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Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by marbleville, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Jun 1, 2019 at 10:56 PM
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    I didn't know the proper place to ask this question, so admin please move if necessary.

    I'm looking to buy a battery powered impact wrench and would like to know what size to buy. I am thinking 3/8", but not too sure if it is the right one. The one I have been looking at applies up to 150 ft/lbs. Is that sufficient? The same manufacturer has a 1/4" @150 ft/lbs. Any recommendations for a budget impact wrench?
     
  2. Jun 1, 2019 at 10:59 PM
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    What are you planning to use it for?
     
  3. Jun 1, 2019 at 11:01 PM
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    Milwaukee 1/2 impact has the biggest torque I believe
     
  4. Jun 1, 2019 at 11:01 PM
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    Whatever comes up, while realizing it won't displace my breaker bar.
     
  5. Jun 1, 2019 at 11:06 PM
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    I would love all my tools to be Milwaukee, but my budget wouldn't handle it well at all.:pout:I've been hedging on any purchase because I believe a 1/2" would do far more, but I would have to shop China to afford one in this class. And I believe 150 ft/lbs. to be anemic, at best.:notsure:
     
  6. Jun 1, 2019 at 11:07 PM
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    Sorry shoulda read the whole post I missed the budget part
     
  7. Jun 1, 2019 at 11:12 PM
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    What’s your budget?

    150 ft. lbs isn’t much when you’re trying to break loose a bolt. I’d say around 450 ft lbs. min. to be of any real use.

    Bang for buck I’d shop at Harbor Freight. Rigid tools from Home Depot have lifetime warranty and lifetime battery replacement.
     
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    I would hold off and save up for something nice. You can get a nice Milwaukee for 200 or maybe less if you keep an eye out. It will push plenty torque. I got one with a 1/4" chuck and I run 1/2" bits on it, it hasn't failed to get any fasteners off yet.

    Rigid warranty sounds nice, they're at a lower cost point too. I would explore that option.
     
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    Budget...Infinitesimally small.:tumbleweed: For the really hard stuff, a 25", 1/2" breaker bar. Harbor Freight has some good stuff, but I've been forewarned about their power tools. As to Home Depot, they have the Ryobi 1/4", and 3/8" as a freebie if you buy their twin-pack of 18V batteries and charger for $99. But at 150 ft/lbs is that such a great deal? Would either work in an automotive scenario?
     
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    I received a 3/8 dewalt brushless for Christmas and that thing has not let me down. Price friendly and versatile. There are better ones out there but this does everything I want and more
     
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    I have a pretty large selection of the Ryobi one+ tools. I like them a lot, however the 1/4” is good for driving screws in wood. I don’t have the 3/8”, but I do have the 1/2”, it’s rated at 300 ft. lbs. It might remove my lug nuts if they’re not stuck (I use anti-seize so that’s not an issue) a good impact wrench is worth its weight in gold. If you’re set on a battery unit, I’d probably recommend the Rigid. I recently did a lot of front end work on my Tundra. There were several nuts I couldn’t budge with a 32” breaker bar. My Nitro Cat (1250 ft. lbs.) made short work of it. If you do a lot of work on your vehicle, a decent air compressor and air tools is the way to go.
     
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    Bigger is better as applicable. :sawzall:
     
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    Josh...the Rigid is out of stock, otherwise I would have bitten.:annoyed: Powerful enough and inexpensive, I left my email address in case in comes back into stock, should I not buy beforehand.

    Although I have been prone to buy professional quality in the past, such as Milwaukee and Stihl, my age says to step back and buy solidly built consumer level tools now, as my wrenching will be minimal. Then again, I don't want to buy something that is wholly underpowered for the few jobs I would be using it for - jobs without names as they haven't lit-up my radar as yet. Am I taking on the hunt for the Holy Grail?
     
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    Does it have to be a cordless? Cause I think that ridgid would be worth waiting for if it is.
    Ridgid is also the only name brand I saw in that price range compared to what was on Amazon and that's a gamble. This one did seem pretty decent looking, though, and I do like the anvil / quarter inch drive chuck.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P8ZLDRT/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_tP48CbW9STY96

    But corded ones open up some other options.
     
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    That’s not bad $95. If you subscribe and save you get another 5% off. :thumbsup:
     
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    That's only 221 ft lbs. The Ryobi is 300 ft lbs. The kit is only $129

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-1...ttery-18-Volt-Charger-and-Bag-P1833/302648209
     
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    As to the Ryobi...Funny, I'm trying to buy this right now but I've hit a snag at Home Depot. (Trying to place the order and their software has derailed.) Okay, I was finally able to order it after going through three different people. Yes, it appears to be a good purchase in that it isn't overly expensive and has enough power for most anything I would want to do. Thanks for the heads-up, I almost bought through a China broker - something I did not want to do.:pccoffee:
     
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    Impact drivers are not the same as impact wrenches. You said you wanted an impact wrench. For cheap tools I need, but don't expect to use a lot (an impact wrench would qualify), I would go to Harbor Freight.

    For tools I'm going to use a lot, love and cherish, I'm a fool for the DeWalts in hard cases ($$$). Recently upgraded to this 20V 5.0AH impact driver and hammer drill combo to do an aluminum-framed screening project. Found the impact driver works for the aluminum, but it is clearly overkill except for the anchors in concrete and stone. So far, I only know it will drive 3.5" deck screws all day long without looking back, and I can't tell the battery has been used.

    https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DCK29...74565&s=gateway&sprefix=DCK299,aps,379&sr=8-1
     
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    I've seen some really impressive videos with the new Milwaukee Fuel series impact drivers. People are in love with them. If I was a better mechanic I'd splurge for one of those.

    The mid torque seems to be the best value.
    https://youtu.be/Bl_gslNFyH4
     
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    Milwaukee hands down is the best.

    Things to consider:

    1) Battery life.

    2) Battery size/weight.

    3) Battery cost.

    4) Do you have batteries already that can be used for said gun?

    In my case, I have an arsenal of Milwaukee Cordless Fuel tools/batteries so buying another (tool only) to add into it is a no brainer. They are amazing.

    In your case, buy the cheapest thing with the best warranty and if it breaks send it back to China for a new one. Break their bank.
     
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