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Old 04-25-2007, 09:06 PM   #1
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I am thinkng of getting an electirc impact wrench... Maybe (gasp) mastercraft. I have an air nailer now, but have to borrow a compressor when i want to use it. I was thinking of just making the switch to electirc tools as i haven't really started to buy anything expensive yet.

I do have about 150 bux in credit at Crappy Tire. I was thinking of the electirc impact wrenches b/c they seem to be good multi use tool.... drill, driver, impact. Has anyone used these and how well do they work and how long do the batteries last?

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Old 04-25-2007, 09:52 PM   #2
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I have the 3-KO from Canadiantire It comes with 2 batteries so the run time is not an issue. It works pretty well since I get to carry it around with me and it is portable. The max torque is not that great (rated at 120ft-lbs I think) But I just pull out my air tool if I need anything more
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:44 AM   #3
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Makita has the most power i beleive at 150 or maybe even 170 ft/lbs? i was checking it out at the lordco show and i couldnt even BUDGE the bolt with the 1/2 drive hand ratchet afterwards. blue point and snapon make nice ones too but they are weak i think and very $$$
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:52 AM   #4
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Try and get an 18V one.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:27 AM   #5
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Actually, I'd recommend NOT getting the Cdn Tire one, it's only rated for around 80ft-lbs torque (1000 INCH-lbs in ads just to confuse the issue). That is just not up to wheel lug requirements.

I have a 24V princess auto impact wrench that works very well, and has over 100ft-lbs torque. I got it on sale for about $130. I know there are other 24V versions around that are similar pricing and specs.

Since you mentioned it, I would also recommend NOT going to all electric tools - the impact wrench is great, but electric nailers are terrible compared to the air nailers. In addition, air tools such as the die grinder just don't have electric equivalents. I got an air compressor for about $120 at KMS that has served me very well - I'd recommend that to you. Actually, if you want to try my electric brad nailer, I'll give that to you... I don't use it at all now that I have the air nailer. Send me a PM or email if you are interested.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:35 AM   #6
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:35 AM   #7
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Me and Yan sorta bought an electric impact gun for a day, didn't give it a full charge but got an idea of it... it's not strong enough to open the front subframe bolts or give them proper torquing when tightening them, but it saved lots of time in the 'in between' part after cracking the bolts a bit loose
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:24 AM   #8
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The spec calls for between 60~70 ft-lbs of torque so the 80 ft-lbs should be enough besides you should always finish it off with a torque wrench
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:37 AM   #9
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i have been using a makita 14.4v impact GUN. (catch that...? impact GUN... NOT driver)

the impact guns are rather difficult to find as they aren't really used in any industries, while the impact drivers are the contractors dream...

when looking at the difference between the two you'll notice that the specs are identical except the drivers have a 1/4" hex driver while the guns have a 3/8" or 1/2" square ratchet style head. with the hex head you'll lose a pile of torque. me and my uncle tested them and could only get the driver to about 60-65ft/lbs while the gun could get to the 90-100ft/lbs range... with that in mind the torque drastically drops with the more attachment you have on it. when we started to add extensions to the gun the torque dropped drastically.

it works great for what i use it for. pretty much everything removed from my car was done using that impact gun. it is awesome for keeping in the car for when i get a flat or i'm helping a friend do some work on their cars. it makes work go a fair bit faster especially when i'm moddifying and test fitting new parts. there are only a few bolts i can't undo with this thing. and what i can't remove i just use the 2' breaker bar and gun it the rest of the way off.

i would not recommend using this to torque down lug nuts or anything though. always use a torque wrench and make sure they are on properly. (paul knows what i'm talkin' about!!! )

getting the 18v would probably be better. the reason i got 14.4 was because i got a combo kit with a drill in it. when i'm doing a big job that takes all day to do i don't wanna be hauling around an 18v drill around. to heavy!

if you want a quality one don't get one from canadian tire or princess auto. especially if you're gonna be using it lots. (i use mine on a daily basis) however if you're gonna be using it just for autoX tire changes and the weekend mods then it'll probably be ok. another thing i noticed about mine is the battery life. it'll go full power for probably 95% of the charge then it'll rapidly drop off right as the battery dies. this is great compared to batteries that'll die slowly over the life of the charge making it rather useless if you're doing a long job and need all the torque you can get.

keep in mind that the gun i got retail is 409 bucks from KMS if they even have them in stock. while the driver is only 200 or something. and they are hard to find. i had to wait a 2 weeks for mine to come in. i paid (after tax) about 500 bucks for my combo set. you could probably get the same price or cheaper if you haggle. (i played the broke student card, worked pretty good)

anywho, that's my thoughts...

(i saw petter solberg using the same impact gun... )

snap-on, dewalt, and other higher end brands all seem to make good ones too from what i've seen.
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