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Old April 8th, 2015, 12:29 PM
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Diff pinions, Main shaft nuts, axle and spring shackles - SNAP ON. I paid for one after seeing Lavender's in action. No regrets.

I echo Huff's message about breaking bolts. I use the impact more for dis-assembly of rusted junk than putting things back together.
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Tyler, what do you plan to use the impact for? I think that is a fairly important question to determine what is the "best" one to buy. Many votes above for the Dewalt which can be had as a new bare tool (assuming you have a battery) for less than $150 while the SnapOn unit (undeniably nicer) will likely run you in excess of $300 for a used model. My pricing may be a little off but think the point is made. Pricing aside, I can tell you that I chose a Dewalt model because like many other folks I already owned several screw guns/drills and an 18V sawzall so I wanted the interchangeability. The performance does not compare to the SnapOn which is a good and bad thing. Impact wrenches are a great way to break bolts so I typically try to use them sparingly and never use them for more than a snug up when tightening. Also why I purchased a 1/4" impact driver...great for running bolts tight enough for assembly/fitment but will never break any bolt larger than 1/4 (5mm) diameter!
breaking bolts loose and loosening lug nuts since I'm having trouble with one of my biceps that makes breaking things free harder. I was leaning towards the dewalt since I have had a few of their corded tools over the years.
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Huff makes some good points.


I'll also add that unless you're breaking trucks for a living or wrenching every day... the Craftsman will work fine.
I got my Craftsman when Sears had one of their Memorial Day/Fathers Day/Independence Day/ Secretary's Day tool sale....
It works great.
I think I paid $75...

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Huff makes some good points.


I'll also add that unless you're breaking trucks for a living or wrenching every day... the Craftsman will work fine.
I got my Craftsman when Sears had one of their Memorial Day/Fathers Day/Independence Day/ Secretary's Day tool sale....
It works great.
I think I paid $75...

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For 1/2" impact sockets, it is hard to beat the 14 piece metric set of Tekton for $29 shipped. It even includes the 32mm for the axle nut. The deep set is $48. Same prices for SAE.
TEKTON 4817 1/2" Drive Shallow Impact Socket Set, 11-32mm, Metric, Cr-V, 14 Sockets - - Amazon.com

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Driver only. Add a battery and charger and you are at $170.
Mine was on sale for $80ish and included the battery and charger
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Mine was on sale for $80ish and included the battery and charger
My bad. Found another ad for a local (Alexandria) pickup w/ pack and charger for $89.

Sears Local Ad at ALEXANDRIA, VA : Find Deals on all Holiday Gifts
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My bad. Found another ad for a local (Alexandria) pickup w/ pack and charger for $89. Sears Local Ad at ALEXANDRIA, VA : Find Deals on all Holiday Gifts
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I have the Dewalt DW059 for my 1/2" and the Dewalt DC825 for my 1/4".

They both work great. One fully charged 18V battery was enough for me to strip a junkyard Disco I rear axle with some left over - this was actually in the junkyard.
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I see the Misses lets you charge your tools next to the blender, huh....

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I have just upgraded to the Dewalt 20V lithium ion, and its a beast.
Shop DEWALT 20-Volt 1/4-in Cordless Variable Speed Impact Driver with Hard Case at Lowes.com
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I know a bunch of you have them. Which ones do you recommend?
Does it have to be electric? They all suck compared to air tools.
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I absolutely love my Milwaukee fuel 18v cordless impact. Best tool I have purchased in a long time
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IR, I can't say enough for their stuff. The batteries last a long time, they're very lightweight and the tools themselves are very well built, partial metal cases, metal drives etc. Mine have been in daily use by one of my master tech's for the last 6 years and the only failure was one nicad battery that lasted about 5yrs. The LiIons are all still working great and lasting a long time!
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Are there any that you can set the resistance on? My DeWalt starts hammering at a really low resistance and sometimes I wish it'd just torque a bit more before hammering.
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Are there any that you can set the resistance on? My DeWalt starts hammering at a really low resistance and sometimes I wish it'd just torque a bit more before hammering.
Probably can adjust it after disassembling the unit. There is probably just a nut that sets the slip torque before the wave plate is engaged. Sounds like a lot of trouble for nothing though. Isn't hammering the whole point of the tool?

If you need less hammering, then a cordless drill works well.
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Old April 9th, 2015, 10:34 AM
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Probably can adjust it after disassembling the unit. There is probably just a nut that sets the slip torque before the wave plate is engaged. Sounds like a lot of trouble for nothing though. Isn't hammering the whole point of the tool?

If you need less hammering, then a cordless drill works well.
I use the hammer more for loosening, but when tightening I like torque. The DeWalt I bought last year starts hammering the lug nuts at a resistance so low that I could actually just keep tightening them by hand.

BTW I have this one.

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I think what you're encountering is the fundamental limit of the tool's torque.

I don't think I've ever used that kind of driver for lug nuts. The lug nuts should be tightened with the 1/2" impact wrenches, which are much larger than the 1/4" drive unit you have.
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I see the Misses lets you charge your tools next to the blender, huh....

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Does anyone make a blender attachment for a cordless drill?
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I think what you're encountering is the fundamental limit of the tool's torque.

I don't think I've ever used that kind of driver for lug nuts. The lug nuts should be tightened with the 1/2" impact wrenches, which are much larger than the 1/4" drive unit you have.
Mine is 1/2" with detent pin, 20 volt
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