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Gearhead Drive Beam-Type Torque Wrench, 1/2" $ 13.49$+$0.89 tax ( may vary ) $13.41

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Gearhead Drive Beam-Type Torque Wrench, 1/2"

GearHead tools are an investment in quality. They are made using the highest quality materials and manufacturing standards. GearHead tools are built to last forever and offer a lifetime guarantee. All GearHead tools meet or exceed ANSI Standards.

1/2 in. Drive Beam Type

5 to 150 Ft./Lbs

Two Year Guarantee

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Item Weight 1.4 pounds

Product Dimensions 21.5 x 2.3 x 1.7 inches

Manufacturer Part Number GH3000


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Might be fine for less critical work, but would never trust a cheap (note, I didn't say inexpensive, I said cheap) torque wrench for any sort of critical task (manifold, heads, internal parts, etc).
No reviews on Amazon, and one of the only 2 on pepboys says it was used for installing a trailer hitch, which could be a fine use.
I'd still suggest investing in quality, as you'll learn the first time you blow a gasket, crack a manifold, warp a head, ect... You'll pay way more to fix the issue than you will in investing in quality from the start. Just my 2 cents.
Cheap (edit: click or dial) wrenches also tend to not hold calibration well, so (edit: if you go that route) you'll need to keep on top of it and have it checked often. (edit: I agree with another poster, you "can" get by with a "calibrated" arm, meaning you know the "feel" of certain torque, but I would never trust this for critical parts. we used to have group challenges to see who could free torque the closest to specs, and I could almost always nail it... but I'd still always use a calibrated, quality wrench, because why wouldn't you want to be double sure and double safe? Yes, aviation work is a bit more critical, but I put no less care when rebuilding my engines, I'm all about check and double check, and assured quality of task. But each to his/her own means and methods)
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this type of torque wrench is great for snapping off bolt heads.

if youre going to buy a cheap torque wrench, you might as well skip it and save the money, and just tighten by feel with a regular ratchet. 95% of what you do will be fine if you just snug the bolts evenly and then add a 1/4 turn or so to each one.

the times you really need a torque wrench, you better have a good one, because even good ones can be troublesome to get right. cheap ones are worse than just guessing by feel.
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If you are going to be this cheap, buy the harbor freight ones. There's often coupons, as low as $10-12 for the click-type.
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this type of torque wrench is great for snapping off bolt heads.

if youre going to buy a cheap torque wrench, you might as well skip it and save the money, and just tighten by feel with a regular ratchet. 95% of what you do will be fine if you just snug the bolts evenly and then add a 1/4 turn or so to each one.

the times you really need a torque wrench, you better have a good one, because even good ones can be troublesome to get right. cheap ones are worse than just guessing by feel.
I've been doing this for years as a diyer and its been working for me. I should really incorporate some loctite and call it good. In hindsight though, I'd invest in a good torque wrench if I worked on cars more often than I do.
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I've been doing this for years as a diyer and its been working for me. I should really incorporate some loctite and call it good. In hindsight though, I'd invest in a good torque wrench if I worked on cars more often than I do.
Last time I replaced my front bearings on my Exploder, it had the yellow loctite already on the threads. I'm guessing they figure too many people not using torque wrenches.
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Cheap wrenches also tend to not hold calibration well, so you'll need to keep on top of it and have it checked often.
You do realize that this is a beam-type torque wrench, correct? There is no way to calibrate it, and there is no way for it to go out of calibration. It has no moving parts.
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You do realize that this is a beam-type torque wrench, correct? There is no way to calibrate it, and there is no way for it to go out of calibration. It has no moving parts.
Of course it can get it out calibration... Have you never had one no longer point to zero? If it doesn't point to zero, then it's no longer calibrated. Moving it back to zero would be an attempt to recalibrate. This can sometimes work, sometimes not. Regardless, the precision and repeatability can easily be off for this style because you are relying on your eye to spot the torque reading.
However, this isn't what I was trying to get across. I was moving on and referring to cheap dial and/or click type. Didn't think it needed to be fully spelled out, but fair enough, guess I should have. Cheap click type wrenches (even though they may be seen as better than this) are still horrible in that you can breath on them wrong (much less lay down hard on a counter) and lose calibration.
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cheap ones are worse than just guessing by feel.
You saying it doesn't make it true. Provide evidence or don't spread myths. First of all "cheap" is relative, second of all, there are countless "cheap" torque wrenches out there, I'm 110% positive you have not tested them all or most. Have you tested any at all? if so which one or ones? the one in question? Did you make a video or do a write-up? Share your experience.

There are tons of YouTube videos of CHEAP torque wrench reviews and testing showing many of them perform as good, close to as good or even better than name brand ones. These blanket statements don't help anyone.
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. Cheap click type wrenches (even though they may be seen as better than this) are still horrible in that you can breath on them wrong (much less lay down hard on a counter) and lose calibration.
More BS from people who want other people to think they know what they are talking about. Just stop it. We have this thing called the internet and this thing called Youtube and it has been proven BEYOND debate that some cheap torque wrenches perform as good as name brand.. (cough cough Snap-on for one). Some of these tests and reviews are very in-depth.
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More BS from people who want other people to think they know what they are talking about. Just stop it. We have this thing called the internet and this thing called Youtube and it has been proven BEYOND debate that some cheap torque wrenches perform as good as name brand.. (cough cough Snap-on for one). Some of these tests and reviews are very in-depth.
You're a real special kind of person I see. Look bud, you just said "some" cheap ones... And, I said get a quality one, that doesn't mean it has to be expensive, just that I wouldn't get a cheap one. There's a difference between inexpensive and cheap. The same point made by your YouTube reviews. But let's go your route, and use cheap to mean inexpensive... It still is not true that most or all "cheap" ones are of quality standards. I never mentioned snap on... That's your game, and it's sad.
Bud, give me a ring for a real discussion after you've worked as an aviation crew chief, rebuilt from the ground up a dozen classic cars, and had more than a few grey hairs dealing with people like you. Until then, back to your pen.
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You're a real special kind of person I see. Look bud, you just said "some" cheap ones... And, I said get a quality one, that doesn't mean it has to be expensive, just that I wouldn't get a cheap one. There's a difference between inexpensive and cheap. The same point made by your YouTube reviews. But let's go your route, and use cheap to mean inexpensive... It still is not true that most or all "cheap" ones are of quality standards. I never mentioned snap on... That's your game, and it's sad.
Bud, give me a ring for a real discussion after you've worked as an aviation crew chief, rebuilt from the ground up a dozen classic cars, and had more than a few grey hairs dealing with people like you. Until then, back to your pen.
I bet in the shoe threads you're shoemaker, in the guitar threads you're a guitar tech for Eddie Van Halen! In this thread you're an "aviation crew chief" and master car mechanic to boot! So tell me, will you be a prized Chef in the next cookware thread? lol. Another know-it-all who doesn't know half as much as he thinks. Go buy your $600 Snap-On torque wrench and have a ball.
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I bet in the shoe threads you're shoemaker, in the guitar threads you're a guitar tech for Eddie Van Halen! In this thread you're an "aviation crew chief" and master car mechanic to boot! So tell me, will you be a prized Chef in the next cookware thread? lol. Another know-it-all who doesn't know half as much as he thinks. Go buy your $600 Snap-On torque wrench and have a ball.
You really are "that" "special" kind of guy, aren't you?
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You really are "that" "special" kind of guy, aren't you?
That's what my mom told me, was she lying Confused

Anyway, I'm bowing out, I guess I'm in one of those moods today. No offense.
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I've been doing this for years as a diyer and its been working for me. I should really incorporate some loctite and call it good. In hindsight though, I'd invest in a good torque wrench if I worked on cars more often than I do.
loctite is needed in certain situations... it doesnt really have anything to do with torque.
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