Digital or electronic torque wrenches available in the market provide precision in terms of measurement and application of torque. Whether your use for a torque wrench is for automotive or industrial purpose, digital torque wrench is the best in the pool of wrenches. Even so, digitally configured equipment have their own set backs. Tendency to malfunction and give inaccurate readings is a possibility. While I forbid you from being led by the fear of failure of digital equipment, let me walk you on to the path of courage by exploring creme de la creme of hand tools. Here are the top electronic torque wrenches you should be looking out for.
1. ACDelco ARM 601-3 3/8 Inch Digital Torque Wrench
This digital torque wrench from ACDelco has been in the market for the last 5 years. It has the standard function keys for measurement, torque and mode setting. The LCD screen displays four different scales (kg-cm, N-m, ft-lb and in-lb). This electronic torque has a maximum torque value of 37 Foot Pound. You can use it in both clockwise and counter clockwise directions. Torque confirmation is audible, this is done with an in- built buzzer. Setting peak and trace mode is easy so you can know the final torque force applied during torquing. This digital torque wrench currently retails at $99.93 and is powered by four alkaline AAA batteries. These batteries are cheap and very easy to replace. Its excellent accuracy when wrenching is the outstanding feature on this digital torque. It sends out a warning sound while approaching the set torque value and the torque is displayed on the LCD screen while you wrench on it. The down side of this electronic torque is its inaccuracy in setting lower torque values and the shut-off timer is relatively short. Generally it is well designed and works with precision.
2. CDI 2401C13 Drive Computorq 3 Electronic Torque Wrench
Weighing at 2 pounds, this electronic torque wrench has been in the market for 12 years, and still counting. The
Digital Display Unit spells out real time torque values in four measurements. You can key in torque values ranging from 10 to a maximum of 100 Foot Pound. It works in both clockwise and counter clockwise directions. It is easy to release the socket head from the nut by simply pressing a button. Its ratcheting head can bend out 15 degrees making it appropriate for high torque loads. Its internal memory saves the last user settings so you don’t have to cram a whole bunch of numbers. Three LED lights (Yellow, Green and Red) indicate when you are about to reach the set torque value, when you reach it and when you surpass the desired torque value respectively. This electronic torque wrench from CDI gives a firm grasp to the user due to its non slip rubber grip. It is great for light industrial use. It comes with a limited warranty and uses ion lithium batteries which have long life; difficult to find and they are costly. Its rated better than other Snap-on tools out there, it has a bright LED screen making the readings visible and its structurally designed for the job. Downside is that its hard to hear the torque warning if you are working in a noisy environment. For a retail value of $99.93, I definitely recommend this digital torque wrench.
3. Brown Line Metal Works BLD0212 Digital Torque Wrench
The BLD0212 Series of digital torque wrench is a must have tool for any mechanic. This master tool has a half inch ratcheting drive with capability to sustain torque range of 15 to 150 Foot Pounds making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Equipped with an 8 bit micro- processor and Double Gear Sensing System (D.G.S.S), this digital torque is cut out for precision and accuracy of +/- 3.5 percent in both clockwise and counter clockwise motion. Its back lit LCD display gives you real time torque values in four distinctive units. This digital torque wrench uses sound and visual display during torquing to alert the user as you approach the set torque value. The system is also able to record the final torque force applied. If not in use or there is low power indicator, it automatically powers off after 2 minutes. The over mold has a comfortable touch which is non slip and is resistant to common garage fluids. Retailing at $98.95 a piece, the BLD0212 digital torque wrench is a best fit for lug nuts and generally gives you value for money well spent.
There you have it, I have saved you from paralysis of analysis. Go ahead folks, grab one of these digital torque wrench and get to work.