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#1 Rekusu

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 07:54 AM

What ho one and all,

 

I feel  like buying an impact wrench but don't know which one.  I will not be using it so much so don't plan to spend a lot. 

 

However, I see the battery ones look good, but it seems to me, the battery could get in the way where access is restricted.  On the other hand, mains powered ones seem to be larger tools and would have the same issue.

 

Lidl have one appearing soon at a good price, but it is a larger mains powered.

 

Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks and toodle pip

 

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#2 Lionian

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:31 PM

[quote name="Rekusu" post="3021226" timestamp="1521705289"]What ho one and all,

I feel like buying an impact wrench but don't know which one. I will not be using it so much so don't plan to spend a lot.

However, I see the battery ones look good, but it seems to me, the battery could get in the way where access is restricted. On the other hand, mains powered ones seem to be larger tools and would have the same issue.

Lidl have one appearing soon at a good price, but it is a larger mains powered.

Your thoughts would be much appreciated.

Thanks and toodle pip
Thanks for the heads-up on the Lidl impact wrench, Rex. I bought one this afternoon. I would have preferred a cordless one but for the occasional removal of wheels and at just £30, I thought I’d take the plunge. Not used it yet. It comes with a 3-year warranty so the manufacturer must have some confidence in its product.



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#3 Gary Price

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:37 PM

I have a compressor & air impact wrench, I don't tend to use it much, seems a lot of hassle for the time it saves.

 

Electric (mains) one sounds interesting. Probably better then batteery ones, batteeries usually flat when you need them.



#4 Mondygeek

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 07:19 PM

Same here thanks for the heads up I also went and bought one this afternoon, I plan on doing my crank pulley soon so should be ideal

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 02:01 PM

The clarke mains powered one is very powerful, but restricted to being near the mains.

 

I bought the cheaper 12v impact wrench from machine mart, its OK as long as you

do not need to put forward pressure into it. If you apply forward pressure then its rubbish.

 

It will whip a wheelnut off in seconds, but when it needed to press on to remove the splined

bolts from the rear bearing then it wouldnt spin fast enough. It needs an additional bearing

which they skimped on.

 

Opted for the Ryobi 18v impact wrench, i have a few One+ tools and it made sense, its powerful

but not put it through its paces yet.

 

If you have mains handy all the time then the clarke electric one would get my vote.


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 10:11 PM

I've got one of those impact wrenches you hit with a hammer, Toolstation <£10, been very useful for removing/loosening front strut pinch bolts and rear hub torx bolts. It's 1/2" square drive with a 3/8" hex adapter.
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#7 Mondygeek

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 11:08 PM

I used my lidle impact gun on Tuesday to replace 2 rear springs on a Yaris. I couldn't fault it, whipped off the wheels effortlessly and no problems on seriously rusted shock bolts without using any lubricant, it tightens upto 100nm which is probably it's only downfall but nothing a socket and bar didn't sort. Good value for money so far it's certainly paid for itself already

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#8 Rekusu

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 06:35 AM

Thanks for the replies.  I did buy one but have yet to use it. 

In the past, there have only been a few ocassions when it would have been useful for removing stubborn nuts.  But if my memory serves me correctly, I don't think I would have been able to get it into the access space. 

 

At the price, it can sit in the garage until needed.


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#9 Mondygeek

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 07:30 AM

It's always handy for taking wheels off, it only takes me 5 minutes to reel out the extension and saves my poor hands levering the bar for the wheel nuts. Thanks again for the heads up

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 11:27 AM

Yep; I'll use it the next time for the wheel nuts.  At least it will save me having to rummage in the wheel well for the various bits and pieces.

 

Aslo, I can now pretend that I am an F1 wheel change mechanic!


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