How do you adjust the Torque control on a cordless drill?
An important feature of any good quality cordless drill is the Torque adjustment collar, but before we can explain what it is, I think it important to first explain what it does and why you need to learn how to effectively use it.
Torque is a reference to the amount of power actually being pushed through to the head of the drill and the adjustment collar acts like a clutch, controlling the amount of power that is delivered. Basically it causes the drill bit to ‘slip’ much like a clutch if too much pressure is applied.
Basically what it does is reduces the power going to the drill so that you do not tear holes in delicate things etc. You may have experienced drilling a screw in and having the setting too low so that the moment you apply any pressure the drill stops turning the bit and simply makes a clicking noise. This is to prevent the screw being stripped.
The higher the number the less the clutch will engage, meaning the cordless drill will take a lot more pressure and still turn. The lower the number the more the clutch will engage and prevent the screw stripping.
The ultimate job of the torque adjustment collar is to prevent the drill damaging the screw or anything else for that matter. It is important so Learn to use this correctly and you will master your cordless drill, and anything you make with it.
The lower setting is designed to disengage the bit and usually what happens is that at the time it stops turning a clicking noise starts. This sounds like it is damaging your drill but it is not, although it is also designed to make that noise so you know its time to stop.
How to use it effectively – what setting you should use and when?
When drilling into Gyprock or any soft material or you are working with delicate or antique furniture then it is important to set the torque adjustment collar to a lower number to prevent screws being stripped or damage being done to the furniture.
If you are assembling a child’s toy or a piece of furniture then again set the number low so you don’t strip the screws or the holes. You only get one chance with these types of things. They don’t offer a money back guarantee because you don’t know how to use a cordless drill properly.
Harder surfaces and tougher materials require the brute strength that the full power of the drill can offer so therefore the higher settings are used in these instances. You can also turn it right up, so to speak if you are working with something you are not too phrased about damaging – although stripping the screw out is always a possibility here.