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Old 04-17-2022, 08:45 AM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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Default Torque Wrench Recommendation

What's a good brand of torque wrench that doesn't come with the Snap-on price tag?

In torqueing the C/S prop on the -10 yesterday, I had to borrow a torque wrench 'cause none of mine go that high.
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Old 04-17-2022, 09:05 AM
Phil Sprang Phil Sprang is offline
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Hi Kyle.

Take a look at CDI. It’s a Snap-On company without the Snap-On price. They are available on Amazon.


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Old 04-17-2022, 09:20 AM
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Tekton on Amazon has worked well for me.
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Old 04-17-2022, 09:36 AM
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Interesting to see how many responses you get on this but you already have the complete range from $50 to $200 to $500.
I bought the CDI with a 100 Nm range because I wanted a Snap-On but couldn’t justify it for the 10 times I would use it in my lifetime.

An informal test of a few peoples 3/8 drive torque wrenches against a calibrator last year showed most of them were accurate.
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Old 04-17-2022, 09:41 AM
AlphaCharlieBravo AlphaCharlieBravo is offline
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Default Torque Wrench


I just purchased a CDI 2502MRPH 3/8th drive. Its good from 30-250 inch/lbs.
I'll be using it on my engine mount and engine. Don't know what your prop specs are.
This wrench comes with the certs, and made in the USA and is only 11 inches long.

Hope this helps
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Old 04-17-2022, 10:32 AM
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I'll throw in another vote for Tekton. I have 3 of their torque wrenches spanning from little inches to big pounds and have been happy with all of them. Seemed like a reasonable compromise of something above Harbor Freight, but nowhere near Snap-On pricing.
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Old 04-17-2022, 10:44 AM
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Same here, I have couple of tekton. Has been great. 1/4" and 3/8"'s
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Old 04-17-2022, 10:47 AM
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I have three CDI torque wrenches. Technically, one is a screwdriver. It starts at 5 in-lbs. Then a 1/4" and a 3/8.
I also have a generic 1/2" but that's for car stuff. Goes up to 300 ft-lbs. Yes, I've used it that high. Huge axle nut.
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Old 04-17-2022, 02:32 PM
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I use HF torque wrenches, both of mine are calibrated and certified.
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Old 04-17-2022, 05:28 PM
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My A&P friend works on 737s. Bought an HF 1/2” two years ago for home use. Took it to work last December to see how closely calibrated it is. Was within his shop’s spec, whatever their spec is. On sale for “Spring Black Friday Deal” for $9.99 until 4/18. BTW, a local shop will calibrate and cert for $35.

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