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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-01-2007, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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For the people that have or do own these tools, tell me some pros and cons. What to buy, what not to buy, why, why not? Brand? Voltage? Battery life?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-01-2007, 05:37 PM
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snap on makes the best ones, since they invented it.. im sure someone manufactures it for them, so i'd research that

i have a 3/8" drive 9.6v model, that i could easily dismantle an entire motorcycle with before the battery would be dead, and if it did die, i have a back-up in the charger. it wont take car lug nuts off, but i wouldnt expect an air-powered 3/8" drive impact to do that either. it's prolly 50lbs of torque on a fresh battery

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Dont know much about them but i plan getting myself a dewalt impact driver. It's small, has alot of torque , has 18v & It's light. I've seen them on ebay for $120bucks. Retail is like $300 for one of these.
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I'm looking on sears.com and I can't decide which one I want.

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I have a snap-on one.

Grass send me a pm I may have something for you.

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Mine is a 14.4 snap-on one and it tested at 190 ft lbs with fresh battery years ago.

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Snap-on ones are the best by far, they just came out with a new 1/2" that has some crazy power. but they are big $$

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I agree with everyone else... Snap On. when I was wrenching a lot of the guys used em for almost everything. Seeing that most people keep their bikes in the garage and don't ride in the snow an impact for a bike would be very ideal. I almost bought one but I quit.
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Makita for bikes IMO. Had a few over the years and most are better for taking stuff apart but the makita is just strong enough to not strip stuff (lots of aluminum on a bike) when tightening. Obviously always follow up by hand when tightening, but the Snapons were too strong and had no feel how tight you were making say a 6mm case bolt into an aluminum crankcase. Another feature (unless they changed it) was that the Makita would stop when the button was not pressed which controls overtightening also, whereas the Snapons would continue to spin freely until resistance stopped it. I just had better luck with the Makitas. Battery life isn't the greatest, about two years with every day use though.

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I am a huge fan of Bosch for tools like this.




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I bought this for 120 (sears had it on sale)
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Combo+Kits

I originally went in to just buy a drill for my trailer straps and when i came across this i figured what the hell why not its only 20 bucks more

well the impact driver that came with it is the shit. I use it all the time on my car, bike (i can take the plastics bolts out in less then a minute), around the house as well (used it to hang a bunch of drywall)

it doesnt have your normal 3/8 chuck on it but you can buy an adapter for 1/4 drive and 3/8 drive.

if your going to be using it for simple shit, there great.
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