Do You Need a Torque Wrench?
Ever asked yourself, “Do I really need a torque wrench?” Well, do you own equipment of any size that requires annual maintenance? Are you a do-it-yourselfer? If that sounds like you, keep reading to find out why the answer is a definite YES.
Most torque wrenches you’ll find will look similar to a standard ratchet just different in size. They will feature an on/off switch and the ability to change the amount of torque you need depending on the job at hand. The one shown below is a more straightforward design and is relatively simple to use and will easily allow you to adjust the foot-pound level to get the exact amount of torque needed. For more detailed information on how to use a torque wrench on your machine, check out our video here.
Torque wrenches come in various types and sizes ranging from digital to more analog in nature, and the one you choose will depend on your machine, preference, and what job you’re undertaking. We know the long list of available options can be a bit intimidating when you’re shopping for the first time, so we recommend always referencing your machine’s owner’s manual to find the exact torque specs for each job.
We’ve compiled a list of a few common jobs where a torque wrench would be necessary...