If you have ever encountered a corroded nut or stubborn fitting & found yourself straining until you started sweating, you are probably fully aware of the how valuable impact wrenches are. To the average joe schmoe it might not seem like a worthy purchase, that is, until you find yourself in a situation where you realize you can’t do anything without it. In the same manner, if you must tighten something past the human muscular ability, you will have to call on the power & strength of Hercules to get it properly tightened. — or give in to the awesomeness of impact wrenches
When it comes to Impact wrenches, there’s a few elements involved in making your choice. For example the amount of force that must be applied and where it should be applied. They differ from impact drivers as typically drivers have a hex chunk that is female and removable, whereas impact wrenches require 1/2 inch or 3/8 inch square drives in order to make something happen.
- MILWAUKEE M12 FUEL IMPACT WRENCH
- DEWALT 20V IMPACT WRENCH W/ HOG RING
- MAKITA BTW450 18V HIGH TORQUE IMPACT WRENCH
- BOSCH 18V BARE-TOOL BRUSHLESS IMPACT WRENCH
- MAKITA 18V LXT CORDLESS IMPACT WRENCH
- INGERSOLL RAND W7150-K2 HIGH-TORQUE IMPACT TOOL
- MILWAUKEE M18 FUEL IMPACT WRENCH
- OTHER IMPACT WRENCHES WORTH MENTIONING
Of course, you want a wrench that is able to pack in 1,400 in./lbs worth of powered twisting, connected to a head that is 3/8 inch and a couple of settings for working smarter or working harder, but you also want something that is comfortable. The M12 Fuel has an ergonomic handle as well as a rubberized grip which wraps around its hilt, this allows you to work extended hours and not feel fatigued or strained as the time passes. This wrench is an improvement from Milwaukee’s previous works and they have been able to increase the amperage housed in this generation allowing for an extended battery usage without jeopardizing the speed. All of this is powered by a brushless motor that runs as smooth as butter.
Impact wrenches are a lot like mobile electronics in that, as the sizes go down, the price rises. From DeWalt, comes this model which offers only 1,560 in./lbs of torque, this of course is not close to amazing, however it does this at only 3.4 pounds and is slim enough to even fit in a handbag and go unnoticed. The accompanying hog ring that is 3/8 inches allows for fast swapping making it feel a lot more like a cordless drill. Keep in mind however that it is unlikely you will get just the tool, so you’ll have to purchase the kit. However, If you are looking to take things to a whole new level, 10x the torque is provided by the DeWalt DCF899P1 here.
This product is more of a specialty one for those of us in need of an impact wrench solely for larger jobs; when large bolts require a motor and a device to be taken care of. The BTW450 is no toy, it is it in fact intended to take armor plates right off a tank. At 1,600 RPMs it hits up to 3,900 In./lbs of torque connected to a square drive that is 1/2 inch and works with socket sets that are impact-rated. Feel free to use it on your big rig´s lugs, your girder´s bolts, and your Boeing Dreamliner´s nuts, it will handle it.
This impact wrench offered by Bosch will not be disappointing. It has the ability to take your 1/2-in. impact socket drivers and 1/4-inch hex bits without using an adapter. It’s strange how the nose on this wrench sticks out, but if you’re used to alternating screws and sockets regularly, the slight inconvenience does not compare to having to fetch an entirely new tool. It has a triple speed motor that starts at 400 and goes up to 1,650 in./lbs.
If you enter almost any auto garage throughout the country you will be become familiar with Makita brand tools. When it comes to impact wrenches, they’re one of the pros favorites as they can tell the difference from the wheat and chaff. For an inexpensive price, you are able to obtain 2,520 in./lbs of torque ready at your command. Although not the ideal size, it is close to 5 & 3/4 inches and weighs just a tad less than 4 lbs. The amazing 4.0Ah batteries are added which can provide you with hours after hours of use. Also, these batteries only require minutes to charge making for faster refractory time.
When it comes to air powered impact wrenches, the table is run by Ingersoll Rand, however since the subject here is cordless, they were generally silent. With the exception of this one. The price tag is to be expected for this brand, however once the shock of the sticker fades, the beauty can emerge. If you were to need it, you can count on 13,200 in./lbs of torque that hits like King Kong, when you have to push into overdrive. Heavy duty build, a molded grip which is soft-touch, and steel casing that would survive a bomb, as well as the logo from IR on its side and the backing of their warranty means that there is no way you could go wrong.
Milwaukee decided that the M18 Fuel should have three settings, we are not quite sure why. The first setting only reaches up to 1,200 in./lbs which if you are working on a birdhouse is fine and dandy, however for anything bigger, a man-sized torque is needed. The great thing is that there is a second setting packing 8,400 inch/pounds. If you still do not find that is satisfying enough, you can simply turn on the Godzilla setting which offers over 13,000 in./lbs for those bolts that are more stubborn. Yes, it is perhaps more than is actually needed, however it is most definitely not more than what you really want.
Ok, so as you can see from the name of this one, it’s not an impact wrench; it is in fact an impact driver. The issue here is that there is not an impact wrench that can do what it can, that is, the ability to get into those super tight spaces to remove oxidized bolts or stripped screws. The way it’s designed (at a right angle) and low prices of this it is clear it’s not for use on a project from beginning to end, but it’s good to keep around for those odd bolts and tight spots. Due to the fact that it is meant for use in those dark corners that other tools dread to tread, it is made with an LED light. With a reversible drill that provides 700 in./lbs of torque which only turns into a real driver when in a tight situation, it’s not a bad idea to keep one of these in your toolbox.
OTHER IMPACT WRENCHES WORTH MENTIONING
It weighs 3.2 pounds and is less than half of the weight and size of the more heavy hitters. This makes for the ideal tool for assembling and disassembling in those tight places.
There are four speed settings on this tool and two impact settingS, this is the ideal choice for removing nuts on your shop floor or disassembling parts at your bench.
For starters, you will receive a whole lot of tool for your money. Secondly, the handle has a no slip, textured rubber over mold, this means that regardless of how greasy your hands may be, you will not lose grip.
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