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Old 08-26-2014, 09:46 PM   #1
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Try and make this short. Got a new job at a truck accessory place. Mostly bolting together ladder racks and cabinets the putting them into trucks and vans, some bumper/sidestep/etc work, and the occasional lift. The new employer has strongly strong strongly recommended I get an impact even though it can all be done with hand tools. So I really wouldn't need anything super strong.

Since I am going to spend the money, I want to get something that can take the corroded bolts and everything else off the jeep a bit easier. Why buy a tool that's inadequate for other uses when I'm through with this gig in however many years?

Pretty positive on going with 1/2". My top pick (linked below) will be putting out 180ft. lb. of torque. On my other stomping grounds people are saying that this is entirely too much and overkill. That I'll end up shearing off bolt heads left and right at my job and it's too much for bolts on the jeep (that part I don't understand considering I've stood on my tire iron to break lugs before, I weigh ~190). I can't imagine the tool uncontrollable to the point I can't learn to not keep holding the trigger as it pounds away on a bolt for metal cabinets. And for the really small stuff it's probably just as quick to torque it down with a ratchet.

So what are you guys using? No, can't go air tool for this gig.

And here's what I'm about to click order on. More torque and same size as the Dewalt which was recommended by a few, plus I get an extra battery (3). Already picked up sockets and a 1/2" to 1/4" hex adapter in case I have to drive screws.

Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Cordless Impact Wrench XC Kit-2659-22 at The Home Depot

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That would be one of my top picks!

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Old 08-26-2014, 10:12 PM   #3
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That would be one of my top picks!
For the money it seems like a whole lot of tool. Is there any real danger of over-torquing, snapping, and stripping the brand new bolts I'll be installing? I can't fathom it, but then again I've only used an impact 2 or 3 times.
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If I remember it has several settings. It will of course spin the nut/bolts and then the ratcheting effect will start. Once you hear the ratcheting you Obviously have the option to stop tightening/loosing...
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If I remember it has several settings. It will of course spin the nut/bolts and then the ratcheting effect will start. Once you hear the ratcheting you Obviously have the option to stop tightening/loosing...
Exactly what I figured. It would be a special kind of stupid IMO to just keep beating away and continue to destroy every single bolt... Good thing you didn't change my mind, actually ordered it a couple hours ago
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I do not think you'll be disappointed.
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I have a deep and abiding hatred for battery-driven impact tools. So my opinion is pretty biased on this. If it is not an air tool then I really like corded stuff, except for my drills.

I have this really great Milwaukee 1/2" corded electric impact that has 300 ft lbs of torque and spins the front axle 36mm nuts off my TJ like they were nothing. It can yank out those funky 13mm 12 point unit bearing bolts that have rusted in place pretty severely without breaking them or rounding the heads.

I know you probably do not want a corded wrench since you linked to a battery one, but here is a link to the Amazon description of the one I own. (If you end up interested in this one the prices online are a good bit less than the current Amazon one. Like $40 less! Remember to shop around, whatever you get!)

http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-9070...iglink20266-20

EDIT: The technical Details section says it is air powered, but the photo is correct, as is the written out description from Milwaukee below the tech sheet data. It is a fairly powerful non-air impact gun.
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then just get the makita 1/4in drive handheld impactor and you will be set.....

seriously it gets used every day, works great for putting in those self tappers, and will remove any screw without stripping the head.
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For the money it seems like a whole lot of tool. Is there any real danger of over-torquing, snapping, and stripping the brand new bolts I'll be installing? I can't fathom it, but then again I've only used an impact 2 or 3 times.
You can always pick up a set of torque sticks as well. They limit the torque applied to the bolt and are used to install lug nuts in tire shops (the ones I had worked in). I don't love them, but if you're hesitant of applying too much force to whatever you're tightening this will help with controlling the force of the impact. That being said anytime I have ever used a torque stick I have always checked using a torque wrench after running them up since I don't quite trust the sticks.
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I got the same corded Milwaukee impact that Holten linked to, and it is a great tool. It popped the 150# axle bolts off of my old Subaru like they were nothing.
Amazon is stupid high on their price though, I bought it for $135 and even Home Depot sells it for $169
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I got the same corded Milwaukee impact that Holten linked to, and it is a great tool. It popped the 150# axle bolts off of my old Subaru like they were nothing.
Amazon is stupid high on their price though, I bought it for $135 and even Home Depot sells it for $169
I got mine at Home Depot for $169, too. It is an excellent tool. It is probably too much for what he needs, but I always prefer to have too much tool than too little if I can only have one, and I am limited to just the one for the time being.

The only problem for me (since I actually prefer corded stuff) is the length. It is too long to fit in some spaces. The HF Earthquake stuff is cheap and actually *very* well made. And it is very much more able to fit into tighter spaces than my Milwaukee. I will probably buy their 1/2" and 3/8" air wrenches and their air ratchet, too, since all three get surprisingly high marks for "cheap Chinese crap," heh, heh, heh...

But this Milwaukee is really pretty good. I will use my acetylene torch and a spray bottle of water in combination with this electric impact wrench on my woefully stuck upper, rear shock bolts today or tomorrow. I am sure they all will snap off and cause me tons of extra work, but after a year of trying to get them off by other means I am ready to use dynamite on them. I am SICK of these stuck fasteners. I am hoping that with the spring removed and the bar pin cut off that I can get this large impact tool up in there. I am pretty sure that after some heat that repeatedly rocking the impact forward/reverse/forward/reverse will break these damned things loose.

Too bad that I already know that they will break off because they are mine. If they were someone else's they would probably come right out!
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Definitely too much for the job, but I wanted it to be enough for home, too. I'm usually fine with corded but can't have that climbing in and out of the back of vans and trucks and what not. Plus I love how short these are. Hell the Dewalt was only 6" drive to back.

As for your rear shock, good luck. I snapped 2 out of 4, both on the same side. Had a free Lance guy dremel off the weld nuts, file it flat, and paint it. Ideally I should have had new ones tack welded, but I just did a nut, lock washer, and lock tight. Almost 18 months later and it's been fine.

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