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This review is from: GearWrench 85052 3/8-Inch Drive Micrometer Torque Wrench 10-100 ft lb (Tools & Home Improvement)
I purchased this tool for several reasons. The first because it has a DUAL scale. Settings can be made in foot pounds or Newton meters. Handy if you work on European or Japanese made equipment.
Second reason was because of the scale of settings (as low as 10 ft pounds). Many torque wrenches start at a much higher setting. Most of my work is on smaller engines or machines so I don't need real high settings.
And lastly was the price. I really didn't want to spend more than a hundred bucks. My usage just doesn't warrant it.
The manufacturing quality seems good. The scales are pretty easy to read. The lock ring is just so ..so. Not very solid feeling. A factory test of calibration came rubberbanded to the tool. Regardless of what tool you buy, you must use it in blind faith. No one I know has a way to properly check the calibration or accuracy of the settings.
My first use involved the re-torqueing of the head bolts on an 8 HP Nissan four stroke outboard that called for 30 Newton meters of torque. This I was able to easily set on the wrench and do the job. So far the head gasket hasn't blown so I'm hopeful that the wrench is accurate.
The wrench comes in a solid plastic case which will protect it well.
If you buy, don't forget to release the torque tension setting to ZERO when finished using or storing.
Why not a five star? I'm a tough grader and I feel that this is not a full blown "professional" level tool. If you are a pro and getting paid for your work, I'm sure there are better, more accurate, longer lasting wrenches out there. For the "average Joe" this should be fine.
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Initial post: Jan 13, 2012, 10:41:41 AM PST
The current instructions that I received (2012-01), indicate that the tool should be returned to it's lowest 'calibrated' setting for long term storage. ie, according to GearWrench, it should be stored at 10ft-lbs instead of 0. The current tool does not have a mark at '0 ft lbs' either.
Posted on Sep 18, 2012, 10:29:15 AM PDT
By the way, you can have these things calibrated/repaired. Team Torque Inc seems to get pretty good reviews on a few forums.
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