion on a torque checker and they are still accurate. Neither one has newton-meters on the scale, I have to convert. Easy enough. (I haven't looked, but I'm sure there's an app for that!)

Of course, anything with the Snap-on brand on it is expensive, but they are quality tools. You can find them on auction sites and CL, but you take your chances that they will be accurate. Storing the click-type torque wrenches with too much tension dialed into the handle will cause them to go out of calibration over time. Dropping them or other rough handling can also knock 'em out of whack. So if you buy one used and/or cheap, get them checked to make sure they are working correctly.

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Well I have been an engineer in industry for over 30 years now and have used many makes, models and types of torque wrenches over the years. What I can say is the following;
  • Buy the most expensive you can afford, remember that good quality tools are a long term investment.
  • Stick with branded names, and check you can buy spares before you buy. Snap On is good for this, but so are others, in the UK Norbar hold spares and are reliable.
  • Avoid gimmicks !! The new electronic types seem very good and quote unbelievable accuracy which is not really required in 99% of cases, but they also need batteries and get one wet and its stuffed!!
  • and always remember to wind them off and take all tension off the spring before you put them away.... and a wipe with a WD40 soaked cloth doesn't hurt

Hope that might help a little in your choice..

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For quality products, I can thoroughly recommend the Norbar and Sykes Pickavant brands:

This is what I use on my Triumph


Sykes-Pickavant Torque Wrench - 60Nm
Part No. 80006000
Model: Motorq 60 Professional
3/8" Sq. Drive, Range: 8-60Nm / 6-45lbf.ft, Length: 305mm, Weight: 0.60kg.

For more details check out the full spec sheet:

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