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Old 06-02-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Default Will a Harbor Freight electric impact get the job done?

I've been wanting to get a cordless impact for a while now, but I want to buy a quality one when I get one. For the time being, I would like a corded impact wrench for busting loose stubborn nuts and bolts. I know, pnumatic is much better, but the wiring in my garage stall won't even turn over my air compressor.

I love Harbor Freight for their cheap tools. I know the quality is very low, but most of them get the job done for a shade-tree mechanic. I am wondering if anyone has ever used their electric impact. Again, I know the quality of the tools is low, I simply want to know if the impact will get the job done.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
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Will it get it done, yes. Will it last, no. Will it be powerful, no. I , like you, love my Harbor Freight cheap tools. However, when it came to an electric impact, I splurged for the Snap-on cordless 3/8. Words cannot describe how awesome it is and how much it helps out. Spend money where needed. Powertools you have to pay to play.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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Buy a quality one it's worth it. I have cordless milwaukee 3/8" impact gun that came with a drill, flashlight, 2 batteries and charger I paid $400 for and it works really well. Also have 1/2" snap on cordless impact. One of the best items i purchased. That goes for $500ish for 2 battery, charger and sweet case. I use both of them 5 days a week and they hold up well to shop abuse.

P.S...I'd buy the snap on 3/8" set if I were to do it again.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:00 AM   #4
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I bought this Harbor Freight impact wrench:
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...nch-45252.html


It has lasted over a year. It pulls any bolt. If not, a little Freeze-Off and a breaker bar takes care of it.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:27 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. I fully plan on upgrading to a cordless impact as my dad has a couple of Makita's and those come in handy A LOT when I am working up in his shop. I want to save up and buy a good one, though, so I figure buying a cheap HF one would at least give me something to bust nuts loose with until then. I am looking at the same one norurb posted.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:07 PM   #6
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I bought this Harbor Freight impact wrench:
http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...nch-45252.html


I have this too. No issues and I have used it to take cam gears off, pulley sprockets, numerous rim swaps, etc. I have had it for over 2 years. If there is a bolt I can't even turn then ATF + Acetone = omega awesome.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:09 PM   #7
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I have the HF. model pictured above. I have had it for more than 3 years, granted i dont use it all that much, but its preformed very well. Its strong enough for whatever i have thrown at it. Changing tires with a floor jack, and this impact gun so easy. the only complaint i have is , that its klinda bulky, wont fit in tight spaces.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:43 PM   #8
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I bought a dewalt 18V from ebay for cheap... Try ebay for an affordable option. Stay away from anything power tool related from HF.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:20 PM   #9
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I've got one, it works fine. Dirt cheap, too. Why would I spend $500.00 on a toll I'll use 3 times a year when one that costs $50.00 gets done what I need to get done just fine?

If I was a real mechanic, I'd spend the money on real mechanic's tools. Since I just putter, the cheap stuff works fine for me. If you buy a tool like this from HF and expect it to work using it every day, you'll be disappointed. If you buy it expecting to remove lugnuts once a month, it'll be fine.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:27 PM   #10
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if you want a cordless gun, i recommend getting a makita 3/8s gun.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:54 PM   #11
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I have no problems with my HF impact wrench, used to for everything, rims, springs, removing bolts with ease. was only $40 prolly was on sale, didnt look.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:56 PM   #12
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i have a makita 1/2" BTW450 18v 3A lithium cordless impact wrench. 400lbs.

it came with two batteries a charger and a contractor case for 299 shipped from amazon.

then i looked at makitas site and there was a mail in rebate for a free impact driver, the kind with the qd hex head. 3 variable speeds and it'll do 100lbs. a lot smaller than the BTW450.

check out their rebates. two for the price of one is nice.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:52 PM   #13
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I have that same harbor freight one mentioned in the thread, I love it for the cheapness but it isnt that great. Any extension or swivel renders it useless over ~100 ft/lbs. I believe i weighed it at 13lbs and its very bulky. Other than that its really great I love having it.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:07 PM   #14
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Old thread but I thought I might through this Northern Industrial electric impact gun out there since it's got a bunch of good reviews and cost $80.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:51 PM   #15
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That looks exactly like the HF one, just rebranded. I'm sure they were both produced in the same manufacturing facility in China.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:34 PM   #16
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I have the HF corded and cordless impact guns. I've broken the trigger and 2 battery retaining clips on the cordless, the corded gun doesn't really get used anymore since its heavier than I wanna deal with anymore and can't even break loose lower strut bolts. I usually reach for the mighty Milwaukee now when I'm not in the garage. If I'm in the garage, it's Matco or Ingersoll-Rand.

Honestly, I would spend the money to fix the wiring in the garage. If you're swapping wheels in a parking lot, the HF gun will get you by.

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:57 AM   #17
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I've had that same cheap arse 1/2" Harbor Freight electric impact for over 5 years now and it's still working great. When they start to get weak, just replace the brushes.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:52 PM   #18
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harbor freight is awsome no matter what your doing or how broke you are lol
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:32 PM   #19
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I will say that harbor freight is good for some things. But those things in my case usually end up breaking. I always say to myself that I should go to sears to get better stuff. But always go back to the freight.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:43 PM   #20
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For the jobs I've needed my HF stuff for and probably more relevant, how often I use my tools, the HF stuff has done me right. Certain tools that I think will break more easily I've spent more and got Craftsman like socket sets, screwdrivers and ratcheting wrenches.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:12 PM   #21
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the goodyear one at pepboys isn't bad at all.
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i have a makita 1/2" BTW450 18v 3A lithium cordless impact wrench. 400lbs.

it came with two batteries a charger and a contractor case for 299 shipped from amazon.

then i looked at makitas site and there was a mail in rebate for a free impact driver, the kind with the qd hex head. 3 variable speeds and it'll do 100lbs. a lot smaller than the BTW450.

check out their rebates. two for the price of one is nice.
as an update on this, both impacts have been more than adequate.

except for the lateral link bolts. they just shrugged at the 400lb makita.
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^^^ Don't feel bad. The lateral link bolts have shrugged at a 3ft breaker bar AND a cheater pipe on the end of it..... The blue wrench told it to F-off and went right through them both!


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Old 11-03-2010, 04:45 PM   #24
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I bought some Harbor tools before Pittsburgh screwdriders and a wrench set made in Pittsburgh the good steel Penn state Yeah

I opened them then I realized they where made in Pittsburgh-China

They are alright one has a little twist in it but I am satisfied with my purchases

Go for it I have the same one Just use it alot before the warranty ends in case it craps out i used mine on some insane bolts and it craped out and i got free newone
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^^^ Don't feel bad. The lateral link bolts have shrugged at a 3ft breaker bar AND a cheater pipe on the end of it..... The blue wrench told it to F-off and went right through them both!


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what is the "blue wrench"?
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