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Broke
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Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
I need an impact to get some shite broken free. I'm always in need of an impact but never actually gotten one. I don't have a compressor so I'm leaning electric. What are the cons of the electric?


PapaPogey
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
Dewalt 18v cordless impact


PapaPogey
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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What are the cons of the el tric?


That you don't have to buy a compressor.
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JAB528
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
Air.


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DonChowder
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
Don't go cordless if you're buying an electric impact.
1/2" minimum.
PB Blaster is your friend.
So is the almighty oxy/acetylene wrench.

Now, go break some shite.


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4X4DEMON
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
pneumatic is the way to go if you're willing to buy a compressor, if not then electric will work but dont buy cordless. A stubborn lug will drain that battery in a heartbeat.


Broke
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
I can't do cordless. It seems ridiculous really. I would go wired. I never work anywhere I don't have an outlet. When I built my house I had hundreds of outlets put in damn near everywhere.


4X4DEMON
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
What exactly do you need an impact for anyway?


Broke
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
Mostly rotating tires. But I also need to break some seats free and pull them out of a car.


4X4DEMON
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
gotcha, I dont have any experience with electric impacts since I've always had the use of the big compressor at my dads. I always thought the electric ones were under powered though.


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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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pneumatic is the way to go if you're willing to buy a compressor, if not then electric will work but dont buy cordless. A stubborn lug will drain that battery in a heartbeat.


I'm sorry, but none of this makes any sense. If you want a proper impact, you need a pneumatic, compressor setup, etc.

But, if you're going elecrtric, there's no reason (in 2013) not to get the cordless, because you're going to have the flexibility to take it to a breakdown and use it there.

Corded, plug-in electric impact is clown shoes, IMHO.


4X4DEMON
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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pneumatic is the way to go if you're willing to buy a compressor, if not then electric will work but dont buy cordless. A stubborn lug will drain that battery in a heartbeat.




I'm sorry, but none of this makes any sense. If you want a proper impact, you need a pneumatic, compressor setup, etc.

But, if you're going elecrtric, there's no reason (in 2013) not to get the cordless, because you're going to have the flexibility to take it to a breakdown and use it there.

Corded, plug-in electric impact is clown shoes, IMHO.


What doesn't make sense? I said a pneumatic should be his first choice, but he had to be willing to buy the compressor also. And a cordless impact WILL run a battery down very quickly with a stubborn bolt. Assuming it's not damn near welded on there taking it off with a tire iron should work fine.


PapaPogey
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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And a cordless impact WILL run a battery down very quickly with a stubborn bolt.

I doubt it, but that's why you keep a spare battery on the charge at all time.


4X4DEMON
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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that's why you keep a spare battery on the charge at all time.

Wouldn't need that extra battery with a corded model or pneumatic


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tehmidget
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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I got a second hand one like that and it is great.

Nothing beats air tools if you are going to be working in a home shop.


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NYCAuburn
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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But, if you're going elecrtric, there's no reason (in 2013) not to get the cordless, because you're going to have the flexibility to take it to a breakdown and use it there


If I'm not mistaken, even the new 20v dewalts have like 20% torque than the electric. good Pnuematics are also air hogs, you need a good compressor as well
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Ole Geauxt
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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What are the pros of the electric?


You don't have a compressor.




Broke
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
Good point. Maybe I'll just buy that $450 snap-on and break even after 23 tire rotations.


NYCAuburn
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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Maybe I'll just buy that $450 snap-on and break even after 23 tire rotations.


good god are they charging $450. Let me see if I can help a brother out. Are you stuck on Snap-On? would any of the offering from MAC or Matco work? look at all their specs. if you really want any of those I can help you out, with any brand.

ETA: looks its either $590 or $685, 6 series or 7 series 400lbs vs 450lbs

Matco has a good specs model, its inbetween the two snap on's @ @650 retail, not sure what MAC has, I cant find a catalog and their website sucks.
This post was edited on 7/29 at 4:10 pm


Ole Geauxt
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re: Which should I buy? Electric or Air Impact
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Good point. Maybe I'll just buy that $450 snap-on and break even after 23 tire rotations.

Broke, go where u bought your tires and get em rotated for free and stay $450 ahead..


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