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Any good impact for under $100?

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by poynter, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. Jan 5, 2012 at 5:32 AM
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    poynter

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    I started to install new struts on the front of my truck last night and my impact died on the first bolt. Ive had it a couple years and thats way longer than I expected it to last.

    What do you guys recommend for under $100?

    I have a lowes locally and thought of trying a kobalt so I could return it if not happy. we also have autozone, advance, oreillys, napa and walmart if any of those might have something.
     
  2. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:01 AM
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    Pugga

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    Do you have a Harbor Freight around you? Their tools aren't bad for the price. If it's not under every day use, they'll last a while.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:06 AM
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    unfortunately no. Its about an hour away. I always end up buying stuff I dont even need when I go there just cause its so cheap.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:07 AM
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    If your gunna spend money on tools get something reliable like most of the good name brands
     
  5. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:24 AM
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    Most of the time I'd agree with you but for the common home owner or DIY mechanic who will only use the tool a few times a year or may install a lift and not touch the tool again for years, it's not worth spending 3 or 4 times the money on a well known, reliable name brand vs. Harbor Freight or the Lowes/Home Depot brands. For most people, the off brands hold up perfectly well for light/moderate use. Hell, I've had a Ryobi 18v set for years and even did a fairly substantial home renovation using them and they've held up surprisingly well.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:32 AM
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    I'm kinda looking around as well. I was hoping to get an air impact, but what kind of air compressor would I need to run it? Would I be looking for a high volume tank or one with a high PSI or both? Any help would be great.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:37 AM
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    Ive got a craftsman compressor. 33 gallon upright tank. 150psi.
    It was a little under $300 and the impact that just died was a freebie deal they had with the compressor so I definitely got my moneys worth.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:40 AM
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    crap.. lol n here I was researching the little 3-6 gallons with 150-200 PSI... with such a low volume, I'd be waiting for it to refill quite a bit I imagine??
     
  9. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:42 AM
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    I agree ... picked up my air tools (Impact/ratchet/nailer) at a yard sale about 3 or 4 years ago. I think they are Husky brand. For the 3 or 4 times I use them a year, they serve their purpose and have held up. FWIW ;)
     
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    Grey wire and keyless entry. I like stock.
    If you're running it for a while, then a big tank is a must, unless you are using a gas engine compressor. Gas ones fill faster, but it wont' help your waiting if you tap that tank out quickly. I have a 5 gallon, twin tank electric compressor and it does just fine for turning lugs or long bolts. I just bought a Harbor Freight, no-name air impact and it works great.
     
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    Check your local pawn shops.
     
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    For a tank (for household or lighter duty use), I'd look for a higher cycle rate on the compressor or a large volume tank. If you run a shop, you want both. I have a small Bostich compressor that's got a decent duty cycle but it's a pancake tank so it's not overly large.

    Some compressors are 100% duty cycle meaning you can hook the gun right up to the compressor, no tank needed. All the tank does is create a reserve so the compressor doesn't have to run 100% of the time. You have to determine your use and decide what trade offs you're willing to live with (big tank, takes a while to drain down but a long time to refill or small tank but a more expensive, high duty cycle compressor).
     
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    I love me some Harbor Freight. I can fill up a tool box for $25, and most of their 'solid' tools hold up great (open end stubbies ftw!).
    Like others said, if it's a tool you will use one or twice a year, you don't need a $450 impact. Hell, they are technically only to *remove* bolts/nuts anyway. I work on CVT engines daily, and the Harbor Freight impact that I had just couldn't hang. I worked well out of the box, but would lose it's balls, or sometimes just lock up after a few weeks of very hard use. Sure, I could replace it for cheap under the HF warranty (which are awesome), but it was a hassle back and forth after the second time. I've had a Craftsman now for awhile and it's held up okay.
     
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    ^This is your best route, i manage a pawn shop and we have cornwell, mac and sometimes snap-on impacts around 100 bucks. Right now i have a cornwell for 49 bucks. Pawn shop FTW
     
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    My dad has the HF electric impact and its ran great for years. Ive used it many times on my truck. get one of the 20% off coupons and go get one!
     
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    sorry dont mean to hijack or anything, it just hooks up to an air compressor right?
     
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    We also got an electric one from HF as well (for back-up, or emergency use on the road). Hooked into a cigarette lighter, or to the +/- battery terminals. GREAT for removing stuck nuts/bolts. That thing still breaks loose anything, and I mean anything, that my Craftsman can't.

    Oh, and total win on the pawn shops, and yard sale suggestions! Found my best (used) tools at them.
     
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    you can get air powered, electric, or battery operated.
     
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