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Compact impact - I think I just got the handiest

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TMlawncare, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    For years I have had alway just used a ratchet to get blades off all the mowers. Sometimes I have to use a cheater bar to get them off but usually not. We have a 1/2" corded impact but it always a pain to haul out but does the job. We now have 10 mowers we have to sharpen blades weekly. The biggest pita being the new wright zk. That thing seems to fuse the blades on to the point I can not get them off even with a cheater bar. I tried the corded 1/2 impact and it will not fit between the floor and the spindle, even while jacked all the way up on my floor jack.
    I have always wanted a cordless compact impact but worried about the power. Well after some research I bought the most powerful one and got it for a real goood price. I got the Dewalt 1/4" 20v impact. This thing is half the size of my dewalt drill and weighs only about 3lbs with battery. Its only about 5" long. I put a 3/8" adapter in it so I could use my 15/16 socket for the Wright zk. I checked and it was so tight I could not budge it with a ratchet. I put the new Dewalt on it and it did not even strain. I really couldn't believe it. Thought I would share. $199 at Lowes with two batteries.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    I am sure that might be better than the one at Sears but the price of the Sears is a lot lower and it comes with a cloth Toth bag that holds all the sockets.
  3. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 468

    I have three of those impacts in 18 volt,and you have to be carefull as the adapter will break right inside the chuck ,right where the groove is .Dewalt makes the same style unit with a 3/8" square drive ,and a half inch square drive one ,and theres also a large 300 ft lb. battery impact but its a larger tool .
  4. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,810

    Get the Milwaukee. You will be happy. I have a drill that gave me some issues and they fix it for free locally at the local dealer. Very happy with their stuff. Their 1/2 cordless impact can pull just about any nut off...think it has 450 ft-lbs.
  5. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    When I pulled the new dewalt out of the case, it was so small. I thought there is no way this thing has the power to take off a fused on nut. Less then 1.5 seconds later the blade was in my hand. Totally shocked. My old dewalt drill was purchased in 1996 when we first started. We still use the original battery on that. Sometimes I guess you really do get what you pay for.
  6. bigred13

    bigred13 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 120

    What do you use to hold blade while using the impact gun?
  7. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 969

    Your hand. The impact puts torque on the bolt, not the blade.
  8. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,647

    I use a DeWalt battery powered impact gun.
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  9. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    thanks TM. i was trying to stay away from Lowes this weekend.
  10. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    When using a wrench you can barely keep the blade from moving with your hand. When using a impact wrench there is really no pressure on your hand, the blade does not hardly move. They are so nice.

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