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#4517376 - 09/15/17 08:29 PM Need a new 1/2 In impact
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I have the earthquake impact from harbor frieght. I use it at work since its all I have right now. I know it's supposed to be very strong but we have a guy at work who owns a 30 year old ir and yesterday I had some lug nuts on an f150 that wouldn't come off his hit for about 6 seconds on each and they came off. I know the earthquake is made for a pro mechanic so I need suggestions on what to buy for a decent price. My last ir was reliable but wasn't very strong I want strong and durable.
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#4517378 - 09/15/17 08:33 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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Which Earthquake is it? Is it their $249 lithium ion 1/2" impact with 1270 rated lbs? I got one recently to use and then return (risk free trial or something) and it devastated every bolt and axle nut I needed removed.
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#4517383 - 09/15/17 08:39 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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SnapOn. Matco are made by IR. I have Matco and am pleased.
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#4517388 - 09/15/17 08:44 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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Sorry should have specified it is an impact I'm looking for
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#4517399 - 09/15/17 08:57 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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Do you have high volume fittings on it?
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#4517405 - 09/15/17 09:03 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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Originally Posted By: ram_man
Sorry should have specified it is an impact I'm looking for

an what impact? an AIR impact?
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#4517415 - 09/15/17 09:09 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: L_Sludger]
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Originally Posted By: L_Sludger
Originally Posted By: ram_man
Sorry should have specified it is an impact I'm looking for

an what impact? an AIR impact?


Yes sorry I typed air and and it edited it I didn't catch it. Darn smart phones.
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#4517421 - 09/15/17 09:12 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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#4517422 - 09/15/17 09:12 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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The IR 231C is a good Impact, I've had several over the last 25 years. Loud, Heavy, Powerful, Durable.
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#4517432 - 09/15/17 09:20 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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I like my Aircat 1150 a lot. It is very strong, and priced right.
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#4517435 - 09/15/17 09:23 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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I would highly suggest looking at the MAC awp050. It has great power and amazing ergonomics. Will remove any fastener a high end 1/2 impact can expect to remove. The comfort and weight distribution of this gun is without a doubt the best on the market. I have had a coworker use mine and an hour later trade in a MG725 for it. PROTO also makes another version of it , geared more towards industrial usage. Second choice for a pneumatic wrench would be an IR231, nothing fancy about them. Their just very good all around guns. If you are interested in cordless , I find my Milwaukee fuel to be the best overall in its class. Great power , good battery life and hands down best warranty on the market.
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#4517455 - 09/15/17 09:47 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: Thax]
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Loc: Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: Thax
I have had a coworker use mine and an hour later trade in a MG725 for it.


Did the MAC truck just so happen to come by on the same day that your coworker borrowed yours ?

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#4517456 - 09/15/17 09:55 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: Merkava_4]
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Registered: 11/07/10
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Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Originally Posted By: Thax
I have had a coworker use mine and an hour later trade in a MG725 for it.


Did the MAC truck just so happen to come by on the same day that your coworker borrowed yours ?


Yeah , we all got a good laugh out of it. The MAC truck showed up as he was done using the impact . He was raving how much he liked it , and the truck appeared. He got a good deal on his new impact and my MAC guy gave me a cover for mine for"making" him a nice sale . Win if you ask me .
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#4517489 - 09/15/17 11:10 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
How often do you oil it?

My impact loses a lot of torque as it gets gummed up inside.
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#4517501 - 09/15/17 11:26 PM Re: Need a new 1/2 In impact [Re: ram_man]
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you should youtube the tests from harbor freight and Snapon... eye opening.
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