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Cordless Impact MUST HAVE!

Post by Da_Hose » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:04 pm

Hey folks,

I have owned the older Harbor Freight 1/2" cordless impact for a few years and it has served me "well enough". It can't get super heavy torque bolts off, but I hadn't wanted to buy anything else as a 1/2" breaker bar does live in the tool box, I do have air tools, and anything better would run me upwards of $500.

HF is now selling this bad boy, and it is currently on sale for $229. Holy crap people!
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If you don't have air tools, but work on your stuff at home YOU MUST HAVE THIS THING!!!! I used it to knock off a couple sets of lug bolts that would normally make the old gun hit it a good 5-10 times before they let go. This new gun rips them off with just 2 hits. I will put some large bolts/nuts into the vice and do some testing to confirm break loose torque ratings, but HF sure looks to have put another kick ass tool on the market for the home shop. =D>

Jose
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Re: Cordless Impact MUST HAVE!

Post by ron » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:56 am

I bought a similar one around 2 years ago. Invaluable!
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Re: Cordless Impact MUST HAVE!

Post by GazM3 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:25 am

I have 3 milwalkie impact drivers. 1x 1/2" and a heavy and light duty mini ones. They are great for doing repetitive stuff. U lose touch with them though.
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Re: Cordless Impact MUST HAVE!

Post by sharkfan » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:39 pm

ron wrote:I bought a similar one around 2 years ago. Invaluable!
Which one Ron?
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Re: Cordless Impact MUST HAVE!

Post by Da_Hose » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:02 pm

There are some videos on youtube now, that show off what my new HF impact can do.

At one point, the guy puts a large bolt through a hitch and tightens it up as much as the impact can do. Then he puts a load cell on a breaker and loosens the nut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASOH8K9sHUE

It may not be very scientific testing, but putting on a nut that requires 525 ft/lb to remove says your tool is pretty damned capable. Some yayhoos in the comments try to say "get a DeWalt instead, it's the same price". Yeah right. A reconditioned, bare tool is $180, and those only carry 90 day warranties. A new bare tool is $210, battery and charger are another $100. So yeah, the DeWalt warranty is longer, and if you have another $100 to spend get it. However, it is not "better" than the HF tool. They have the same level of performance, but the DeWalt has three speeds (more gimmicky than anything), and it's yellow.

I can tell you my experience with the HF tool so far has been awesome! It is a great tool to have, and if it lives as long as my older one, it'll be around more than 3 years.

Jose
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Re: Cordless Impact MUST HAVE!

Post by sansouci » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:39 pm

If you want to see a humorous comparo test of various tools, check AvE's posts to youtube. A real artist at breaking down the design and construction of the inner workings.
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