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What brand impact do you like best? [3 vote(s)]

IR
66.7%
Snap-On
0.0%
Matco
0.0%
Mac
0.0%
Cornwell
0.0%
Husky
0.0%
Craftsman
0.0%
CP
33.3%
Other brand
0.0%


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Well over the years I have worn out many impact guns. I have had Matco, MAC, Snap-On, and IR.

Of all of them, by far the most durable and reliable has been my Ingersoll Rand. Seems many of the others required frequent service to keep up, while the IR has always been a proven performer. Outside of about 10 sets of hex head bolts, I have owned a "Classic" IR for over 10 years and it still works to this day... Works well even.

Most recently I have gotten the newer IR Titanium series 3/8 and 1/2 inch 700 Ft. Lb'er and I have been most happy with them.

I dont consider a 1/2 impact an impact unless its at LEAST 500 ft. lbs.



-- Edited by SELLC on Friday 2nd of October 2009 10:50:38 PM

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WoW

They got the near 800 Ft. LB monster out already!

What a pisser!



"2135TiMAX 1/2" Impactool 1/2" Titanium Duty Air Impactool The 2135Ti set the standard for performance with the best power to weight ratio on the market in its class. The new 2135TiMAX raises the bar with 780 ft. lbs still at only 3.95 lbs.


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^^^^^^I bought one 5 months ago, I love it^^^^^^

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Update, I don't love that one anymore - too loud. I switched to an Aircat 1150 which is quieter and has more power. I've been replacing worn out IR stuff with Aircat for a while now.

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Just out of necessary I picked up a Kobalt from Lowes, with SAE and metric sockets. Been using it years, works fine but I'm not an everyday user either. Take lawnmower blades off the mower decks for sharpening, use it on wheels lugs etc. I have used chisels in it to cut reluctant bolt heads off

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PowerStroker wrote:

Update, I don't love that one anymore - too loud. I switched to an Aircat 1150 which is quieter and has more power. I've been replacing worn out IR stuff with Aircat for a while now.


 

I been lucky with the Harbor Freight Earthquake, which is basically a knock off of the IR stuff.. I even tried the newer composite one (another IR knock off) because I had such good luck with the first one and it has been quite a tough little impact. Both purchased when my IR stuff was either stolen or gave up the ghost, respectively. I wouldn't turn my nose up to an IR, but I have never used Aircat before.  To be honest I have never even heard of Aircat before, but I will have to check them out! Snap on stuff is nice too, but also requires costly rebuilds. I have taken a few impacts apart before and you would be shocked how much stuff is crammed in there. You would have to be pretty passionate about an air tool to rebuild your own, but I know a guy who rebuilt his own ratchet wrench so I guess it is not out of the realm.

Here is something interesting too, some of these newer electric impact drivers are pretty powerful! I am shocked at the torque that my regular old Dewalt puts out, and Snap On has some really nice ones too! You would be shocked, no pun intended.

The problem with them I think is the cost involved in purchase as they can get very expensive for commercial grade electric stuff, plus you have battery cost every year or so depending on use which often times it cost less to buy a new unit when that time comes - or at least upgrade. So it is much more expensive in that regard. Plus, I doubt a commercial electric impact is going to work that great on things like pressing in wheel bearings or ball joints, and if it did, I'd imagine it would wear quickly under them punishing conditions every day, correct me if I am wrong, because I don't own a big fancy set of the new electric gizmos but many are going that way, I am just curious if anyone has used one in a press or hub grapple situation and what were their thoughts compared to pneumatic.

 



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PowerStroker wrote:

Update, I don't love that one anymore - too loud. I switched to an Aircat 1150 which is quieter and has more power. I've been replacing worn out IR stuff with Aircat for a while now.


 

Was looking for an M12 triple square socket today when I stumbled upon this advertisement for the Aircat tools, 

https://youtu.be/0hBfUXzHdCM

That's a pretty manly video! lol! I'm sold!



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Still using my Aircat 1150 every day, and if it ever breaks I'll get another Aircat.

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