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Old 01-28-2004, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default 12V impact wrench?

i remember someone mentioning that they are using an impact wrench from harbor freight. it operates off of the 12v car battery

i thought this might be a good find for u car nut....something to keep in ur car.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=36175

anyone used this before? any good? enough juice to take off lug nuts on tires?
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Old 01-29-2004, 03:04 AM   #2
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I've tried it on my car... it's got enough juice to take off lug nuts as long as it's not tightened super tight. $20 from Walmart!
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Old 01-29-2004, 04:56 AM   #3
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The one I got from Wallyworld works surprisingly well...It even did struts...it took a couple minutes, literally, but it broke 'em loose...it did an axlenut, too...and an ALK...
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Old 01-29-2004, 10:37 AM   #4
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Get this instead, for $99. I got one for the rally car, but it's so good my mechanic uses it around the shop instead of dragging out the air tools. It's quiet, powerful, and has lasted 2 years of daily use, even with a crappy NiCd battery.

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Old 01-29-2004, 10:46 AM   #5
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danx guys, i think i'll pick one up this weekend

hey john, you never mention what that thing is....no links? no name, no label, no specs etc.

*edit (in re: to clicking on pic) - "they call me nooob" (think flipper)*

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Old 01-29-2004, 10:49 AM   #6
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Old 01-30-2004, 02:07 AM   #7
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I just ordered that impact gun!

Is it strong enough to take the transmission oil drain bolt?
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Old 01-30-2004, 02:15 AM   #8
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The transmission drain bolt is only to be torqued to 32.5ft-lbs.
Don't strip it out.
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Old 01-30-2004, 08:01 AM   #9
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I've been waiting on delivery of this CORDED one for about a 10 days now.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=45252

That cig lighter version only has 10-20 blows per minute. The above version has 2400?!? I guess if you don't have a garage or an outlet near your car the cig lighter ver is the way to go (or the battery powered).

If you add a socket set to the order and get it over $50, shipping is free... it just takes a while.
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Old 01-30-2004, 12:41 PM   #10
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Before anyone buys the 12v impact wrench, read the instructions online. It is only designed for emergency use - presumably for someone who gets a flat and can't undo the wheel nuts. Plus it works in a different way than "real" impact wrenches. They describe how it will spin up for a while, then whack the nut with a single impact. This can be repeated by pulling the trigger again... or something like that.
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Old 01-30-2004, 03:28 PM   #11
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I have used mine, bought at Wallyworld for ~$20, almost to destruction(time for a new one, I think). It does work a bit different than an air tool as the number of 'blows per minute' is low...and it is NOT a heavy duty tool by any standard, but it DOES work and it has a LOT more power than I ever expected....and I'm a mechanic used to air tools....a good $20 tool to have, even if it saves your ass only once and breaks...save your receipt from Wallyworld, and get another one....I've used mine quite a bit
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Old 02-23-2005, 03:00 AM   #12
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I've been waiting on delivery of this CORDED one for about a 10 days now.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=45252

That cig lighter version only has 10-20 blows per minute. The above version has 2400?!? I guess if you don't have a garage or an outlet near your car the cig lighter ver is the way to go (or the battery powered).

If you add a socket set to the order and get it over $50, shipping is free... it just takes a while.
sorry to bring the same story up from heaven

What is the power in W of this beast? would it be possible to run it in emergency from cigaret lighter -> 110V transformer of any reasonable power ability?
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Old 02-23-2005, 03:02 AM   #13
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sorry to bring the same story up from heaven

What is the power in W of this beast? would it be possible to run it in emergency from cigaret lighter -> 110V transformer of any reasonable power ability?
oops - my bad - I need to go to sleep :-)

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120x7=840 is way too much :-)))
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Old 02-23-2005, 03:28 AM   #14
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I bought a Snap on 14.4v cordless impact 1/2" drive 250ft lbs. torq.
came with nice plastic case/charger 110v/two batt packs/flexhead flashlight.
You can get a 12v plug in charger too.

It's bomber! and quiet! yeah it cost me a few bills ,but I wrench for a living.Great for service calls/home.
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Old 02-27-2005, 03:31 AM   #15
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I've been waiting on delivery of this CORDED one for about a 10 days now.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=45252
I have that one... it's great for struts, lug nuts... it's pretty versatile considering it was so cheap.
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Old 02-28-2005, 07:27 AM   #16
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Get this instead, for $99. I got one for the rally car, but it's so good my mechanic uses it around the shop instead of dragging out the air tools. It's quiet, powerful, and has lasted 2 years of daily use, even with a crappy NiCd battery.

This one is amazingly strong. I've used this during spring install without any problem. Best $99 I spent on tools.
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:20 PM   #17
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Get this instead, for $99. I got one for the rally car, but it's so good my mechanic uses it around the shop instead of dragging out the air tools. It's quiet, powerful, and has lasted 2 years of daily use, even with a crappy NiCd battery.


I clicked your link and got this: "The Specifications for this item are not currently available online, or the item has been discontinued."
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