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Air impact wrench recommendations

Postby Walt » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:37 pm

I recently acquired a 120 psi 60 gallon air compressor. I'm looking for a decent impact wrench for rotating my own tires. It will be used maybe once or twice a month, so I don't need something built for a master mechanic. I'll also change the occaisional back hoe tire.

I already have a good set of impact sockets that are 1/2 inch, so I'd like to get a matching wrench. I'm also on a tight budget. :). Any suggestions?

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Re: Air impact wrench recommendations

Postby blaz » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:25 am

I have had good results with ingersoll rand. Make sure you use and oil it regularly.
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Re: Air impact wrench recommendations

Postby HenryJ » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:58 am

I have Snap-on, NAPA, CP (Chicago Pneumatic) , Campbell Hausfeld and Ingersol Rand. The NAPA is probably the best impact wrench for the money, but still not cheap. I woud say my old...OLD CP impact is the best just because it is affordable and still works after the beating it has taken all these years. It has since been retired to home duty in my garage.
If you have any pawn shops around, might be worth checking. Craigslist and yard sales also come to mind. You can probably find a very good one for $10-$25

This one is dirt cheap and might get the job done: Harbor freight impact $21
I might be tempted to try this Sears Craftsman impact $50 it looks very similar to the Ingersol Rand gun. I haven't used the plastic bodied wrenches though. Not sure how much abuse they might accept. Looks like it might have more torque than the Harbor freight cheapie. Sears looks to have a couple more choices under $100 that look reasonable too.

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Re: Air impact wrench recommendations

Postby _STUCKY » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:26 am

We usually get a cheapo from NAPA. They seem to work ok, but when something happens to it, we just get another. We probably have a pile of 10 of those lil junkers. The last one, the bolts wouldn't stay tight and it would spit oil all over the place. I've also seen them snap off the 1/2 square that the sockets go onto. We can probably get a year or so out of one, but they see a lot of abuse. We are not gentle on them.

My mechanic has a very nice snap on. It is fairly lightweight.
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Re: Air impact wrench recommendations

Postby rlrnr53 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:57 pm

The composite guns are nice, we started using them about 3 years before I retired. At that time, they were still going strong.
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Re: Air impact wrench recommendations

Postby HenryJ » Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:54 pm

rlrnr53 wrote:The composite guns are nice, we started using them about 3 years before I retired. At that time, they were still going strong.
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