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Husky 50-250 ft. lbs. 1/2 in. Drive Torque Wrench $49.97 @ Home Depot

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Home Depot [homedepot.com] has Husky H2DTWA 50 ft. lbs. to 250 ft. lbs. 1/2 in. Drive Torque Wrench for $49.97.

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Limited lifetime warranty.

40 - 200 in. lbs. 1/4" [homedepot.com] & 20 - 100 ft. lbs. 3/8" [homedepot.com] also same price.
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I've been watching the price on these since the last time they were this price in January.

Only got the 1/2" as I already have a Craftsman 10-75 ft. lbs. 3/8" torque wrench. But I'm considering getting the Husky 3/8" as well for the (limited) lifetime warranty...
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I've been watching the price on these since the last time they were this price in January.

Only got the 1/2" as I already have a Craftsman 10-75 ft. lbs. 3/8" torque wrench. But I'm considering getting the Husky 3/8" as well for the (limited) lifetime warranty...
Yeah, the warranty is kind of meh.

Limited Lifetime (limited to defects, does not cover calibration, normal wear and tear)

I have an old 3/8" that I'm sure didn't mention calibration with the warranty docs. Of course, I no longer have the paperwork so good luck getting that covered.

Without the calibration warranty are these even worth $49? I'm most interested in the 1/4" and frankly the Tekton they show right below at $43 regular price probably meets my needs better. Also, who makes a 1/4" torque wrench that starts at 40" lbs? My old Husky 3/8 does that. (The Tekton starts at 10" libs.)
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Yeah, the warranty is kind of meh.

Limited Lifetime (limited to defects, does not cover calibration, normal wear and tear)

I have an old 3/8" that I'm sure didn't mention calibration with the warranty docs. Of course, I no longer have the paperwork so good luck getting that covered.

Without the calibration warranty are these even worth $49? I'm most interested in the 1/4" and frankly the Tekton they show right below at $43 regular price probably meets my needs better. Also, who makes a 1/4" torque wrench that starts at 40" lbs? My old Husky 3/8 does that. (The Tekton starts at 10" libs.)
I mean... Could you just take the wrench in and say it's not working correctly without specifying anything about calibration?

And you're saying your 3/8" torque wrench starts at 40 in. lbs.? That's crazy lol. What's its upper limit?

I'm assuming you're not confusing in. lbs. and ft. lbs.

Edit: Well actually, 3/8" in the in. lbs. range is not that uncommon. I just remembered that I once accidentally picked up a Craftsman 3/8" in. lbs. when I meant to get the ft. lbs. version
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Yeah, the warranty is kind of meh.

Limited Lifetime (limited to defects, does not cover calibration, normal wear and tear)

I have an old 3/8" that I'm sure didn't mention calibration with the warranty docs. Of course, I no longer have the paperwork so good luck getting that covered.

Without the calibration warranty are these even worth $49? I'm most interested in the 1/4" and frankly the Tekton they show right below at $43 regular price probably meets my needs better. Also, who makes a 1/4" torque wrench that starts at 40" lbs? My old Husky 3/8 does that. (The Tekton starts at 10" libs.)
Does any torque wrench have free lifetime calibration?
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I mean... Could you just take the wrench in and say it's not working correctly without specifying anything about calibration?
Maybe. I'm usually all about the angles but didn't consider that one

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And you're saying your 3/8" torque wrench starts at 40 in. lbs.? That's crazy lol. What's its upper limit?

I'm assuming you're not confusing in. lbs. and ft. lbs.
Lol, no, not confusing them. I definitely use foot pounds on my 1/2" torque wrench, hough I do try to work in NM when I can. No conversion needed when deciding which wrench is the best size for the job.

I don't have the wrench handy, but if I recall at the time I got this, they made a 3/8" foot pound model and a 3/8" in-pound model. The Inch-pounder was shorter ( Confused LMAO ) so I went with that. I wanna say 40-200" lbs? Heck, here's a Crescent [homedepot.com]that does 50-250 inch-pounds.

I just remembered -- I got mine by turning in a broken Craftsman. Sears wouldn't warranty the digital dial (wrench worked fine but the torque numbers would get stuck and not show up in the window). HD took it in and gave me a new one no problem. So, I dunno, maybe they'd be decenta gain.
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Does any torque wrench have free lifetime calibration?
I don't think so -- at least not in the price range we're talking about. I only brought it up because the OP said the warranty was a reason to buy.
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My craftsman 1/4" is 25-250 in.lb
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Does any torque wrench have free lifetime calibration?
Not sure bout torque wrenches specifically, but believe Harbor Freight will take a new wrench off the shelf and replace yours for any reason. Not positive bout the "any reason" part, but I believe so.

As long as we're not talking the flat beam style or digital wrenches, just not sure why you'd want to pay more for anything other than HF for these. Perhaps the tooth count, if that's really a need. HF ones are a little loose on the tooth count and can get you in a pinch, but that's about it.
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Not sure bout torque wrenches specifically, but believe Harbor Freight will take a new wrench off the shelf and replace yours for any reason. Not positive bout the "any reason" part, but I believe so.

As long as we're not talking the flat beam style or digital wrenches, just not sure why you'd want to pay more for anything other than HF for these. Perhaps the tooth count, if that's really a need. HF ones are a little loose on the tooth count and can get you in a pinch, but that's about it.
Harbor Freight's warranty is for the function of the wrench (does it ratchet, does it click, etc), not the calibration. I don't know of anyone that guarantees calibration beyond a short amount of time.

As long as you get a good one off the shelf, the accuracy of the $10 HF wrench should be as good as most anything else, however their quality control is terrible so make sure that you check it first before using it on something important.

More expensive clickers like this Husky have a wider range, are easier to adjust, have much more positive clicks, and are just generally better, easier, and more enjoyable to use.

That being said, the value in a $10 torque wrench is hard to beat. Here's a current coupon [hfqpdb.com]:
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Harbor Freight's warranty is for the function of the wrench (does it ratchet, does it click, etc), not the calibration. I don't know of anyone that guarantees calibration beyond a short amount of time.

As long as you get a good one off the shelf, the accuracy of the $10 HF wrench should be as good as most anything else, however their quality control is terrible so make sure that you check it first before using it on something important.

More expensive clickers like this Husky have a wider range, are easier to adjust, have much more positive clicks, and are just generally better, easier, and more enjoyable to use.

That being said, the value in a $10 torque wrench is hard to beat. Here's a current coupon [hfqpdb.com]:
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Thanks and agree. Not sure if an HF employee will ask too many questions or challenge the operation of your wrench. Quite honestly, it'd be tough for me to prove a wrench is out of calibration to want to return it. I know there are some DIY methods, but most likely an issue you wouldn't notice until it grossly under/over tightened a bolt to catastrophic failure.

The other method being to borrow a buddy's wrench and ensure both click at the same points. But then again, better be sure his wrench is in cal.
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Harbor Freight's warranty is for the function of the wrench (does it ratchet, does it click, etc), not the calibration. I don't know of anyone that guarantees calibration beyond a short amount of time.

As long as you get a good one off the shelf, the accuracy of the $10 HF wrench should be as good as most anything else, however their quality control is terrible so make sure that you check it first before using it on something important.

More expensive clickers like this Husky have a wider range, are easier to adjust, have much more positive clicks, and are just generally better, easier, and more enjoyable to use.

That being said, the value in a $10 torque wrench is hard to beat. Here's a current coupon [hfqpdb.com]:
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How does one check it for accuracy?
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I check my calibration by clamping a large allen wrench to my workbench and then with a matching socket and the wrench held horizontal, I slide a known weight (hung from a line) down the shaft until it clicks. Multiply the weight by the distance to get ft-lbs and compare it to the setting on the wrench.

Once you've done it once or twice it is really quick and easy to do and I use the weight as a doorstop so it's always close-by.
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I check my calibration by clamping a large allen wrench to my workbench and then with a matching socket and the wrench held horizontal, I slide a known weight (hung from a line) down the shaft until it clicks. Multiply the weight by the distance to get ft-lbs and compare it to the setting on the wrench.

Once you've done it once or twice it is really quick and easy to do and I use the weight as a doorstop so it's always close-by.
Not as precise or known, but another method is to compare to a buddy's wrench. If both wrenches click at same setting, you're prolly good.
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Harbor Freight's warranty is for the function of the wrench (does it ratchet, does it click, etc), not the calibration. I don't know of anyone that guarantees calibration beyond a short amount of time.

As long as you get a good one off the shelf, the accuracy of the $10 HF wrench should be as good as most anything else, however their quality control is terrible so make sure that you check it first before using it on something important.

More expensive clickers like this Husky have a wider range, are easier to adjust, have much more positive clicks, and are just generally better, easier, and more enjoyable to use.

That being said, the value in a $10 torque wrench is hard to beat. Here's a current coupon [hfqpdb.com]:
Attachment 9505952
It's not that their tools suck that much, it's the customer service when you buy or return stuff. Bottom of the barrel, no matter how good an Icon, I'm not paying for crappy service in the middle of a job getting told they are out of stock after a 20 minute wait, for the birds.
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