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Old July 1st, 2014, 08:22 AM
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Get an impact driver if you work on your truck!

For years I have been working on cars and motorcycles and using brawn. I finally broke down and bought an impact driver.

The model I got was battery powered by DeWalt (I have their drill and the same battery, 18 volt, can be used on both).

This tool is great. I was changing my rear shocks and I tried a wrench but nothing was happening and I thought they might break off. The impact driver had them off in no time and no broken bolts.

I wish I had bought one years ago!
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Old July 1st, 2014, 08:25 AM
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x2. I bought mine after one of those capped lug nuts wouldn't come off of my truck, and Rolf used his impact driver to zip them right off of my wheels.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 08:36 AM
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I had a cheapo Pep Boys for years and it did the trick...

After it broke I got a Snap-on 1/2” cordless impact tool (after borrowing one from Jason) and I wish I got it earlier. It's great.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 08:50 AM
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I've recently noticed Dewalt has come out with a 20V!
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I've recently noticed Dewalt has come out with a 20V!
That's what I have. The DeWalt DCF880M2 20-volt MAX Lithium Ion 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Kit with Detent Pin - I bought mine from Amazon for $215, but I've never seen it hit that price again.

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Old July 1st, 2014, 08:56 AM
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For years I have been working on cars and motorcycles and using brawn. I finally broke down and bought an impact driver.

The model I got was battery powered by DeWalt (I have their drill and the same battery, 18 volt, can be used on both).

This tool is great. I was changing my rear shocks and I tried a wrench but nothing was happening and I thought they might break off. The impact driver had them off in no time and no broken bolts.

I wish I had bought one years ago!
I have the 1/2 dewalt and its ok. No where near a substitute for a pneumatic one.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 09:03 AM
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I can't even recall working on my trucks without the plethora of air tools. Best investment ever made in tools. By far.

Most used and vital? Impact gun. Second most? Air nozzle--simple but oh so useful....
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Old July 1st, 2014, 09:19 AM
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You guys are talking about cordless impact wrenches. This is an impact driver.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 11:15 AM
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I have used a device like this for years and in a pinch it works. But many times you don't have the the space to wield the hammer with enough force or worse, your hand becomes the point of impact
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Breaker bars don't run out of juice.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 11:49 AM
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I have a 120v AC dewalt and my air powered Ingersoll Rand 2131ti sits in the drawer.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 11:52 AM
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Bought a 110 impact wrench from Northern Tool years ago before battery versions came out. Its a must have tool, but today, the battery version rules especially in an off road tool kit
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I use my dewalt impact driver for small and repetitive items (I.E. Oil pans). I don't bother using it on lug nuts or big items, those I reserve for an air impact wrench. They are very useful to have around though.

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No, but my forearms do if I'm putting in a million screws/bolts etc.
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Old July 1st, 2014, 01:40 PM
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What ever happened to the 36v line that DeWalt had? I bought a 36v combo kit from them almost 10yrs ago and looking to replace one of the batteries.
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What ever happened to the 36v line that DeWalt had? I bought a 36v combo kit from them almost 10yrs ago and looking to replace one of the batteries.
I have some 36v stuff I would let go for cheap. I'll send you a PM.
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I have a big set of IR 18v Li Ion 3/8" Impact, LED Light, 3 Drills and an Angle Grinder. They all work awesome, best drill and impact I've ever used (aside from an Air Powered one). I highly recommend them, they offer a Li Ion and a NiCad Battery, both fit the same tools. I've had these for about 5 years now and they see daily use by both myself and my buddy that is a LR Tech. He put all his old Snap On cordless stuff away when I bought it and hasn't touched it since! It's a little more pricey than the Dewalt, but I'd swear by it. The batteries last forever, I started with one LiIon and one NiCad, and after 5-6yrs, the NiCad just finally died, but the LiIon is going strong still, I am constantly amazed with the life and power I get out of these.
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man, am I embarrassed....

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You guys are talking about cordless impact wrenches. This is an impact driver.

I've had one of these forever and just now realized what it is and how it works...always just thought it was a "big grip" socket holder..

Sheeesh....what a noob am I...
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