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Old 08-11-2019, 08:31 PM   #1
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Impreza WRX Tool Recommendations: Impact Wrench

There are so many different tool brands out there, I'm asking for recommendations on an impact driver/drill to change wheels at the track.

Ideally something that can get the lugs torqued reasonably well for the torque wrench to finish the job.

Any suggestions?
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:29 PM   #2
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I assume you mean something cordless/battery powered?
I have a 20v Dewalt 1/2 inch "mid range". Fairly compact with plenty of torque. 2 impact settings as well. Works with all my other 20v tools too.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:39 AM   #3
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ive had luck with Milwaukee products, check out their impact driver.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:49 AM   #4
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Thanks! I'll look them up. I've heard of Milwaukee, but do not know anything about them. Cheers, CHRIS
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Old 08-15-2019, 02:29 PM   #5
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Milwaukee is awesome. It can get expensive. They are a premium brand. But a great warranty.

Home Depot's Ridgid brand is great too, plenty for track and even more like semi truck lugs. Excellent warranty too. I've heard great things about Lowes Kobalt brand too.

Dewalt, Even Harbor Freight's new Earthquake line (crap warranty) are also great contenders.

Thing long term though... Once you buy into one brand, the battery works in other tools from the same company. So when you settle on something, look at the other tools they offer, and does it cover other things you may want to buy?

As an example, I got a ridgid impact driver (not an impact wrench) as a gift. I then just bought a driver and impact wrench and saw. All brushless. But they make no outdoor tools. Ryboi does, Dewalt does, Milwaukee does, etc. All the batteries are interchangeable within the respective brands.

You also want to pay for the brushless models too IMO. More efficient, and a bit more power.


Pro-tip. All the brands above, often only come from a handful of manufacturers. Techtronic Industries (TTi) owns Milwaukee, Ryobi, and more! Each brand has their market and price point. Batteries are not compatible, but often share many features and components. You can rest assured the quality of the tool will be just as good on the lowend as the highend.
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Old 08-15-2019, 02:32 PM   #6
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:41 PM   #7
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Milwaukee will do the trick and costs a lot less than Snap on or matco. You can also get several sizes for the battery if you want it really light. I've never used the cheapo harbor freight ones but even those seem too expensive for something from harbor freight.

Almost got the Ingersoll cordless because it literally smoked the snapons several years back, but a friend at work recommended milwaukee and after comparing prices and reading reviews it seems like a good choice. The 1/2 and 3/8 I got are also brushless, which will make them more reliable. They are doing well so far, but have only used them for about four months.

My air tools are ingersoll and are really reliable considering how much they get used.
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Old 08-28-2019, 01:56 AM   #8
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I'm currently loving my harbor frieght Earthquake XT 1/2 inch cordless. Pulling lugs off my vette (about 100lbs tq) is no issue. I've pulled crank bolts, head bolts, subframe bolts and an axle nut with it no problem. The only thing I've ever seen thwart it was the cam bolts from my ej which are insanely tight.
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Old 08-28-2019, 07:50 AM   #9
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I have the older version of this Makita. It's a little bulky but has performed fantastic. I have done axle nuts and suspension work with this as well and it doesn't quit. At the time I bought it the snap on equivalent was around $500 and I bought this with battery for $260ish. It looks like the newer version is a little more compact in length which is a plus

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Old 12-16-2019, 01:20 PM   #10
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Home Depot's Ridgid brand is great too, plenty for track and even more like semi truck lugs. Excellent warranty too.
Husky is the Home Depot house brand. Ridgid is their own brand, made by Emerson. cool image of all the companies and their brands though! really interesting.
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Old 12-16-2019, 01:25 PM   #11
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Husky is the Home Depot house brand. Ridgid is their own brand, made by Emerson. cool image of all the companies and their brands though! really interesting.
It's confusing though, because Ridgid's only approved retail seller is HD. You might be able to find them on other sites, but you can forget about a warranty from anywhere else. (Even the authorized seller warranty is kind of **** too, FYI.)

The tools are generally good though. They sell direct through directtoolsoutlet.com too...
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It's confusing though, because Ridgid's only approved retail seller is HD. You might be able to find them on other sites, but you can forget about a warranty from anywhere else. (Even the authorized seller warranty is kind of **** too, FYI.)

The tools are generally good though. They sell direct through directtoolsoutlet.com too...
Oh interesting. But that must be exclusive to their power tools? I see their pipe wrenches at lots of places: Grainger, Whitecap, Ace Hardware, etc.

Ive had a Ridgid corded drill for a good 15 years now, and its still running strong.
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Oh interesting. But that must be exclusive to their power tools? I see their pipe wrenches at lots of places: Grainger, Whitecap, Ace Hardware, etc.

Ive had a Ridgid corded drill for a good 15 years now, and its still running strong.
Ah, I was thinking about the power tools. Not sure about anything else.

I'm over committed on the 18v cordless Ridgid stuff and have no complaints so far.
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I make the forging dies and tooling for Ridgid pipe wrench jaws, so I'm always on the lookout for where they are sold.
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https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/Power-Tools/Fastening/Impact-Wrenches/2767-20

I bought one of these when they first came out. I was tired of my Snap-on MG725 having a hard time getting stubborn bolts loose on various vehicles. I needed more power and the 2767-20 did the trick! If you've ever tried to loosen crank bolts on Hondas that need the special locking tool, you KNOW tight. I've had 2 since purchasing that the gun could not take off by itself. I got the gun for $250. I then bought the 18v/12v quick charger and (2) 9.0A batteries for another $200. The snap-on gun was $500, requires air and has half the power. The 9.0A battery may be a little overkill but I use it 5 days a week and was unaware how long the battery would last (it was my first daily used battery tool). The 5.0A should be plenty of life for most people.
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Old 12-17-2019, 04:16 AM   #16
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+11ty on Milwaukee. Was invested in Default and my tool repair guy turned me onto Milwaukee stuff. Took me awhile to convince my old boss to transition... Honestly from a working tool standpoint the whole line is pretty awesome.
I did manage to save our "Default" investment by the 20v adaptors & new packs after the 18Vs bit the dust. They were given to crew noobs along with the hyper yella ryobis. The journeyman guys got the milwaukee stuff.
Also the milwaukee 1/2" impact will pop the 500 ft lb lug nuts on my RV.
Ironically the last flat I got... called roadside and guess what he had on the truck?? Yeap... big red. Said he uses it everyday on 18wheelers and large trucks. No airhose needed!
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:49 AM   #17
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That Milwaukee 2767 is industrial grade, pretty much made to impact fasteners on bridges and large constructions. Something like 1100ft/lbs of loosening torque. Hasnt failed me yet for anything automotive rated. You really cant go wrong with it.
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I'm very happy with my Dewalt. It is powerful and reliable.
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:24 AM   #19
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+1 for Milwaukee, I have the 3/8" cordless 18V Impact and love using it. Never had a problem with any Milwaukee cordless tools I own.
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:38 PM   #20
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An ebay seller is making 3D printed battery adapters to mate X battery to Y tool brand. Im loving it so far.

I have all Ridgid tools and batteries today. I bought a ryobi adapter so i can buy their branded tools but use my existing batteries. I plan to buy some ryobi outdoor tools next since Ridgid doesnt have that today

There are other mixes of dewalt, milwaukee, hitachi, etc available. Came out to around $100 shipped from Australia
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