Nm to ftlbs Converter
This Nm to ftlbs converter is a simple tool that converts between four different units of torque. We will teach how to convert newtonmeters to foot pounds and provide you with handy conversion tables, where you can look up any value you need. If you need a refresher on the notion of torque, you may want to visit our torque calculator.
Read on to learn why we need to use these units in the first place, how to convert between them, and why the kgcm unit of torque doesn't make much sense!
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What do Nm and ftlbs measure?
Newtonmeters (Nm for short) and footpounds (ftlbs) are units of torque, also called the moment of force or the rotational force. Torque measures the tendency of an object to rotate if you apply some force to it.
Imagine an object, such as a lever, that has one fixed point. We will call that stationary point the pivot point. If you start pushing or pulling the lever in a straight line, the object will begin to rotate around that pivot point. The further from the pivot point you apply the force, the bigger the rotation.
The product of the force you apply and the distance from the pivot point is called torque. If you're a fan of the SI unit system, you will probably measure it in newtonmeters. If, however, you use the FPS (footpoundsecond) system, you might be more familiar with the unit of footpounds.
💡 Remember that foot pounds and poundsforce are not the same unit, although their symbols are quite similar. You can express torque in foot pounds (ftlbs), but not in poundsforce (lbf)  that is a measure of force.
How to convert newtonmeters to footpounds?
The conversion from Nm to ftlbs is very simple. You can, of course, use our torque conversion calculator, but it's straightforward to calculate it by hand, too! All you need to remember is that 1 Nm is equal to 0.7376 ftlbs.
The conversion table below might come in handy, should you need to convert the most fundamental values of torque. If your value doesn't appear in the table, you might want to give our Nm to ftlbs conversion calculator a try!
Newtonmeters  Footpounds  

1 Nm  0.738 ftlbs  
2 Nm  1.475 ftlbs  
5 Nm  3.688 ftlbs  
10 Nm  7.376 ftlbs  
20 Nm  14.751 ftlbs  
25 Nm  18.439 ftlbs  
30 Nm  22.127 ftlbs  
35 Nm  25.815 ftlbs  
40 Nm  29.502 ftlbs  
50 Nm  36.878 ftlbs  
100 Nm  73.756 ftlbs 
How to convert ftlbs to Nm?
If you're trying the opposite torque units conversion, don't worry: it's equally simple! This time, all you need to know is that 1 ftlb is equivalent to 1.3558 Nm. This means that to convert from footpounds to newtonmeters, you need to multiply the value you have by the factor of 1.3558.
For your convenience, we have prepared a table with the simplest conversions listed out. If your value doesn't appear in this table, go ahead and input it into the second field of our Nm to ftlbs converter!
Footpounds  Newtonmeters 

1 ftlbs  1.356 Nm 
2 ftlbs  2.712 Nm 
5 ftlbs  6.779 Nm 
10 ftlbs  13.558 Nm 
20 ftlbs  27.116 Nm 
25 ftlbs  33.895 Nm 
30 ftlbs  40.675 Nm 
35 ftlbs  47.454 Nm 
40 ftlbs  54.233 Nm 
50 ftlbs  67.791 Nm 
100 ftlbs  135.582 Nm 
Torque conversion calculator: example of use
Let's imagine you're working with gears. You're setting up a gear train consisting of three different wheels and you want the output torque to be equal to 12 ftlbs. Unfortunately, the dynamometer you have displays the measured value in newtonmeters only. What should the reading of the dynamometer be?

Check which unit you're working with. You know the value is 12 ftlbs.

You also know that one ftlb is equivalent to 1.3558 Nm.

All you have to do is multiply these two values:
12 * 1.3558 = 16.27 Nm

The dynamometer needs to display a value of 16.27 Nm.
You can also use our Nm to ftlbs converter to save some time!
Other units of torque  kgcm to Nm and J/rad to Nm
Even though the most popular units displayed on a torque wrench are Nm and ftlbs, there are also other units you might find quite handy. Our calculator will automatically convert any value you input into two additional units: kgcm and J/rad.

kgcm are units of torque that, interestingly, we usually write down with improper notation. You probably noticed that when you try to convert kgcm to any other SI units, you will get a different unit than that for newtons multiplied by meters! To make this notation correct, you should add a letter F, writing down kgFcm. In this situation, kgF means kilograms of force, which are simply kilograms multiplied by the gravitational acceleration, g.
If you want to convert kgcm to Nm, all you need to do is multiply the first value by 0.09807  onehundredth of the gravitational acceleration of Earth:
1 kgcm = 0.09807 Nm = 0.07233 ftlbs

J/rad are also alternative units of torque, commonly used when you need the value of torque in calculations of work or power. These units are equivalent to Nm:
1 J/rad = 1 Nm = 0.738 ftlbs
FAQ
How do I convert inchlbs to footlbs?
Divide a value in inchpounds by 12 to get the value in footpounds. The ratio between inlbs and ftlbs is analogous to that between inches and feet.
What is 10 Nm in inchpounds?
10 Nm
equals 88.51 inlbs
. To get any torque value in inchpounds, you need to multiply the number in newtonmeters by 8.851
.
How do I convert Nm to ftlbs torque?
Multiply the value in newtonmeters by 0.7376
to get the torque in footpounds. Alternatively, you can divide by 1.356
to obtain the same result.
How do I convert kgm to Nm?
One kilogram (of force) meter equals 9.807
newtonmeters. This is because one kgF (kilogram of force) is the gravitational force acting on a 1 kg object. This conversion factor equals the absolute value of gravitational acceleration. The kgm unit is actually an abbreviation of the correct kgFm one.