- What do the numbers on power drill mean?
- What is a good torque for a drill?
- How do you choose a drill torque?
- How much torque do you need?
- Is it better to have more torque or horsepower?
- What does torque in a drill mean?
In simple words, the numbers on your drill refer to how much torque will be applied to a fastener such as a screw. Once that particular torque level is reached, the power drill will stop driving the fastener or turning at all.
Newton Metres (Nm) on drills: 4 to 15Nm is fine for all of those smaller screw driver tasks around the home. 15 to 35Nm is a great all-rounder to drill and drive medium sizes screws and hole drilling. 35Nm upward will tackle all of those more serious project with bigger screws and holes.
How to Set the Torque Setting on a DrillFind the arrow on the top of the drill and the numbers on the torque adjustment ring. Rotate the torque ring between numbers 1 through 4 if you are driving in small screws. Turn the torque ring between numbers 5 through 8 settings, if you are driving screws through soft woods.
Generally speaking, an impact driver with 1500–1800 in-lbs of torque puts more emphasis on higher RPM. It will do 95% of the work more quickly than a tool with more torque and slower speeds. Our rule of thumb is that, if you need to reach for a socket adapter, you’re better off grabbing an impact wrench.
Well, if you just want to go fast and hit 140 mph, then horsepower would be more effective for you. However, if you want a strong car that can pull boulders and take off quickly, a high torque might be more important to you. In short, torque makes your vehicle quick. Horsepower makes it fast.
Torque is the force the drill produces to turn an object, not how fast an object will turn. In recent years torque ratings have been steadily increasing to levels beyond what is actually needed to complete applications.