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Old 08-13-2003, 12:45 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Harbor Freight Cordless Impact Wrench

Went down to the local Harbor Freight to pick up a 19.2 V cordless impact wrench. Bought it at an online price of $119 even though the store price was $149. And since Harbor Freight product is not the best, I bought a 1-year extended warranty for $12 on top of the manufacturer's 1-year warranty. Was told that they will replace it with no question ask within this time period. And all I have to do is bring it into the store. Figured that this will be cheap insurance. Heck, if this thing will last me 2 years, I'll be happy.

Got home and charged the battery, which took about an hour. The unit was advertised to have 220 lb-ft of torque. So, I put it to the test. I removed and replaced the front struts in about 1 hour from start to finish! That's almost half of what I usually take with regular hand tools. Lug nuts were no problems. Even the 2 lower strut bolts came off easily.

The main reason I bought it was for my autocross use. I figure it'll save me lotsa time switching tires. I was going to purchase a 18 V Milwaukee unit, but that was $$$$. Hopefully this unit will last. I'll report back in about a month's time. By then, I would have used it at least twice at the autocross, and also regular garage use.
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Old 08-15-2003, 01:57 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good deal. I need something similar for track days. How did you get the $119 price. Seems like it is $149.99 online too:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=46701

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Old 08-15-2003, 02:48 PM   #3
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Looks like the Susanto midnight garage has hit the bigtime! So are the JIC's a thing of the past?
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Old 08-15-2003, 04:59 PM   #4
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That's strange. It was on the online clearance list for $119 when I bought it just a few days ago. I probably still have the print out too. But yeah, it is a great deal! And a set of Metric impact sockets were on sale for $13.99 too. Regular price is $19.99.

If you don't mind spending the extra $$$, go for the Milwaukee. That sucker puts out 240 lb-ft of lug nuts crunching torque!

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Sounds like a good deal. I need something similar for track days. How did you get the $119 price. Seems like it is $149.99 online too:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=46701
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Old 08-15-2003, 05:03 PM   #5
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Yes, my garage is now slightly enhanced But I don't think my neighbours would like me very much anymore. Maybe it's time to soundproof my garage.

My JIC were shipped back for adjustments yesterday. Hopefully they'll be back soon.

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Old 08-16-2003, 04:34 PM   #6
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Thanks for the heads up. Apparently you got the tail end of the special price because it seems to be $149 now...still not bad. I saw something very similar in the Mac tools flyer and it was $399.

IIRC it looks exactly the same, same specs...maybe it is the same one!
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Old 08-20-2003, 01:04 AM   #7
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Harbor freight also has an electric impact wrench (not cordless). I use it all the time. It is big and heavy but it has a crap load of power.
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Old 08-21-2003, 04:21 PM   #8
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Are these electric Impact Wrenches ajustable?
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Old 08-21-2003, 04:29 PM   #9
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Most of the Harbor Freight ones, including the cordless one I bought, are non-adjustable. But I usually only use them to loosen fasteners. Some people can estimate the torque by the number of impacts when using it to tighten stuff.
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Old 09-27-2003, 06:02 PM   #10
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Well, I was waiting around for weeks and the damn thing wouldn't go back on sale so I went to Harbor Freight and decided to get it anyway.

I tried to see if I could get the sale price but of course the employee wouldn't give it to me. So I go to the register and the cashier tells me $129 something and I was like I wasn't expecting to get it for the sale price, what a pleasant surprise!

It's charging now and I'm going to rotate my tires in a bit. I'm sure this tool will come in very handy.
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Old 09-29-2003, 01:10 PM   #11
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Congrats on the purchase! I'm sure you'll put it to good use as I have been for the past few months. In fact, I think I use it at least once a week in the garage and every other week at the auto-x.
One thing I hope you did was that you purchase the extended warranty. I dropped my impact wrench by accident and the clutch went kaput. Brought it in to HF the next day and they gave me a brand new one with no questions asked! Also be sure to use it with a set of impact sockets. Again, they're cheap at HF.
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Congrats on the purchase! I'm sure you'll put it to good use as I have been for the past few months. In fact, I think I use it at least once a week in the garage and every other week at the auto-x.
One thing I hope you did was that you purchase the extended warranty. I dropped my impact wrench by accident and the clutch went kaput. Brought it in to HF the next day and they gave me a brand new one with no questions asked! Also be sure to use it with a set of impact sockets. Again, they're cheap at HF.
Thanks! The day I got it I did tire rotations on 3 cars and it performed like a champ. It's a pretty nice tool. I just hope it lasts because you get a lot of bang for the buck but of course they have to cut corners somehow to give it the same specs as a $300 cordless impact. I didn't get the warranty because I thought I'd chance it and I wanted to get out of the store ASAP just in case they found out about their mistake!
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HF + cheap tools = me happy
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This may be a bit of a highjack, but I bought a corded impact Wrench (rated 240 lbs tq) from Harbor Freight:



http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=45252

I wanted to use this to take the lugs of my car quickly. But, I find that I have to use a breaker bar first before I can use the wrench to take off the lugs. Is this normal, or is the wrench weaker than advertised? Are you able to use your cordless w/o having to use a breaker bar first?
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I've had a portable one from harbor freight also, but it died after 3 years.
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This may be a bit of a highjack, but I bought a corded impact Wrench (rated 240 lbs tq) from Harbor Freight:



http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=45252

I wanted to use this to take the lugs of my car quickly. But, I find that I have to use a breaker bar first before I can use the wrench to take off the lugs. Is this normal, or is the wrench weaker than advertised? Are you able to use your cordless w/o having to use a breaker bar first?
I have that one and I have no problems with taking off my lugs with it. My only complaint is that its too big so I can't use it for the struts, but that's my fault for only spending $20.
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