Working in the automotive industry without access to an array of quality torque wrenches would be like attempting to operate a computer repair center without access to the web. Meaning, there are nearly as many tasks you can’t perform as there are those that you can. So, why handicap yourself, or your crew, by attempting to find ways to circumvent the acquisition of the useful automotive torque wrench?
There really is only one excuse that makes any sense, and it just so happens to be a good one: MONEY. After all, tools are a big investment, so you want to be sure that you are choosing the best option for your specific projects.
It is best to take a little time to understand the nuances offered by these uniquely useful tools.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
For starters, vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. NEWSFLASH, right? All this really means is that there isn’t a single size wrench that will fit every vehicle you’re likely to encounter. The good news is you don’t have to buy every size manufactured. What you want is a line of automotive torque wrenches that run between ¼, and ½ which should allow you to service automobiles from Smart Cars to Suburbans. If you find yourself in a specialized industry where you know which size torque wrench you will be using most of the time, great! If you don’t, this range should help you with the all-important Bang for Buck ratio.
What’s your type?
Not all torque wrenches are created equally. You can choose from a manual and pneumatic automotive torque wrench, as well as a range of sizes unique to the job. Here are a few of the most common.
- Beam Torque Wrench- this one was created in the 1940s and looks like a rod with a grocer’s scale attached. Though not as accurate as some of the more modern models, it is cost effective and highly durable. This one is also the very similar to the dial indicator automotive torque wrench typically used when gauging the force required to turn the crank.
- Digital Torque Wrenches are praised for the accuracy and condemned for their cost. Easy to use and easy to understand, many find these tools to have enough juice to make it worth the squeeze.
- Click Type Torque Wrench- typically more accurate than beams, and are the most common type in use. A spring is released once the desired torque is reached, making that familiar, “Click,” sound. Which is also common in Split Beam types. The difference here is a conveniently placed thumb wheel that allows for easier setting.
Now that you’ve got a handle on the size range and automotive torque wrench type, you may want to rush off to the nearest Snap-On truck and start placing orders. Before you go, there is just one more thing you need to know. Just like even the most expensive, carefully maintained guitar will inevitably need tuning, tool calibration is going to be necessary at some point if you want to maintain a high level of accuracy.
If you still have questions, remember that Florida Precision Tool has years of experience in the field, as well as an industry-wide reputation for providing the highest-quality customer service, and is ready and able to assist in choosing the right automotive torque wrench for your job. For more information regarding our torque wrench calibration, tool repair services, or torque wrench training in Florida, contact us today.