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Does anyone have a digital torque adapter or other setup I might be able to borrow to validate my torque wrenchs accuracy?
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Could you borrow one from a parts store?
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I don't know...good question. I'll ask them. I have a Husky Pro torque wrench but it's probably close to 10 years old now and what's throwing me for a loop is the numbers on the handle don't match the lines on the bar anymore.

So like when zero falls on the scale, it's below the line for say...20 ft lbs. Spin it around to where you'd think 30 is and you're below thirty but above 20...so it's like what he hell, where am I at?

It's probably still accurate, or if anything it may be under as I've never stripped anything with it. I tried taking it back to home depot but they don't make one like it anymore. It's 1/2" 20-250 ft lbs. All they have is 1/2 50-250 ft lbs and I need that lower range.
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I don't know...good question. I'll ask them. I have a Husky Pro torque wrench but it's probably close to 10 years old now and what's throwing me for a loop is the numbers on the handle don't match the lines on the bar anymore.

So like when zero falls on the scale, it's below the line for say...20 ft lbs. Spin it around to where you'd think 30 is and you're below thirty but above 20...so it's like what he hell, where am I at?

It's probably still accurate, or if anything it may be under as I've never stripped anything with it. I tried taking it back to home depot but they don't make one like it anymore. It's 1/2" 20-250 ft lbs. All they have is 1/2 50-250 ft lbs and I need that lower range.
I like having several wrenches that cover several ranges.. I really don't like being at the very bottom or top of a wrenches range.

I have a 1/4" drive that's 0-17 ft/lbslbs, 3/8" drive that's 5-75 ft/lbs, and 1/2" drive that's 10-200 ft/lbs. Plenty of overlap between them.

That all said, no I don't have a calibration tool.
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Sears used to do this for me for free with my Craftsman. Husky is the HD lifetime warranty brand isn't it? I'd call em up and see if they could do it for you.
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I called Husky and the store would either have to give me an equivalent part (they don't have one) or would have to call corporate and find what the original cost was and refund me that.

Auto parts stored I checked couldn't calibrate or verify calibration.
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I called Husky and the store would either have to give me an equivalent part (they don't have one) or would have to call corporate and find what the original cost was and refund me that.

Auto parts stored I checked couldn't calibrate or verify calibration.
Bummer. Well last resort.

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Ok you guys tell me what you think.

Is this 20?



Or is this 20? Or 30?


I've been operating on the assumption first picture is 20...but 0 seems to fall smack dab in between now...when it used to be right on. Not sure what's changed.
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10 years old...I'd just buy a new one. There only like $40-$50 at the Home depot. If you're that worried About a difference of 10ft-lbs, buying one new is worth the piece of mind that it's dead accurate.
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just dial it to the '5' right in between them. 5 extra or 5 less torque never hurt anyone, right?
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just dial it to the '5' right in between them. 5 extra or 5 less torque never hurt anyone, right?
On suspension work, I wouldn't bat an eye at 5ft-lbs. Internal motor work is the only place I hold torque specs to an exact standard.
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On suspension work, I wouldn't bat an eye at 5ft-lbs. Internal motor work is the only place I hold torque specs to an exact standard.
^^^ This. For motor work I would invest in a digital.
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just dial it to the '5' right in between them. 5 extra or 5 less torque never hurt anyone, right?
OMG...that never even crossed my mind to do. Now I feel kinda dumb.
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Good thing you didn't take it to a mechanic.......
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10 years old...I'd just buy a new one. There only like $40-$50 at the Home depot. If you're that worried About a difference of 10ft-lbs, buying one new is worth the piece of mind that it's dead accurate.
My predicament is that HD should be giving me a new one, but they don't have one with the range. My choice would be 50-250 in a 1/2" or 20-100 in a 3/8".

I just wish I had confidence in knowing where it really was falling in accuracy. I saw someone suggest a test with a luggage weight scale and using a socket with a vice to then measure and calculate ft lbs...I may try that just to have some piece of mind.
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Used my trusty ol' click wrenches on my Jeep engine. They're relatively new... I've only ever used them to build one other engine (my xs650 motor). I've never had a problem with click style wrenches, as long as you're nice and smooth with them.
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Mechanical torque wrench is what I own. Gets the job done fine, but I wouldn't mind having a digital. Mechanical is simplistic and Doesn't require batteries or charging, or trying to figure out how to set it. I've heard some mechanics say turn the bolt back a 1\4 turn if your using a cheaper one, but as Keboh said, just take it nice and smooth.
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Mechanical torque wrench is what I own. Gets the job done fine, but I wouldn't mind having a digital. Mechanical is simplistic and Doesn't require batteries or charging, or trying to figure out how to set it. I've heard some mechanics say turn the bolt back a 1\4 turn if your using a cheaper one, but as Keboh said, just take it nice and smooth.
a 1/4 turn is a shit load of difference. When torquing my head bolts, going from 45 ft/lbs to 110 ft/lbs was only like a 1/3 turn or so.
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i would say first pic is 20, second pic is 30. if you stored it set at the lowest setting of the wrench say 10lbs or zero or whatever, didn't bounce it around and took care of it when stored then you are probably gonna be fine. i always shop for the middle of the rated spec when determining which wrench to use, never by if what ever is handy. ie; if a bolt calls for say 50ft lbs, then i would choose something like a 10-75ft lb in 3/8 drive, not 50-150
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I take care of it, always store it at 20 (I think?!) and never throw it around or use it for anything other than the final torque. Did fine tonight, didn't seem to over torque anything and certainly felt like I was throwing 110 ft lbs at bolts.
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