WESTERVILLE, Ohio (March 30, 2010) — Mac Tools, a manufacturer of automotive hand tools, has launched the DataTorq free-standing torque system.
DataTorq is easy to program and operate, according to the company, and eliminates the need for hand torqueing, torque sticks and click wrenches. All tightening, snug and final torque can be performed on a vehicle while it's still in the air on a lift.
Mac Tools said the product improves first pass quality by controlling lug nut torque, counting lugs, evenly tightening wheels, eliminating overstretched studs and combating rotor warping damage that results from over-tightening. Features of the product include a closed loop system, transducer impact, controller with integrated printer and optional integrated networking and a high-strength polyurethane coiled air hose with integrated cable.
Upon completion of work, the DataTorq system prints out a label that is time and date stamped and includes target torque for the wheel, torque results from each lug, a calibration due date and a location for the vehicle's license plate number to be keyed in as well as the mechanic's signature.
The product comes in three sizes: DataTorq Auto for auto/light trucks, up to 170 foot-pounds; DataTorq Truck for medium-duty trucks, up to 600 foot-pounds; and DataTorq heavy-duty for heavy-duty trucks, up to 1,100 foot-pounds.