Craftsman Torque Wrench

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    Bill76 Well-Known Member

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    Nope never had a warranty.
     
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    Still have, and use regularly, my Craftsman beam torque wrench, as well as all my other Craftsman tools since 1970. All great quality and obviously, endurance.
     
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      Never did trust the beam styles for accuracy within 5 lbs.
      Hell the quiver in arm strength at 80 lbs can through it off easily by 5 lbs.
       
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        Their website sucks. We complained to them about it years ago. Most all torque wrenches are accurate to within 2%. I have a local company that repairs wrenches and precision measuring instruments that can calibrate and certify to within 1% or less. Most of the work they do is for John Deere. @HALIFAXHOPS calibrated torque wrenches when he was in the military and he is quite knowledgeable on the subject.
         
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          1% at 100 ft.lb. is only 1 ft.lb. The user is more inaccurate than that by pulling on the wrench after it clicks. Even torque between the fasteners is more important than being accurite to within 1% for most that we do.
           
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            My beam type Craftsman was bought in 1967.Still in use.
            My Snap-On ratcheting click type was bought in 1976.Still in use.The local tool truck as a test bench for torque wrenches so I test the Snap-On every so often, still dead on. My 2 cents.
            Old saying "they don't make 'um like they used to"
             
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            • HALIFAXHOPS

              HALIFAXHOPS MSGT(ret) and MOPAR only distributor rebuilder! FBBO Gold Member

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              They usually hold the calibration unless dropped. The beam style are great and stayed calibrated unless the rod is bent somehow.
               
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                No torque wrenches have much warrantee. Even Snap on , Matco, Mac etc.
                Doug
                 
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                Article from Mopar Action a few months back.
                 

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                He claims "laboratory accurate" for ye old beam deflection torque wrench. Dad was right here.
                 
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                Usually just a year. A few of the models I could get ratchet head kits covered for a few years after.
                 
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                My Craftsman 1/2" Micro is almost 45 years old. I always turn it down to 20 ft-lbs after use. I have had a couple times when it seemed not to function correctly. Broke 1 head bolt. This thread convinced me I should get a second quality torque wrench to "calibrate" it with each use. My first engine builder was extreme detail guy. He had 2 Craftsman Micro's which each time used, he coupled them to test the equality of settings. He also required they be turned down to minimum setting after each use.
                 
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                FWIW, My Craftsman Micro torque 1/2" has a finicky twist lock I need to mess with to locate where it locks. Years ago I had one come out of calibration when the jam nut loosened up on me.

                Before Al Gore's amazing internet days came about, you probably had a 50/50 chance to get a Craftsman TW exchanged at stores as many of the younger employees didn't realize what the warranty period on them was.
                 
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                Agree on the one year warranty

                Before Sears closed I brought both of mine in

                Old guy behind the counter pulls out two brand new rebuild kits for the ratchet assembly

                Rebuilds them for free

                Have been perfect since - I also had them check calibration through my A@P mechanics at the airport where I work , they send them out - Again perfect

                Problem is today , are the rebuild ratchet kits still available ?
                 
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                That's the way they should be stored at the lowest setting. They should be broken three timers at the highest needed setting three times before use to free it up.
                 
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                • HALIFAXHOPS

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                  I use the method of "clicking" it 2-3 times at the selected setting before use. Although I bet I don't do that when doing step up's like for head bolts. Some thing to pay more attention to in the future.
                   
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                  Makes a real difference seriously like 10%
                   
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                    Mine is screwing up as well. Would just spin. I've hardly used it.
                     
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