Impact wrenches for the road AND SHOP

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimbo, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Just wanted to let you guys know that I recently used an 18v electric impact wrench made by Snap-on and that thing is awesome!

    I bought a new place last April, and I am working on outfitting the garage (was too busy last summer). I was thinking about plumbing the whole place, and debating over single stage or two stage compressors. The total cost for a compressor, impact gun, air-lines, electrical service, etc would be somewhere around $600-1000.
    Both my Father and Brother are master Mechanics, and I was able to borrow a new Snap-on 18-volt impact gun to use for a few days. I was so impressed that I have decided to spend the money, and buy one for the business. I can use this in the shop or take it along on the road.

    If you are in the same boat as me I would seriously consider it. The only draw-back is if you need a compressor for other things such as sand-blasting, die-grinding, cut-off saw, etc.

    I basically just change tires, and mower blades so it is great for me. The Snap-on runs about $400.00. I did see a Makita 24-volt in the local ads but it did not have a price.

    Good Luck
  2. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    also check out the PAWN shops for stuff like this . I myself just picked up a real nice air impact for $65.00
  3. SIG

    SIG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    The Panasonic EY6535 is supposed to be as nice as the snap-on. Not 400.00 either!!

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    I have seen an electric impact wrench. Used it too , my school has one in its shop and it works quite well.. You cant take it on the road, but for the shop its' good, no compressor, and its' under $200. I think..... A friend of mine is a mechinic and has the snap on cordless, that thing is impressive, but so is the price..
  5. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Last summer, I bought a brand new Makita 14.4 cordless impact wrench for $185 and free shipping.

    That thing is more having to worry about slicing my wrists wide open when changing blades out. Best investment I have made in years.
  7. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Thanks for the info on the other brands. I will most likely purchase a Snap-on because with the quantity of tools my family purchases there will be no problem getting warranty service for a very long time.

    I already own one of those corded impact wrenches, but it doesnt seem to be very strong. With the Snap-on model I thought I was using a pnumatic unit. Its that strong!!

  8. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093


    I see the Panasonic listed as 15.6 volts, 91ft lbs torque (in impact mode). $300.00 (Its actually listed in Inch lbs but just divide by 12)

    The Snap-on is 18 volts, 210ft lbs torque (impact mode). $420.00

    I dont think they are comparable at all since the Snap-on is more than twice as strong. I just did the research after going to the link HarryD posted, and visiting the Snap-On website.

  9. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
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  10. phild

    phild LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 3

    I recently purchased an impact wrench that plugs into a vehicles cigarette lighter. I'm sure it's not as top notch as a snap on, but I am having a lot easier time with blade changes. I paid under $20 and so far there isn't anything that I haven't been able to break loose with it. Just something to think about!

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