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    I am currently rebuilding my 325 Kawasaki engine. I purchased a Harbor Freight torque wrench a year ago. After reinstalling the pistons I started to torque the connecting rods and stopped. The specs are 52 inch pounds and the wrench went way past that point in my opinion. I need to buy a “real” wrench and would like your suggestions. Craftsman are on sale and I am leaning that way but would like your opinions. I am planning on a 1/2” wrench. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gebada22 View Post
    I am currently rebuilding my 325 Kawasaki engine. I purchased a Harbor Freight torque wrench a year ago. After reinstalling the pistons I started to torque the connecting rods and stopped. The specs are 52 inch pounds and the wrench went way past that point in my opinion. I need to buy a “real” wrench and would like your suggestions. Craftsman are on sale and I am leaning that way but would like your opinions. I am planning on a 1/2” wrench. Thanks.
    Craftsman would be fine, but in lb. Would most likely be either 1/4" or 3/8" drive at most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gebada22 View Post
    I am currently rebuilding my 325 Kawasaki engine. I purchased a Harbor Freight torque wrench a year ago. After reinstalling the pistons I started to torque the connecting rods and stopped. The specs are 52 inch pounds and the wrench went way past that point in my opinion. I need to buy a “real” wrench and would like your suggestions. Craftsman are on sale and I am leaning that way but would like your opinions. I am planning on a 1/2” wrench. Thanks.
    Which HF wrench were you using? Did the HF wrench have In-Lb markings? 52 in-lb would only be 4.33 ft-lb. That's pretty low. My 3/8" Craftsman only goes down to 5 ft-lb. In general I've read pretty good things about the HF torque wrenches.

    I have two very old Craftsman torque wrenches. One 3/8 and one 1/2. When deciding on a size try to figure the torque range that you will use most of the time. 3/8 wrenches typically have lower torque settings on the bottom end than a 1/2. 1/2 wrench will typically have higher torque settings at the upper end. For general use and small engine work I find I use the 3/8" drive almost exclusively.

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    Thanks for the quick replies. I was wrong and meant to say 3/8. The HF was in lbs and also started at 5 lbs. I do have a HF that seems to be more accurate. I wonder if my 3/8 HF is broken. This is the second time it seems to way over tighten.
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    Have a Snap On 0 - 150 inch pound and an old Craftsman 0 - 250 inch pound dial types, both very accurate.
    Both are 3/8 drives.

    Like the dial types for fine work over the beam or click types.
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    I have a performance tool 20-250 in/lb wrench that i use for small engines and transmission work. nice little wrench but the markings are kind of strange. 3/8 and 1/2" wrenches are both kobalt, and have been pretty good to me.
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    I have had very good luck with the Kobalt torque wrench I picked up from Lowe’s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    Have a Snap On 0 - 150 inch pound and an old Craftsman 0 - 250 inch pound dial types, both very accurate.
    Both are 3/8 drives.

    Like the dial types for fine work over the beam or click types.
    I love my Torque-o-meter

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
    I love my Torque-o-meter

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    Looks just like mine except for scale, mine probably going on 25 - 30 years old.

    The reason I bought the Sears 0 - 250 was because I wanted to precisely torque the
    plugs on my Johnson GT 175 outboard to 210 inch pounds.

    That's also back in the day when Sears still had good stuff.
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    Torque wrenches are one of those tools that you may not want to scrimp on, especially one that will be used near the extremes of its range. Don't be afraid to look for a used Snap-On or Mac on eBay. Sometimes I'd rather have a used and cared for professional tool than a new DIYer model.

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