|07-22-2013 10:46 PM|
torque wrench: get a Precision instruments 1/2in drive flex head 150ft lbs and its 3/8in little brother. Well worth the money around $100-150 each I think the last time I paid attention to the price
Drill/driver and impact: If you are just starting out Ryobi or something like that. In my career I could not tell you the amount of new mechanics that I have seen talked into buying the big Snap On tool box before they owned a single tool. For tire rotations buy a 110v electric impact, or a good 4 way.
I could not imagine not having tools growing up. That is the benefit of being a 3rd generation mechanic.
|07-05-2013 06:28 AM|
if you do want a torque wrench then you probably want it for your tires and axles and other large fasteners. so get a 1/2" drive click type torque wrench that has a range of about 20-200 +/- 'lbs. also look at the accuracy. it should give a rating of accuracy like +/-4%. don't go any higher then 4% (the cheaper wrenches) the better accuracy the better quality tool and higher price (I have a snap-on wrench with 1% accuracy. but I paid out my ass for it)
|07-05-2013 12:36 AM|
|2JeepsThatRun||I have a corded Milwaukee, a cordless dewalt, a ryobi cordless, and a big arse corded hammer drill for the big stuff and the dewalt is my goto drill I think it's a 12v one but its done all the drilling on my jeep other thanks some holes in the bumpers where the batteries were all dead so I used the Milwaukee which will bust your hand if your not carful. (I also think the Milwaukee is a hammer drill to I just never needed it)|
|07-05-2013 12:22 AM|
|Serg5000||I have the Milwaukee 18volt 450ft lbs torque in 1/2 drive. This bastard is strong as hell. Used it to install my lift. Kick some ass. Not cheap. But strong.|
|07-05-2013 12:17 AM|
|TJZ||Wow ! Thought someone would be all over a Tool recommendation ! New to jeeps but can do everything myself. Just never owned a torque wrench. Always borrowed one.|
|07-04-2013 02:09 PM|
|TJZ||Need some advice on a Good Torque Wrench for my Jeep tool Box. What Drive and how big a Torque Ft. /Lb range should I consider. I've seen prices from 30 to 150 bucks on these puppies. Want quality but not overboard. Thanks|
|06-20-2013 06:27 AM|
If you buy at a pawn shop (or anywhere for that matter), definitely educate yourself on the new prices of what you're buying. And don't be afraid to make an offer at a pawn shop - definitely try negotiating them down.
|06-19-2013 09:47 PM|
|Scooby88||Sounds like your just starting your tool box. Check out resale and pawn shops... you can save a lot of $$ on all kind of tools!|
|06-17-2013 07:27 PM|
BTW the rustier the fastener the more torque needed to remove. so go with the most torque output your budget can afford. (again my impact is rated for 780 FOOT pounds! and even then there are bolts it simply cant remove!)
|06-17-2013 05:10 PM|
There is a distinct difference between a drill and a drill/driver. When installing fasteners you need a tool that has a brake. Drill/DRIVERS have a brake so when you get the fastener as tight as you need it it will stop. Less broken fasteners. You do not need a hammer drill, they are for drilling through concrete. Impact tools put a rotational impact on the fastener to help loosen or tighten them. A hammer drill puts a linear impact on the drill bit to cut through concrete, cement and brick.
If you are looking for an impact gun for tires you need a 1/2" drive for sockets and at least 150ftlbs. there are some great cordless impacts and drill/drivers out there with interchangeable batteries. I would highly recommend Lithium Ion batteries. They have more power, longer life and no memory. They can be put on the charger at any point to top it off so you can make sure you have enough charge to last for your project.
Let me know if you have any questions as I have been in the tool business for the past 10 years, and have been using them for 30 years!
|06-17-2013 08:53 AM|
|AegisCPO||Oops. Sometimes our thoughts get ahead of our typing, meant inch pounds. Thanks for the correction and replies.|
|06-17-2013 06:22 AM|
That Milwaukee is 850 in-lbs (not ft-lbs!)
Milwaukee 2450-22 12-volt Impact Driver Kit - Amazon.com
I couldn't find a good review, but here's an interesting thread:
Also, my Dewalt has been awesome for all the Jeep work that I've done. Everyone who has tried it has loved it.
|06-17-2013 06:06 AM|
that rating sounds WAY to much for only a 12V gun tho. and if it is correct its probably only that much for a few seconds then the battery will be half dead (just my opinion anyway)
|06-16-2013 11:14 PM|
|Kenobi||If it's not a Makita, I won't spend money on it.|
|06-16-2013 10:35 PM|
|AegisCPO||Anyone have knowledge of using the 12V Milwaukee Impact driver, it is rated at 850 Ft Lbs, think that would be enough for things like tire rotations and such? Considering getting the 12V Milwaukee Drill/Driver/Hammer and 12V Impact driver, wondering if anyone used them or had some good first hand knowledge? Specifically, do I need a bigger impact driver or will 850 Ft Lbs be enough? Thanks.|
|05-25-2013 07:34 AM|
a cordless drill/driver and a corded impact (faster/more power then cordless (air is the best but requires a large compressor)) are your best friends
|05-25-2013 06:47 AM|
This Dewalt impact driver DC820KA is my favorite new tool:
DEWALT DC820KA 1/2" (13mm) 18V Cordless XRP Impact Wrench Kit - Amazon.com
Cordless, so you can take it with you on the trail. Just change batteries when needed. It got great reviews - research before buying anything. The DC820KA did very well in a magazine shootout.
I'm a Dewalt fan, so the extra 18V batteries were nice for use with my drill.
I also have a full set of corded drills - make sure that your first corded drill has a 1/2" chuck. The hammer drill function can be turned off, so my large drill is a hammer drill for use around the house as well.
|05-24-2013 05:18 PM|
|GoldenSahara00||Get a corded drill and an air compressor/impact. Good set of impact sockets. That last bit will set you back a lot more than the drill though.|
|05-24-2013 05:13 PM|
|mikemounlio||Get them all. Then get more and more. My garage is a never ending addition to the house.|
|03-02-2013 10:30 AM|
|JD95YJ||I too have a very old corded Millwaukee that my dad passed down to me and it definitely has a ton of power, but you have to drag around an extension cord and use a chuck to put the bits in. I also own an 18v DeWalt cordless from my stereo install days. Also has a ton of power and you just use your hands to change bits in it. I've broken many screws, phillips bits, & drill bits in my day with this bad boy. I've got the tall one, not the normal drill shape. It helps a LOT working on cars, especially under dashes or under the hood. When I first bought it, I bought the heavy duty 18v spare battery (I think it was about $100) and it's lasted me about 8 years now. The other battery won't charge anymore but the fact they lasted this long amazed me. Both highly recommended|
|03-01-2013 08:19 PM|
|Shrimp||I have a corded DeWalt and LOVE it and recommend a corded drill in every toolbox. Cordless i really like makitas, we had one for may years in our shop with the same battery and it held up great and they have a drill/impact combo kit too. Hitachi gives you free replacement batteries.|
|03-01-2013 08:04 PM|
|Hank the Tank||
|03-01-2013 04:03 PM|
DeWalt fan here.
Also would suggest the corded vs battery powered. Some of the drillings I've had to do have not been very kind to battery packs. Corded drills aren't as portable, but don't have that problem.
|03-01-2013 02:37 PM|
|03-01-2013 01:14 PM|
|Hank the Tank|
|03-01-2013 12:54 PM|
|mossyoakwrangler||A millwaukee corded power drill. Tons of power!|
|03-01-2013 11:46 AM|
Need tool advise
Now that I have a Jeep I want to start to work on it myself as much as possible. I figure one of those cordless drills would be a good tool to get so I went to Lowe's to see what they had. I don't like asking associates at those stores because you never know what you will get, so I wanted to ask in here.
There are several different types of these power drills and I was wondering what the difference and if there is one that will do everything I need.
Drill - I'm assuming this is just for drilling, nothing else.
Drill/Driver - This can be used as a drill but can also go reverse so you can use it as a power screwdriver
Impact Wrench - I couldn't tell what this did that was different from a drill driver
Hammer Drill - This vibrates like a jack hammer to let you drill through tough materials. I don't think I will need this.
I'm looking for something to help do the following things.
* Drill holes in bumpers or frame
* Fasten and unfasten frame and suspension bolts.
* Run a polish or sanding head for body work or detailing
Is there one power tool I can get that will do all that? Any help is appreciated.