Like anything else, you get what you pay for. I
have/had the HF brand Pittsburgh Torque Wrenches.
Have no problem with them. However, don't use
them for engine work either. Sears sells a decent
torque wrench. Check the sales, or when they put
the displays in the aisle. After paying $29 for a
Craftsman Torque Wrench, I sold the Harbor Freight
one I had.
At work, I have a Snap-on 40 to 250 ft lb torque
wrench I bought in early 1980's when working in
garages. In 2012 had it checked and it's still
good. I also have other Snap-on in and ft lb
torque wrenches and a electronic tech-angle (nice)
that will measure in in lb, ft lb, and nm.
If your torquing lugnuts, assemblies, drivetrains,
etc, then a cheaper torque wrench should work just
fine. But for engine rebuilds, hydro
pumps/motors, setting backlash, etc. spend a few
more dollars and get a little better tool. Not
saying you should buy any specific brand, just
something better than a hardware or discount tool
For what it's worth, your tool, you make the