The Park Tool PTD-5 is a super dependable and easy-to-use torque wrench with the brand's pedigree ensuring consistent, accurate performance. It's a tad on the chunky side for trail use but is one of the best torque wrenches in the segment. It only has one preset torque value though which limits its versatility somewhat.
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Park Tool PTD-5 Preset Torque Drive - Technical details
For almost 60 years, the eye-catching trademark blue of the Park Tool range has signified top quality and brilliantly engineered bike tools fit for any workshop, home or professional. The PTD-5 is the brand's 5Nm preset torque driver which is a common torque rating for many bicycle components. It utilises a torque-limiting clutch system to prevent overtightening of your bolts, with a tell-tale 'click and slip' to let you know you've reached the desired torque rating.
The driver is very solidly built from stainless steel and heavy-duty nylon with the Park Tool branding engraved into the handle and a large easy-to-spot '5' on the handle clearly denoting its preset calibration. At the other end of the handle there's a threaded end cap that cleverly houses the spare tool bits - speaking of which, the PTD-5 includes 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and T25 bits which should cater to most requirements, although they are standard quarter inch drive, so there's nothing to stop you swapping in your preferred bits as needed. At 224g, the robust build is far from lightweight but since it's been designed to survive the rigours of workshop life, the added heft is reassuring.
Park Tool PTD-5 Preset Torque Drive - Performance
While there's nothing stopping you from taking the PTD-5 out on the trails, due to its chunky build, it's far better suited to workshop duties. Park Tool has always been the purveyor of high-quality and aspirational gear and this torque driver is no exception. The moulded nylon body is beautifully finished with a smooth tactility that feels just right in the hand. Park has opted not to magnetise the stainless steel bit holder, however, it is very well designed with a good deep recess that provides a tenacious hold.
Being professionally calibrated to a specific torque rating takes all guesswork out of accurately tightening the fasteners on your bike. The slip-clutch torque limiter is super intuitive and worked brilliantly and consistently, especially compared to beam-style wrenches that rely on a steady hand and clean line of sight for true accuracy.
Unfortunately, since it's preset to 5Nm the PTD-5 offers no adjustability for other torque values which is a bit of a shame and limits its adaptability. Additionally, that big-boned, bombproof build is something of a double-edged sword, too, as it's a tad trickier to adjust those harder-to-reach fasteners such as bottle cage bolts for instance. Park Tool kit is premium shop quality tools and comes with a price to match.
Park Tool PTD-5 Preset Torque Drive - Verdict
At £50, the PTD-5 certainly is not a cheap bit of kit, especially considering there's no built-in adjustability for other torque requirements meaning you'll need to buy the complete set to cover all the bases. That said, for general home workshops, a proper adjustable torque wrench set would be a worthier investment. Liam recently reviewed the brilliant Lifeline Torque Wrench Set and heaped praise on it for its quality and great value - at £40 for a comprehensive set that includes 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm hex and T25 and T30 Torx heads and covers a torque range of 2Nm to 24Nm - its a proper bargain and offers far greater versatility for a fiver less than the Park driver alone!
A more pocket-sized option is the ultralight Ritchey Torque Key 5Nm. Weighing just 50g, it's far lighter than the Park Tools PTD-5 and comes with more tool bits too. It also just so happens to be an absolute steal at just £18.90. The downsides are that it is a little uncomfortable to use thanks to the small, slightly squared-off handle.
Another wallet-friendly option is the Topeak Combotorq Wrench and Bit Set that I've recently had on test - it's the brilliant value at just £17.99 and includes 3/4/5/6mm Allen and T25 Torx bits to fit most common bolts on a bike. Most importantly it has a torque range of 0-12 Nm which should cover most riders' needs. It is a little plasticky though and I can't see it lasting the test of time like the shop-level Park Tool unit. Additionally, the gauge can be a little hard to read at certain angles and it lacks the fool-proof clutch system for absolute accuracy.
There's no denying the Park Tool PTD-5 Torque Driver is an incredibly well-put-together bit of kit and it does its job perfectly - like all Park Tools, it's a proper workshop quality tool. However, it's difficult to justify the premium price when there are many more affordable alternatives available. My money would be spent on something like the Lifeline set mentioned above since it offers far more versatility for similar money. However, if you have deep pockets and don't mind springing for the best, and can live with the single preset torque setting, the PTD-5 is one of the best of its kind.