Enter the total Nm (newton meters) into the calculator. The calculator will evaluate and display the equivalent ft-lbs (foot-pounds) of torque.

NM to ft-lbs Formula

The following formula is used to convert NM to ft-lbs.

ft-lbs = NM * 0.73756

  • Where ft-lbs is foot-pounds
  • NM is newton meters


NM and ft-lbs are both units of torque representing a distance times a force. Converting between the two is done using the formula ft-lbs= N-m*.73756 or conversely, N-m= ft-lbs / .73756.

Example Problem

How to convert NM to ft-lbs?

  1. First, determine the value of the torque in NM.

    NM, or sometimes denoted N-m, stands for Newtons times meters. In order to achieve your first torque measurement, you will want to multiply the force in Newtons times the length in meters. For this example, we will say our torque measurement is 50N-m.

  2. Next, use the formula above to convert the units into ft-lbs.

    Using the formula, we find the total foot-pounds of torque to be: 50*.73756 = 36.878 ft-lbs.


What is a newton meter? A newton meter is a unit of measure used to describe torque. Torque is a measurement that is equal to the force times the distance from a point of rotation.

Why would you need to convert torque units? As with most engineering problems, the units used by different companies and countries vary. As a result, it’s important to convert any unit, including torque units, into the proper unit for the specific application. If you do not convert the N-m into ft-lbs for problems with units of feet and pounds, the end result will be a miscalculation and potential failure of the application.

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