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nriddle77
09-10-2008, 09:43 PM
I am planning on buying a cordless impact wrench sometime soon. I will be using it to change blades, among other things. Which one should I get? Any particular brand or features that I should look for?

Kennedy Landscaping
09-10-2008, 09:45 PM
I would go with something like an AC Delco but not sure really, all of my tools like that are air powered. Almost every air tool I own is Campbell Hausfield.

howierd3866
09-10-2008, 09:50 PM
just use a friend's cordless the other day to chance blades it was a snapon bad to the bone better than my air one...but about $500.00 will be getting one soon

AmsoilPower
09-10-2008, 09:58 PM
I bought a 3/8 drive Snap-on a few months ago. Came w/ case, charger and 2 batteries for $300+. Has a ridiculous amount of ft lbs for a 3/8 drive. I have not used my air guns since. Thing has plenty of nuts for this equipment. I do alot of side service work.....comes in extra handy not dragging a air hose around.

Runner
09-10-2008, 10:13 PM
Snap-On is the top of the line, but one thing is for sure...there are so many nice ones out there, now. Back when I got mine, there weren't a whole lot available out there. There was the Snap-On, and the Makita. Mine is the Makita and is only a 14.4 V, but works well for this application. Since then, there are several other good brands ou there, such as the Milwaukee and Dewalt. These are much cheaper now than what they were before, as well. If I bought another one, I would get a bigger one, though. I've seen off-brand ones that were around 18 to 19 volts, break loose and take off large lugnuts off of trucks. Mine won't break lugnuts loose. For blade tightness though, these only need to be torqued to about 80 ft. lbs..

mybowtie
09-10-2008, 10:21 PM
I have a Hitachi 18 volt 1/2 drive. Its smaller then other brands. Fits under the deck easer, dont need to lift it so high.

puppypaws
09-10-2008, 10:48 PM
I am planning on buying a cordless impact wrench sometime soon. I will be using it to change blades, among other things. Which one should I get? Any particular brand or features that I should look for?

This is an excellent impact wrench......http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail.asp?productID=6347

mississippiturf
09-10-2008, 11:30 PM
An earlier post on this subject was a guy who purchased a Harbor Freight 79 dollar 19 volt impact and has been using it for four or five years!! I use air impact.

MJB
09-11-2008, 12:13 AM
I got a nice off brand from Northern tool for $120 has 2 batteries and a carry case and charger. Don't believe how much easier to change blades or wheels. No more dragging the air hose out .

AL Inc
09-11-2008, 06:10 AM
I also have the 14.4 volt 3/8 Makita. We love it, use it mostly for changing blades, but has come in handy for many other repairs, too. I got it with a flashlight/drill combo and tool bag for about $350 IIRC Can't believe I did without it for all those years!

Frue
09-11-2008, 06:15 AM
IRaund very nice set but you have to get the mower up high to change the blades.

Sweet Tater
09-11-2008, 03:00 PM
I just got one from Matco, 100ft pounds, it works great and was only $135 wit 2 batteries and a carry case. /oh and charger.

cpa4t9r
09-11-2008, 03:20 PM
I use the Milwaukee and love it - very heavy duty but not the smallest tool around if size is a factor.

All_Toro_4ME
09-11-2008, 03:50 PM
I use the Dewalt 18 volt cordless. Came with 2 batteries, 1 hour quick charger and case. Its awesome. Has plenty of power and it makes it extremely easy to change blades or sharpen them. You might look on ebay for them. Sometimes theres dealers or individuals selling them (brand new) for about $100 less then msrp.

tedfrk
09-11-2008, 06:24 PM
i dont have a cordless impact gun but do have a makita 18volt lithium ion impact driver,i use to do hvac before doing landscaping,it would last twice as long as my friends 18 volt dewault.i would buy another one in a heartbeat!!

farmboy52787
09-11-2008, 08:16 PM
I use the Milwaukee and love it - very heavy duty but not the smallest tool around if size is a factor.

I have a V28 Milwaukee and there has only been one thing it couldnt remove in the 3 years I've had it, ive abused it alot and still works like brand new. I use a torque stick with it too so i dont overtighten my blades. Paid about $350 for it on Ebay right when it first came out, came with charger, case, and 2 batteries.

Blunt
09-11-2008, 08:36 PM
I used one similar to these for a while it was a 1" drive. Very dependable no batteries to replace. http://www.google.com/search?q=manual+impact+wrenches&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-27,GGGL:en Yup I stall can't think of why anyone though these were a good idea. We would stand in line and take turns cranking on the damn handle while the sergeants would yell at us to go faster then after about a half hour they would cut the nut of with a torch.

sven1277
09-11-2008, 08:45 PM
So a cordless impact with about 300lbs will remove a blade bolt with no problem? I was planning on buying an air unit w/ 1000lbs.

nobagger
09-11-2008, 08:58 PM
I am planning on buying a cordless impact wrench sometime soon. I will be using it to change blades, among other things. Which one should I get? Any particular brand or features that I should look for?

If your only going to be using it from time to time then dont get a cordless. The battery will be junk in a short time.

smittyl
09-11-2008, 09:03 PM
I've got the 18v dewalt and its great! I use it now for just about any job that requires a drill. You cant go wrong with this one

jkingrph
09-11-2008, 09:21 PM
DeWalt 18 v. Make sure to get the higher ft lb rated model, I think around 150 ft lbs but not sure. It's a hoss. Blade nuts, no sweat, and does a fast job on lug nuts on my 3/4 ton diesel.

AmsoilPower
09-11-2008, 09:40 PM
I was planning on buying an air unit w/ 1000lbs.

Are you working on a semi?:rolleyes: A gun for 300 ft lbs is more than enough for any mower.

deere615
09-11-2008, 09:45 PM
Dewalt 18v, my uncle has one and I have used it alot, its very nice!

johnslandscaping
09-11-2008, 09:58 PM
I have a Dewalt 18 volt paid 300. with 2 batteries, charger and case. Never lets me down I also have a dewalt drill that i can use extra batteries if needed. I think that Dewalt and snap on is good choices When i worked for a tow company we used snap on just has a bigger price tag and sockets come on and off easier

Frontier-Lawn
09-11-2008, 10:06 PM
Will the DeWalt/B&D's also work on lug nugs on trucks and cars? i know some won't.

puppypaws
09-12-2008, 07:36 AM
Will the DeWalt/B&D's also work on lug nugs on trucks and cars? i know some won't.

The 300 ft. lb. Dewalt has no trouble with lug nuts coming off but you need to be careful or it will put them on too tight. The impact (banging) from an impact wrench is what makes all the difference, it will take nuts and bolts off you would have a heck of a time with a pull bar and socket even when you add a pipe sometimes for more leverage.

Mower blade bolts are nothing, you only need around 80 lbs. of torque for most, this is where you need to be careful or you will easily over tighten. Anything up to a 100 or so want give you a problem but still becomes more difficult if you had to remove them by hand.

I have learned a feel for this with the Dewalt I use, once it is pulled up tight and hammers 2 or 3 times I come off and move to the next one. I have never put a torque wrench on a blade bolt, I just know this works perfectly with never any problems.

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
09-12-2008, 08:15 AM
I got the snap on, very pleased........

TimsLawnCareVA
09-12-2008, 08:42 AM
I have a Snap-On 1/2" I use all day 5 days a week and love it. Hardly ever use air tools anymore. If you use one alot, Snap-On is the only way to go. I have a Snap-On 3/8" I bought new in 2001 and have only had to replace the battery once and use it every day. Snap-On cost more but will last you longer.

puppypaws
09-12-2008, 10:28 AM
I have a Snap-On 1/2" I use all day 5 days a week and love it. Hardly ever use air tools anymore. If you use one alot, Snap-On is the only way to go. I have a Snap-On 3/8" I bought new in 2001 and have only had to replace the battery once and use it every day. Snap-On cost more but will last you longer.

I have a friend named Will Sanderson that lives in Farmville, Va and grows chickens for Tyson. His father Billy Sanderson had a serious wreck going to the county trash dump a couple of weeks ago when someone pulled out in front of him. I talk with Will everyday or two checking on his dad, thought you may know the Sandersons. I've just never seen anyone on this forum from Farmville, Va.

sven1277
09-15-2008, 09:00 PM
I just bought a dewalt 1/2 cordless impact today after reading all the positive posts about its power. It wouldn't loosen the lug nuts on my mason dump or my employee's corolla. I was disapointed and returned it. I'm not sure why it didn't work because everyone else seems to love it.

terryswafford
09-15-2008, 09:17 PM
14.4 volt makita. couldnt live without it.

Lawn Pawn
09-15-2008, 09:44 PM
Milwaukee half inch drive.... 14.4 volt.
Nice little unit... OK power... fair price.
Got this unit because I have matching drill for batteries.

corey4671
09-15-2008, 10:00 PM
I just bought a dewalt 1/2 cordless impact today after reading all the positive posts about its power. It wouldn't loosen the lug nuts on my mason dump or my employee's corolla. I was disapointed and returned it. I'm not sure why it didn't work because everyone else seems to love it.

how long did you let the battery charge? I've changed trailer tires, car tires for stranded motorists and of course mower blades. Was it the 18V? I have a Dewalt 18V drill and 18V angle grinder. Great for putting a little edge on a blade in the middle of the day!

MileHigh
09-15-2008, 10:01 PM
I used to build decks with all dewalt tools...I thought they kicked arse

Runner
09-15-2008, 10:28 PM
I just bought a dewalt 1/2 cordless impact today after reading all the positive posts about its power. It wouldn't loosen the lug nuts on my mason dump or my employee's corolla. I was disapointed and returned it. I'm not sure why it didn't work because everyone else seems to love it.

There are two different models. The DW059K-2 is a slower gun, but has more torque. DC821KA is a faster gun, but has less torque.
Here is a link. http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail_listing.asp?categoryID=4505

puppypaws
09-15-2008, 10:43 PM
I just bought a dewalt 1/2 cordless impact today after reading all the positive posts about its power. It wouldn't loosen the lug nuts on my mason dump or my employee's corolla. I was disapointed and returned it. I'm not sure why it didn't work because everyone else seems to love it.

There are two different models. The DW059K-2

This is the one I use and I tighten and loosen 3/4" bolts and nuts which is a 1 1/8" socket on farm equipment, it will take the lug nuts you are talking about off with ease. I don't know what you had but it was not the DW059K-2 impact wrench and if it was the battery was not charged or faulty.

What was the model number of the one you bought?

Geronimo
09-15-2008, 10:46 PM
I've got the Dewalt which is an awesome driver, I use it to drive screws.

IMAGE
09-16-2008, 12:59 AM
18v 1/2 drive Snap-on. Battery holds a charge with hard use all day(imagine a tire shop). Or holds a charge for at least 2 weeks with just light use(like changing blades).

hackitdown
09-16-2008, 05:13 AM
I have a cheapo "goodyear" impact that I got at Pep Boys for $99, with a $30 rebate. It has worked well for 12 months so far. But it came with only one battery.

puppypaws
09-16-2008, 07:56 AM
I have a cheapo "goodyear" impact that I got at Pep Boys for $99, with a $30 rebate. It has worked well for 12 months so far. But it came with only one battery.

That is a good deal and it gets good reviews!

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=goodyear+impact+wrench&aq=1&oq=goodyear+im

metro36
09-16-2008, 07:10 PM
Snap on 18v 1/2". It has a crazy amount of torque but it is expensive. $500

kjslawn
09-16-2008, 08:48 PM
This is an excellent impact wrench......http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail.asp?productID=6347

This is what I use wow and I used to fill an air tank to change blades

sven1277
09-18-2008, 11:32 PM
I bought the 059 and used a fully charged battery. Maybe I got a bum unit. Think I'll buy another one.

puppypaws
09-18-2008, 11:44 PM
I bought the 059 and used a fully charged battery. Maybe I got a bum unit. Think I'll buy another one.

There was definitely something wrong with the unit, charger or battery. This is a very strong impact wrench.

SLC, LLC
09-19-2008, 10:39 AM
We carry $39.00 Ryobi's in every truck - been using the same ones for four years now. If it gets me four years - that's ten bucks a year! I'll take it!