All About Split-Beam Torque Wrench

Published by Kima Sargsyan on Jul 12, 2019

Best Split-Beam Torque Wrenches

In this article, we are going to talk about beam torque wrenches: advantages, disadvantages and how to use one.

It’s extremely important to apply as much torque as mentioned by manufacturer’s settings. If you apply too much force you may damage or even ruin the fastener. If you apply not enough torque there is a risk that the bolt will back out. The beam style torque wrenches are durable, effective, precise and even significantly cheaper. Although electronic torque wrenches are the most accurate ones, their price is considerably higher than the beam torque wrenches.

Beam Torque Wrench Advantages

So, here are the advantages of using a beam torque wrench:

  • It’s accurate to do different jobs: the beam torque wrenches sometimes have as high as 2 percent accuracy
  • The tool measures the torque from 0 to maximum
  • Able to measure torque in both directions
  • Lastly, it’s simple and easy to use

Split-Beam Torque Wrenches Disadvantages

On the other hand, the disadvantages are not too many:

  • To ensure the tool is always accurate you need to periodic maintenances
  • To ensure accuracy, you should watch the scale while using the tool

How to use the the Split-Beam Torque Wrenches

Well the next question is how to use a beam torque wrench. As mentioned, using a beam torque wrench is simple and easy. There are two simple steps to follow:

  1. Make sure the scale shows zero. Input the desired torque level into the wrench scale. Remember always to consult the manufacturer’s instructions as applying too much torque can damage the bolt or fastener.
  2. Attach the socket to the bolt in order to tighten or loosen it. Turn in clockwise direction to tighten the bolt and counter-clockwise to loosen it. Stop once you reach the required amount of torque.

To sum up beam style torque wrenches are good alternative to electronic torque wrenches when you are looking for a budget friendly option.

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