When you’re looking to buy a drill, torque is one of the very most confusing metrics to comprehend.
Every drill has a different amount of torque, and you know that you probably don’t need the drill with the most torque. So that begs the big question:
To start, for those of you working in wood, the torque setting of a drill really isn’t all that important. This is for 2 reasons:
To be honest, the amount of torque a drill has overall doesn’t matter too much when you pay attention to the other specifications and metrics put out by the drill manufacturer.
As I just mentioned, any drill can drill into wood and do a great job. The need for higher torque comes in when needing to drive into metal and masonry, which really should require you to have either a impact drill or hammer drill, depending on the thickness. These drills have the capability to power through these tough materials in ways a regular drill can only hope to!
Though the total amount of torque a drill provides isn’t highly important, the adjustment of the torque can be very important when doing tasks such as driving screws into pre-threaded holes, and re-assembling pre-drilled wood pieces.
For tasks like these, putting too much power into the screw can either strip out the screw, or even worse, strip out the threads of the hole you’re driving in to.
The good news is that it’s really easy to adjust the torque on your drill, and that can make assembling these types of projects very easy and carefree. Here’s how to do it:
Turning down the torque can really help you to take care of your projects and protect screw heads. It’s just another great feature of modern drills that we can be thankful for!
As I alluded to above, higher torque drills can be really helpful and also give you the extra torque you need to drive into really tough surfaces. I write into more detail about that in this post, and I really hope you’ll join me over there!