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Impact Wrench For Suspension and Other Work

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by grubburg, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Aug 2, 2019 at 1:40 PM
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    grubburg

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    Can someone recommend a good impact wrench for a guy:
    - who's cheap as hell
    - who does all his own Tacoma maintenance
    - who doesn't have a air compressor

    Also, did you go with 1/2 or 3/8 and why?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Aug 2, 2019 at 1:43 PM
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    Gunshot-6A

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    I fit this description. I actually broke out the wallet this time and got the Milwaukee one. All the torque you could ever need, and a solid reputation. Plus the batteries work with all the M18 tools so it has benefits in other areas.

    I went 1/2 over 3/8 because it had like 3-4x as much torque, and all the mechanics I know use 1/2 not 3/8 and I assume it's for a reason.
     
  3. Aug 2, 2019 at 1:44 PM
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    I love my milwaukee fuel 3/8s. I threw the tiny battery in there and it’s super light in the hand, the charge lasts long enough to do everything on the truck.

    Anything it can’t back off I hit with the breaker bar or fire.
     
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    Have all sorts of drives, neither really matters much, I just pay attention to the drivers torq.
    I use dewalt. Looking for a off-brand name is a waste. I’ve had all my impacts and drills (dewalt) for years and the have built partial houses and done numerous task without any sign of breaking.

    Edit in: you can look at air powered impacts? Maybe they are cheaper?
     
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    Are you needing this for a particular job? Also is there a reason you would not want to get an air compressor?
     
  7. Aug 2, 2019 at 1:54 PM
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    EatSleepTacos

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    Can't speak for him, but it is nice not having to drag an air line around, as well as it's much quieter.
     
  8. Aug 2, 2019 at 1:57 PM
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    I just think it's over-kill to have an air compressor when a battery will do.

    I plan on using it for all my maintenance, including lift kit, etc...

    How much torque should I use as a bench mark when buying?
     
  9. Aug 2, 2019 at 1:59 PM
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    Cheap as hell? The Chicago Electric 1/2" impact wrench for ~$50

    It's 2x or more less powerful as most other 1/2" impacts but, the price and quality reflects that.
     
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    Try to keep it over 500. If using a 1/2 drive you can easily get to 700 ftlbs
     
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    And you can take it on the trail with you for tire changes, etc.
     
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    The one I linked earlier is 700 ft lb tightening and like 1,100 of nut busting power. I use it on everythingggggggg. There's only been a handful of bolts it can't undo, and when that happens I need a breaker bar with a 3' cheater pipe on it.
     
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    You are not going to get the same torque rating as the Milwaukee or Dewalt. But look into Home Depots Rigid. Affordable and def should get the job done for what you need.
     
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    I used a Milwaukee m18 impact when I did my leaf springs on the jeep.

    I have the 7/16 hex chuck because I use it for work. And alot of my bits and sockets are 7/16 hex.

    It was not cheap, but It helps me pay my Bill's and makes my life easier.
     
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    I have the ridgid impact too. It's not as strong as Milwaukee or snap on but it works pretty good anyways.
    If you already have a current generation cordless tool set that is 18v and up I'd get whatever impact they have with that since you wont have to buy a battery. If you dont have any cordless tools I'd look at ryobi if your being cheap, they look to be made at the same factory as the ridgid impacts just cheaper and no warrenty. Also if you wait until home depot has their black Friday sale you might be able to get a ridgid drill, screw gun and impact all for less than a Milwaukee or dewalt impact. That's what I did.

    If it were me or if I were you and looking into getting into some projects and heavy maintenance type stuff I'd get air compressor and IR 231 impact. Itll cost less than a ryobi impact, except it runs off air and is stronger than probably any battery impact. If you spend another $200 with it you can have a whole set of air tools like die grinders, air hammers, and a stubby impact gun
     
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    Milwaukee M18, 2852-20, 3/8” model with the same internal as the 1/2” version.

    One sweet pierce of kit. I wish I had purchased it years ago.
     
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    I'll stick with my compressor for garage work. Then you can add tools to your set for alot less $ then cordless and you will have your impact, air hammer, cut off wheel anything you need for whatever job you wanna do. Don't get me wrong I lust over the Milwaukee fuel line every time I go to home Depot but for 200-300 bucks per tool I just find I get more bang for my buck with air.
     
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    My mechanic buddy just picked up a 1/2” drive Snap On 20V. I think it’s rated for 1300ftlbs back off. Only cost him 799.99!
     
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    My father in law has one of those. He hasn't found anything that it was unable to take off yet.
     
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    I have the Milwaukee Fuel with 1/2” drive. It’s a beast and worth every penny of $300, but I have a lot of their tools so battery wasn’t an issue.

    Redid the whole suspension on my ‘91 Land Cruiser and the front end on a ‘11 Explorer recently. Never missed a beat.
     
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