Originally Posted by LiM3y
I think the market for tools now is such that one gets what one pays for in terms of reliability, accuracy and quality. I'd suggest paying a little bit extra for a higher quality brand such as Craftsman or Husky Pro that will have better longevity. The potential problem with torque wrenches is the tension spring and how long it maintains its elasticity and repeatable measurements. You wouldn't know if this was beginning to fail and giving you innaccurate torque values. ...
Good call. I always unwound the spring on my HF wrenches after use for just this reason.