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  1. #1
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    Yellow Jacket 60648 Digital Adjustable (Crescent!!!) Torque Wrench

    Anybody else using this fancy piece of kit?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071G3YRBY

    Like most of us, I'm doing a lot of mini splits lately, and don't always trust my "muscle memory" gauge when hand-tightening flares. Of course, all manufacturers specify a torque since under/over-tightening both can (and do) cause leaks. Clawfoots are an option, but I've not found a set with HVAC-only sizes... so once you've bought a few sets w/all needed sizes, you're half way to the cost of a precision, dedicated tool.

    Besides a few FB comments and a decent youtube vid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE3okL7G-xA), not much out there on the Google about it. Any thoughts are appreciated!

    Also, there's a competing product with a little more range (99ft lbs. vs. 52 for the Yellow Jacket model), but apparently the jaws aren't quite enough for a 5/8 flare nut. Besides, it's a little bulkier than I'd like for tight installs: https://www.hilmor.com/products/digi...-torque-wrench

  2. #2
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    We've got one, I like it. Easy to use and the jaws fit well.

  3. #3
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    I have the Yellow Jacket mechanical torque wrench kit.

    Does the job.

    https://www.zoro.com/yellow-jacket-i...52/i/G8583434/


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  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    We've got one, I like it. Easy to use and the jaws fit well.
    Best one I have owned, works really well with a nice solid Beep.

  5. #5
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    Thread Starter
    Thanks everyone. Just ordered one!

  6. #6
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    I just ordered a CPS blackmax one
    It should be here tonight i will let you know what i think of it and maybe post some pictures of it if i can figure out how to do that.
    Hopefully i like it never had much to do with CPS tools other then a VG200 vacuum gauge which i cant find anything wrong with so far.

  7. #7
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    Got my CPS blackmax one tonight. Looks fairly well made nice fit and finish and fairly compact size also comes in a nice hard plastic blow molded case. Runs on two double AA batteries. Haven't tried it yet but overall all i am happy with it at first glance I have to look at the instructions but i think it also vibrates when you reach the proper torque. Only thing i find concerning is there is a bit of play in the thumbwheel so i can move the jaw slightly is the yellow jacket this way ? Also what about the hilmor they all look very close to the same. Chrome is very nice on the CPS i will say lol Hope it holds up well. I am not hard on tools and will treat it with respect but i just mean as far as the electronics and buttons and just wear and tear in general over the course of its life if it gets used in the rain and so forth.

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