We’ve seen quite a bit of unfocused discussion regarding the quality of Harbor Freight’s extremely cheap torque wrenches, so we thought we’d ask the question straight up: are they accurate enough for real use, or are they a crap shoot?
One reader mentioned a while back that he put an HF 1/4″ torque wrench on his tester at work and it was quite accurate. Though I have no evidence to support it with HF’s wrenches specifically, it’s been my experience that many times cheap-ass tools aren’t necessarily all bad — quality simply varies more tool to tool because of poor quality control.
On a side note, poor QC is a very effective way to save production cost. If you’ve ever visited a quality tool plant — as we have — you’d be blown away by the sheer manpower that goes into good QC.
And at $12 for a 1/2″ torque wrench, you’ve got to figure they’re saving dough somewhere.
Anyway, what say you? If you have data (or experience) with these HF wrenches, jump in and let us know in comments.
1/2″ Clicker Torque Wrench [Harbor Freight]