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Old 04-22-2018, 11:44 AM
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Proper impact wrench

I am looking to purchase a cordless impact wrench for many purposes as I am contractor. However I would like to purchase one that can serve as a dual purpose for rotating my tires and brake jobs. I am just not sure how much torque I should look for. Was looking to buy a Makita cordless one as all my other tools are Makita and I have all the chargers and batteries already. They offer wrenches from 780lbs of torque down to 170lbs.

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Old 04-22-2018, 11:50 AM
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I think itís probably best to stick with what you have so the batteries are interchangeable and you donít have 1 battery for an impact that doesnít match all of your other tools just sitting there not being cycled. If I were in the market for one right now Iíd buy the highest torque available in whichever brand I choose.
 
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:52 AM
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No personal experience, but my general rule of thumb when buying equipment is to buy something with the most capability within reason, of course.

Based in that, Iíd suggest getting the one with the most torque. You wonít be sitting on the side of the road regretting your purchase if the lug nuts come off too easily.....
 
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You need a half inch drive impact, over 800 ft-lb is needed to break the lugs loose on an SD. They are torqued to 165, but breaking them loose requires quite a bit. I have Milwaukee M18 with 4amp hour batteries. I hope to have a 1/2 some day. Currently using an air impact for the heavy duty stuff.
 
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Originally Posted by mhoefer View Post
You need a half inch drive impact, over 800 ft-lb is needed to break the lugs loose on an SD. They are torqued to 165, but breaking them loose requires quite a bit. I have Milwaukee M18 with 4amp hour batteries. I hope to have a 1/2 some day. Currently using an air impact for the heavy duty stuff.
So you don't think the 780lb option will be enough?
 
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:00 PM
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I have a Dewalt 20v 1/2 wrench. It does everything I ask of it and as much or more than my air gun. Pops everything from lug nuts to caliper bolts to ball joint nuts without issue. Even on old rusty axles. I believe itís rated to 700 fl-lbs running the nut and 1100 ish on the static nuts. I never touch my air gun anymore.

 
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:01 PM
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This question is more in my wheelhouse. I'm a tool guy through and through and have more useless tool knowledge than I should. The Makita high torque that I believe you're referring to has about 740 ft/lbs of torque in forward, but over 1,100 ft/lbs of breakaway torque - more than enough for these trucks. In your Makita ecosystem, this is the one to buy. For others in different battery systems, both DeWalt and Milwaukee have great brushless 1/2" impact wrenches in both full size and "mid-torque" options. Mid torques are great for brake jobs, general maintenance while the high torque models are good for suspension work and heavy equipment.
 
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I agree, if all your other tools are makita, then stay with that. I have every dewalt 20v cordless they make and between my son and I, the 1/2Ē impact is used multiple times a week. Very handy tool.
 
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makita is the most powerful electric impact you can buy.
 
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I agree with keeping with the brand/batt that you have going to keep interchangeability.
Iím an 18v DeWalt guy.
I use a torque wrench to break/torque lugs and my 1/4Ē impact to run nuts off/on studs.
YMMV...
 
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So dumb question to follow up. Having such a high torque rated impact wrench. Any issue of over tightening the lug when putting this back together?
 
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I would stay with what you have batteries for. I just picked up a 20V Rockwell 1/2" for under a 100 bucks Canadian on Clearance, it's been a great tool so far! 20 year warranty on the tool AND the batteries is what sold me!

https://www.rockwelltools.com/20v-br...-rk2855k2.html
 
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Originally Posted by travisb6989
So dumb question to follow up. Having such a high torque rated impact wrench. Any issue of over tightening the lug when putting this back together?
Well sure, you COULD, but speaking for myself at least I either use a torque stick or I snug it up and then use a torque wrench. The new Milwaukee M18 Fuel One-key 1/2" impact wrench actually allows you to set a torque range in the One Key app and then it'll stop the tool at the appropriate measurement.
 
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So dumb question to follow up. Having such a high torque rated impact wrench. Any issue of over tightening the lug when putting this back together?
Torque wrench for putting them back on, not an impact.
 
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My 1/2 inch Milwaukee corded impact has served me quite well...I would think the Dewalt would be a good choice also.
 

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