Electronic torque wrenches are flywheel wrench all the […]
Electronic torque wrenches are flywheel wrench all the rage, if for no better reason than they look cool. But for serious engine builders, an electronic wrench is getting closer to necessity for its ability to torque fasteners to a desired angle. For a long time, snagging one of these torque wrenches meant dropping big bucks on a high-end example from folks like Snap-On, Matco or Mac tools. That’s changed over time as more budget-conscious tool companies like GearWrench have stepped into the game.
With a tooth reversible ratchet head, three torque modes peak torque, angle and peak angle and five torque units , this GearWrench tool can tighten a fastener just about any way you’d need well, between screen relays information.Setting peak torque is easier than some micrometer-style torque wrenches, requiring just pushing the up or down arrows on the handle. While the method is the same, setting peak torque angles is not exactly intuitive if you’re new to one of these wrenches.Testing this torque wrench against my trusty Precision Instruments split-beam jobber.
I quickly realized that this wrench has a few distinct advantages. The angle feature takes a lot of the guesswork out of torquing fasteners to a desired angle. The wrench also makes you more conscious of how much load you’re putting on the fastener because it gives you a readout as you approach your setting. And storing the tool is a breeze you just turn it off and set it down.
There’s no need for running down the torque setting back to zero. The GearWrench electronic torque wrench with angle does have some drawbacks, mostly needing batteries. It'll take two AA batteries to get the tool fired up, and it might pay dividends to keep a few on hand. There's also a small muscle-memory learning curve for those used to click-type torque wrenches. But, if you're currently using a Sharpie to measure torque angle, this is the tool for you.