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Old 11-22-2000, 01:03 AM   #1
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Question 12 VDC impact wrenches - any good?

I'm thinking of buying one for changing from summer tires to snows and back. I don't have an air compressor, so I thought this would be the way to go. I might also use it to change over from street ot auto-x rubber. Any opinions?
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Old 11-22-2000, 01:11 AM   #2
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I was thinking about this as well (though I'm thinking about air tools now too), but I saw one on Harbor Freight's site for like $35-40 just last week. Sounds interesting, but not sure it has the torque. Anyone?
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Old 11-22-2000, 01:17 AM   #3
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I've seen quite a few guys using em at autoxes. Still would be best to tighten with a torque wrench anyway, so it doesn't need to provide so much torque.

It should be able to do wheels, not sure about suspension bits.
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Old 11-22-2000, 01:46 AM   #4
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what brand/model? What the max torque rating?
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Old 11-22-2000, 02:21 AM   #5
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So far the only one I've seen is from JC Whitney:


REVERSIBLE 1/2"DRIVE 12-VOLT IMPACT WRENCH KIT
Delivers up to 250 ft.-lbs. of torque, yet is so much easier to use than a lug wrench
Built-in light for night use
Perfect for road emergencies…simply plugs into cigarette lighter receptacle or clamps directly to 12-volt battery
Tool loosens/tightens each lug nut in seconds. Also great for shop jobs—rotating tires, inspecting brakes, removing bolts, etc. Unique torquing action allows 12-volt impact wrench to generate the torque and power of an air-powered wrench! Motor spins until it reaches maximum speed, then internal clutch automatically engages and nut is tightened/loosened. Industrial-grade plastic housing. Easy-grip handle with trigger switch. Weighs less than 5 lbs. Kit includes 13-ft. power cord with lighter plug, battery adapter with alligator clips, sockets to fit all sizes of lug nuts, gloves, molded plastic carrying case and instructions.


12-volt Impact Wrench Kit WAS $64.99 Kit 49.99



Copyright © 1999, J.C. Whitney, Inc.


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Old 11-22-2000, 05:49 AM   #6
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Good price. Quality?? But if you keep it for just the occasional use it would do. Good find Jeebs.
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Old 11-22-2000, 08:48 AM   #7
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Problem is shipping gonna be another 15 bucks or so, so I'd like to find one at a local store. AutoZone didn't have any - maybe WalMart or NAPA
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Old 11-22-2000, 08:53 AM   #8
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The cheap ones (that run off your cigarette lighter) suck. I got one from Brookstone for $50-60. It's like an impact wrench with about 1 sec between each feeble impact. Unusable.

However, if you're serious, spend [edit: make that $180] on one from Makita that uses a NiMH battery. All the WRC teams use them, so they must work pretty well.



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Old 11-22-2000, 09:31 AM   #9
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Wow, that Makita looks pretty sweet compared to the cigarette lighter models. I'll have to see about getting one...
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I just brough one in Canadian Tire (I'm Canadian) last month, it is a wall plug impact gun, it works fine and it use as the same as Snap-on design. (1/2" Impact Wrench, AC/DC 7.5 amps, max. torque 240 lb.ft.)
It cost about $130 cad.
After you buy the gun, all you needs is get yourself a set of Deep impact sockets!!
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