As a mechanic or as someone who prefers to take the DIY route, choice of tools is important when it comes to successfully executing any task. Let’s talk about tightening nuts which you do every now and then as DIY enthusiast and perhaps even daily as a mechanic. ‘That’s tight!’ is what most would say when using a regular ratchet as they see this task as a function of physical strength. But what most people often ignore is the science behind tightening these fasteners. Each fastener around you comes with manufacturer’s rating of optimal levels and here is where your regular ratchet can fail you. What you need is a torque wrench that can apply specific torque based on the manufacturer’s rating and prevent premature wear on the nuts that ultimately cause them to fail. Here is what you need to know about choosing the best torque wrenches given the wide range of options you have.
Dial Indicator Torque Wrenches – This is the most widely used type and known for its accuracy. If you are a DIY enthusiast this is the one you must choose as they are easier to read. In this type of wrench a dial indicator shows you the amount of torque in terms of ft-lbs you are applying and ensures you to meet the manufacturer’s ratings.
LED Type Wrenches – This is a variation of the dial indictor type wrenches with the only difference being you have a LED screen in place of a dial indicator. These adjustable torque wrenches are very expensive but ideally suited for professionals.
Clicking Style Wrench – In this type of torque wrenches you would have to set a value and start fastening the nuts. Once the preset value has been reached it makes a clicking noise. You know that optimum level has been reached and should stop fastening.
Summary – In this article we discuss about the different types of wrenches available in the market and how one should choose the best torque wrenches.