TEKTON 24330 3/8-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-80 ft.-lb./13.6-108.5 Nm)

 TEKTON 24330 3/8-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-80 ft.-lb./13.6-108.5 Nm) Brand TEKTON

Color:Steel Calibrated to an accuracy of +/ 4%, the TEKTON 3/8 in. Drive Click Torque Wrench lets you work with confidence, eliminating guessing and the common tendency to overtighten fasteners. Correctly tightening fasteners to a vehicle or equipment manufacturer’s torque specifications ensures parts are properly secured without being damaged. Simple and easy to use, this wrench has a reversible ratcheting head that drives fasteners in both directions and measures torque in the clockwise direction. To measure torque, set the desired value on the handle scale (foot pounds or Newton meters) and begin tightening the fastener. When the preset torque value is reached, a reliable mechanical operation inside the handle produces a click you can hear and feel, alerting you to stop applying force. Built for consistent performance and years of dependable service, the mechanical design doesn’t need batteries, and the allsteel construction has no plastic parts to break or wear out.IMPORTANT: This wrench is shipped precalibrated and ready to use. To help maintain calibration, store at its lowest setting of 10 ft.lb./13.6 Nm when not in use. Be sure to read and understand the operator’s manual, including all safety information, before first use.Specifications:Range – ft.-lb.: 10-80 ft.-lb.Range – Nm: 13.6-108.5 NmIncrement: 1 ft.-lb. (1.36 Nm)Accuracy: ± 4 percentLength: 14-1/2 inchRatchet: 24 toothCountry of Origin: TaiwanIncludes:(1) 3/8 in. drive torque wrench(1) Storage case(1) Operator’s manual with torque conversion chart

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  • Wrench emits that can be heard and felt when the preset value is reached
  • High-contrast dual-range scale is easy to read, even in low light
  • Reversible ratchet head drives in both directions and measures torque in clockwise direction
  • Durable all-steel construction has no plastic parts to break or wear out

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Review

  • Stripped two valve cover bolts on my BMW which cost me a lot of money in labor to repair and new bolts. It will not click at low torque settings. Very disappointed when I purchase it there was all kinds of accuracy claims…now I see others are unhappy with it too so I don’t blame myself anymore! UPDATEAfter writing this review I tried to return the unit after the return period expired. After contacting the company they explained that if you MUST store the torque wrench at it’s lowest setting, not below which it is possible that I did. I always thought it should be set below any settings to keep it loose but they said not below lowest torque setting or it can lose it’s calibration. They sent me a new one which I just received. I don’t use them everyday but I will update on if it does work on low torque setting later.
  • Purchased the 3/8in drive Tekton torque wrench. Right out of the box I tried to adjust the torque to 20lb/ft. from 0. The wrench felt like it had something internal that was preventing it from turning, as it locked up at around the 10 setting. Sounded like metal fragments left inside from machining, or possibly just the spring making the sound. Turned back to 0 and adjusted it again and it would start to lock up with the same metallic sound, but it made it past the 20 setting, I kept tightening and loosing the adjustment and added some spray lube. The wrench started to work fine and adjusts from 0 to the maximum 80lb/ft. a lot easier now. The second thing that i noticed was that the center scale setting did not match up with the adjustment handle at the zero. When I set the torque to a setting of 20, 30 40 or 50 etc. the center will not align to the zero on the handle. The zero is 2 marks off. so 52 equals 50? if this is calibrated then 50 should line up with zero on the handle.Tested the setting at 20lb/ft and the wrench has a loud click which I like. In the future I will probably spend the extra money and buy a more recognizable brand name tool.
  • 1/1/18 – Not impressed. The 0 mark on the handle doesn’t align with the pound indicators on the scale located on the shaft of the tool. So if you’re trying to dial in to the 50lbs mark you actually have to twist it to 52lbs in order for the indicator to be aligned. As a result, if you try to align the zero with the scale you are unsure whether your at 50lbs or a lesser torque rating. Not exactly ideal given the purpose/use of the tool.The tool was like this out of the box which I find ironic given the sticker on the tool which reads “Tekton Calibrated and Tested.” Really? Did anyone really try this tool before sending it out? This is not what I expected from Tekton, especially for this type of precision instrument.
  • I bought this to do the spark plugs on my truck. It worked okay I’m guessing at the lower torque value which I think was around 15 ft- lbs. Fastforward, I’m replacing a hanger on the suspension and it called for something around the 40 ft-lbs and the wrench never clicked indicating I reached the torque value. Long story short, I slowly twisted the head right off the bolt and I’m making a trip to the store buy a torque wrench that works and a new bolt. Don’t buy this cheap crap, learned my lesson.
  • I needed a torque wrench to do work on our cars. Well, to be honest, I needed to do work on our cars, and decided that I “needed” a torque wrench. Excuses to buy tools are always a good thing.I was originally just going to nip over to Sears and buy a Craftsman. However, I was horrified to discover how little faith they have in some of their products these days; Craftsman’s usual lifetime hand tool warranty does *not* apply to their to torque wrenches, and is instead replaced by a **90-day** warranty. Three months? What on earth?? I guess that’s what you get when you outsource to China.(Source as of May 2014: […] )Appalled, I turned to Amazon instead. Snap-on is too rich for my blood right now, but I did consider picking up a CDI wrench (and in the long run, still might). Given how often I’m likely to use it, I figured I’d start on the low end of the price scale just to see what was available. I came across this wrench, and although it’s not made in the U.S. (manufactured in Taiwan) Tekton is a U.S. company that does appear to be easily contactable in case any questions/concerns pop up. The same can’t be said of a lot of the made-in-China stuff. They also appear to keep an eye out on Amazon for those with trouble, which is often a good sign.Out of the box, the wrench comes in a reasonable enough red plastic case. It’s not the heaviest plastic known to mankind, but it’s not the flimisest either. It seems suitable enough for the purpose, which is good enough. The wrench itself has a decent heft to it, and doesn’t give the impression of being cheaply made. The ratcheting mechanism on the head seems smooth enough.One thing that caught my eye about this Tekton wrench is that they filled in the scale on the shaft in black. That sounds like a trivial thing, but that one little change makes reading and setting the wrench infinitely simpler than on other tools. I’m a huge fan of laser-etched sockets with big, clear figures instead of stamped markings (I have a Stanley set that I got for cheap that’s etched); they’re that much easier to read.Anyway, I tried a couple of simple jobs with the new wrench, comparing it against a CDI wrench borrowed from work. I did a spark plug change and an oil change, trying both wrenches on the same jobs. In general, the Tekton is a solid-feeling tool. The torque adjustment mechanism doesn’t feel nearly as smooth as the CDI, but at a quarter of the cost, I’m more than willing to overlook that. The setting locking mechanism is also far simpler than the one Craftsman we have at work (it has some sort of eighth-turn locking collar that never stays put)The Tekton doesn’t give a massively audible click when the set torque is reached, but I did find the motion at the set point was quite obvious when I hit it.I couldn’t feel any discernible difference compared to the CDI wrench in terms of accuracy. I tried tightening to the two limits needed for the job (13 and 28 ft-lb) initially with one wrench and then checking it against the other (and vice-versa), and found that neither showed much of a difference. Even on the more challenging 13 ft-lb setting (click torque wrenches being notoriously less accurate at the bottom end of their scale) I found no real difference in either wrench’s behaviour.Given the length of the handle, hitting 80 lb-ft might be a bit optimistic. That said, I can’t think of any job I’m likely to do in the near future that would require that much oomph.Overall, I’m very happy. This appears to be a better tool than I’d expected at this price, and given the cost is probably a better tool than the price deserves. It appears to be accurate enough (with the usual caveats that apply to all non-beam torque wrenches at the bottom end of their range) when compared with a much more expensive wrench, and although I didn’t need it for the pair of jobs I’ve done so far, the facility to switch between standard and left-handed tightening seems like a bonus compared with some wrenches in this price range that just can’t do that.My only niggle is with the smoothness of the handle when turned to set the desired torque. For want of a better term, it’s a little on the graunchy side. But for that, this would easily be a 5-star product. Even then, given how inexpensive this tool is, it’s ever so close to getting full marks, but I like my tools to have a nice tactile feel to them, and this one aspect means I can’t quite give it a top score. It works well enough, but it just feels a little off.I’d call it a 4.5 if Amazon would let me…
  • Decided to try this Tekton brand torque wrench because they seem to have stellar customer support on all their products.This wrench comes in a red hard plastic case, along with a manual that you SHOULD read. I think this is something a lot of people giving negative reviews probably skip.Once you understand the way this works, and you make sure to keep it at the minimal rating when stored or doing other things with the wrench, you should be good to go.It seems very well built and has a good weight. I used it to change shocks and springs and had to use various torque ranges. The click was easy to understand.Will be doing more work in the coming weeks, so I will update if anything changes.Overall, seems like a great tool, would recommend 5 out of 5!

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