Tekton Torque Wrench Review

Introduction

An accurate and reliable torque wrench is a necessity when it comes to tightening bolts and fasteners.

They allow you to work with confidence by eliminating guess work and the common tendency to over tighten fasteners.

Correctly tightening fasteners to a vehicle or manufacturer's torque specifications ensures parts are properly secured without being damaged. Fasteners that are installed without the correct torque are more likely to self loosen and fail, causing damage that can be expensive to repair.

In this article we are going to review the 5 torque wrench models offered by Tekton.

Other than the drive size or torque range, the various models are virtually the same as each other.

Model Drive size Torque Range
Tekton 24320 1/4" 20-200 in lb
2.26-22.6 Nm
Tekton 24330 3/8" 10-80 ft lb
13.6-108 Nm
Tekton 24335 1/2" 10-150 ft lb
13.6-203.5 Nm
Tekton 24340 1/2" 25-250 ft lb
33.9-338 Nm
Tekton 24350 3/4" 50-300 in lb
67.8-406 Nm

Things to consider before buying a torque wrench

Accuracy

A good torque wrench will have accuracy of 4% or better. The actual ANSI standard allows up to a 4% reading error between 20% and 100% of the wrench capacity. When you get below 20%, ANSI allows an error of up to 0.8% of the overall wrench capacity.

Scale Visibility

Make life easy for yourself and select a wrench with marking that are easy to read and set. For the most flexibility, select one that has both English (in lb or ft lb) and Newton Meter measurements engraved or stamped onto their body.

Torque Range

As most torque wrenches work best between 20 and 80 percent of their range, you don’t want to select a tool where you will be working at the top or bottom end of it's scale. You may need to purchase more than one wrench if you're working over a wide range of torque settings.

When you apply the ANSI standards, a torque wrench that is being used below 20% of it overall capacity may be as much as 16% out in the final reading.

Secondary signals

Good torque wrenches provide an audible and/or physical indication or click when the desired torque is reached.

Square drive sizes

Consider the size of the sockets you will be using and the torque that will be applied. As the required torque increases, so will the drive size.

Manufacturers warranty

You want to look for a torque wrench that has a warranty of at least 1 year. Most of the better brands have warranties that last for much longer.

Materials

Look for a wrench that's made of solid metal. These are much more durable than wrenches with large amounts of plastic in their construction.

Features and benefits

When it comes to value, there is no doubt the Tekton range of torque wrenches have an attractive price tag. Tekton have quickly been emerging as the go to company for high quality, inexpensive tools.

They are durable and simple to use – perfectly suited to both DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Build Quality

When you first pickup the wrench you will notice its solid build. These wrenches are designed to be rugged and durable and come fully assembled and ready to use. They also come with a sturdy carry case that will fit easily in the drawer of any large toolbox.

The body and head are manufactured of solid steel and the chrome vanadium protects them from rust and corrosion.

Click Torque Wrench

All Tekton torque wrenches use a mechanical click to let you know when the correct torque has been achieved and when to stop applying force.

A common complaint is that the click is hard to hear in a noisy environment when using the smaller models in the range. As with any click based wrench, the Tekton torque wrenches also offer a click you can feel through the wrench handle for situations where you can't hear the audible noise.

If you're looking for a dial or electronic torque wrench with a memory pointer, you would be better off looking at the CDI range of wrenches. (We have a review and comparison of the best dial torque wrenches here)

Drive and torque direction

All of the Tekton wrenches have a reversible ratchet that allow you to drive a socket in both directions. While they can drive a socket in both directions, they only measure and provide the click response in the clockwise (tightening) direction.

Normally this is all you need. However, if you have left handed threads that require torque, you may want to consider the Tekton TRQ21101. This dual direction wrench allows you to measure torque in both directions but is only available with a 1/4″ drive and a torque range of 10-150 in lb (or 1.1-16.9 Nm).

Setting the required torque

These are dual range torque wrenches. They are marked with inch pound (in lb) or foot pound (ft lb) on one side of the handle, and marked with Newton meters (Nm) on the opposite side.

Before selecting the required torque setting, the lock nut at the end of the handle needs to be loosened.

The main scale is used to set a course value, and this is then adjusted to the final setting by turning the knurled handle and using the micrometer scale.

Once the torque is set, the locking nut is tightened to hold the torque setting in place. The wrench can then be used repeatedly without have to reset it between adjustments.

Important : When you are finished using the tool, make sure you set the torque at its minimum setting to ensure it stays within spec for the next time you use it.

Video demo

The following video from Tekton demonstrates how to set the torque wrench. It also clearly shows the audible click when the tool is being used.

This video has been recorded with the Tekton 24335 model. However, all models work in the same way.

Accuracy

The tools are calibrated and shipped from the factory with an accuracy of +/- 4%. Even though they don't come with a N.I.S.T traceable certification they are ideal for most vehicle and machinery work and the reviews on Amazon consistently comment on how accurate the calibration is.

Where are Tekton tools made?

Tekton torque wrenches are made in Taiwan and the quality is outstanding. The units are well built and backed by a lifetime guarantee from Tekton. Taiwan are a premium Asian tool manufacture and make most of the non-US based tools.

What is the Tekton tool warranty period?

The warranty is for lifetime replacement under normal use consistent with its intended design. The package states the following:

QUALITY REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE: If this product does not meet your expectations during its usable life, we will replace it or provide replacement parts free of charge. To arrange for shipping of you replacement product or parts, or if you have any other questions, email us at support@tektontools.com or call us at 1-888-648-8665.

Which models would you get?

The table shown below has been updated to include the TRQ2110 Dual direction wrench. This is the only model that allows you to torque in both a clockwise and counter clockwise direction.

Model Drive size Torque Range
Tekton TRQ21101 Dual direction 1/4" 10-150 in lb
1.1-16.9 Nm
Tekton 24320 1/4" 20-200 in lb
2.26-22.6 Nm
Tekton 24330 3/8" 10-80 ft lb
13.6-108 Nm
Tekton 24335 1/2" 10-150 ft lb
13.6-203.5 Nm
Tekton 24340 1/2" 25-250 ft lb
33.9-338 Nm
Tekton 24350 3/4" 50-300 in lb
67.8-406 Nm

 

When it comes to making a decision, the Tekton 24335 far outsells any other models on Amazon.

In fact, the Tekton 24335 is the best selling torque wrench on Amazon. Its a great all-rounder and is suitable for most automotive work and general torquing. You definitely can't go wrong with adding this to your collection.

While the 24335 is suitable for general work and covers the 10-150 ft lb torque range, you may also want to consider adding the 24320 or TRQ21101 to your collection. These two wrenches are useful for job that require less torque and cover 20-200 in lb and 10-150 in lb respectively.

If you need to torque left hand threads, the Tekton TRQ21101 is the wrench of choice. If you don't need left hand torquing ability, the 24320 is a better choice, as it has an easier mechanism for setting up the torque.

Summary

The Tekton wrenches are well built and suitable for both home mechanics and professional work shops.

Built for consistent performance and years of dependable service, the mechanical design doesn’t need batteries, and the all steel construction has no plastic parts to break or wear out.

When it comes to value, there is no doubt the Tekton range fit the bill. They are a perfect addition to your toolbox and we highly recommend them.

Images source : Tekton.com