Asked by: Boutaher Oliveraasked in category: General Last Updated: 6th March, 2020
Can you use regular sockets with a torque wrench?
Also asked, can you use impact sockets with a torque wrench?
The short answer is yes, with some minor caveats. Depending on what you're wrenching on, an impact socket can be used in place of a normal socket when using a normal (non-impact) ratchet. Similarly, it is safe to use an impact socket on a hand ratchet (although not vice versa).
One may also ask, what's the difference between impact sockets and regular sockets? To my knowledge the difference is down to the material used The surface-hardening enables impact sockets to absorb sudden torque changes (aka "impact") better. With high enough impact, a regular socket may warp out of shape because the steel used there is softer.
Also question is, can I use impact sockets for everything?
If it's there then you can use impact sockets for everything. Without enough room they become useless. Impact sockets do wear out faster because they are softer, but that probably doesn't matter.
Is a torque wrench the same as a ratchet?
Most torque wrenches look like a larger version of a ratchet -- in fact, it often also has a ratchet mechanism. The purpose of a torque wrench is to measure the precise amount of pressure you use to tighten down a bolt. Again, a Torque wrench is used to measure the precise amount of pressure(torque) applied to a bolt.