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MCN tool guide: torque wrenches

Published: 21 January 2010

Updated: 21 November 2014

This week's MCN features some of the best tools you can buy. Here's MCN's pick of the top torque wrenches.

Beta electronic torque wrench, £302
Reversible ratchet for left- and right-hand tightening, LCD display, claimed easy to set, with user-friendly symbols and easy-to-read measuring data.

Push buttons for quick set-up, and anti-slip handle. Measuring range of 40-200 Nm, with claimed accuracy of +/- 2% clockwise and +/- 3% anti-clockwise. Green LEDs and, later, red LEDs combined with a buzzer to let you know target torque has been reached.

Draper 1/2 drive torque wrench, from £25.95 at www.drapertools.com 
Reversible ratchet head. Lb-ft and Nm scale engraved on barrel of wrench. The micrometer type sleeve allows accurate preset torque values to be set.

Clicks and releases tension when desired torque is reached. Measuring range of 30-210Nm (22.1-154.9lb-ft).

Sealey 1/2 drive electronic torque wrench, £281.94
Features LCD read-out with LED and audible alarm when target torque level achieved. Push button menu allows you to track peak and working torques.

Read-out selectable in lb-ft, lb-in, kg-cm or Nm (measures from 40-200Nm).

Halfords Professional torque wrench, £49.99
Pre-calibrated 1/2" square drive, measures from 40-200Nm (30-150 lb-ft).
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