Just to rebuttal some of the earlier comments, as of Jan 25 2014, this torque wrench DID indeed come with 3 of the batteries it needed (LR44). So, that's a few extra bucks saved right there. Upon first getting the wrench, I could tell that it came with a sub par case. The wrench doesn't snap in, or is in any way secure as it just sits there. If the case is turned upside down, it will fall right out. This was something that I could live with, but it wouldn't hurt for the manufacturer to pony up and include a nice case for a few extra bucks. This was pretty much the only reason I gave it 4 stars. When models 1/2 the price of this one come with a nice case, I see no reason why you wouldn't include one with this. I also wanted to take a deeper look into the battery usage of the device. I hooked it up to a precision amp meter and power supply set to 4.5V ( = 3 * 1.5V LR44 batteries in series). The following were my readings: Off - 6.83uA On - 2.95mA The capacity of LR44 batteries is ~150mAh (milliamp hours). So taking that into account, if the torque wrench was on all the time it would be able to last a max of about 50 hours. But, the torque wrench shuts off it's display after 10 minutes so you could expect it to last longer than that. If you never turned the wrench off yourself, you could expect have the power to turn it on ~300 times. These numbers are all calculated though and were from power measurements I made. The little folding manual says to "Remove batteries when wrench is stored for extended periods", which other people have noted as well. 6.83 MICRO amps is a really really low amount of power being consumed when it's off, so I'm not sure why other people claim the really low battery life. With the battery issue addressed, the wrench itself feels to be very well built. The torque is changed in .5 ft/lb increments which is close enough to what I need it for. The adjustment **** is easy to turn and has a nice confirming click when lock it in place. Will keep an eye on the battery issue and keep this post updated if things change. At this price, you really can't beat the features it has.
I Bought this torque wrench and after using it four times the ratchet head started to give out when pulling on the handle. This is very dangerous as I got hurt when I was pulling very hard and the ratchet mechanism let go/loose and my hand went flying into a wheel hub on a car! I literally fell down because I lost my balance. I went to my local sears and they refused to repair or replace the wrench under warranty! After reading online that others have the same problem as I do with the entire 1/2" drive craftsman torque wrench line, I just want my money back so I can buy a quality torque wrench from a better manufacturer. Sad to say, but after some research It seems to me that sears has moved it's manufacturing to china and the quality and warranty is just not there anymore. I understand when a big company Manufactures thousands of a item that there will be some that are bad or defective, but sears will not even stand behind there own product. Last craftsman product I will ever buy! Save your money!!
I just got the digital torque wrench after owning a cheaper one. I have used it for the first time to torque down my wheels and it worked like a dream. So glad I got it!
I put new rims and tires on my old RV. My mechanic told me I should be sure to check the lug nuts every 50 miles or so until I was sure the new lugs were seated well in the new rims. I asked what brand torque wrench to buy and he suggested craftsman! I am so glad he did because I had to tighten the lugs several times before they settled in. The torque wrench worked perfect! It has a nice rubberized handle and clear digital readout.
Going to return it won’t stay on ft-pds numbers keep moving around