|Item Weight||5.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.8 x 26.5 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||2445|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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TEKTON 2445 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench, 25-250 Ft./Lb.
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- Hardened Alloy Steel Handle
- Reversible Drive, Forged Chrome Vanadium Steel Ratchet Head
- Corrosion-Resistant Chrome Plated Finish
- Locking Micrometer Torque Adjustment with Non-Slip Knurled Grip
- Wrench Clicks when Torque Setting is Reached
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TEKTON 2445 1/2" Drive 250 Ft.Lb. Click Torque Wrench features: Chrome Plated Alloy Steel Construction, Micrometer Adjusting, Reversible Ratcheting, No Pointer or Dial to Monitor - Wrench Clicks when Pre-set Torque is Reached, Sealed Mechanism for Greatest Accuracy, Longer Calibration, Complete with Conversion Table Chart Professional Quality, Lock Holds Torque Setting, Dual Scale Torque Range: 25-250 Ft./Lbs.and 3.5-34.6 Mkp.
From the Manufacturer
Hardened Alloy Steel Handle, Reversible Drive, Forged Chrome Vanadium Steel Ratchet Heat, Corrosion-Resistant Chrome Plated Finish, Locking Micrometer Torque Adjustment with Non-Slip Knurled Grip, Wrench Clicks when Torque Setting is Reached, Meets or Exceeds Federal Specification GGG-W00686C, Specifications:, Ratchet: CR-V, 24 Tooth, Length: 24.
Top Customer Reviews
There are many wrenches to choose from, but at this price point for a 250ft/lb wrench, there weren't many, and even fewer with a decent review. It does not come with a case, which I really do like for most of my specialty tools, but honestly at this price, I cannot take anything away from the rating. The construction feels solid, and yes, the gradient markings can take a second look to confirm you've set it correctly, but is nothing out of the ordinary for this style wrench. Units costing 2x-3x as much suffer the same design flaw, so again, I cannot take away from the rating of this tool overall for this.
I cannot comment on its accuracy, since I did not go and verify it with another unit to check for calibration or consistency. I would imagine it is not accurate to within a fraction of a ft/lb, but honestly, for the head bolts I torqued to 180ft/lbs, I imagine plus or minus a couple of ft/lbs wont make or break something here. If I was the concerned, I should have invested in some synthetic anti-gauling compound, probably have purchased new head bolts, etc. I was doing a gasket replacement on a budget, and considering I had only spent about $75 on new gaskets and seals, this wrench fit the top end of the budget I was looking to spend in tooling, and did the job well.
I will say that cranking down to 180ft/lbs took a bit of muscle, I imagine if the wrench was 30+ inches long, it would have been easier, but then it wouldn't fit in to a lot of places either, so the overall length of the tool is a good balance between leverage and clearance issues. If I needed to go to the full 250ft/lbs, I imagine I would need a cheater pipe on the end of the tool to accomplish that. I'm sure that's not recommended by the manufacturer, but unless you're a gorilla or body builder, you would have your work cut out for you.
One tip I would give anyone using a torque wrench like this, remember to 'unload' the torque setting when storing the wrench (twist the end of the handle, and loosen it back to < zero), this will prolong the life of the spring and hence the accuracy of the wrench.
I've been a mechanic for over 30 years now, and my advice would be if you need a decent tool at the lowest price point, I would recommend this wrench whole heartedly.
Particularly for someone like me, who only needs the torque wrench on rare occasions, but really needs one then, this tool is the perfect, inexpensive solution.
My initial impression is: in the ways that really matter, it's pretty good. It has a great heft, and mates well with my sockets, and has a satisfying click from the ratchet mechanism. It comes with a nice "exploded view diagram" so you can see how it works. The little dot on the side is a "calibration screw", suggesting that if it gets off, you can have somebody recalibrate it.
The aspects which aren't so great are all things you can work around, without much trouble:
- The instructions don't quite match the wrench: it says how to use the markings 0-2-4-6-8, while the wrench has 0-5-10-15-20. (The instruction sheet is for 3 different models, so maybe it matches the others better.)
- The alternative scale on the back is both confusing to use (you'd need to read a Vernier scale in units of 0.14 m-kg or something), and pointless (since I've never seen torque measured in "m-kg"). Every repair manual I've ever seen has N-m, which is the one scale this wrench doesn't have. There is a conversion table (ft-lb, m-kg, and N-m) and conversion formulas on the instruction sheet, though. Or just remember to multiply by 3/4.
- It's too big to fit in any toolbox, yet it doesn't come with a case (just a flimsy plastic packing shell, in a thin cardboard box). It does come with the little handle hook in the picture, but it's not attached, so you'll need to figure out some way to bend it into place (not as easy as it sounds!). It doesn't have the model number on it anywhere (so write it down).
But none of these things is a dealbreaker, and don't prevent you from applying the correct amount of torque. For the price, socket size, and torque range, I don't think this can be beat.
The length of this thing is a blessing and a curse. Also it's hard to get the little knob on the end tight enough that you don't accidentally change the torque when you're wrenching down on something.
Only one gripe, the locking mechanism isn't exactly accurate. You can move it +/- 1 ft/lbs after fully locking. I am not sure if that's just cosmetic or if it's actually changing the torque.
It doesn't come with a case, but Tekton will send you one for free if you e-mail them!