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Old 03-16-2010, 10:38 PM
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Default Rechargable 1/2" impacts

I bought a HF Titanium, works OK if you use your four way to loosen the nuts first. I scrap cars out, that is what I do from 7-7 now that I am on my own. I need opinions on cordless impacts that stand up to the task of breaking loose stubborn lug nuts, day in and day out. When I'm in line at the local recycler, and I need to save the AL wheels or tires for resale, I need something that is going to take these nuts off and keep going. My partner's dad has a DeWalt 18v and he feels it is less than enough for this job. Any experienced suggestions?

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Old 03-16-2010, 11:11 PM
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I have a Milwaukee 18v L-Ion that I love for what I do but I doubt it would meet your requirements.
Maybe the 28v but I don't know. That's pretty tough duty for any cordless.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:27 PM
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It is not cordless for sure, but I have used a Black & Decker 12V impact wrench. It breaks the nuts loose without having to use a 4 way.

Got it at Walmart. Appears to be doing better than the cheapest HF unit that I got a few years ago. And the B&D cost about the same. It is not for heavy usage every day but it works good for occassional flats and tire change outs.

Would suggest for your purpose, rigging up an 12V power outlet on the PU bed near the tailgate.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:40 PM
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We have a couple of the DeWalt 18 volt 1/2" impacts at work, and they work pretty good at removing lug nuts and other larger fasteners. I think the biggest problem with them is the fact that they really go through a fully charged battery in no time. If we take them out to a job we normally take along several spare batteries.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:06 AM
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Sberry, loves his Milwaukee cordless tools. He could surely, answer your question but, I haven't seen him on here for quite some time. Maybe you could send him an email.

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:26 AM
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I have used the Milwaukee 18 volts for ASSEMBLING a lot of Vic piping systems, They have the sack to put stuff together. I have used them to take things apart for regular service and they work well for that too. I don't know how they would do for demo work though.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:35 AM
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We have a DeWalt 18vt at work that will take tight lugnuts off,but I don't remember taking off more than ten in a row. Maybe with a spare battery?
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:02 AM
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Thanks for the input guys! Another guy at the yard uses a Bosch and swears by it. I don't know him personally. Could be he swears by it because that is what he spent his $300+ on, not sure. I have a gasoline air compressor and a small Onan RV generator, I just don't want to fuss with mounting them in my bed as I have a Pierce Recluse Repo unit in by bed which leaves very little room for the wheels I take home with me. I'm not real keen on hoses and cords either, both take time I don't really have.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:25 AM
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I have a bunch of the Milwaukee 28V tools and the big 1/2" impact is one of them. That thing is unbelievable.
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