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Battery Impact Driver

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by malblackbelt05, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    I have the 18v dewalt as well. Had it for about 4 years. Been a time saver many times. Had a blowout on the trailer this week. In no time I was back on the road.
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  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    I have the 18v dewalt and its defiantly one of the best things I ever bought. I always change blades at lunch and sometimes change them again for the last few lawns so it works wonders for me. I use it in the shop also even though we have air and a impact rigth there. Its just faster and easier. I bet I go for two weeks on a charge. It only runs for a split second per blade.
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  3. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    I have a Bosch 1/2" 18V. I think the model was 21618. I mainly bought it because a dealer on Ebay had a smoking deal on them. $200 shipped minus Bing cashback at the time. I emailed Bosch to make sure they were legit, then purchased it.

    I have to say, I was expecting it would do blades pretty easily, but thought it might struggle with the lugs on my F350. But for $170 to my door, I figured I couldn't beat it. Well, it turns out it doesn't have trouble with anything that I have thrown at it. To boot, it was made assembled in the U.S. I was pleasently surprised by this purchase.

    They don't make this particular model anymore, but this is the replacement http://www.boschtools.com/Products/Tools/Pages/BoschProductDetail.aspx?pid=HTH181-01
  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    You guy put the blades back on with the impact, or just use it for busting them loose?

    I change my blades every couple days, so the bolts are pretty easy with just a ratchet.
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  5. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    I put mine back on with the impact. I sure hope you don't ever have a hand UNDER the deck to use a ratchet or hold a wrench. I almost limited my counting ability to 9 doing that. Blood every where. Bought the dewalt the next day.
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  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I don't see it guys...

    Say what you like, but if electric impacts are all the rage, what's the purpose for air tools?
    Now I can't remember but if I had to guess at the reason why I never bought an electric impact would be most likely a cost issue.

    That's fine, all I'm saying is don't go out spending $100 on an electric impact when you don't even have a
    decently FULL set of hand tools, but I don't think I meant you, I am using this opportunity to clarify as much.

    As for air tools, I can name dozens of uses, once you have a tank and compressor, impacts are hardly the only use.
  7. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    18V DeWalt fan here too. I wanted one after using a friends to help him change the sweeps on his field cultivator (60 or 70 of them at least). Being I have 18V DeWalt tools already I went with the same brand and with 300 ft. lbs I am more than happy.

    And Topsites before you go preaching on your pedestal about handtools again, I have enough to supply 3 or 4 mowing crews with enough to tackle basic problems they might encounter in a week. I am not running several crews but I do like the fact there is not an air hose to drag around, I don't have to listen to a compressor run, and if I want to take it 10 miles from the house I don't have to take a compressor and generator with me.

    I use it to remove and install blades, and babies are still born naked!
  8. watatrp

    watatrp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 511

    I managed to pick up a new Craftsman 20v lithium ion impact on Ebay. It didn't have a battery but I already had an extra battery for my drill. It has 1200 ft lbs of torque. Must've been a slow day when I purchased it as I picked it up for only $45.
  9. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    especially when working alone on blade changes (Vs. blocking blade with 2x4 and holding mower and fiddling with blades
  10. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    1200 ft lbs torque is pretty optomistic ,bet its more like 300 or less .Whats the model # ?

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