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Old 02-13-2020, 09:27 PM
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I also own the Milwaukee with 1400 ft pounds of breaking torque. I have not found a nut it can not unscrew. Am now totally air hose free. I just recently purchased the smaller Milwaukee model and it uses the same battery.
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Laughable how much better the milwaukee 3/4 impact is than all of the 3/4" impacts in the workshop at work. I'm sure there is some superior 1" guns out there (there definitely is). They've entirely replaced all the air impacts, and then we switch over to Stealth4 hytorq's for final torque rounds up to 3500ft/lbs or so.

I've had a couple of the 1/2" fuel's at home for years and they outperform every air rattle gun.

Sure they're no Paoli DP6000's, but noone has 300psi @ 700CFM for rattling bolts.
Old 02-13-2020, 10:40 PM
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Just buy one of these: https://hytorc.com/lithium-series-ii
Old 02-14-2020, 07:50 AM
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I have a Milwaukee 1/2" impact that is perfect for my use. I'm not a professional, but I like to do my own work. This week I did two 2" Rancho lifts on 13 and 16 Jeep Wranglers. The impact wrench had no issues in nuts that hadn't been touched in 7 years. For lug nuts, I'll tighten with the impact, then factory calls for 100 ft/lb which is what I torque them to.
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still need a breaker bar to bust the lug nuts loose, so why spend $300 on a tool that just unscrews them the rest of the way?
Old 02-14-2020, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by rpt50 View Post
If you are only needing this for trailer lug nuts, get a big breaker bar and be done with it for a fraction of the cost.

If you think you might start using the tool regularly (e.g., to rotate your own tires) and you already own a compressor (anything bigger than a pancake will work fine), get an air impact gun. With casual use, mine has lasted for over 20 years, and has been useful for a myriad of otherwise difficult jobs in automotive, motorcycle, and household (driving big lag screws) repairs.

It sounds like some of the latest battery guns work well, but they sure cost some serious money, and I wonder if the batteries will still be holding a charge 4 or 5 years from now????

Air hoses are a PITA joke and always in the way. What if the nearest air hose is a mile away? I make a living on air hoses and I am slowly phasing out all my air tools for electric. So nice under dash, or out in the field. I had to make an adjustment on my trailer the other day right at the ramp. ZIP ZIP...done. Anyone who does not own an electric impact will be like I was, skeptical. I avoided the electric tools for a long time.

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Old 02-14-2020, 08:38 AM
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I have the Milwaukee 1400 lb high impact. Very rare that it doesnt perform it job maybe once a year I find that stubborn rusted nut but it will break the bolt if the nut doesnt come. Best thing about Milwaukee is the 5 year warranty. No registration needed. They pay shipping both ways and you have your product back in a week. No UPC or recipient needed.. best no hassle warranty I have even done hands down.
Old 02-14-2020, 08:41 AM
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Have both the DeWalt and Ryobi 1/2 on impact...love them...saves so much time.I 2nd the torque wrench for final adjustment but these guns work great
Old 02-14-2020, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by njk4o5 View Post
still need a breaker bar to bust the lug nuts loose, so why spend $300 on a tool that just unscrews them the rest of the way?
Only time the breaker bar is necessary is when the lug is frozen and you have to break off the stud. The electric impacts are indispensable!
Old 02-14-2020, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Buriedpast View Post
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by njk4o5 View Post
still need a breaker bar to bust the lug nuts loose, so why spend $300 on a tool that just unscrews them the rest of the way?
Not even sure where my breaker bar is I use it so infrequently. For weekend wrenchers frozen lugs not that big of an issue.
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There is a theme in this thread of people who actually own electric impacts saying buy them, and people who don't saying you shouldn't without ever actually trying one. Because once you try one, you won't go back to air.
Old 02-14-2020, 02:32 PM
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I got the Bauer 1050 ftlb Electric Impact Wrench from Harbor Freight for my transmission and transfer case rebuild. Thing is awesome and now one of my favorite tools. I like it a lot more than the air impacts I've used. Been more consistent. It's 120v in lieu of battery though.

Took my rusted 1-1/16" yoke nuts off with little effort which is badass. Nothing on my old Jeep has stood in its way. - https://www.harborfreight.com/85a-12...nch-64120.html
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Have a 20v dewalt 1/2” at home because I have multiple other dewalt battery tools. Works great for working on vehicles, trailers, lugs etc. don’t know how I made it so long without one
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Originally Posted by njk4o5 View Post
still need a breaker bar to bust the lug nuts loose, so why spend $300 on a tool that just unscrews them the rest of the way?
Never tried one have you?

Most of the time with a breaker bar, you’re doing the same thing you’d do with these impacts, just expending a lot more energy and bust knuckles. You can look at a nut and 9/10 times tell it’s frozen. If that’s the case, some heat or penetrating oils can remedy that. In the case of a bad one, both tools are going to wring it off.

I’ve replaced a lot of air tools with battery and gas cylinders. They work and they last. Battery tools of today aren’t anywhere like they were 5-10 years ago. Air still has its place through, I still prefer it running framing and trim guns.
Old 02-14-2020, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by njk4o5 View Post
still need a breaker bar to bust the lug nuts loose, so why spend $300 on a tool that just unscrews them the rest of the way?
I only use my battery Milwaukee on my Super Duty. Why would I need a breaker bar?
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Milwaukee fuel will blow your ballsack off.
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Old 02-18-2020, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
There is a theme in this thread of people who actually own electric impacts saying buy them, and people who don't saying you shouldn't without ever actually trying one. Because once you try one, you won't go back to air.

Exactly!
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I had a flat on our boat trailer on the way home. It was getting dark and a guy saw me on the side of the road with my 4-way wrench. He stopped and busted out a Milwaukee battery powered impact driver with 1/2" shaft. Braaaap Braaaap and all the nuts were off. Had the tire changed like a Nascar pit crew. Needless to say I am going to be buying one to keep in the truck after seeing that. I think the real magic of them is keeping them in the tool box of the truck for a rainy day. It takes up less space than an air compressor and has more than enough power for 95% of any job. The guy told me to be careful because it would break the lugs off if I didn't stop. I am not sure how true that is but it definitely yanked the old ones off with ease, no breaker bar or anything of that nature was needed whatsoever.
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I got the Makita, since I already had other Makita tools. I love it. Works great. Sold my big air compressor. It gets loaded into the truck for road trips with the trailer.

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