Go Back   Alberta Outdoorsmen Forum > Main Category > General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-21-2019, 10:09 PM
mac1983 mac1983 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Peace Country
Posts: 373
Default Replacing my old air impact, Opinions needed...

Cordless impact seems to be the way to go, although i have unlimited air. Was thinking dewalt, then buddy told me to go with milwakee. What works for you guys? I don't make my living off of it but i do alot of wrenching in my shop.
__________________
Raised on the farm in the bush and on the rigs...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-21-2019, 10:20 PM
crazy_davey's Avatar
crazy_davey crazy_davey is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Foothills
Posts: 1,773
Default

I have the Dewalt 20v xp 1/2Ē impact. Bought Dewalt because thatís what all my cordless tools are. Had it for just over a year, used it lots and love it, wonít go back to air.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-21-2019, 10:22 PM
Greatwest's Avatar
Greatwest Greatwest is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 449
Default

I think Milwaukee has the superior cordless tools on the market right now they have the most selection of tools and also have great warranty. But wow they sure are expensive. I guess you get what you pay for. The 3/4Ē impact has unreal torque output. Not sure exactly what size you are looking for or what you plan on using it for. I wonít buy another power tool unless it is red and says Milwaukee on it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-21-2019, 10:26 PM
fishtank fishtank is offline
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: edmonton
Posts: 2,737
Default

Milwaukee fuel impact .. or the stubby impact . has few option on batteryís up to 12 ah , I had. A Hilti one that seem to last forever but itís a little bulky working in cars
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-22-2019, 01:00 AM
mac1983 mac1983 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Peace Country
Posts: 373
Default

yep looking at m18 milwaukee 1/2 inch impact seems pretty well balanced
__________________
Raised on the farm in the bush and on the rigs...
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-22-2019, 08:17 AM
trailraat trailraat is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 157
Default

Makita all the way. One of the only independent tool companies left.

Sent from my SM-A520W using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-22-2019, 08:29 AM
hogie hogie is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Millet
Posts: 589
Default

I've been switching over to the Milwaukee M12 fuel series for most of my air tools. Nice and compact to get into tighter spots
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-22-2019, 10:24 AM
sako1 sako1 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 592
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by trailraat View Post
Makita all the way. One of the only independent tool companies left.

Sent from my SM-A520W using Tapatalk
My boss runs all Makita. Great wood working tools. Horrible automotive tools. His Makita 1/2 " impact is maybe as good as my 3/8 Milwaukee. Absolutly no comparison with a 1/2" side by side.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-22-2019, 11:09 AM
peakseeker's Avatar
peakseeker peakseeker is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: alberta
Posts: 373
Default

love my matco 20v 1/2"!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-22-2019, 11:17 AM
Fowl91 Fowl91 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Strathmore, AB
Posts: 595
Default

I use electric impacts professionally everyday, and Milwaukee is by far the most common in the industry. The M18 1/2Ē does most things anybody will need it for. I use the Dewalt 20v at home and its great for my vehicles and tractors. Iíve used the MATCO cordless as well, and itís maybe the most impressive of any Iíve used. However itís expensive and geared towards everyday shop use. Hope that helps you decide, thereís a ton of choices out there.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-22-2019, 11:23 AM
Bushleague Bushleague is offline
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 2,413
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by crazy_davey View Post
I have the Dewalt 20v xp 1/2Ē impact. Bought Dewalt because thatís what all my cordless tools are. Had it for just over a year, used it lots and love it, wonít go back to air.
Had the same gun for 4 years now, in a harsh industrial environment. Still works great.

Call me oldschool but I do not consider a cordless a substitute for a air impact. Maybe for home use, but if you use this thing for work you will have to spend a fortune on a cordless to match the performance of even a half decent Ingersoll impact. To me cordless impacts are like ratcheting wrenches, a nice thing to have, but they will never replace either a ratchet set, or regular combination wrenches.
__________________
There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-22-2019, 11:56 AM
smokedstew smokedstew is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Edson
Posts: 108
Default

If your going cordless I also recommend the milfukke fuel series great guns, like bushleague I still prefer air in the shop get more ram jam for the money spent. The cordless are nice for going to do a quick fix in the yard and the cordless ratchets are nice for engine work. The 3/4 Milwaukee is a beast and they now have a 1" as well!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-22-2019, 12:17 PM
Jimm Jimm is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 96
Default

Pretty tough to beat a double hammer ingersoll rand air impact
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-22-2019, 01:20 PM
southernman southernman is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Fort Mc Murray/ Bell Block New Zealand.
Posts: 817
Default

I have just upgraded from my old type Milwaukee 1/2 impact to the high output 1/2 fuel 1400lbs breakout, I am super impressed, it will undo the wheel driver mounting bolts on a Cat 789, 1" bolt,1350 1400lbs, normally this requires a air impact 3/4 or sum times 1".
For the 1/2" drive and down, the electrics out now, will do the same work or more than as 1/2"air impact.
I have been looking at the New Milwaukee 3/4, its not that impressive 1500lbs, most quality air 3/4 are about that at 90 psi, 130psi they do much better.
The electric impact technology has moved up a lot in the last 3-4 years, I've got several older electrics, 1/2, and 3/4 Milwaukee that the new brushless fuel, walks all over.
Its nice not dragging a air line around, but a good electric and a couple 6amp batters arnt cheap either.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 09-22-2019, 01:29 PM
smokedstew smokedstew is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Edson
Posts: 108
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by southernman View Post
I have just upgraded from my old type Milwaukee 1/2 impact to the high output 1/2 fuel 1400lbs breakout, I am super impressed, it will undo the wheel driver mounting bolts on a Cat 789, 1" bolt,1350 1400lbs, normally this requires a air impact 3/4 or sum times 1".
For the 1/2" drive and down, the electrics out now, will do the same work or more than as 1/2"air impact.
I have been looking at the New Milwaukee 3/4, its not that impressive 1500lbs, most quality air 3/4 are about that at 90 psi, 130psi they do much better.
The electric impact technology has moved up a lot in the last 3-4 years, I've got several older electrics, 1/2, and 3/4 Milwaukee that the new brushless fuel, walks all over.
Its nice not dragging a air line around, but a good electric and a couple 6amp batters arnt cheap either.
Just a heads up, theres not much difference in the 1/2 and 3/4 on paper but real world we noticed quite a difference between the two
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 09-22-2019, 01:58 PM
11567403 11567403 is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 88
Default Impact

I use the 1/2Ē Milwaukee fuel high torque impact everyday professionally in an industrial environment. Itís by far my most used power tool and does the trick 90 percent of the time. Iíd imagine for home use you would be hard pressed to find a fastener that it wouldnít tackle.

Had one that was a ďcommunity shop toolĒ it was used and abused off and on 24/7 (rotating shifts) it was always covered in grease, used in the pooring rain, thrown off things, packed full of dust, snow etc and it lasted over a year. Considering what it endured I was impressed and bought my own.

I have noticed itís a bit gutless with the 2ah batteries, 5ah batteries work much better.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 09-22-2019, 05:01 PM
does it ALL outdoors's Avatar
does it ALL outdoors does it ALL outdoors is offline
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,729
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by crazy_davey View Post
I have the Dewalt 20v xp 1/2Ē impact. Bought Dewalt because thatís what all my cordless tools are. Had it for just over a year, used it lots and love it, wonít go back to air.
I have the same one, on the highest of three settings it can snap wheel studs with ease. Axle nuts are also no match for it. It's a torque MONSTER
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 09-22-2019, 05:13 PM
amosfella amosfella is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2,190
Default

Dad has a half inch regular milwaukee, and a 3/4" drive fuel. I thought I had a good set of air impacts. The regular milwaukee 1/2" walks all over the 1/2" IR impact. The 3/4" milwaukee doesn't leave us wanting the IR air impact either.

For the most part, the IR air impacts sit in the toolbox unused. They only come out when the Milwaukee ones are too big to use. Otherwise, I'd have sold them already. And yes, I have a good compressor.

KMS tools has the 1/2" milwaukee kit on sale right now.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 09-22-2019, 07:58 PM
silver silver is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Maidstone Sask
Posts: 2,482
Default

The other day at work they were changing buckets on a Hitachi hoe and did the 3/4" mounting bolts on the locking wedge with a 1/2 inch Milwaukee battery powered impact. I was impressed.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 09-22-2019, 08:13 PM
mac1983 mac1983 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Peace Country
Posts: 373
Default Looks like it's Milwaukee...

Now is there much difference between the regular style and the fuel? And what about battery amps? Not wrenching steady but do a lot of automotive, trailers and farm equipment. I have to put a lift kit on a horse trailer so i will be buying soon. Did i say i like quality tools...
__________________
Raised on the farm in the bush and on the rigs...
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 09-22-2019, 09:47 PM
amosfella amosfella is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2,190
Default

The fuel impact wrenches have a lot more torque than the non fuel if you're going for the big series. The non fuel big one has 600 ft lb breaking and 450 ft lbs fastening. The small m18 Fuel impact has about that much in a package under half the size. The M18 Fuel big impact has 1400 ft lb breaking and 1000 fastening.
In using ours, I've found that the bigger the battery, the more power it puts out and for longer. I haven't tried the 12 amp batteries yet, but I use a 9 amp. runs like crazy. It's a lot better than the small batteries I had, and I also have access to 4 and 5 amp batteries. The 9 is my go to on the impact.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.