Are Tekton torque wrenches any good, are they accurate? I’ve owned them for several years, and over the years, there have been moments when I really questioned whether or not they were accurate. They are built nicely and feel good in your hands, but how accurate are they? In this video, I put this to the test, hope you enjoy!
Hey everybody, Steve here and today I want to continue a dialogue that I started in a previous video about torque wrenches. I have a whole set of these Tekton torque wrenches. You can find them on Amazon. If you’ve ever done a search for torque wrenches you’ve probably come across these. They actually get really good ratings so my question is, how good are they?
Alright, so from a build quality each and every single one of these are built real solid and they feel good in your hand, the ratcheting mechanisms are good and all in all pretty good. But the point is that it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if they’re not accurate. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to use the same procedure that I used in the video that preceded this which I’ll include a link to in the description and I’m going to go ahead and do a calibration for every single one of these and see how they turn out and I will share the findings with you.
Just in case you didn’t see the video that preceded this one, what I’m doing is I’m measuring from the center point of the drive down the shaft to a certain specific point. I like to use round numbers so here I’m using a 12. And essentially what I’m going to do is I’m going to take the 12 inches and I’ve got 20 pounds worth of weights here and I’m gonna multiply the 12 times 20 I’m gonna get 240 and then what I need to do is I need to convert, that’s inch pounds, I need to convert that back into foot pounds. So, 240 divided by 12 is 20. I set my torque wrench for 20-foot pounds and it should click right where my blue stripe is and there it is. Now, if I move it up some on the bar and it doesn’t click that’s a good thing. Bring it back to right where I was, it clicks, move it just ever so slightly and it doesn’t click and I know that I’m good to go at my 20-foot pounds. This guy is now set accurately.
So, I am going to do the rest for the rest of them and I’ll report back to you when I’m done.
Alright, so let’s take a look at how these guys did. The granddaddy was off by 2.9%. The way I arrived at that answer was I took the original number which was 17 and the second number which it clicked at which was 16.5 and I did value two minus value one over value one times 100 and I got 2.9%. So not too shabby for the biggest one. Alright, so the 3.8s small guy right there so we started his measurement at 6, he clicked at 6 3/4 and if we do the same percentage change calculation he’s off by 12.5%. So that’s that.
Alright, so for our quarter drive, we went out five and it was dead on; dead on 100% accurate. And last but not least, this is a half inch drive. This one goes from 10 to 150-foot pounds. We measured him out 8, he clicked it 8.75 and if we do the math it is a delta of 9.375.
So, there they are. And I have to say that I’ve never done this before. So, I never did this when I first got these wrenches, I’ve had these wrenches for three some odd years. I mentioned in the other video that I had one more torque wrench that was the 3/8 10-80-foot pounds, I couldn’t get that one to calibrate at all that was completely my fault. It caused me to break a part and I threw it across the garage, it busted into a couple pieces so I wasn’t able to do this one whatsoever. But I think all in all, I think these are good torque wrenches. I think the important thing to do is to conduct this test when you first get them and see how they do and then maybe set an alarm in your phone or whatever to check once a year or whatever. But like I said, the whole purpose of me doing this was because I’ve never done this before, this one failed me and then I decided to check all the rest. But I’m going to go ahead and give them a decent grade. I mean, the value for the money, you just can’t beat them. You can get pretty much all 5 of the ones that I have for the price of just one of the really, really nice snap-ons and I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of us can afford the snap-ons unless we’re working for a shop. So, for the DI wire. I think these are good wrenches. I’m going to go ahead and include links to them in the description so that you can get them on Amazon if you’re interested in getting them. If you have any comments or any questions or whatever please leave those below the video in the comments. Hope this was of value to you. If so, please like, comment, subscribe and of course, if you hit that little bell it’ll give you notifications on future videos and I will be having many, many, many future videos. So anyhow, I’m Steve, this is me wrapping this video up and I’ll see you in the next video.
Torque Wrenches Seen in this video can be bought on Amazon with the following links:
TEKTON 1/2 Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-150 ft.-lb.) – https://amzn.to/38VwXWl
TEKTON 1/4 Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (20-200 in.-lb.) – https://amzn.to/2UjVQHh
TEKTON 3/8 Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-80 ft.-lb.) – https://amzn.to/37GNuwW
Companion Video: How To Calibrate A Torque Wrench – https://youtu.be/7mpBAbY5hlI