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What is torque?

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Cordless screwdriver Torque refers to the turning force delivered by the cordless screwdriver.

Torque is needed to complete tasks such as inserting or removing screws and drilling.

Materials and screws Demanding tasks (e.g. working with tougher materials or larger screws) will require the cordless screwdriver to produce higher levels of torque.

Let’s talk the torque

corldess Screwdrivers Every cordless screwdriver can produce torque, but some can produce more than others.
Sir Isaac Newton Torque is measured in Newton Metres.

The maximum amount of torque a tool can deliver will be presented as a number followed by ‘Nm’. The higher the number, the higher the torque.

Cordless drill driver For cordless screwdrivers, torque ranges from  3 Nm up to 10 Nm.

Most cordless screwdrivers produce around 5 Nm of torque.

To put this in perspective, the average cordless drill driver can produce around 40 Nm.

How much torque do I need?

Torque control For light screw-driving applications (e.g. driving small screws into soft woods or pre-drilled holes) up to 5 Nm of torque should be sufficient.
Materials and screws For heavy-duty screw-driving applications (e.g. driving small and large screws into soft and hard woods) consider selecting a cordless screwdriver with around 10Nm of torque.
Voltage

Higher voltage, more torque?

Usually, the higher the cordless screwdriver’s voltage, the higher the torque, but this is not always the case.

gears Some lower voltage screwdrivers can deliver more torque than  higher voltage ones.

How much torque a tool can deliver is largely down to the way the gear system is designed.