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Dial faces of the TD24 and TD75 Torque Drivers. The black needle indicates the current torque, while the silver memory needle can be used to indicate the desired torque value.
The TD24 and TD75 torque drivers are equipped with a precision metal combination dial, and have a 1/4" square drive socket at the end of the handle. A 1/4"-square-to-1/4"-hex adapter is also included with the TD24 driver for compatibility with the SM-series spanner bits available below. The TD24 can provide 0 to 1.5 lb-in of torque, while the TD75 can provide 0 to 75 lb-in of torque. Both wrenches are accurate to 2% of the dial reading from 20% of the full scale to the full scale. The design of these torque wrenches allows accurate torques to be dialed in regardless of the hand-hold position on the handle.
The precision dial on each driver has two scales. The outer ring of white numbers is the primary scale, and the inner ring of black numbers is the secondary scale. Please see the image to the above right for details. The table to the right lists the increments for each scale. The dial also has two needles. The black needle indicates the torque that is being applied to a fixture. The silver memory needle is moveable and can be used to more clearly indicate the desired torque value.
An accurate set of torque wrenches is essential for assembling high-performance optomechanical systems, and when using ultra-stable mounts, such as our Polaris® kinematic mirror mounts. Tightening screws to a proper torque and maintaining consistency and repeatability is important because stresses from over torquing can easily distort an optic, warp a flat optical mounting surface, or add excessive stress that will relieve over time and cause mechanical creep.
The TD24 has a range that is optimal for setting an optic without applying excessive force. The setscrew that holds an optic into the mount should only be torqued to approximately 0.38 to 0.75 lb-in in most applications. Less torque will result in an optic being too loose and excessive torque will result in an optic being distorted or damaged.
The TD75 has a range that is optimal for building optomechanical systems. Applying proper torque to components will ensure that your system is built to a repeatable standard and remove the risk of components being loose or over-tightened.
To achieve accurate torque readings the following method may be used:
Rotate the knurled knob counterclockwise (clockwise if you are using the driver in the counterclockwise direction) on top of the crystal until the silver memory needle contacts the main black pointer. Turn the dial bezel counterclockwise until the silver memory needle is pointing to zero. Place the torque driver on the fastener, making sure the tool remains parallel with the fastener. Twist the handle until the desired torque is achieved. When the pressure is released, the black pointer will return to zero, but the silver memory needle will remain at the peak torque reached.
Be sure that the torque wrench is properly zeroed before each use. After each use, make sure the black pointer returns to zero, or the pre-set value. For the most accurate reading, the final turn of the fastener should be made with the torque wrench.
Never use the torque wrench to loosen a tightened screw as it may exceed the maximum torque value of the driver. Never push the needle past the maximum range of the torque driver.
These Hex Driver Bit Kits are compatible with our TD24 and TD75 torque drivers (sold above) as well as traditional 1/4" socket wrenches. The hex sizes available correspond with many of the hex screws used in our broad product line. Each bit is engraved with the hex size as seen in the photo to the right.
Please refer to the engraving on the bit for the appropriate hex size. The sockets have engraved sizes on them that may not match the engraved sizes on the hex bit.
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Spanner Bits and the TD24 Torque Driver Can Be Used to Mount Optics in SM-Threaded Polaris® Mirror Mounts
These spanner bits can be used with our TD24 Torque Driver to install or adjust SM-series retaining rings without damaging optics that may be in place. A square-to-hex adapter is included with the TD24 Torque Driver that allows the bits to be attached. Please note that the torque range and resolution of the TD75 Torque Driver makes it unsuitable for tightening optics.
Various spanner bits are available for compatibility with SM05 (0.535"-40), SM1 (1.035"-40), SM2 (2.035"-40), and SM3 (3.035"-40) retaining rings. Each bit includes guide flanges that prevent most optical elements from being scratched while the bit is being inserted. When using lenses with high curvature, we recommend the SPW801 Adjustable Spanner Wrench, which uses long blades that prevent scratches caused by the guide flanges.
A spanner wrench bit kit is also available which includes bits for SM05, SM1, and SM2 retaining rings, a driver handle with a 1/4" hex socket, and case.