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What level of torque should I select?

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Torque control There is no easy answer to this, as different amounts of torque are needed for different tasks.

The level of torque you need will depend on a number of things:

The diameter and length of the screw

Screws Driving in a screw with a larger diameter and longer length will require more torque than a shorter, thinner one.

The kind of material you are working with

Softwood, plastic and plasterboard Drilling or driving into tough materials such as metals, hardwoods and brick will require more torque than materials such as softwoods or plastics.

Whether you are drilling a pilot hole or not

Pilot hole If you drill a pilot hole first, then less torque will be required when you come to actually drive in a screw or use a larger drill bit.
Torque setting ring If you are unsure of what level of torque to use, start on a lower level, and increase the torque if you need to.