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Chad504boy
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what size impact driver would i need to get the nuts off of tire and trailer wheels?


El Segundo Guy
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Get a 1/2" impact wrench, not a driver.


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Get a 1/2" impact wrench, not a driver.



What he said. I have the Dewalt 899(?) 1/2" with 3 speed settings, 700 ft-lbs. I don't doubt there are other good options but I already had DW 20v stuff and I don't need two different battery platforms.

Maybe it's just me but I detest using those 1/4" impact drivers. My dad had my drill so I borrowed a neighbor's for some deck work and the noise was obnoxious. My hearing sucks enough as it is, and my regular cordless drill has plenty of torque for 3" screws. I just don't see what's gained by the impact feature on something that small.


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1/2”


puppetmaster
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milwaukee 1/2 high torque impact is great for automotive work, I use it to take off crank bolts all the time.

you can find good deals on Dewalt and Milwaukee through facebook groups, they have dealers that sell direct.


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milwaukee 1/2 high torque impact is great for automotive work, I use it to take off crank bolts all the time.

you can find good deals on Dewalt and Milwaukee through facebook groups
This are probably (definitely) "better", but Ryobi has a 1/2" impact wrench with a 4ah battery for sale around $100, most of the time.

With the 4ah battery or higher, you get 300 ft-lbs torque on the highest setting, which has been plenty enough for me to pull the lug nuts off my Silverado.
A nice side benefit- on setting 1 you get about 80 ft-lbs, which gets the nuts back on almost to where you want it. I just start the nuts to make sure it's not cross-threaded, zip them on until it clicks, then take a torque wrench. For my cars, it's about a half turn. For the truck, it's about 2 turns.

Ryobi ain't great, but it's definitely "good enough" for the occasional job, and they have so many other casual shop/lawn and garden tools that make the battery useful.

Side note- if you're fricking around with cars a lot, take a serious look at Milwaukee 12v. The 3/8" ratchet is a gift from God.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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700 ft-lbs


bullshite


highcotton2
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700 ft-lbs

bullshite


I use this on the farm everyday.





It is a very stout gun. Listed at 1000 ft/lb tightening and 1400 ft/lb loosening. I doubt it is that strong but it will do anything you need it to do on pickups and boat trailers.

The 3/8” is also very handy for tight places.

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dstone12
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Stick with your current battery platform (I say this all time time tho, [with gun mags too])as long as you aren’t in a pinch. Wait for a sale.
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Flats
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bullshite


You mean manufacturers have been known to inflate their specs? Shocking.

I included the number not as an absolute claim but to give an indication of where it stands. They’re all going to inflate, but if one model says 300 and another says 600 that’s still useful information for making a choice.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Well I happen to know where there are a set of bolts tightened to exactly 1400 ft-lbs and I happen to have that exact impact as of yesterday, so I'll try to run a little test later this week.


TAMU-93
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Get a 1/2" impact wrench, not a driver.


Then get a 1/4" hex adaptor for driving screws.


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highcotton2
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Well I happen to know where there are a set of bolts tightened to exactly 1400 ft-lbs and I happen to have that exact impact as of yesterday, so I'll try to run a little test later this week.


I can save you a little time. It ain’t going to work.


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BTW there's no actual difference between Ryobi and Milwaukee 18v, and Dewalt 20v. 18v batteries are listed using nominal voltage, 20v are listed using maximum voltage.
The improvement you're seeing with the older tools, are that the Lithium batteries are much better than the old Ni-Cad batteries.


The only reason dewalt called their new batteries 20v was because they had a new mount and didnt want to have people confusing the two and thinking they were interchangeable with the old 18s. Same voltage though


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slacker130
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I have the Dewalt 899(?) 1/2" with 3 speed settings, 700 ft-lbs


I have the same one and it is a beast.

Side note- the Milwaukee 12v 3/8 ratchet is also a must have. It saved so much time and my wrist on my engine pull and drop in.


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