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cordless impacts?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by zack-cat, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. simonsrplant

    simonsrplant Senior Member

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    Companies take note: cute girls make sales!! :falldownlaugh:
     
  2. MNorby

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    I have a 18v 1/2" makita at home and a 18v 1/2" fuel Milwaukee at the shop. The Mikita is a tank and has a ton of power. The Milwaukee is about half the size and weight and about half the power too. I do believe Milwaukee sells a larger unit and I bet it would be on par with my large Makita. IMO the small body Milwaukee should be more on the 3/8 scale impact.
     
  3. lumberjack

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    I bought the M18 Fuel 1/4" and 1/2" impacts, the 1/2" is the 700/1100ft/lbs version. I haven't used it much yet, but it'll handle 1 1/8" lug nuts just fine. I'm aiming to get the grinder and grease gun to keep in the truck... Should prove to be handy assets.

    Both impacts came with chargers and two batteries, two additional batteries and two $100 Visa cards for $721 locally.
     
  4. OldMontanaPhart

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    Dang, I know you boys all use more grunt on heavy equipment than I'm used to needing to work on DIY home improvement projects and the family cars/trucks. I bought into the Ryobi [laugh if you must] tool family awhile back and now my Makitas collect dust. I just picked up the cordless 1/4" impact gun [P234g] on eBay for $38 shipped. 1500 in-lb of torque and I can say it will readily remove frozen exhaust maniford bolts from a Case 530 with a drop of Gibbs Brand for lube without galling or snapping 'em off if you simply reverse direction several times, much like backing a tap or die off to break chips. The thing weighs a lot less than most others but it will drive literally hundreds of 3" screws on one charge.

    The big brother 1/2" Model 260 for $99 has 200 ft-lbs of torque and will definitely do all your passenger vehicle lug nut chores. It's no substitute for air, but if you're in the field somewhere , have a little lube and a bit of patience it's surprising what a less-than-$100 cordless can do, and if you drop it/run over it/lose it/get it stolen it's SO much less painful than a $500+ big name brand...and the batteries are both much cheaper than the Big Boys and easily self-rebuildable-
     
  5. RobVG

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    I own an older ryobi cordless drill and a brad nailer. I like em. let us know how your impact holds up.
     
  6. OldMontanaPhart

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    Will do, Rob-used it again yesterday hanging doors, it drove [24] 3 1/2"#12 Torx-head screws into very dry fir 4x4's with only 1/2" deep pilot holes and never breathed hard once. This after using the same battery to drive at least 50 1 1/2" hex-head #10 self-drillers through 2 layers of 29ga galvanized and into wood. I'll try to check back here occasionally and let you know when [or IF] it decides to give up the ghost...
     
  7. RobVG

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    On the IR W7150, there two model numbers that and 231CW7150-K

    Are these the same?
     
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    Guess the other is comes with an air impact
     
  9. Seabass

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    I bought the Milwaukee 1/2 impact years ago, the 450ft lbs model. It has served well and has been very reliable in plus 40 and -30 temperatures. Its been dropped more than once. Tough impact. I agree to the other posts that the rubber does deteriorate and loosen around the grip. Some e tape fixed that. Mine has significantly lost power over time thru years of wear. I will eventually upgrade to the new more powerful fuel model. All my work is in the field, there is nothing better than just grabbing a socket set on a rail and an impact and start tearing down a machine. No compressor, no hose to deal with unless we get into 3/4 1 inch stuff. But more reapirs I do don't require such. Electric impact for me
     
  10. mitch504

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    I had the 450 ft/lb Milwaukee, it was great. Then, I got the high torque Fuel model, it is fantastic. It is like night and day between them. I only use an air impact when I need 1". My cordless 1/2" will outdo most air 3/4" ones.

    I also have a 4 1/2" grinder, 3/8 90 degree impact, 1/2" drill, grease gun, a vacuum cleaner, and a sawzall on my truck that all use the M18 batteries. They all work good, though the vacuum is a battery hog. The only air tools I still use often are my 1" impact, and my die grinder.

    The one tool I use on almost every job is an M12 3/8" ratchet, it only does 35 ft/lbs, but you can pull it by hand, too. It fits in tighter spots than most air ratchets, and it has no hose

    The new Lithium Ion batteries are far and away better than the old ni-cads, too. They will sit for weeks and still be fully charged, and the tool runs at full strength til the end of the charge.
     
  11. theironoracle

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    I need to buy these tools also. The 1/2" will be the primarily used tool but I would also like to get the grinder, grease gun, 3/8 gun, ratchet, drill and lights. What's the opinions on the Dewalt units? I stop at my local napa dealer more than anywhere in my travel and that's what they are selling??? TIO
     
  12. wornout wrench

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    I have given up on my Milwaukee stuff.
    The 1/2 impact died a few years back, was replaced with the same model and it is a POS compared to the first one. NO power to speak of, I would be surprised if you got 200 out of it.

    Now my 3/8 is doing the exact same thing, pull the trigger and, well it might work. Or not.
    Took it apart (just like the 1/2 ") but could find nothing wrong.

    I still have the drill and the 4.5" angle grinder. The drill is just as good as when I bought it but the grinder just eats batteries.

    So the whole works have migrated back to my house.
     
  13. Mike L

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    Most of the guys I work with have gotten on the Milwaukee bandwagon and have had good luck with them. I've got the snap-on 18volt 1/2" impact and 1/2" drill which I've been very happy with. Knowing what I know now I would buy the Milwaukee.


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  14. ohiofleet

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    I also have a Milwaukee 1/2 and 3/8 use them every day I have to say some of the best tools I have ever bought its nice to not have to run the truck for the compressor
     
  15. mikebramel

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    I had the "old" M18 3/4" impact. Had half the power off a Harbor freight earthquake 1/2" air impact. Rubber molding fell off. Battery cases cracked. Also have the "old" (non fuel) drill. From the beginning the FWD/REV switch doesn't work right. Chuck is junk.

    It is pretty amazing these companies are selling things made so cheaply for so much

    But, on the other hand, my two favorite tools are the M12 dremel tool (carbide bur, cut off wheel, sanding wheel, etc) and the M18 3/8" impact. I have the 1/2" W7150 and the brake function on it is very useful especially with swivels
     
  16. theironoracle

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    Wow! So let me get this straight, Milwaukee non fuel = junk, Milwaukee fuel = the best? They look to be the same unit but the fuel has a larger battery pack! Help before I make a bad mistake....TIO
     
  17. mikebramel

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    That's my experience. I wouldn't say the new ones are the best. But they have really good power.

    The new Dewalt impacts are really nice... I'd look at them too
     
  18. old-iron-habit

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    Back a number of years ago when I bought my 28 volt Milwaukee the "Total Tool" had a one day factory representitive sale in which if you bought a kit of any voltage you got a bare tool of the same voltage free. I bought a 28 volt 1/2" drill/driver kit. It came with two batteries, charger and case for $179.99 and 4 weeks later my bare Milwaukee 28 volt cordless impact driver came in the mail. Wish I could find a deal like that again. The Dewalt reps had the same deal at the same time at the same store. I have had my batteries rebuilt once by a local battery place that does them in house. They were $40.00 each about 5 years ago and still have more power than they did originally.
     
  19. nickbowers

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    The m12 and m18 FUEL gear is awesome, never had an issue with any of it.
     
  20. mitch504

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    There are more differences, for instance the fuel stuff uses brushless motors. The biggest difference in the current versus a few years ago is the battery platform. The M18 Li-ion batteries are awesome. I have a Milwaukee V18 ni-cad 1/2" drill, the drill is great, but you better plan to charge the batteries just before you use it, (same for my 18 volt Alemite grease gun's ni-cads). It's still more drill than any of the cheaper ones the other guys have, but the M18 can sit for months with no loss.

    The high torque fuel 1/2 impact has great power. It will loosen a bolt my IR 261 3/4 tightened. My regular High torque M18 is strong, but not that strong. The regular M18 1/2" says 300 ft/lbs I think(never used one), the High-Torque M18 says 450 (I have one), and the M18 Fuel High torque says 750 tightening, 1100 loosening, (I have one, and I believe it), and the regular (not High Torque) fuel is about 450 (I think, never seen one).

    The 3/4 drives have about the same torque claims as the 1/2s :beatsme