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Kobalt 1/2-in Drive Digital Torque Wrench (12.5-ft lb to 250-ft lb) - Includes Angles - $149.00

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Lowes has the Kobalt 1/2-in Drive Digital Torque Wrench (12.5-ft lb to 250-ft lb) - Including Angle measurement for $149.00


Not as good as the Snap on TechAngle (but much less expensive). Comparable to the HF Quinn...the Kobalt has fewer teeth (36 vs 72) BUT Kobalt warranty is 1 yr (vs 90 days).

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-1...1000248545

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Item #856839 Model #80720
This new 12.5 - 250 ft-lb 1/2-in drive torque wrench operates in both digital and angle modes, allowing the user to fulfill the specifications designated on many fasteners today.
Provides readouts in ft-lb, N-m, in-lb, and kg-cm and offers up Torque and angle accuracy of +/- 3%

Provides TWO auditory and visual signals to user to indicate that torque value has been reached - repeated beeps and a green light indicate 90% of desire torque value has been reached

One long beep with a red light indicates that 100% of the desired torque value has been reached

5-Button control pad allows you to preset your torque value, change units of measure, change mode of operation with peak/angle/follow choices, save readings and select read-out unit of measure

LCD display clearly shows preset slot, mode of operation, units of measure and torque value

Quick release button and directional switch make this torque wrench easy to use

Requires 2 AA batteries (included)

Meets or exceeds ASME specifications

Limited 1-year guarantee
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Created 06-22-2020 at 12:45 PM by ct witter
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Not as good as the Snap on TechAngle (but much less expensive). Comparable to the HF Quinn...the Kobalt has fewer teeth (36 vs 72) BUT Kobalt warranty is 1 yr (vs 90 days).
I don't think the older Craftsman digital torque wrenches that were 50% discounted (or ~) by Sears had angle measurement, so I think this is a good price for a wrench with this feature (although all the stress bolts I ever needed for my VW were +90 deg that is not that hard to visualize and perform w/o it).

What I am writing this for, are the teeth: I have the basic HFT torque wrenches, and at least the 1/2" is - i believe - 24 tooth. So is the otherwise pretty nice for the $ Tekton. In tight applications, this is REALLY low...360 degrees / 24 teeth = 15 degrees per engagement + some slop = not cool for something that is just 18" long - like the 1/2" Pittsburgh that translates to 5(min w/o any slop) to realistically 6-7 inches of swing at the end of the handle per click @ 24 teeth.

For a 26" tool like this digital one, it would be 8(min)~10 inches of swing at the end of the handle per click @ 24 teeth, so 36 teeth ofc will make it notably better, but bring it down to 5~6in of swing, before which you get zero tooth engagement, i.e. "much of the same".

It was really, really frustrating to nearly impossible for me trying to make it work for some suspension work & installing a hitch on my CX-5 with the 18" 1/2 wrench, so I had to work with the 3/8" one that was 14" long and would barely fit w/o me looking into removing bumpers and rear subframes and crap - and although being relatively strong male at 6'/183cm 200lbs/92kg, I had issues applying lots of torque when on my back with just 14" of leverage.

So by that experience alone, I would definitely drop $20-30 extra to get a 72tooth ratcheted torque wrench. Even more (?). But I think the 20% coupons are applicable to the Quinn branded digital torque wrenches in HFT.
Or just a good mechanical one for that $ - The flex-head 1/2" Icon with 90 teeth comes to mind - haven't heard/read anything but stellar reviews for it, so if you are serious in getting a $150 torque wrench vs the stupid $10 ones I have, perhaps you should consider it. Lifetime warranty if you are counting.

36 teeth @ something as long as the Kobalt digital wrench can be a $)+*#@$+)*!. But it needs to be long, because otherwise going anywhere at 150 is really hard and 200-250 ft-lbs of torque is unrealistic.

I had no issues with Pittsburgh's 24teeth motion range when working on my VW GTI's brakes and small front subframe/dogbone mount mods etc, so for many people and/or specific vehicles might be a zero-issue.
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This wrench has been at this price for at least 4 months. I am surprised though this is the first time anyone decided to post it.
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I saw one at Lowe's that had been opened... It said "Was $149, Now $144" (or may have been $145, what a bargain either way).
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