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Old April 7th, 2015, 10:54 PM
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Cordless Impact Wrench

I know a bunch of you have them. Which ones do you recommend?
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Old April 7th, 2015, 11:05 PM
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I love my Dewalt 1/2 inch 18v cordless impact wrench

Going to get the bosch smaller version for around the house stuff
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Old April 7th, 2015, 11:06 PM
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I've got the Snap On CT6855 1/2" 18v Lithium Impact Wrench....and it's the best thing on the planet. I also dig the matching light that uses the same battery.

The above is for the "big" stuff....for smaller tasks, Huff turned me onto the Dewalt 1/4" impact driver:
http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-Bare-To...+impact+driver
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Old April 7th, 2015, 11:11 PM
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[QUOTE="nathanwind;626902"]I've got the Snap On CT6855 1/2" 18v Lithium Impact Wrench....and it's the best thing on the planet. Second that, along with my snap on 3/8 14v lithium and my 12v 3/8 Milwaukee hand rachet...
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Old April 7th, 2015, 11:15 PM
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The ryobi is great value for the money.. And lots of different stuff to use with the 18v systems..
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I just had this conversation with somebody who had both a Snap-On LiOn as well as a Craftsman 19.2v and he said his Snap-On is going on Craigslist as soon as he gets a replacement battery for it.
I can't beleive that the Craftsman 19.2v is that good for around $100, but this coming from someone who uses it almost daily, so there's that.

For me I'd probably lean towards a Craftsman 19.2 or a DeWalt because I've already got the charging stations and extra batteries for those.
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I have the craftsman 19.2v 1/2 and it has not failed me yet. I'm extremely impressed with it.
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I've got an 18 Volt Dewalt that works very well. So well that I don't really use my air-tools anymore. In fact, the small nut-driver is sufficient to remove lug nuts without the bulk of the bigger impact. I have a few lithium and NiCd batteries for it, a 12-volt charger, and 2 110-volt chargers.

I picked up a used set from a guy who was upgrading to the higher voltage stuff. Besides the nut-driver and impact I have a flashlight, circular saw, reciprocating saw (sawzall), grinder, hammer drill, standard drill, and a shop-vac. Even got a handy tool bag to carry them.
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I have a Porter-Cable. It's fine for the around the house things. Part of a set with driver drill, cordless drill and jigsaw. I'm not much of a handy man anyway. Best of all it was free. It was a milestone award from my company for reaching 25 years.
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7+ years and no complaints about my DeWalt 18v.
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I know a bunch of you have them. Which ones do you recommend?
Think this may be too generic as I almost posted my preference here. I run Milwaukee cordless tools and have been running the same batteries since 2004. I cycle them and they are still good.

That said I think any of the lithium ion 18V cordless impacts is a worthwhile investment. I don't get the impression that snap-on is worth the premium unless you are going to be using it 24/7. For occasional use I wouldn't recommend investing too much though, to be honest, my significant initial investment has held up well and the entire set of tools is still good after a decade of pretty frequent use. I'd get a budget then hit the review boards for this stuff. Amazon reviews seem to be the most complete as I think a lot of other sites weed out poor reviews
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Funny you ask. Sunday I noticed a google ad for impact 1/2. The craftsman 19.2v along with a few others were in the ad. $69 with free shipping. I ordered one and it should be here today or tomorrow.

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I love my Dewalt 1/2 inch 18v cordless impact wrench

Going to get the bosch smaller version for around the house stuff
I have the .5 18v dewalt and find it less than stellar. For its size it has minimal power. I have a lot of 18v dewalt stuff so thats why I went with it,bought it as a bare tool. It wont for instance break a lug nut loose.
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Tyler - Grab a Snap-On 18V impact wrench - it is the "buy the best" model to have. Then get the Ryobi kit they have a ton of other "stuff" as it is all modular
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Funny you ask. Sunday I noticed a google ad for impact 1/2. The craftsman 19.2v along with a few others were in the ad. $69 with free shipping. I ordered one and it should be here today or tomorrow. Clay
Nice! I will look that up - hope the deal is still going on at that price.
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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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Nice! I will look that up - hope the deal is still going on at that price.
Driver only. Add a battery and charger and you are at $170.
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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 ------ Follow up post added April 8th, 2015 08:46 AM ------ Driver only. Add a battery and charger and you are at $170.
Order Description said battery and charger included. I'll have let you guys know how it actually arrives.

Also, if it can't spin a lug nut comfortably it goes back. I don't think I need 400#'er often but it has to handle at least the mainstream crap that comes up everyday around here.
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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!
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