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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

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    bimmer......lug bolts ?
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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Pics of said biceps, please.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    but have broken two on the rear axle nut. Which is why I bought a decent 3/4 impact that fucker is torqued to 360 ft/lbs.
    that brings back memories from days past, my older brother was an independent foreign auto mechanic,
    VW rear axle nuts, using his 1" drive breaker bar and a 10ft pipe, and jumping on the end of the pipe to get it to budge loose

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

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    Thanks. Quick mobile search got me the wrong one.

    He's a bit abrasive at first, but is actually quite knowledgeable with a very unique style.
    hahah, i thought the same thing. I actually watched the whole video as well. at first I was like this guy is super weird but then he started to blow me away with his knowledge. after that i was hooked. i thought he was hilarous

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    I have a tank air compressor

    Bought a short 1/2 inch diameter air hose screwed directly on

    makes ALL the difference it then runs like you should spinning off big corroded things

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Quote Originally Posted by Stromper View Post
    I have a tank air compressor

    Bought a short 1/2 inch diameter air hose screwed directly on

    makes ALL the difference it then runs like you should spinning off big corroded things

    That's actually my plan, I was thinking that the 3/8" hose I have is fine and good, but the fittings on the end have to be a smaller diameter to fit thereby reducing the ID. Going to the local hardware store to build a 10' length with proper fittings and attach a wye to the compressor for both size fittings. I'm also going to change the oil and replace the filter on the compressor, I've only owned it for 2 years but I'm pretty confident it's never been done.

    Oh, and my guns are under contract with Meat-Head Muscle Powder, can't post pics because of copyright stuff....

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    that brings back memories from days past, my older brother was an independent foreign auto mechanic,
    VW rear axle nuts, using his 1" drive breaker bar and a 10ft pipe, and jumping on the end of the pipe to get it to budge loose
    Thats exactly how I broke those two breaker bars

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Quote Originally Posted by jeantarrou View Post
    As already stated, not a strength issue, MY BICEPS ARE HUUUUUUGE, and not a stupid idiot thing, lefty loosey on the Bimmer. But in a seriousness, I am suspecting that this particular wrench just can't hack it and I gotta step up.

    I have a 3/8" hose, gotta check on the fittings though.
    Theres a thread on this gun on a tractor forum (TBN), and tractors have some BMF bolts (mower blades take a 1-5/8” socket). The problems seemed to come from too little air flow and 3/8” seemed to solve the problem.

    I’m old school, steel use a breaker bar plus pipe, then use a 4 way lug wrench to spin them off. Most tire shops overtighten them a bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scubasteveRR View Post
    hahah, i thought the same thing. I actually watched the whole video as well. at first I was like this guy is super weird but then he started to blow me away with his knowledge. after that i was hooked. i thought he was hilarous
    Keep watching him. He grows on you.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Honestly your first mistake was the HF gun.

    Consider me an expert in this field.

    If you want a quality gun go with snap-on or IR. They are the only two companies that rate their guns at sustained torque. It's all about repeatability.


    Now I know guys will argue that their Napa/cp/HF/air cat/whatever is the best they've ever had. I can say sure. If you use it once or twice a year.



    You also want to make sure that you have the proper pressure at the end of your hose. 90 psi is usually recommended to run the tool at optimal peak torque. You also want to make sure you're using high flow fittings. You can have the best gun in the world but if your airflow isn't there your gun is basically a boat anchor.

    Now there are times when an impact will not work just because of over torquing or stiction. In this case you'll want to grab yourself a breaker bar and break the lugnuts free.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Video speaks for itself nothing wrong with the gun if you have proper airflow and high flow fittings.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    It's all about repetitive use. Believe me. I see it on a monthly basis.

    Almost any gun will work great out of the box. But repeated use is where the differences are..... just words of experience. It is my business to know these things.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Cordless is where it is at these days, I still have a bunch of air tools but they are getting used less and less.

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    You are absolutely correct. Cordless is about 40% of my power tool business.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    Cordless is where it is at these days, I still have a bunch of air tools but they are getting used less and less.
    Honestly I'd much prefer air so I don't have another set of batteries to keep charged.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    The problem with cordless is if you don't use it daily or even weekly when you go to use it you know the batteries will be dead.

    The professional technician uses his cordless every day. For them cordless is quicker and easier than pneumatic. Although there is no substitution for Air for example Lugnuts,suspension pieces etc. that are high torque applications

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlief View Post
    The problem with cordless is if you don't use it daily or even weekly when you go to use it you know the batteries will be dead.

    The professional technician uses his cordless every day. For them cordless is quicker and easier than pneumatic. Although there is no substitution for Air for example Lugnuts,suspension pieces etc. that are high torque applications
    I have a few cordless impacts that beg to differ in regards to suspension etc. That said my 3/4 pneumatic impact will come out when the others arent up to the task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlief View Post
    It's all about repetitive use. Believe me. I see it on a monthly basis.

    Almost any gun will work great out of the box. But repeated use is where the differences are..... just words of experience. It is my business to know these things.
    Aren't we talking, here, about "out of the box"?

    I won't argue your claim about repetitive use, and absolutely professionals should consider that. For those who use something like this a few times a year, is it worth paying 2 to 5 times as much?

    I don't know the answer. I'll just say that there are tradeoffs. Just because a tool doesn't work in a specific situation doesn't mean that a similar tool would do any better. Sometimes there are outside influences.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlief View Post
    It's all about repetitive use. Believe me. I see it on a monthly basis.

    Almost any gun will work great out of the box. But repeated use is where the differences are..... just words of experience. It is my business to know these things.
    What business is that?

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    Snap-on dealer for 7 years. Back ground electrical engineering and former jeweler.

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    The Snap On impact drivers are made locally, are t they?

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    We recently bought new furniture just because it was made in Vermont. Paid a bit more. But it's my belief that to support American jobs you have to buy from US producers. It's not all about saving a nickel. Although many others don't believe in it. It saddens me.

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    If a sales rep for Chevrolet told you their cars keep engine compression the longest, and they happen to prefer supporting American industry, wouldn't you suspect there's great potential for bias? Doesn't invalidate your point, because you could be 110% right. But kinda has to be weighted against the context.

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    Re: Pneumatic impact wrench question

    Snap On lineup. https://store.snapon.com/Impact-Wren...e-C629291.aspx

    Based on this and other threads, bought an 18v DeWalt. Got the 300 ft lb, 1/2” Hog Ring model. Bet 3/4 of use will Be lug nuts, the rest tractor stuff, but we’ll see: saw an impressive demonstration of one sinking lag bolts.

    There seem to be a lot of good ones and some not do good. But already have four batteries (two Lithium), two chargers, two drills and a reciprocating saw, so stayed with it. Might not have been first choice if we didn’t already have the infrastructure.

    1/2" 18V Cordless Impact Wrench (Tool Only) - DW059HB | DEWALT

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