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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, but it has some annoying flaws, December 21, 2010
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This review is from: Brown Line Metal Works BLD0212 Digital Torque Wrench (Automotive)
After many years of tightening things by feel, I decided that as I was able to do more work on my cars that I would have a nice torque wrench for my toolbox. I needed one pretty quickly because of some new aluminum wheels I was installing and didn't want to over-torque the wheels. I picked this one, despite its relatively high cost because the digital readout with its instantaneous reading seemed very appealing and it had a nice range of 20-150 ft/lbs.

The tool itself is long (as all torque wrench are) which can be an issue in tight quarters or even if you're torquing lug nuts since it will bump into the fenders at most angles. But the advantage of the length is that you can be much smoother when tightening which is essential to getting an accurate torque reading. For lug nuts either a deep socket or an extended will be necessary on most cars.

The tool seems made well, and work well. The plastic body leads me to treat this a bit gingerly, but I don't know that its necessary. I suspect I will drop it at some point accidentally and I'll know for sure). It requires 3 AA cells which are not included. The instructions provided are brief and to the point.

You set the appropriate scale (ft/lbs or nt/m) and then set the desired torque amount. The numbers are shown on a backlit LCD display. As you use the tool, there are 3 LEDs that tell you what's happening. Green means you're applying torque, yellow means you're close (within 20%) and when you hit the red led and you hear a beep, it means you're hit it. The tool will display torque applied as its being used and will display peak torque.

It couldn't be simpler.

The one flaw comes from the auto-off feature. The tool will power off in a couple of minutes, which is fine, but when it does, it forgets everything, most annoyingly the target torque you've set. Its not a huge deal, but every time you set the tool down and come back to it, you start all over again. It didn't seem right so I looked through the manual and there seems no way to save your torque.

That said, the tool works very well at what it does. I just wish it wouldn't forget the torque settings so easily.
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