I had the HF units too, but I was always concerned about accuracy... having been a metrologist (calibration tech), I know how much these things can be "off"... And their markings were not in ft/lbs so it made things cumbersome...I've actually had good luck with Harbor Freight. It's cheap (like 80% LESS than Mac/Snap On/Craftsman), has a lifetime replacement warranty, and just for kicks I tested it next to my old roomy's >$100 Craftsman torque wrench and they were within about 2 or 3 lb/ft of eachother all the way up through 130 lb/ft.
I actually managed to find one that was lb/ft on one side and n/m on the other, which was a godsend for working on the Ducati. Before I bought that thing, at least 10 minutes of every bit of maintenance I did on her was spent doing the conversion and rechecking my math to make sure.I had the HF units too, but I was always concerned about accuracy... having been a metrologist (calibration tech), I know how much these things can be "off"... And their markings were not in ft/lbs so it made things cumbersome...
Why? Everyone says that, but no one can come up with any reason other than just being a brand snob. I haven't had ANY problems. They work just as well to do the jobs they're designed to do, have the same warranty, and the cost difference is VERY significant. Literally 80% on average. And every measurement tool I've gotten from them I've tested next to the run-of-the-mill professional tool and I've always found it WELL within limits of acceptability, for ANY job.For DIY craftsman should be good. I wouldn't use Harbor Freight unless you're really hard up for cash.
It WAS 6 months old when I measured it.Brand new sure it's close. Check it after 6 months. Then try to get it re-calibrated.
My other gripe is people say well it's only 2-3lb/ft off...Well on certain bolts that's significant. Even stored in a controlled environment I have had the one torque wrench I bought from Harbor Freight end up seizing to the point that I couldn't turn the adjustment dial.
I've bought stuff from there, I just won't use their precision instruments. I'm not bashing them at all.