Last updated on July 12th, 2019 at 05:49 pm
A digital torque wrench is a household name among tool enthusiasts. To most of us, it simply means a torque wrench with a small digital screen for displaying torque and menu items and a few buttons for scrolling the menu and inputting units. Everything else about the tool is manual. However, Milwaukee Tools have decided to redefine the term. In the #NPS19, they rolled out the first digital torque wrench with a motor for automatically fastening nuts and bolts. The wrench features a large display unit and a keypad for human interface.
They released two versions of the New Milwaukee Digital Torque Wrench; the M12 and the M18. The two units are similar in operation except that their torque ratings and build profiles are different. The M12 is rated at 10 – 100 ft-lbs and has a small profile while the M18 is rated at 10 – 150 ft-lbs. However, they both have a 3/8 inch head.
The units have some fancy alert features to favor any handyman. More specifically, they have audio, visual, and vibration alerts to let you know when the right torque is reached and when it is exceeded. The unit lights Red to indicate that torque has been exceeded and Green to indicate that the nut or bolt has been fastened to spec. The theme of the display unit turns red when torque is exceeded and green otherwise as shown in the pictures below
The most beautiful thing about this unit is that you don’t have to manually ratchet the fasteners. The inbuilt motor lets you operate the tool as a 3/8 inch cordless ratchet. Instead, to ensure that the fastener is nice and snug, you only have to ratchet once and you are good to go. This feature takes away fatigue when using this tool and together with other features, provide sufficient reason to look out for these tools this November when they first hit the market.