column By: Steve Garbe | March, 22
The Wheeler F.A.T. Torque Wrench is a quality tool that I find myself using more and more on the workbench. It’s easy to set and understand, the screwdriver bits are correctly shaped for gun screws and I can’t imagine wearing one out in any normal lifetime. The provided screw bits fit many common gun screws, but the torque wrench itself takes the common bits as are typically found in the Brownells Magna-Tip screw driver kits. This makes it easy to grind a bit to correctly fit a specific screw without messing up the head; something I can’t stand.
I was also impressed with the very comprehensive set of instructions (yep…I read them first), which not only details the use of the wrench but also explains the difference between a “dry” torque setting and a “lubricated” one, with the lubricated fastener requiring much less torque. This makes sense when one actually thinks about it. There are also recommended torque settings for common gun screws from 6-32 to 10-32. Unlike many manuals and instruction sheets, this one actually contains some very useful information to keep it for future reference.
The Wheeler F.A.T. Torque Wrench comes with four slotted head screw bits, three hex heads, two “Torx” heads and a square-shank adapter all contained in a handy plastic tool kit, which keeps it well-organized on the bench. I bought mine from Sportsman’s Warehouse for $59.89. The Wheeler F.A.T. Torque Wrench is also carried by Brownells and MidwayUSA. To find a list of dealers contact: Battenfeld Technologies, 2501 LeMone Industrial Blvd., Columbia, Missouri, 65201. Phone: (573) 445-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.