When it comes to torque wrenches, the Tekton brand has several in their line-up. With the TEKTON 24340 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench, the company managed to blend practicality, simplicity and durability all in one useful torque wrench.
In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the TEKTON 24340 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the torque wrench had to say about their overall experience with it. Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this tool is something you should consider purchasing for your own tool box!
With this wrench, you are getting a device that is 25 inches long, giving you the length you need to get the range of torque you’re looking for. Combine the length with the 24 teeth and the 1/2-inch drive, the torque wrench is perfect to use on trucks, SUVs, cars, and other large pieces of equipment within a +/- 4% accuracy. It doesn’t matter who you are or your intended uses, this torque wrench will be able to handle it all with ease.
Notable features of the TEKTON 24340 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench include:
Because this tool is designed to work on larger pieces of equipment, it is important that that it works perfectly. The head of this wrench uses a ratchet style with a reversible 1/2-inch drive.
The chrome vanadium steel ensures that the tool is tough, durable, and provides maximum torqueing capabilities. This wrench clicks audibly once you’ve reached the set torque, notifying you that you should stop ratcheting lest you over-tighten the fastener.
Since the handle is ergonomic, it is comfortable to use and it allows you to get an excellent grip on the tool while you work. This feature is imperative for those who intend on using this wrench for heavy-duty jobs.
The dual scale on this wrench is great for anyone, whether this is your first torque wrench or if you’re a seasoned pro, thanks to the conversion chart that is included with this wrench. You can read either Nm (newton meters) or ft/lbs (foot/pounds) in dim lighting, thanks to the high contrast readout. The micrometer is stamped and painted onto the wrench, but the main scale you will want to use has been laser etched for accuracy.
When we looked at the user reviews, we saw that 91% had great things to say about the TEKTON 24340 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench and left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, people commented on how useful they found this wrench to be.
They love that this is able to do readings up to 250ft/lbs, which exceeded most of their needs. Of the construction, customers said the wrench was solidly made and had quite a bit of heft to it, but not so much that it was uncomfortable to use. The markings on the wrench were easy to read and they liked that it was easy to set the wrench to the desired torque setting.
So what did the remaining 9% of customers who left 3-star or below reviews have to say? The most common complaint customers had was that they didn’t believe the wrench was calibrated correctly.
One customer stated that the dial markings didn’t truly match up to the numbers on the wrench, which led to questioning the accuracy of the tool. Another issue a customer had with the wrench was whether or not the tool was actually able to go up to 250ft/lbs of torque. They mentioned that the teeth of the wrench sheared off at 100ft/lbs, which was a huge disappointment for the customer.
Some people also had a problem with the locking feature. They stated that they tried to set the poundage, but the locking mechanism wouldn’t hold tight, so the setting would move when the wrench was actually being used. A few people said that because the tool is so long, it isn’t able to be used in tight space.
For an affordable torque wrench, the TEKTON 24340 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench is a terrific option. It is rated very highly among customers who have purchased and used the tool. You’ll find that although this torque wrench is on the heavy side, it only helps you to get the desired torque with little effort.
Though a few people did have problem with the locking mechanism on their tool, it seemed to be an isolated problem and that it wasn’t a reflection of the locking mechanism for all of the tools in this line. The same can be said about the teeth of the tool. Because there were so few instances of these problems, it leads us to believe that those problems were isolated instances.
If you’re looking for a torque wrench for your home garage or to add to your tool kit for work, we feel that you cannot go wrong with the TEKTON 24340 1/2-Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench. It is capable of giving you high torque, the tool is designed to be durable, and it’s easy to use.
When you’re using the wrench and you don’t want to go over the torque setting, just listen for that audible “clicking” sound and you’ll know exactly that you’ve reached the setting and you should stop to avoid over tightening. Simple, right? Right!