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What to look for in a professional torque wrench

Posted on March 02 2018

What to look for in a professional torque wrench

Getting a new tool for a workshop could seem like a simple decision. However, looking at different brands, multiple product features and various uses of a tool could lead to confusion when purchasing. A torque wrench is a tool that can be used to control the amount of force applied in the process of loosening or tightening a bolt. They are made for various uses; they can be used for both industrial and automotive repairs. Capacity and sizes range from large, medium and small. Before buying one, it will be in your interests for you to learn how to properly use one to avoid damaging it by snapping off a bolt. When it comes to getting a professional torque wrench, one could assume it to be like any other wrench.

While making the decision to buy the most expensive or cheapest torque wrench out there, here are some things to look for in picking the most professional one:

1. It should be accurate:
This is one of the most important factors to consider before making the purchase. A standard torque wrench should be accurate in the applied foot-pounds pressure. Always go for a torque wrench that has a rating below ±4% in its settings. A valid calibration certificate is a must.

2. Always choose quality: At all times, don’t just go for the fancy looking gadgets; rather, buy those that have high quality. Even though digital torque wrenches are good, it is better to go for the well-made, sturdy torque wrenches that might even cost less and offer better accuracy. If you choose a torque wrench of high quality, it will last longer, and that will give you value for your money. One way of determining the quality is to compare it to international standards.

3. Think of how frequent you’ll use it: Put into consideration the number of times you’ll be using the torque wrench. For example, you don’t need to spend large sums on a torque wrench if you’ll only be using it occasionally in your home for repairs.

4. Check the standards it reaches or exceeds: No matter where you are, always buy those that exceed the standards set in the following countries -America, Australia or Europe. Always look at the warranty of the wrench.

5. Does it have an Angular Gauge?

Many bolts require a specific torque to be applied and also a number of degrees. Look out for wrenches that have the degrees built into the head of the ratchet so you can quickly achieve both the correct torque and the correct number of degrees as specified by the manufacturer.

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