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Moneymaker
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posted 12-22-2004 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been looking at them for over a month now.
I wanted to get one as a gift, but can't get any truthful feedback on any.

Dewalt, 1150 inch pounds, 18v, two batteries, charger, case and the part I don't like 1/4 inch hex.
$239 bucks too!

Mikita 860 inch pounds, 14v, same accesories with a 1/4 inch hex
$199

Home Depot house brand, 850 inch pounds, 12v, same accesories
$169

Ryobi 800 inch pounds, 12v, zero accesories.
Not even battery or charger.
$69
By the time you purchase a battery and charger you are at $150

Black and Decker 700 inch pounds, 12v, one battery, charger and case.
$80 at Menards

Anyone have any experiances.
Basically I am looking for a cordless light duty impact.
Two more shopping days 'till Bah Humbug day.

Thanks

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Stewart
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posted 12-23-2004 02:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, I have the Dewalt unit, but I got the 1/2 drive. It's just like this one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1267&item=3860349093&rd=1

I like it. Works great for me. For a cordless it's powerful, well built, and very functional. I have quite a few cordless power tools because of my work so I'm pretty familiar with how they should function.

You can't go wrong with a Dewalt.

Stewart

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posted 12-23-2004 02:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I forgot to add, if you're wanting it for anything auto related, I think you should look only at 18v because of the power. If you want the tool for puttering around the house, drilling screws and such, that 14v Makita is a nice, fairly light unit that has decent power for stuff that doesn't need a whole heck of a lot of torque.

I have a buddy in construction that has one just like it and he swears by it. I've used it too and it's a very reliable, well working unit for drilling and screwing.

For stuff like lug nuts, go with the 1/2 drive Dewalt impact driver.

Stewart

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posted 12-23-2004 02:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One last thing. Stay away from Ryobi. Their batteries suck. They run out of juice quickly when used on intense projects, like using the sawzall for cutting pipe and such. That's one reason the Ryobi stuff is so much cheaper than Dewalt and Rigid.

I have all three. Ryobi, Dewalt, and Rigid.

Ryobi 18v is perfect for the home gardener, hanging-the-picture-on-the-wall do-it-yourselfer. It's perfect for that. It's fairly light (compared to Dewalt and Rigid) and easy to use, but the blades for the sawzall and circular saws are not quick change.

Dewalt 18v is good for construction. It's built for heavy duty use and gets the job done. Well made, well built units with quick change blades for the sawzall and circular saw.

Rigid is flat out awesome. Battery lasts forever, is hard core, tough, built for power and long use. But it's heavy. Heavier than the Dewalt 18v. But weight isn't a problem until you need to work overhead.

Makita put cordless tools on the map. Well made, reliable units that are almost on par with Dewalt, in my opinion. Almost.

I know you specifically asked about the impact drivers, but maybe you can extrapolate from what I've posted here, regarding the relative impact wrench you're looking at.

Stewart

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Moneymaker
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posted 12-23-2004 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Stewart.
I didn't see any actual cordless impacts.
I was at all of the "home improvment" centers and all they had were the impact drivers with 1/4 hex drives.
Even Home Depot with their Ridged house brand did not have any dedicated cordless impacts.
I will try Sears today.

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Alex Denysenko
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Stewart
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posted 12-23-2004 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't seen any cordless impacts anywhere except online. I don't think Rigid even makes one yet. They have only been in the cordless game for about a year. But I have their stuff and I love it. I have Dewalt stuff too because I started with them, plus they have stuff Rigid doesn't make yet. The Ryobi stuff just sits, used mainly by Renee because it's a light weight piece.

Stewart

PS - For me, if it was for light duty, I'd choose either a 14v Dewalt or Makita, they both work well. 14v only because it's lighter. If it's for lug nuts and stuff, when I bought mine, the 1/2" drive Dewalt 18v was my only choice.

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Bloose
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posted 12-23-2004 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never actually used one myself but at work the Millwrights all have Snap-on 3/8 impacts. I've messed around with them and asked the guys who use them about them and they love them. At a list price of $289 their not cheap but it is the only one I am familiar with. If you know a Snap-on dealer that is willing to give you a good price you may be able to get it for around the same price as the Dewalt?

HTH,
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Moneymaker
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posted 12-23-2004 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks B.
I just may look into that.

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Alex Denysenko
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NHRA/IHRA/SRA member and licensed Superstock driver
MCA member# 53321
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA & SS/MA National Record Holder '00,'01,'02,'03,& '04
First SS/MA in the TENS!
IHRA division 5 Superstock Champion
Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28

The Barry of BarrysGrrl

Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
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wesred90gt
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posted 12-31-2004 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wesred90gt   Click Here to Email wesred90gt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i have the mikita on and i love it it came with 2 batteries and the charger and case i got mine from matco it was 250 orignaly but i wiggled it down 2 $170 out the door

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