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Old 03-21-2011, 01:02 PM
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Inch pound torque wrench

Evidently my US made Gov't "surplus" inch pound torque wrench has died and is on the way to tool heaven. Since I seldom use it, but still do have occasional need, am looking for an inexpensive replacement. A beam version maybe?? Does anyone have any good words for any of the Ebay click offerings which, I'm sure, are all made in the Far East. Yes, I would dearly love a mid-to-high end, but have a very nice foot pound version that fits that need.

No, a Crapsman torque wrench will not be in the running for that spot in my tool box .

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Dave,
look at Enco tools as they have a good selection. the price will depend on what level of accuracy you are wanting..the beam and needle type are just ok but for a lot of things are good enough.

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Check the classifides I'm putting one there.
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Check the classifides I'm putting one there.

Let me scratch my head on that one - I'm looking to go "cheep" and that one is too good for my very occasional needs. It IS inch pounds isn't it?

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Sam - I got to looking at the ENCO site - lots of good stuff, but not sure that this is the level I want - but ya never know. Very little of what I do needs an inch pound wrench - engine bolting is in foot pounds, wheel lugs are in foot pounds, pinion nuts, same, so like I said to Old school - cheap is where I want to be right now. I did bookmark that site JIC.

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Dave I also have a Government surplus inch pound torque wrench, hope it keeps on gong.

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Dave I also have a Government surplus inch pound torque wrench, hope it keeps on gong.

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Vince - mine dates to - well let's say a looooong time back. It's was one of those tools the Battalion Motor Pool tool crib had no record so they said make it disappear - so it did!! I noticed it was inconsistent earlier and today, while installing new bolts for the trans oil pan, it squished the gasket out at 10lb in(??). I checked it against my almost new foot pounder and - way off This means drain the trans, install a new gasket, filter the ATF again and reinstall .

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I bought one 30+ years ago and used it maybe 3-4 times. A couple times to set Cummins injectors and maybe a couple times to check preload on pinion bearings for heavy equipment. Funny thing, it's 1/4" drive and I had to use all my adapters to use a 1 inch drive socket, definitely the only time I ever did that. I don't recall ever needing it working on cars.
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For checking/adjusting bearing preload, I prefer a beam type. For fasteners having a set torque value, a clicker type works fine, IMO.

Another alternative for fine work is an "inline" 1/4" drive inch/pound torque wrench like the US-made K-D 3417. It has a 100 inch/ounce capacity (8-1/3 in/lb) in 2 in/oz increments.


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Vince - mine dates to - well let's say a looooong time back. It's was one of those tools the Battalion Motor Pool tool crib had no record so they said make it disappear - so it did!! I noticed it was inconsistent earlier and today, while installing new bolts for the trans oil pan, it squished the gasket out at 10lb in(??). I checked it against my almost new foot pounder and - way off This means drain the trans, install a new gasket, filter the ATF again and reinstall .

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Mine dates back to 1972. A little worse for wear, but still works good.

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Before I got all distraught, I should have taken it apart as there was some sort of dried lubricant(cosmoline??) stuck on the innards. Cleaned it all up and reassembled without any lube - there really isn't any place that there should be any - and retested first with my beam torque foot pound wrench to see if it was close then the big new clicker through all settings and they compare within a couple percent.

Vince - gotta say, yours - it's new in comparison



Oh yeah, it's a Mossberg - like in guns, from Athol, MA

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