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Old 09-25-2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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Anybody tried out one of these for breaking free rusted bolts and lugs (or general track side use)?

http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_101...2_00911483000P

I saw that some were using cig. lighter powered units, but I don't want to draw off of my poor little battery any more than I have to.
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1/4 in. metal hex coupler and 900 in.lbs

That's a quarter inch coupler and it's rated in INCH pounds, not foot pounds. I've got a similar one and it's incredibly handy for working in the engine bay, but you need something with allot more oomph than that to change lut nuts.

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That tool is useful for sinking screws into wood and cement board, but I wouldn't use it for anything on a car.
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yeah, they got me with the in/lbs. The other ones I saw they were selling for like 250+ clams were rated at like 300 ft/lbs. I am saddened

Saw this one earlier:

http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_101...=impact+wrench

My little battery may have to grow a pair it seems...
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That tool is useful for sinking screws into wood and cement board, but I wouldn't use it for anything on a car.
If you try one you'll never go back to a standard ratchet again.

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One that definitely works is a Milwaukee 1/2" cordless impact. Mine's an 18v, and it can remove a lug torqued to 100 lb ft. The battery lasts a very long time as well. The higher voltage series is supposed to be an animal.

The 1/4" drive impact is also awesome. I've used the heck out of my Ryobi 18v to disassemble my car.
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I'll just get one of these like newbsauce and use a buddy's car to power it.

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I'll just get one of these like newbsauce and use a buddy's car to power it.

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If you try one you'll never go back to a standard ratchet again.

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I used several to remodel a bathroom this summer. They are too big to get to a large enough percentage of bolts that I wouldn't use it. I do occasionally use standard pneumatic ratchets and such, fwiw, but they don't require as much vertical clearance from the bolt/ nut.
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I thought about that thing once, then remembered it was from Harbor Freight. Tools like that from HF are a hit or miss affair, besides the fact you have to mess around with a cord.
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Well since it is settled that I shall buy and test aforementioned thingamajigger, take a look at these doohickies:

Northern Industrial Impact Sockets — 1/2in. Drive, 8-Pc. Metric Set | 1/2in. Drive Metric Sets | Northern Tool + Equipment

Perhaps because I haven't been around a lot of high power tools (many busted knuckles) I have never seen this type before.
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Standard impact gun sockets are black like that because they're heat treated and thicker. I've seen a lot of sets with that ball joint, but you don't have to get those. Standard sockets will split if you constantly apply the amount of torque and hammering action a good impact gun is capable of.

I have a 12v right angle drill similar to this:
http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/to...roductID=22722

Once I break the lugs loose with a breaker bar, this thing zips them off faster than I can move from lug to lug, making wheel changes very quick. Cueball's used it at the track once, he can vouch for how useful it is. He likes to show up 5 minutes before our driver's meeting with his r-comps in the trunk.
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I knew that the ones for impact wrenches were more heavy duty, just had never seen any swivel type like this.
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The swivels usually reduce the peak torque of impact drives because they add compliance. That may or may not be a big deal for your intended use.
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Anybody tried out one of these for breaking free rusted bolts and lugs (or general track side use)?

http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_101...2_00911483000P

I saw that some were using cig. lighter powered units, but I don't want to draw off of my poor little battery any more than I have to.
The chuck looked a little to wimpy to break lugs loose. I doubt it has much power, or it would be a 1/2" drive. It will take a 1/2" to bust loose lugs. It is hard to beat an air powered impact gun.
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I may get this one for the garage. I would much rather use a small extension cord than my long rubber air hose.

FREE SHIPPING — Northern Industrial Impact Wrench — 120 Volt, 2100 RPM, 1/2in. Size, 235ft.-Lbs. Torque | Impact Wrenches | Northern Tool + Equipment

If this works then I may invest in this for the track:

FREE SHIPPING — Northern Industrial Cordless Impact Wrench - 24 Volt, 1/2in. | Impact Wrenches | Northern Tool + Equipment

unfortunately it lacks 25 ft/lbs to the chorded version

Who knows if either will be powerful enough
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