Torque wrenches are very versatile tools. They are designed to loosen or tighten fasteners such as nuts and bolts. They can typically be set to apply a specific level of torque so that the fastener is tightened the exact right amount. You can find torque wrenches made for many different purposes and with many different drive sizes including ½ inch, ? inch and ¼ inch torque wrenches.
Snap-on Torque Wrenches
Snap on Torque wrenches feature sockets that snaps in place instead of being screwed in place. This type of torque wrench is ideal for those who need to tighten many different sized fasteners because it is quick and easy to change between multiple sockets. The distinctive shape of snap on torque wrenches ensures that once a socket is in place it stays in place until it is removed.
Hydraulic Torque Wrenches
Hydraulic torque wrenches are power tools designed to exert force on an array of fasteners. They are more powerful than many other types of torque wrenches and they work well for quickly removing and replacing lug nuts from tires or for securing large engine parts. Hydraulic torque wrenches typically tighten things to a pre-set torque level.
Plumber's Torque Wrenches
Plumber's torque wrenches are specifically designed to tighten and loosen fasteners and couplings used with pipes. Most of them work with either metal or plastic pipes. These wrenches typically feature a T-shaped handle for added leverage and some of them are specifically designed to fit into tight spaces.
Electronic Torque Wrenches
Electronic torque wrenches are very useful for mechanics and electricians who typically work with sensitive equipment. These torque wrenches feature a digital readout and allow you to program a precise amount of torque or measure exactly how much force has previously been applied to a fastener. This produces a greater level of precision than analogue torque wrenches which is a valuable feature when it comes to delicate applications where exact torque is important.