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Cordless Impact Wrench

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by JH5370, Jun 7, 2019.

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Which Cordless Impact is best?

  1. Dewalt 20v max

    11 vote(s)
    21.2%
  2. Milwaukee M18

    31 vote(s)
    59.6%
  3. Other

    10 vote(s)
    19.2%
  1. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:25 AM
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    JH5370

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    I know there are a couple other threads on similar topics but I am interested in specifically comparing two cordless, brushless impact wrenches for automotive work.

    I am already pretty heavily invested in the Dewalt 20v max line of tools, but I am open to other brands if they are better for mechanic type work. I have read a lot of good things about Milwaukee and also have used a lot of good tools from Makita. I think I have it narrowed down to these tools. Which would you choose and why?

    Dewalt
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WTQW7JA/ref=twister_B01M64N1N7?_encoding=UTF8&th=1
    Milwaukee
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077H7JP1D/ref=twister_B07PKRNYM7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
     
  2. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:29 AM
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    I have the dewalt and have no complaint. It’s very powerful and can handle all tasks for me. I am also heavily invested in dewalt so it makes sense to stick with dewalt.
     
  3. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:33 AM
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    JH5370

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    That's the way I am leaning right now as well, but I am always open to getting more tools :)
     
  4. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:39 AM
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    After two Dewalt drills gave up the ghost with gear failure, I switched everything to Makita, and have been happy. I even use their big-boy impact and it makes lunch meat out of lugs that are torqued to 200ft/lb.
     
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  5. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:40 AM
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    If you don’t have Milwaukee batteries and charger, it’s more expensive that route. I believe the Milwaukee is a bit more powerful but not worth the price to switch over to a different platform for me.
     
  6. Jun 7, 2019 at 10:43 AM
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    I have been using dewalt tools for more than 15 years and have not had any tool fail on me. I like Makita tools too, have some in the tools collection.
     
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  7. Jun 7, 2019 at 12:08 PM
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    I have the Milwaukee.

    It is very high quality and has TONS of power.
     
  8. Jun 7, 2019 at 12:24 PM
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    Milwaukee for HD use, Makita for regular use, Ridgid for budget home jobber use.

    DeWalt is French for "fucking garbage" imho. Never liked them, never had their tools last very long.
     
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  9. Jun 7, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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    Been using Milwaukee for a few years. Great batteries and product. Huge range of tools as well. From a Dremel to my leaf blower. Love them. The heavy impact will take off anything.
     
  10. Jun 7, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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    I have a Kobalt that has been working great for me, but as others suggested, stay with whatever brand you are already using so that batteries etc can be interchanged.
     
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  11. Jun 7, 2019 at 12:55 PM
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    If you already have DeWalt, I'd go that route. The Milwaukee is nice, but you'd have to buy batteries & a charger.
     
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    Milwaukee is the greatest brand of tool in the known universe. They tested it. It’s science.
     
  13. Jun 7, 2019 at 1:05 PM
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    I have heard that from a lot of people but I have never had any issues with any of my tools cordless or corded. I do hardwood flooring and have heavily used and abused a dewalt 12in chopsaw and 10in table saw for going on 8 years. They still work perfect. I have burned out a few Makita 18v tools but that is sort of the price of doing business. To me all cordless tools have a service life.
     
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  14. Jun 7, 2019 at 2:39 PM
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    Milwaukee has nut busting torque.

    Their website says that for reals.

    But onto why Milwaukee...

    At work I have all Milwaukee I have some batteries that are 6 years old and still hold a charge like new. My personal tools are dewalt and the batteries are about a year old and doesn't hold a charge. That alone is a seller for me.

    Milwaukee also has more torque than the dewalt
     
  15. Jun 7, 2019 at 3:12 PM
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    I have harbor freight earthquake impact wrench which “claims” 1200 ft/lbs. reviews are good and have not failed me yet.i would have went with desalt if I had their batteries. They make a version with 1200 ft/lbs too.
     
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    Good to break bolts loose but always use a torque wrench to tighten.
     
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    I have a Milwaukee and a Kobalt, the Milwaukee wins, but the Kobalt is no slouch. I got the Kobalt as a gift, it is a great tool for the money.
     
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    I used to be a Dewalt guy. I've had a corded Dewalt drill forever, never a problem. I've also had a corded sawzall from them that has been to hell, I've uncut through 4" cast pipes in muddy holes with the blade bottoming out in mud and sewage splashing, never a problem. Corded 4.5" grinder has been through just as much hell.

    On my more recent tool purchases I went Milwaukee. Mostly because I liked the ones my buddy had. I got an impact, a drill and a grinder. So far they're badass.

    I don't think you can go wrong on either.
     
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    I have Milwaukee and love it.
     
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    When it looked like Sears was done & gone I had a gift card to use while it was still good.
    picked up a Craftsman C3 19.2V 1/2" "Impact Wrench Kit".
    I didn't expect much from it, but it's busted free rusted on bed bolts for me, it's gotten past POR15 on the threads (not as easy as you'd think). Got past 19 years of rust to open my Tundra rear end fill & drain plugs. Been 6 months or so & still running full on from the original charge.
    It's just been better than expected all around.
    But gift card aside, I would say get what you got if you're happy with them.
     
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    Milwaukee all the way! Impact is a fkn beast! 1400 lb ft of torque FTW! IMG_1494.jpg
     
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    If you have Dewalt stick with the platform. Pair it with the 6Ah or Flexvolt batteries and you'll have plenty of torque.

    Milwaukee or Makita or DeWalt or another major brand are all pretty close these days. There might be some quantitative difference but my guess is that most users can't tell the difference.
     
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    I believe that when talking about cordless tools, you are making an investment in a brand's entire system so I would look at what else that brand makes within that same battery line that you might also need/be interested in? I went with Milwaukee because overall I prefer their line over the competitions and when comparing specific tools I was interested in (such as impact wrenches), I believe Milwaukee makes the best ones out there right now.

    That said...

    I would stick with Dewalt in your case. No good reason to add a different battery system to the mix if you are already heavily invested in Dewalt.
     
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    I have and have sold both but I am more of a Milwaukee guy.

    One thing to remember is if you use these tools professionally, get them from a supply house such as Grainger or Johnstone etc. The tools that you get at Home Depot or Lowes are completely different tools. Homeowners dont notice the difference because we use them what - 4 5 6 times a year? Professionals use them everyday and burn through the tools in no time flat.
     
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    Amazon Milwaukee tools different too?
     
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    I can't speak for other companies but this 100% not true for Dewalt. The same part number is the same tool everywhere.
     
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    God, when will people stop spreading that same bullshit myth!???

    While it is true that sometimes HD and Lowes have specially made "exclusive" models made for them, Those tools will have different model #'s indicating that no matter how similar they may seem.

    The key is the model number, if the model # is the same then it's same tool. So in this case, a Dewalt DCF899HB is a Dewalt DCF899HB regardless of where you buy it. If HD had Dewalt make a cheaper version of this tool, it would have a different model # (even if just slightly different such as Dewalt DCF899HB-S). It is both legally and logistically virtually impossible for a manufacture to sell 2 different tools with the same model #.

    This a stone cold hard fact and not up for debate regardless of what some sales guys might try to tell you.

    And BTW - many professionals buy their tools at places like HD and Lowes
     
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    No. Amazon doesn't play the "exclusive" model game but if you want to be certain, always pay close attention to the model #
     

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