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Unread 05-06-2013, 01:36 AM   #31
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Doea anyone use the old "butterfly" style impacts anymore? The kind you held in your palm and had a trigger that looked like BF wings or a paddle. Usually in 1/4". I used the heck out of mine, haven't seen it in probably 20yrs though.

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Unread 05-06-2013, 01:39 AM   #32
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Found a google pic.........
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Unread 05-06-2013, 02:43 AM   #33
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I just bought one last year. Use it a lot for assembly work.
Was really impressed with a guy using one to free up a bleeder valve on a caliper without breaking it. I think it had like one impact per second and just freed it up without the BFH effect. You can change directions quickly.

I had a Sears 1/2" electric impact for about 20 years. I'd still be using it if I could find brushes for it. Was great for putting wheels on and off. To big for other stuff though. But torque. wow. I'm glad it had an extra handle on it for control. Never saw on like that again.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 04:50 AM   #34
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Doea anyone use the old "butterfly" style impacts anymore? The kind you held in your palm and had a trigger that looked like BF wings or a paddle. Usually in 1/4". I used the heck out of mine, haven't seen it in probably 20yrs though.

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I have had a couple of them over the years, but found them awkward to use and I have always had control issues with the butterfly trigger. I am sure the issue is with me and not the tool.
As far as assembling with impacts, I do it all the time. The trick is to get off the trigger as soon as the hammers engage. Also, using small impacts lessens the chance of over torquing while retaining high rotational speeds, which which really speeds up reassembly.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 08:57 AM   #35
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Been happy with my Kobalt air tools and they were a great price. Found a nice set of 1/2 impact sockets from Northern Tool for only $20. Should have picked up the 3/8 while I was at it though.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 08:43 PM   #36
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One down - Just won an auction for a Craftsman 1/2" impact for $17. I've always had good luck with Craftsman so I am hoping its a decent tool.

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I passed on a full set of impact tools just last weekend at a garage sale.. cheap.. high end stuff, had been used but all was in great shape.. just don't have a need enough to buy them, I see them all the time at garage sales.. try craigslist too..
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