How to Pick a Torque Wrench

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Are tools an investment or a means to an end? When you are trying to decide how to pick a torque wrench, it can be difficult to figure out what are the most important considerations. Keep these tips in mind when you are ready to buy a new torque wrench.

Torque Requirements

How much torque do you need? The amount of torque that a wrench provides must be congruous to the task at hand. To ensure accuracy, choose a wrench that fits within 25% – 85% of the scale indicated. There’s no need to purchase a tool with greater torque if jobs don’t require it.

Reading Output

What are the normal working conditions in which you will use the torque wrench? How does the wrench indicate that the desired torque has been reached? If the wrench has a digital display, is there a backlight? Is a manual, click-based wrench loud enough in the environment you are working in? Make sure that you choose a wrench that alerts you to proper torque in a way that is adequate.

Socket Size

Have you ever bought a wrench without looking at the socket size? This is one of the most overlooked features during purchase. Does the wrench fit the sockets that you use? Is the wrench capable of using multiple socket sizes, such as ½” and 3/8” sockets?


After you have sufficiently narrowed the list of possible choices, now you can worry about expense. While it can be tempting to just select the cheapest wrench, carefully weigh other considerations. You may find that other offerings ultimately result in a better deal overall.


Are any additional items included with the torque wrench? Some manufacturers offer high-impact cases with their wrenches. If you work in an environment where tools are dropped frequently, the case could be the extra protection needed to extend tooling life. Other manufacturers offer adapters and/or extension bars. Will you use the additional items offered? If so, this could be a potential savings. Does the torque wrench come with a certificate of calibration?


Guarantees can come on many forms. One of the most common is a money-back guarantee that promises a full refund if the wrench breaks or doesn’t match expectations. As long as there isn’t a ludicrous amount of fine-print, these deals are great if you are having a hard time deciding or feel that you must try out the tool before you know if it is the right fit. Other variations encompass easy return or effectiveness for a specific time period. Note any time sensitive guarantees to ensure that you don’t miss the time limit.