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#4691854 - 03/11/18 07:51 PM Impact recommendation
Chester11 Offline


Registered: 04/13/17
Posts: 130
Loc: PA
Hi guys:

DIY only here - so I'm not posting in the tool section. Mainly just lugs and some brake caliper bolts - nothing crazy.

I was gifted a cheap Sears airgun, and it leaks something awful.

I'm thinking of buying a 1/2 in cordless impact, but cannot justify spending buying a Makita or Milwaukee and only using it a few times a year.

I was looking at a Ryobi P261, only because I already have a low capacity 18v battery from my 1/4 impact I use around the house. (I use it to spin bolts on my cars after breaking them loose with a breaker.)

Anyone care to advise here? I'm not opposed to an air tool, but would like something small - the small ones are in the p261 range, so I'm torn.

Thanks.


Edited by Chester11 (03/11/18 08:12 PM)
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#4691874 - 03/11/18 08:09 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18909
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
A mini air gun should fit your needs perfectly, they don't need a lot of CFM and have great power for their small size. This is one..

https://www.tooltopia.com/aircat-1056-xl.aspx
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#4691886 - 03/11/18 08:23 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
miden851 Offline


Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 433
Loc: GA
I used to work at THD; there is a widespread belief that Ryobi closed gap against competition plus they offer a lifetime warranty on their products; assuming your needs you may wanna get Ryobi and save the receipt

I'm using Milwaukee cordless though
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#4691888 - 03/11/18 08:23 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
LotI Offline


Registered: 01/01/13
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Electric plug in impact. Harbor Freight has a good one for $40

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#4691889 - 03/11/18 08:24 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 395
Loc: MN
Get a mini! I bought the Mac AWP050M, and I hardly ever reach for the AWP050 full size I bought previously.

It's basically a rebadged Pronto:

Pronto 1/2 in impact

I absolutely love this little guy. It has PLENTY of power. Axle nuts, crankshaft pulley bolts, lug nuts, caliper bolts, etc. Pair is with a QUALITY universal joint adapter and there's almost no where this little thing won't fit.
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#4691908 - 03/11/18 08:47 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
AVB Offline


Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
The only problem with that Ryobi is that it is huge for the fairly low power output. Corded impacts tend to be huge too, it will be tough getting to caliper bolts with a corded model.

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#4691952 - 03/11/18 09:40 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
i_hate_autofraud Offline


Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 706
Loc: Canada


If you use any impact wrench to fully tighten wheel lug nuts, you'll be way over spec and 6 months later
the same tool won't have enough torque to remove the same wheel, you'll have to use a 24" or more breaker bar.

I have 1 high power air impact tool and a lo-power cordless that only goes to 80-90 Ft/Lbs that I use to
mount wheels and finish with a click type torque wrench by hand, so studs aren't stretched or stripped.

The big one removes the wheels and for suspension work where the power is needed!

Back in the '70s, we had a big RV with big wheels over torqued by the garage, on I-75 I felt a slight
but odd wobble in the front, we stopped for a look-see and ONLY 3 studs and nuts left on a front wheel!!
Close call!

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#4691967 - 03/11/18 10:01 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
SubieRubyRoo Offline


Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1141
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
Harbor Freight has a multitude of various-sized air impacts to fit any "try-it" budget. My brother being a mechanic by trade has a Blue Point as one of his favorites, but I'm not dropping $800 on an impact, EVER.

I got the 1/2" standard anvil Earthquake from Harbor for like $74, rated at like 750 ft-lbs removal torque. Does it really do that much? Maybe, maybe not. But it's removed everything I've ever touched with it, and the middle of 3 tighten settings comes out right at 100 ft-lbs so it's great for doing aluminum wheels. I put two drops of oil in it every time I use it, and it's lasted about 5 years so far. Not a bad bargain in my book!

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#4692055 - 03/12/18 02:48 AM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
JLawrence08648 Offline


Registered: 01/20/17
Posts: 237
Loc: NJ
I bought a corded Milwaukee in 1980, never regretted it. Though it's powerful, on a rare occasion I have to use a breaker bar. I'm thinking about buying a cordless to use for mower blades.

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#4692070 - 03/12/18 03:55 AM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
Dan55 Offline


Registered: 06/07/08
Posts: 894
Loc: Fernandina Beach FL
The Ryobi looks like a good choice and you could upgrade the battery in future.
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#4692084 - 03/12/18 04:53 AM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Trav]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29807
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: Trav
A mini air gun should fit your needs perfectly, they don't need a lot of CFM and have great power for their small size. This is one..

https://www.tooltopia.com/aircat-1056-xl.aspx

I have one and it works nicely. Plenty of power, light and small.
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#4692535 - 03/12/18 02:55 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: JLawrence08648]
Silverado12 Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 3118
Loc: Central Virginia
Originally Posted By: JLawrence08648
I bought a corded Milwaukee in 1980, never regretted it. Though it's powerful, on a rare occasion I have to use a breaker bar. I'm thinking about buying a cordless to use for mower blades.



Hex drives work well for small projects. The Milwaukee is pretty good. I have a DeWalt 20V and it works decent. I think it should get blades off a mower unless they're rusted up.
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#4692629 - 03/12/18 04:36 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: JLawrence08648]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18909
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: JLawrence08648
I bought a corded Milwaukee in 1980, never regretted it. Though it's powerful, on a rare occasion I have to use a breaker bar. I'm thinking about buying a cordless to use for mower blades.


That was made when Milwaukee was still running its own show, although they had been sold to Amstar at that time Amstar didn't interfere with production. You cant compare the original to what they sell today.
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#4692929 - 03/12/18 08:51 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
ZebRuaj Offline


Registered: 10/14/16
Posts: 153
Loc: MN
I have been using the Ryobi in question for about 18 months now. Works just fine for a home mechanic. Has yet to have a problem with lug nuts nor suspension nuts and bolts.

It's a great add on tool if you already have some of the Ryobi 18v One+ tools and batteries.

If you believe the tool forums, the P261 and the Craftsman C3 version are clones of themselves. Pictures do look pretty identical.

If you find it struggling, you may want to pick up the 4 mAh battery. Rumor is the bigger battery gives it a bit more juice.

There is supposedly an even high power Lithium Ion battery in the works for Ryobi One+.

I have an Aircat 1055-TH for when I need a little more oomph or need to get into tighter places.
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#4696031 - 03/15/18 07:30 PM Re: Impact recommendation [Re: Chester11]
Chester11 Offline


Registered: 04/13/17
Posts: 130
Loc: PA
thanks for all the help guys.

Harbor Freight has a 1/2 mini air gun on sale for $89 if anyone is interested. Also a pretty good deal on a 3/8 cordless impact ($129). you can add the 20% off coupon also.

Basically disposable tools....

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