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Impact vs torque wrench

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Keegan, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Guess I'll go ahead and put my 2 cent in.....ZIP ZIP !
     
  2. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Rather than starting a new thread I'll ask here.
    I have a real elcheapo Air Impact gun thats maxed at about 90psi I think. Quite often its not enough to get the bolts off.
    So, if I went and spent more money on a "Branded" wrench, are they capable of higher psi?
    If so, is there a brand that stands out! Keep in mind I dont want to spend mega $$$$ just to get blades off, so good middle of the road.
     
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Branded wrenches really dont need higher psi because they use more CFM and therefore have more torque to pull the bolts off. Comparing a Mac Tools impact to a craftsman is essentially a mercedes to a ford focus.

    A branded wrench will have less trouble pulling blades off. I cant help you with the $$ side of things because they range from 50 - 600$ for an impact.
     
  4. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Snap on cordless impact here with a 15/16 impact socket never had any problems .
     
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    A 1/2" ratchet with 15/16" socket in one hand, a glove on the other for my ZTR. Breaker bar with 15/16" socket in one hand, and 15/16" box end wrench in the other hand for the through bolts on my w/b. Quick, simple, tools easy at hand. I don't have a pressure air resource, and don't want to bother with yet more tools. These are the EASY matters to handle.
     
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thats sort of what I was hoping for! I only have a small cheap compresser so I thought maybe a good Gun would even things up.

    If I ever go "elcheapo" again, kick me in the azz!:hammerhead:

    Thanks to all of ya's!:usflag: :drinkup:
     
  8. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a basic Craftsman impact(< $100) that is easily over 10yrs old and still works fine to this day and removes 90% of the hardware I put in front of it. But being in a commercial shop I also have one of Ingersoll's new titanium 1,000ft lb Bad A** guns( it weighs less then 4lbs and is > $300) hooked to high feed air fittings and what most of my customers say looks like a garden hose instead of an air hose. That has removed everthing I have put in front of it and it is not even on full power:weightlifter: IMO I would get a good Craftsman gun or CP for what you need to do this will be more then enough.
     
  9. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    How many PSI do you lot run in the compressor? Do you load it up to get the bolts off then reduce for tightening? I know you can change setting on the gun but dont know how to do it. My compressor is just into the red at 120psi and the gun says 90psi from memory!

    I really dont know much about this stuff so thanks again!
     
  10. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    OH, I gotta agree with ya there MM. Although I think like Tim the tool-man Taylor I really don't think I need a gun that size for what I do, My old gun still does what I need it to.
     

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