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65ponycar
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From: Dayton, OH
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posted 02-04-2005 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65ponycar   Click Here to Email 65ponycar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a nice (yea, nice and LOUD) Sears Craftsman air compressor (the 33 gallon deal you see in the Sears ad every week). I want to buy a decent impact wrench to use.


Keep in mind it will be used almost exclusively for my 65, so I don't want anything huge (that won't fit in the tight working areas). Mainly would like to get it help with stuck bolts or to speen routine stuff up... so how much torque would you suggest?

I could get a 3/8 chuck wrench with 250lb reverse torque or should I get the same wrenches big brother with 450lb reverse torque rating ?

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Fastymz
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From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
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posted 02-04-2005 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought two used impact wrench's for $25ea. I've had them for 4 years now. Never had a problem with either. keep in mind I don't use them a lot. If your like me and don't wrench for a living. Look for a clean used one. I don't have any idea what rating they are. I haven't found a bolt that would them yet. One's a small unit and the other is much larger in size.
I them went and got two impact socket sets at harbor freight get them on sale.

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exlocal
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From: hacienda hts., CA, USA
Registered: Dec 2004

posted 02-11-2005 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for exlocal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fastymz:
got two impact socket sets at harbor freight get them on sale.

Use caution with Harbor Freight tools. Don't get me wrong, I have a bunch of their stuff for light weight work, but my tap-die set that I bought there broke (replaced with Craftman). My friend at work bought an idler arm removal tool and it cracked. I read where someone bought a spring compressor there and it broke when he was using it. Cheap usually means cheap.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-11-2005 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by exlocal:
I read where someone bought a spring compressor there and it broke when he was using it. Cheap usually means cheap.


That could have been nasty. HF is a good source for temporary tools. My HF beadblaster is about to become a flower planter.

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Fastymz
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posted 02-11-2005 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree most of their stuff is not to be trusted for heavy jobs. I have a nice set of craftmen tools, and then I have my HF tools. I even have my good air tools and my cheap air tools. It just depends on what project I'm doing. When I need front end tools, or if I needed a spring compressor I'd barrow them from my a family member.

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exlocal
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From: hacienda hts., CA, USA
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posted 02-12-2005 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for exlocal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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My HF beadblaster is about to become a flower planter. [/B]


That's funny, sort of like my Camaro IROC wheels being used for planter stands

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n2oMike
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From: Spencer, WV
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posted 02-12-2005 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It TOUGH to beat the Ingersall Rand model 231 when it comes to general use impact wrenches. I've got one (bought it used) and it beats the generic Chinese unit I had hands down. WAY more torque, uses less air... it even sounds better.

Sometimes you get what you pay for. These are around $100-$120 new.

Good Luck!

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bob6364
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posted 02-12-2005 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bob6364   Click Here to Email bob6364     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have several but the craftsman one is the one I grab most it was 170 bucks on sale for 125 so i snagged it...comes witha 2 year full replacement warranty standard the cheap ones I have suck bad....

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Russ3747
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From: Raleigh, NC
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 02-14-2005 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i got a cheap one from tractor supply and it was ok at frist but i think it is shot already. it has a had time taking off lug nuts but what do you expect for $25-35 ( I dont remeber)

i have found that a 6 foot pipe will take care of any bolt

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sooners2win
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From: Muskogee, OK, USA
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posted 02-23-2005 12:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sooners2win     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey 65.....If you have not bought already Sears has a Companion set that you get 1/2 impact, air ratchet and die grinder, impact sockets, grinder acces., and gravity feed paint gun on closeout for $79.88.

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ZRX61
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posted 03-13-2005 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ZRX61   Click Here to Email ZRX61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 3/8d IR Titanium, I love that thing

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