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Impact wrenches

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by Stevehh, Nov 13, 2019.

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  1. Stevehh

    Stevehh Active Member

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    I am considering the purchase of an Impact Wrench (IW) to use of the (t)rusty Discovery and am split between a cordless IW of suitable torque or air tool. To go down the route of air tools I would have to upgrade my compressor, so there are sort of two questions here relating to cordless IW and suitable compressors to run IW.
    What are your thoughts and recommendations please guys?
     
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    Pappasmurf Well-Known Member

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    I've got a Bosch cordless, does me nicely.
     
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    mick 1986 Well-Known Member

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    I splashed out a bit at the start of rebuild last year. I bought the Dewalt cordless impact wrench. It’s done everything I asked of it, including loosening the crank pulley bolt on my 200tdi when the engine was out. It’s not cheap, but will undo everything on the defender.
     
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    Back in 2013 I got a Milwaukee 18v impact wrench (a HD18HIW model) and it's still going strong. The batteries still hold charge six and a half years later too. Nowadays you can get even more torquey ones and they're cheaper too. In some ways its more versatile than an air tool as you don't have pipes dangling about everywhere. I've also used it with a 1/4" hex adaptor to punch 6" screws in when I was building my shed. It's so handy I even take my wheels off to wash the car quite often these days.
     
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    I bought the Dewalt 899H , this thing is a monster , it wasn't cheap but worth every penny .. all the reviews rate them as the best out there .. im so glad I bought it .. I havnt found anything it cant undo , I even use it for removal and refit of wheel bearings .... def buy another
     
  6. Stevehh

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    Thanks guys. So far it is looking like the Cordless Impact Driver is the way to go and I appreciate all the comments and recommendation regarding these tools.

    The use I would put the tool to would be on my Land Rover Discovery S2, and three older classic cars I maintain, so torque capability is important. Nothing worse than an IW that only does just a few nuts on the car. So what is the minimum torque necessary i wonder?

    I run mainly Makita/De Walt tools normally, with associated chargers and batteries so these would be a good brand route.

    Obviously using a smaller stubby IW would get me into those more difficult suspension areas as opposed to a big MF of a IW.

    And of course price is important £150'ish would be in order.

    Your views?
     
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    resto_d1 Well-Known Member

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    You need to double that price unless your talking bare unit. Think the dewalt is around 280?
     
  8. Stevehh

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    Yes I was talking bare unit resto.
    I guess the important thing is what torque I shall need and choosing the most compact and cost effective IW for that rating
     
  9. mick 1986

    mick 1986 Well-Known Member

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    The dewalt is £160 in screwfix (bare unit), but it’s 950NM torque. It’s anything but light and compact though. After an hour of using it, you know you have been using it. It’s something like 4-5KG with a 5.0A battery. I must admit that I use 2 smaller 3.0A batteries.
     
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    Just get a Milwaukee M18 and be done with it.
     
  11. Stevehh

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    After much faffing about I have made the decision and ordered a De Walt DCF899 kit from Toolsense;
    • 1 x DCF899 XR Impact Gun
    • 2 x 5.0Ah XR Li-Ion battery packs with state of charge indicator
    • 1 x Multi-voltage XR charger
    • 1 x TSTAK Kitbox
    All in at £274. I will report back when I have had a chance to play with it.

    Steve
     
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    wattfield AKA Dirk Diggler

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    I got an Aldi one, along with a cordless angle grinder.The angle grinder's fine, I don't know about the impact wrench yet. If it's crap it has other uses, and I still have an air powered one.
     
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    An update on the Milwaukee situation. One of my original batteries fell to pieces yesterday. I think the plastic is getting brittle after over 7 years of use. I've stuck it back together with sticky tape and it's still running and charging. There's a very complicated-looking printed circuit board in there as well as the battery cells.
     
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    You will not regret the DeWalt purchase, but I agree with the weight issue, maybe that’s because I’m a 63 yr old git. I recently bought the smaller 1/2 impact for when you don’t need the extra torque, bare units make sense when you all ready have batteries.
     
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    The 899 is a 1/2 impact gun. What model did you get with the lower torque?

    Cheers
     
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    I have been looking at the cheap makita copys to go with the battery's and charger i have, for the amount i will use it £30 sounds good.
     
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    Another Milwaukee recommendation, best time saving tool I ever bought.
     
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    You will have issue with busting your nuts loose. Might as well use a 1/4 inch ratchet with a 3' piece of 1/2" pvc pipe as a cheater bar
     
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    Me too I also got the chainsaw + reciprocating saw and angle grinder + the impact wrench and having previously used Makita I find the quality of Aldi's Ferrex brand is surprisingly VERY GOOD + drill set etc:)
     
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    I cant see that deal, its priced at £289 now, im really torn between this now and the Milwaukee M18 one but it seems out of stock everywhere now
     
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