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Old 02-28-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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Battery Impact Wrench

I'm curious how many might carry a battery impact wrench with them for removing lug nuts. Saw one used on a vehicle today, they sure are slick for removing lug nuts. If you have one, what brand is it? How well does it work? Thanks!

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Old 02-28-2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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I have a DeWalt 1/2" drive and a Milwaukee 3/8" drive, both work very well.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:44 PM   #3
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I use a corded Makita or a Dewalt as I have a generator.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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I use a battery powered 'Goodyear' brand from a local auto parts store several years ago...It had a $20 rebate - SWEET!

I use it to lower and raise the four stabilizers - quicker and more powerful than a cordless drill, IMHO...

Keep it in the trailer's storage compartment so it's ready to remove the wheel lug nuts if required on the road...

It could also be used on the tongue jack if the electric motor gives up the ghost...

As you can see, it's 'mush have' in our tool bin...!
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:05 AM   #5
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I use one regularly at work. I even use it to adjust hitch heads on the tow vehicles, as well as lug nuts. At 475 pounds of torque, I have to be careful not to twist off the studs on the lugs. And it's very portable.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:14 AM   #6
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I found a used Snap on 1/2 drive impact/flashlight combo kit. Great tool.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:39 AM   #7
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When we travel I got into the habit of bringing along the Cordless tool bag. Drill, light sawzall and a small impact. Even though it's an 18volt set the impact doesnt have enough "Uumph" to break loose the lugs on tires. In it's defense however, it's not what it was designed for either, it's an impact driver made for screws. I use a tire iron to break the lugs loose, and the driver to speed the threading on/off of the lugs.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:41 AM   #8
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I have the Sears version and charge up both batteries just before a trip. It is an awesome thing to have even though with my new Michelins, I hope I don't need it. The one thing you should think about is your lug nuts. On my 2002 AS, the lug nuts are a 2 piece variety with a stainless shell over a steel nut. I highly recommend you change out all of the lug nuts to a solid stainless type. The 2 piece lug nuts are crap and will come apart.
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Bought a "Goodyear Racing" battery impact from Pep Boys about 8 years ago. A real life saver! Battery went kaplooy after 5 years, and I had it rebuilt at Interstate. Cost almost as much as the whole kit! But better battery.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:27 PM   #10
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Not quite the same, but I carry a 110 volt harbor freight impact wrench. It runs of a 1000 watt inverter in the truck.
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I have two pneumatic impact guns one is a1/2 inch drive husky the other is a 1/2 inch ingersoll and to answer your batterie type impact gun ,I have a snap on 3/8 impact gun it works great love it ,but will only remove nuts at 90 and below foot pounds of torque ,I use it around the house never bring it with me.
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The DeWalt 1/2" 20V impact wrench is great. It has 300ft lbs of torque - it's incredible. I used it the other day to take an alternator pulley nut off - without locking down the stator. The torque came on so quick it just spun the nut off before the alternator internals had a chance to start moving.
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