MobileTron launches AC Delco Torque Master
‘The tool has up to 800Nm of reverse torque to remove wheels quickly whilst the forward torque is set at 70Nm to ensure the tyre will always be below the manufacturer’s guidelines, no matter which vehicle is being worked on. The Torque master has a powerful brushless motor to increase reliability and give better control.
Business Development Manager Michael Gater said “There is an issue with garages over-tightening wheel nuts and studs. This can be just as bad as under-tightening as it can have an impact on the integrity of the thread potentially making the wheel become loose. Large tyre fitting chains current avoid the issue by banning air or battery tools to ensure that there is no risk of overtightening. Torque Master gives peace of mind that nuts will never be tightened to more than 70Nm whilst having the advantage of being able to remove wheels very quickly. Once the wheels have been replaced the technician manually applies the correct torque as per manufacturer’s guidelines.”
Torque Master is patented technology and unique to AC Delco. Other tool manufacturers offer Impact Wrenches with variable torque settings however there is still a possibility of human error by selecting the incorrect torque setting whereas the Torque Master only has one torque setting all risk is removed.
If the product turns out to be a success, it has the potential to significantly improve both the speed and the accuracy of wheel nut untightening and torqueing. Currently – especially at a national level – most torqueing is either done with a power tool before being finished by hand or down by hand with a manual torque wrench. Of course, human error remains with either of these two methods. A pre-limited tool however has both speed and accuracy benefits. That’s why Tyres & Accessories understands that at least one well-known retail chain is trialling the too at a significant number of its retail locations.
The AC Delco Torque Master is set to be available in the next month or so.
Mobiletron, a company which has been in business for 35 years now, entered the UK market 15 years ago and added TPMS products to its portfolio 7 years back.