Cordless drills are wonder machines that help us with lots of mini and even some maxi projects.
Mostly they help us with the DIY stuff!
And if we have at least completed one successful project using a cordless drill, we know how useful a cordless drill is.
Setting the torque is a crucial thing in using your cordless drill for optimal performance.
Let’s see how to do that in this post.
How to set the torque in a cordless drill?
First release the trigger and bring the drill to a stop. It is neither safe nor feasible to set the torque with the drill running.
Once you have stopped it, you need to identify the torque ring which has an arrow in it.
Along the ring you will find numbers that denote the torque levels.
You need to rotate the torque ring to the appropriate number to set the required torque for your work.
How to determine the correct torque setting in a cordless drill?
If you are a beginner, it is good to set the torque to a lower value and then increase it to higher values and check for yourself.
The rule of thumb is that, the higher you set the torque, you will have more power to drive the drill.
At the same time, don’t be fooled by cordless drills that have more numbers in the torque setting.
It just means that the torque is divided in such a manner – not necessarily a higher value.
Behind the chuck collar, you will have the adjustment ring which upon turning will help you move the arrow towards the necessary torque number that you’d want to set.
And don’t confuse torque with speed settings.
A higher torque number will give more power to the drill while a higher speed setting will make the drill rotate with the appropriate speed.
If you have to screw in small screws on a soft wood, you can set the torque value on the lower end while setting the speed on medium or high end.
If your cordless drill has two speed setting, set the speed to high.
On the other hand, if you are working on soft or semi-hard wood, you need to set the torque to a medium value.
If your work is heavy duty, or if you have to drill through hard wood, set the torque high while keeping the speed low.
This will help avoid splitting.
If you have to work with long screws, set the torque to the highest, and start with a high speed.
Once the screw is in about a bit, reduce the speed and work your way deeper.
Also, you need to set the torque to the highest value when you find the cordless drill struggling to turn the screw.
Hope this post helps in setting the torque in your cordless drill.