No matter how cheap or what additional features are offered, a torque wrench needs to be accurate first and foremost. Offering a simple design at an impressive price, the new Ocarina from IceToolz is also impressively accurate across its 1-10nm-torque range.
Named after an ancient musical wind instrument, this torque wrench and its hollow plastic construction felt like a toy at first. It wasn’t until benchmarking it against a digital torque wrench tester that we realised this was indeed a fully functioning torque wrench.
Keeping things simple, it’s the flex of an internal shaft that dictates the function of this tool. It’s a similar design to that of proven beam-type torque wrenches, but in a different layout.
Torque setting is a matter of turning the wrench and reading to the desired number. It works perfectly, although human error is possible
With that, the tool will only work in a clockwise direction, and doing so moves a needle inline with the raised numbers on the tool’s handle. Without contrast in colour, these numbers can be difficult to read in low light or with the tool upside down.The danger here is that it’s up to your eyes to tell you when to stop turning the torque wrench, and so over-tightening the bolt is all too possible if you’re not paying close attention.
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