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Old 06-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Cordless impact wrench purchase

I am in the market for a cordless impact wrench and am having a hard time figuring out which type is best for me. I would like to get something that will last me a long time and I will use it at least once a week. It will be mainly for taking mower blades off of my commercial lawn mower and occasionally take the wheels off my 4runner. I want to make sure I get something with enough torque to complete these tasks. This is the one I was looking at...

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DC820KA...+impact+wrench

A buddy of mine who is a mechanic says I should get something with much more torque. This one claims to have around 140 ft/lbs. I like that it is compact and it would be easy for fitting into tight spaces. It seems like all of the higher torque wrenches are big and bulky.

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I've been using this Impact (as well as one of my mechanics) for over a year or so and well his has probably seen more nuts and bolts then it will with the average wheeler. Definitely a good buy for anywhere anytime.

Mine stays in my truck almost 100% of the time

I'd suggest getting a good/decently priced set of impact sockets as well to accompany it.
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I'd say Makita. I don't know the specs on any of them but have used Makita's and they are very compact but that is with a lithium battery. The one you have linked is a Nicd. Go for a lithium no matter what brand imo. Light weight and better batteries.
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I've been using this Impact (as well as one of my mechanics) for over a year or so and well his has probably seen more nuts and bolts then it will with the average wheeler. Definitely a good buy for anywhere anytime.

Mine stays in my truck almost 100% of the time

I'd suggest getting a good/decently priced set of impact sockets as well to accompany it.
The same one as I linked? Does it have enough torque for removing lug nuts and rusty bolts? I really would like this one to work since it is a good price and I love the size of it.
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Bump. Looking to purchase one tonight or tomorrow. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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I used one of the snap-on 18v 1/2" drive impacts every day for about 2-3 years never had any problems out of it. Every now and then I ran into bolts/nuts that it wouldnt break loose but I was working on yachts that had been in salt and fresh water for years so some stuff was rusted solid.
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Im thinking ill go with this one.. Has twice the torque and a great warranty.

http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
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I am in the market for a cordless impact wrench (snip)
Lug nuts need to be installed with between 60 and 120 ft/lbs of torque (depending on the size of the nut). This variable-speed Dewalt DC820KA cordless impact wrench is rated at 140 ft/lbs, so certainly should do the job. Rusted nuts and bolts are a chore for any wrench, but that much torque should get it off eventually.

I don't have this particular wrench, but I'm a fan of Dewalt cordless tools in general. As evidence of that, I have more than a dozen of them and all have served me very well.
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Im thinking ill go with this one.. Has twice the torque and a great warranty.

http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
Damn that is a good warranty. But who makes that I wonder since that is Lowe's private label brand. I wonder if it is Bosch.

X2 on the dewalt one. I have great tools from them that have lasted a really long time.
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DeWalt IMO. Love the reliability and endurance. I've had the same 18V DeWalt drill since 1992 and have only replaced the batteries once. The thing is a champ/beast. My Lowe's carries a DeWalt cordless impact wrench (18V, 1/2") for around $275.
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I got the craftsman professional 20 volt impact for like $210 on sale and its been great.
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I've never seen a kobalt version of an impact gun. Our company uses Dewalt exclusively. Some guys own their tools and have makita or craftsman. The Dewalt products are amazing and will take a beating. Just don't make the mistake of buying lithium
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Oh and if you do look at buying Dewalt, don't buy it at lowes. Find a commercial tool store to buy it from. The ones lowes sells are a step below the commercial/industrial version
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Check this out. Its almost the same quality as Dewalt, and 1/2 the price. Also, just as much torque as the Lowes one.

http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-P...words=PC1800ID

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http://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-P...+impact+driver
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Oh and if you do look at buying Dewalt, don't buy it at lowes. Find a commercial tool store to buy it from. The ones lowes sells are a step below the commercial/industrial version
why do you say that?
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Does lowes sell the xrp versions? I don't think they do.
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Does lowes sell the xrp versions? I don't think they do.
I am 99.99% sure the XRP is specific to battery packs, and basically means longer run time, through higher capacity aH cells.

I know for 10000% fact that a dewalt tool sold at lowes, is the same dewalt tool sold in walmart, or a contractor store. As long as the model #'s match, its the same tool. There is no "better" line of Dewalt.
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I believe you're correct. I checked my tools and I have a Dewalt 825 and a 950, which is the 18 volt impact and the drill/hammer drill. Only difference is the ones listed on the lowes site has a "B" after them? My tools are pretty new so maybe a redesign? They look exactly the same. Maybe it is a different version?
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I believe you're correct. I checked my tools and I have a Dewalt 825 and a 950, which is the 18 volt impact and the drill/hammer drill. Only difference is the ones listed on the lowes site has a "B" after them? My tools are pretty new so maybe a redesign? They look exactly the same. Maybe it is a different version?
I cant tell you what the B stands for, but I will say it has nothing to do with the tool itself.
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I've never seen a kobalt version of an impact gun. Our company uses Dewalt exclusively. Some guys own their tools and have makita or craftsman. The Dewalt products are amazing and will take a beating. Just don't make the mistake of buying lithium
What is the downside to lithium battery packs?
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