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post #1 of 34 Old 05-18-2021, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cordless Impact gun, what is a good fit?

I don't have a WJ yet but I bet a cordless impact gun will be good to have. If I mess around with the suspension and exhaust bolts, bigger would be better in most cases but I don't want one too big for smaller tasks.

Is there a Goldilocks size Impact gun for WJs?

I have many Craftsman/Black&Decker 20v Lithium batteries which would be nice to use but I'm not opposed to buying in to Milwaukee or something else if it makes sense.

One small and one large could work if nothing is just right but then I am probably more concerned with budget.

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post #2 of 34 Old 05-19-2021, 01:15 AM
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Dewalt makes a fairly compact light duty 1/2 gun that’s basically built off of their impact drill. Then of course they make bigger versions for high torque applications

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I really like my DeWalt's I have both the small one I use for everything and the 1/2" drive I keep in the jeep for changing tires and larger stuff.

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jfwiw, the "earthquake" impact from harbor freight will rip a car apart,,,WAYYY BETTER than my big air unit

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If its for occasional use I would go with something from harbor freight. If your gonna being using it every day then go with Milwaukee or Snap On. I bought a Ryobi impact and used it every day at work and it bit the dust after 3 months. Then I had the Ryobi warrantied and put it in my vehicle for when I do side work and its been running good for 2 years now.
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I love my Ingersoll-Rand W7150. It's pretty old now, and it's 1/2" and fairly bulky, but it's never been defeated and you can always find a way to get it into awkward spaces using extensions.
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A couple of years ago I caught a sale on Ridgid battery powered tools at Home Depot. If you bought a kit that included a nice, 2-speed drill with drill mode, hammer mode and screwdriver mode, a 1/4-inch drive impact driver, two 4-amp-hour batteries, charger, and carrying bag for $115, you got to pick one additional "free" tool. I chose the $179 1/2-inch impact gun. The thing is a beast. So much so that I only drag out the air hose these days when I need to air up tires or blow dust out of a computer.

The best part about Ridgid is that when you buy a tool that comes with a battery, the tool and battery are guaranteed for life. Have a problem? They'll send you a new battery or fix/replace the tool. You just have to register the purchase on their website when you get the tools. (They don't offer that guarantee for tools you buy without a battery, but not for batteries that you buy without a tool. ??? )
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You know I still prefer my air impact, mainly cause the battery's won't die

Homestly though a cordless ratchet would be a good buy. I have done some **** to jeep and the cordless ratchet is handy af.
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I'd like to find a really compact 120V one. For the occasional work I do, keeping on top of batteries is too much of a pain.

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Milwalkee "fuel" impacts are pretty great. The 1/2" does all the big jobs, my 3/8" does everything else.
if you want to go really compact, the 1/4" driver with the slim line cylinder shaped battery is pretty great, and I see mechanics like Eric The Car Guy (on YouTube) use the crap out of his. I don't have one, but I want one: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...7083_200757083


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I'm very pleased with the cheap and cheerful 3/8 angle impact wrench I bought.

It's very handy for light work.
If the fastening is a bit to tight, I pull on the tool by the battery.
I get a bit more leverage than I'd get with a 1/2" ratchet.

I recommend one for own car use where you'd use a 3/8th set.
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jfwiw, the "earthquake" impact from harbor freight will rip a car apart,,,WAYYY BETTER than my big air unit
I ditto this. You can't go wrong with the latest Earthquake from HF. Don't let the snobs steer you otherwise.

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I have many Craftsman/Black&Decker 20v Lithium batteries which would be nice to use but I'm not opposed to buying in to Milwaukee or something else if it makes sense.

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The Milwaukee stuff is expensive but very well made.

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You know I still prefer my air impact, mainly cause the battery's won't die

Homestly though a cordless ratchet would be a good buy. I have done some **** to jeep and the cordless ratchet is handy af.
I used to have battery problems, with my old NiCd battery powered tools. Every time I would go to use one, I'd need to charge the battery first. The lithium batteries on my Ridgid tools last for months between charges. I've yet to have one die in the middle of a job. The new lithium batteries, combined with brushless motors have really changed the game.

I also have an air-powered Earthquake impact. If you set that thing on high, then either the fastener is coming off or it's breaking off. But I haven't used it once since I got the Ridgid. The Ridgid handles everything I throw at it.

I also have a REALLY old Black and Decker 120 volt 1/2-inch impact that was given to me at least 40 years ago. It can't even remove a lug nut.
Power tools have come a long way!
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I have many Craftsman/Black&Decker 20v Lithium batteries which would be nice to use but I'm not opposed to buying in to Milwaukee or something else if it makes sense.

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The Milwaukee stuff is expensive but very well made.
I remember in the 1990s and 2000s Milwaukee corded hand tools were pretty much the best. Now a lot of their stuff is Chinese and near identical copies are available at much lower cost.

I'm going to have to shop Earthquake against Milwaukee... Ridgid will get a look too.

So are 1/2" wrenches too big for any common jobs/trail repairs? Will an extension set solve any size issues?

I have a harbor freight 1/4+3/8" extendable handle ratchet that seems pretty good, hopefully that will cover jobs that a 1/2" impact is too big for.

I'm going to hopefully be doing some off roading on BLM land, hopefully nothing too challenging but kind of out in the middle of nowhere so a tool kit that I can pack any time is a good idea and good for pick-n-pull too.

I have always wanted an Orbital Super Sawzall too, does Milwaukee make a good cordless to pair with the impact? How about Harbor Freight? I guess I should think about a 4.5" angle grinder too.
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