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Old 07-04-2017, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default 1/2 "cordless impact.

Been shopping for a 1/2 cordless impact. Got it narrow down to the millwalkee fuel. And the Dewalt 20 volt. Any of y'all got one of them? Any reviews in real world work? Mostly going to use it in the 1 ton for changing trailer flats on a dual tandom cow trailer. And lawn mower blades and whatnot.
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Old 07-04-2017, 09:55 PM   #2
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I have the kobalt brushless and its a beast, long battery life and i use it daily on my service truck
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:01 PM   #3
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I have the kobalt brushless and its a beast, long battery life and i use it daily on my service truck
Got plenty of torque for say taking off 350 to 500 fp lugs?
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This takes care of some of the things that I would normally have to break out the 3/4" air impact for.



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This takes care of some of the things that I would normally have to break out the 3/4" air impact for.



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Old 07-04-2017, 10:07 PM   #6
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Got plenty of torque for say taking off 350 to 500 fp lugs?
Itll take off tractor lugnuts no problem.
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:13 PM   #7
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Itll take off tractor lugnuts no problem.
Is it the 24v max they sell at lowes?
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:20 PM   #8
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Yes sir got it on sale for 200 few months back
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:22 PM   #9
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I have the 20v DeWALT...I think they make two models.

One has more torque than the other...my 18v was great, but this one rocks.
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:34 PM   #10
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I have the 20v DeWALT...I think they make two models.

One has more torque than the other...my 18v was great, but this one rocks.
Battery life issues?
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:38 PM   #11
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Negative...I have a bunch of the 20v line & the LiIon batts are outstanding.

I keep the 20v in my truck...I had a flat several months ago on my 3/4 ton & not sure how long it had been in there. Worked like a champ. I do try to at least change the batt out every month or two now though.
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:54 PM   #12
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Word on the street is Milwaukee just came out with a 3/4 impact that will do like 1300 ft/lbs. I don't care who you are that's a lot for a cordless!

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Old 07-04-2017, 11:09 PM   #13
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Word on the street is Milwaukee just came out with a 3/4 impact that will do like 1300 ft/lbs. I don't care who you are that's a lot for a cordless!

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Yes that's a lot of torque. I hope no one torques their car or truck tires with that tool. That's about 1200-1240 ft/lbs. more than Manufacturer recommendations.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:10 PM   #14
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Yes that's a lot of torque. I hope no one torques their car or truck tires with that tool. That's about 1200-1240 ft/lbs. more than Manufacturer recommendations.
No kidding. Thems some big stuck nuts. I could definitely think of some places we could have used it on the farm though.

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Old 07-04-2017, 11:15 PM   #15
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I bought a impact at (yeah, I know) harbor freight. It plugs in cigarette lighter and has all the sockets for taking off lug nuts. Used it several times to change tires on 7' tandem disc and 16 foot trailer with trailer house axles. For around 30.00, it's quite handy.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:27 PM   #16
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I bought a impact at (yeah, I know) harbor freight. It plugs in cigarette lighter and has all the sockets for taking off lug nuts. Used it several times to change tires on 7' tandem disc and 16 foot trailer with trailer house axles. For around 30.00, it's quite handy.
Man that sounds outstanding. But I would hate to be on the shoulder of I 35 at midnight with a trailer full of cattle with all my hope wrapped up in a harbor freight impact...lol
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:31 PM   #17
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I have the craftsman 20v and it is does a great job.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:33 PM   #18
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I've owned alot. From Matco to Snap-On all the way to the lower brands. I absolutely cannot stand to use one of dewalts 1/2 impacts. They don't have a variable speed trigger, so it's wide open or nothing. The strongest I've ever used and the only one that is still kicking butt is the Matco, and I'll venture to say it is 6 years old or more, and most of it's life was getting used daily to make myself money. Its retired now and only gets used (heavily) around the house, but it has never been sent in like my snap on has been for repairs (3 times).
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:54 PM   #19
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Buy the Milwaukee fuel. You will thank me later!
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:00 AM   #20
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Have the Dewalt and its changed several tractor tires. Battery Life seems ok
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:46 AM   #21
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Professional mechanics use the monster green Snap-on impacts. 600ft/lb that can twist a lug nut stud off. They ain't cheap but if you make a living with your tools it might be worth it. 18 V 1/2" Drive Cordless Monster Lithium Impact Wrench https://store.snapon.com/Cordless-Im...h-P855043.aspx
One of my lease partners is a snap-on dealer. Won't even give me a discount
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:50 PM   #22
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We use Milwaukee 18 and 24 v impacts they are pretty good. Not as much torque as pneumatic ones though

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Old 07-05-2017, 01:38 PM   #23
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I work at a 16 bay trailer repair shop.
I'm the yard driver.
The most popular, that I know of,
3 guys (mobile)use the 1/2" x 3/8" snap on.

1 mobile guy 1/2" Ryobi

1 mobile guy rigid 3/8" drill and 1/4" impact

1 shop guy uses Milwaukee

1 used to use Makita. Not sure he doesn't anymore....
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:13 PM   #24
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I have the dewalt 20. It will break what you want to. Good tool.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:46 PM   #25
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I have the Milwaukee 18v impact. I bought just the bare tool because I already had a drill and impact driver with the 18v system. I will say that it didn't have quite enough gut to it UNTIL I caught the Milwaukee 18V miter saw on sale at Home Depot. The saw came with 2 of the high output batteries.

The impact works great running on those. Definitely recommend it if you already have red tools.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:54 PM   #26
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Word on the street is Milwaukee just came out with a 3/4 impact that will do like 1300 ft/lbs. I don't care who you are that's a lot for a cordless!

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We have one at work and it's a bad son of a gun... used it to tighten a 16" flange the other day, no problem. Checked with a wrench and could t hardly tighten it any more.
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:19 PM   #27
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I have Milwaukee fuels I think the new 1/2" will do 1100 reverse and 750 tightening.

There's days I still have to get out the 1600ft 3/4 though.
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:33 PM   #28
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Id look at the Rigid tools options. Of memory serves LIFETIME NO QUESTIONS ASK WARRANY. And yes it counts for batteties too

I sold the milwalkee ones, they are solid too
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:58 PM   #29
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Anyone have the porter cable one ?
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:16 PM   #30
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Had a AAA roadside service contractor come change a tire for me last fall and he was using Milwaukee cordless impacts.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:03 PM   #31
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I've owned alot. From Matco to Snap-On all the way to the lower brands. I absolutely cannot stand to use one of dewalts 1/2 impacts. They don't have a variable speed trigger, so it's wide open or nothing. The strongest I've ever used and the only one that is still kicking butt is the Matco, and I'll venture to say it is 6 years old or more, and most of it's life was getting used daily to make myself money. Its retired now and only gets used (heavily) around the house, but it has never been sent in like my snap on has been for repairs (3 times).
Well shoot Dewalt is out then if it's a one speed trigger. That would suck
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:08 PM   #32
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I work at a 16 bay trailer repair shop.
I'm the yard driver.
The most popular, that I know of,
3 guys (mobile)use the 1/2" x 3/8" snap on.

1 mobile guy 1/2" Ryobi

1 mobile guy rigid 3/8" drill and 1/4" impact

1 shop guy uses Milwaukee

1 used to use Makita. Not sure he doesn't anymore....
Seen a youtube review today that a makita out torque the Dewalt and the fuel. Might have to look into that.
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I have used a Chicago Pneumatic not to be confused with the harbour freighters Chicago electric. It is a very nice unit. And would be idea for what you are looking for. It is a line that napa carries and I believe most towns have a napa auto parts. If you can find a NAPA tent/truck type sale you can probably pick it up for about 3 bills with an extra battery. I really don't think you will be disappointed at all with it.

https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Pneum.../dp/B00TE9DD98

All 3 of my snap-on cordless impact drivers burnt up within 6 months.
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:11 PM   #34
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Have the Milwaukee fuel in my work truck that gets used 21 days a month for about 5 months now and no issues to mention. Came in handy when I got my flat a couple weeks back


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I have used a Chicago Pneumatic not to be confused with the harbour freighters Chicago electric. It is a very nice unit. And would be idea for what you are looking for. It is a line that napa carries and I believe most towns have a napa auto parts. If you can find a NAPA tent/truck type sale you can probably pick it up for about 3 bills with an extra battery. I really don't think you will be disappointed at all with it.

https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Pneum.../dp/B00TE9DD98

All 3 of my snap-on cordless impact drivers burnt up within 6 months.
This is what I would buy. Hey ladrones, if you ever have a problem with that tool, shoot me a PM. I will get you taken care of.

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I have/use a 1/2 Ingersoll Rand 20v, wouldn't trade it for a Milwaukee or dewalt. It's rated at 780 ft lb and 1100 busting tourqe
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1/2 18v dewalt I worked on a couple bolts the lawnmower shop tied in the other day, and it took 5 tries and multiple penetrating oil sprays to finally get the bolt off.
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Old 07-06-2017, 12:44 AM   #38
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wanted milwaukee after talking to some electricians and contractors, but boss said everything else is dewalt....so we got a dewalt
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Makita, best engineered tools on the market....no further questions your honor!
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I"ve used my Milwaukee Fuel to do several tire changes and some other work and been happy. The high output battery is noticeably better but the original batteries still work.
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Old 07-07-2017, 03:13 PM   #41
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Found a Dewalt at Sears in Sherman for 189. Battery,charger and tool. Had to jump on that price. Got home rotated the tires on my one ton pickup and pulled the blades on my mowers. It will work for what I need. Sure wanted more then 400 lbs of torque but at that price it had to be baught.
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I have the Dewalt 20V and it has done everything I need it to do. changing tires should not be a problem for it. As for battery life, when my chainsaw went out I used a reciprocating saw to cut down an old fig tree that had three ten inch bases, it took care of it like a dream.
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My oldest son has the Milwaukee Fuel and loves it and the youngest has the Snap On and swears by it. I have used the Snap On but havnt had a chance to play with the Milwaukee yet.
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I have the 20v DeWALT...I think they make two models.

One has more torque than the other...my 18v was great, but this one rocks.
X2 Mine is the high torque model. It stays in my truck and makes changing tires for myself and others quick and easy! I have had it about three years and love it.
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Milwaukee Fuel is great. I have two drills, 2 impact screwdrivers, and 1/2" impact, and shop speakers! All work great.
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