What Is the Best Torque Wrench for Hydrants?Lowell Corporation
Pipeline industries rely on the torque wrench, as it’s a versatile and easy-to-use tool. One example is our public water supply, which requires access to pipelines and hydrants.
So, which is the best torque wrench for hydrants?
The best torque wrench for hydrants is the SureTork Socket Wrench. These specialized pipeline wrenches suit hydrant labor thanks to their specific design features. Most importantly, you can quickly adjust it in the field for moving between different applications.
Below, we discuss what we mean by the term torque wrench and why the SureTork Socket Wrench is the best hydrant tool.
What you’ll learn:
What Is a Torque Wrench?
A torque wrench, a socket wrench, is a tool that fastens screws, bolts, or nuts using applied torque. It’s useful in applications where the tightness of the fastener is vital, such as when securing hydrants.
While we can argue that the tightness of fasteners is always important, it’s less so in things like DIY. Correct tightness is the difference between a properly functioning and potentially inaccurate piece of equipment for uses such as adjusting a hydrant.
As the name implies, a torque wrench uses torque (rotational force) in place of bolt tension to ensure a fastener is correct. While bolt tension is a better measurement, getting an accurate reading is often impossible. This challenge is why a socket wrench set with torque does the job.
How Does a Torque Wrench Work?
Torque wrenches have different applications that require different functions. The most effective measuring torque is with a clicker in place of a pipeline wrench or hydrant wrench.
Essentially, it’s an internal mechanism that clicks once you get the correct torque. This mechanism lets the operator know when to stop turning, as too much tension can cause the fastener to erode.
Click torque wrenches work thanks to an internal spring-loaded lever. The operator twists the handle to tighten the fastener, and the lever clicks when you reach the correct torque level.
Importantly, you can use this torque wrench for tightening and loosening because of its ratcheting properties. This feature makes it more versatile than other kinds of torque wrenches.
What Is the Best Torque Wrench for Hydrants?
Torque wrenches with the clicker function are best for hydrants because this application doesn’t allow you to measure bolt tension correctly.
The SureTork Pipeline Wrench is ideal because the design has all the right features. Let’s take a look at exactly why it’s so well suited for use on hydrants over other pipeline tools.
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How Does the SureTork Pipeline Wrench Work?
The SureTork Socket Wrench set has a click function that alerts you once you reach the desired torque level. All you need to do is to set the level, use the wrench, and you’ll know when to stop.
Importantly, you can adjust its torque level in the field using the convenient quick-release socket. This benefit makes it easy to change settings as much as you need without much downtime. Spend less time switching between socket heads and more time getting work done.
This pipeline wrench comes with adjustable settings ranging from 30 to 150lbs. of torque in 1lb increments. In short, you have loads of flexibility when choosing the right measurement. The difference this makes to accuracy should already be obvious.
Why Choose a Lowell Wrench?
As with every other Lowell wrench, design and usability are top priorities during production. This hydrant wrench is made from steel, meaning it’s strong, damage-resistant, and capable of keeping up.
It’s 22.25″ long and weighs 4.25lbs. As a result, it’ll easily fit into your tool bag and won’t weigh you down when moving between jobs. While a relatively minor feature compared to its specific functionality, it’s always good to know that a tool won’t get in the way.
Finally, it has a reversing control in the bolt-through head. It allows you to easily switch between tightening and loosening functions, reducing downtime when moving between jobs.
While it might make sense to buy a specific hydrant wrench, the benefit of a tool like the SureTork Socket Wrench set is that it’s suitable for many jobs. If you work in the construction or utility industries, carrying one tool is far easier than many.
Of course, this torque wrench isn’t just for hydrants. You can use it for all pipeline-related jobs, such as maintaining stopcocks, opening dry risers, adjusting pipes, etc.
Finding the right torque wrench for your industry isn’t always easy. Much of your decision rests on your job, needs, and budget.
While the SureTork Socket Wrench set isn’t the only option for pipeline tools and maintenance jobs, it’s certainly one of the best. It’s designed for heavy-duty use and can withstand any job you throw at it.
So, if you need a torque wrench for construction or utility purposes, find out where you can buy the SureTork Socket Wrench set at a waterworks distributor near you.
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