How do you pick the best torque wrench? The best choice for a torque wrench is the wrench that fits the requirements of the job. There are hundreds, if not thousands of torque wrenches out there. Most AMTs need a starting point. We created the 2016 Torque Wrench Buyers Guide to help. The guide is a collection of the highest rated wrenches that were released in 2016.
Do you need one torque wrench that can do it all? The ACDelco ARM601-4 just might be the wrench for you. AMTs say that this wrench is a breeze to use in tight spaces. This torque wrench has an audible alarm, great for when you can’t easily see the display. Four different measurements are available with the ACDelco. The peak or trace mode allows bolts to be tightened to a specified torque. Torque is measured between 3 – 99 ft. lbs. The ACDelco ARM601-4 offers accuracy of +/- 2%. To power the display, you will need AAA batteries. An auto-shutoff activates after 60 seconds to save energy.
If you need a serious wrench, the CDI 1502LDNI should be at the top of the list. The dial is guarded by a metal ring for added protection. The guard enables accurate dial performance, even after falls or drops. Metric and standard measurement are both offered on the CDI 1502LDNI. This wrench has a memory needle that keeps the highest torque reading. Torque range for the CDI 1502LDNI is 0 -150 in. lbs. AMTs have found that the wrench performs well in both directions, which is hard to find. The setting goes back to zero when force is released, allowing technicians to forego manual setting. The CDI 1502LDNI comes with a fitted case. Accuracy for this wrench is +/- 4%. Of all the wrenches on the 2016 Torque Wrench Buyers Guide, the CDI 1502LDNI has the highest recommendation for quality.
The Tekton 24335 is the highest rated torque wrench of 2016. The durability is attributed to steel construction. Steel wrenches are known for enabling maximum leverage to loosen stuck bolts. This wrench can produce torque from 10 – 150 in. lbs. The Tekton 24335 produces an audible click when torque is reached. The design of this wrench prevents damage from over-torquing. The ratchet can be reversed for either direction. The torque setting enables metric or standard measurement. The scale is displayed in full contrast, allowing for easy readability of settings. The wrench has a full manual, a conversion chart, and a case. This wrench provides a +/- 4% accuracy.
By no means is the 2016 Torque Wrench Buyers Guide an exhaustive list of great torque wrenches. The tools featured here were selected based on high ratings and recommendations. Keep in mind that the best torque wrench is the one that fits the job. As a torque wrench calibration provider, e2b calibration comes across large quantities of tooling. Our testing and expertise enable us to determine which tools work, and which don’t. We hope the 2016 Torque Wrench Buyers Guide helps you pick quality tools that will last.