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Impact Wrench

ronny p 148

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Looking for air operated 1/2 inch drive not going to be used everyday so I don’t need snap on quality but would like quality but not that kind of $ amount !
 

Nick

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Last Subscription Date
04/18/2014
Re: Impact wrench

If you're looking to buy new you might want to check out the Earthquake line of air impacts from Harbor Freight. A friend of mine has one, like you he didn't want to pay big $$$ for something he may only use a half dozen times in a year. He got one on sale and so far has been very pleased. It doesn't compare with my ancient IR but for the money it's actually not that bad.


Otherwise hunt on Ebay/Craigslist/Pawn Shops for a used major brand.
 

dalmatiangirl61

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
Re: Impact wrench

I think, could be wrong, that your choice today is snap-on, or made in some asian country. That said I'd take Taiwan over chinese.

I have several pneumatic impacts in my tool box, don't think I've used them in a few years, friend that rents shop has the cordless Milwaukee, I find its easier to just grab one of those for my occasional use:shrug:
 
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Thaumaturge

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68
Last Subscription Date
07/12/2019
Re: Impact wrench

Stay away from the cheaper 1/2" from HF. I bought one and it was crap. The "Earthquake" model mentioned above however got a good review from AVe of all people, and he gives virtually nothing a good review.
Doc
Looking back I see it applies to the compact head model. https://youtu.be/jqWypTAG4Hw
 

uglyblue66

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Last Subscription Date
11/07/2018
Re: Impact wrench

I got real lucky.About 12 years ago I bought a used snap on for 25 bucks. It gave some trouble back in march. All I ask of the snap on man was to let me know what I owed to have it rebuilt. instead,I got a brand new 1. I think it woulda cost about 625 or so!
I am very happy with it,but when the guy first sent word no parts could be had for my old 1,I was told about Earthquakes from a couple folks. I was going to buy 1 of them until they let me know my old snap on would be replaced.
 

Duey C

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Age
55
Last Subscription Date
12/08/2019
Re: Impact wrench

This I'll comment on. Get a Chicago Pneumatic 734. They're quiet for what they are, quick at turning the socket and have a lot of ballx (oomph). Some other brands I see at my part time work now make as much noise as power and slower etc. I've grown up with Chicago's in my hand and they're still very good!
I dug a newer one out of the dust at work several months ago, fixed his nose&ring (he'd been dropped on his nose a bunch) to loosen the holding ring and I keep him to myself for my work. He's fast and does great. I had one so blame long at my past work, I stamped my last name into his body. I got years out of him and he was ran hard. :)
As they age, actually give the motor a little bit of oil and then give the hammer case a good shot of motor oil. There's an Allen plug forward on the case. Correct oil? Dunno but I've breathed life back into a few other old guns with that. I was gonna say TRICK but there's oil in the front/hammer case and needs to be there.
 

ronm

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
I got a used 740 CP off the Snappy truck back in the 70's. It's still working, it has served me well, been hauled around on the truck & used air off a hundred farm compressors...I have a Sears Craftsman that was given to me, & it kicks the CP's ass power-wise. Actually, neither one of the air wrenches gets used much since I got a Ridgid cordless electric...battery technology has come a long way, you don't have to drag a hose around, & you can throw it in the car or truck on a road trip to change a tire if needed. Get 2 batteries & you don't have to wait on it to charge...
 

cornbinder89

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I like the idea of renting, if you need a few time a year.
The reason you reach for an impact is not because the bolt or nut in question will come off easy! It is times like that, where anemic isn't good enough.
I have an old Mac (IR) that I have had for more than 30 years. Still a good unit. When new it would kick Snap-on's to the curb. really pissed off the guy in the shop that had to have everything Snap-On!
Having said all that, I have a newer IR 3/4" that hasn't lasted as well as the old Mac has.
 

J.B. Castagnos

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01/01/2006
We use the IR Titanium, good wrench. Bought a Harbor Freight battery powered Earthquake, one of the guys in the shop had a Snapon electric, wouldn't budge a nut. Another mechanic had an Earthquake, whipped it off with no effort. The air wrenches get little use now, everyone goes for the battery powered.
 

kwfiggatt

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I bought one of the earthquake 1/2" wrenches with the plastic case and have been pretty happy with it. I've had it for about a year. Its nice and light and definitely has some snap to it. I doubt that it'll be around as long as my old IR 231, though...

Kevin
 

ronm

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
Re: Impact wrench

I just purchased a Dewalt looked good hope it was a good choice !
I've used several DeWalts, nothing wrong with them. I intended to get a Dewalt, but ended up with a Ridgid to match the set I got for Christmas with a drill, impact driver, charger & 2 batteries. I caught the 1/2" impact on sale at HD...
 
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