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From digest.v6.n227 Sun Feb 16 13:06:59 1997
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 1997 11:49:47 -0500
Subject: Torque Wrench Calibration

Michel writes........
Also, when purchasing a torque wrench, make sure that service is available for it. Some fancy catalogs sell Facom tools, which are great, but do you want to go to Europe to have it calibrated? Mais oui, it justifies your next excellent

>European Vacation! Seriously, that's why you oughta buy domestic even if some
>imports look (and are) better.

Michel is correct that service should be an important consideration with any purchase...buying a car, parts or tools. In defense of Facom which I happen to sell (and any other quality tool not delivered by a mobile tool rep), the tool distributor is responsible for service. The Facom torque wrenches feature a pivot know on the head of the wrench which steadies the wrench in relation to the centerline of the fastener for greater torque accuracy. A quality wrench is meaningless if it can't be used properly. SK as the importer of Facom (actually Facom owns SK tools) has centers of competency set up throughout the US for various tool classes and can check and calibrate Facom or SK brand wrenches.
There are also independent centers throughout the country capable of recalibrating (for a fee) just about any brand torque wrench you bring to them. You should also be aware that Sears, Snap-on and most other tool companies only offer 1 year warranties (Facom is 3 years) on their torque wrenches while most of their other hand tools are lifetime warranty. SD Steve D'Gerolamo c/o The Ultimate Garage, Emerson, NJ 07630 Tel 201-262-0412
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