I am trying to build out my wrenching capabilities and having a good quality torque wrench seems like a good idea. I noticed that a top of the line Snap-On wrench can approach $500. Not likely.
So, any suggestions for what I should buy. Have no problem hunting down a used one, but I'd like an experienced guy to tell me what to look for. In particular:
-what size drive?? I'm guessing 3/8" for the widest range of applications, but what do I know?
-brand matter?? Any to avoid?
-speaking of avoid...anything to avoid?
-is "used" a good idea? or a bad idea?
-many suggest having the wrenches calibrated. Can any wrench be calibrated...or is only the more expensive wrenches?
-buy a newton meter wrench...or ft.lbs and convert?? Or should I expect one wrench to do it all?
-what's the most useful range of torque settings on a wrench? Do I need two wrenches? Three? C'mon.
-what should I expect to pay?