- Jul 21, 2014
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- Your Mercedes
- SL500 (R230)
I'm looking to buy an 18v impact wrench, what do people recommend is a decent but not overly expensive make.
In the same boat myself, I've a notion just to go for a Parkside (Lidl) the next time they come up but have seen various reviews differing in their effectiveness at high torque. Seems to be the best thought of are Milwaukee, Makita or DeWalt but they are in a different price range so for my occasional use probably a luxury.I'm looking to buy an 18v impact wrench, what do people recommend is a decent but not overly expensive make.
I have the Ryobi and find it a nice bit of kit. Has 3 settings so can be used at lower torques too.Looking on Amazon the Ryobi is at the top end price wise which for my usage is overkill. I want the wrench to work but ideally spend around £100ish. I have seen cheap wrenches rated at 420nm and expensive ones rated at 190nm, I assume this is torque ratings that the wrench can undo.
Just was having a look at this last eveningI have the DeWalt and it's brilliant. Even though wheel bolts are usually not more than 130Nm (as stated), they are often 'monkeyed' on by wheel guns. The Milwaukee is even better but the price is much higher than the DeWalt.
I went for the DeWalt for a few reasons.
1. The power stated was around 900Nm breaking torque so should do everything
2. I was in the process of updating my old DeWalt drill and so bought a drill, batteries and charger before so just needed bare tool
3. The price as a bare tool was not as much as you think
4. The 4ah and 5ah batteries can be bought from reputable sellers on ebay for about half RRP
5. Gave me an excuse to buy more tools to fit the batteries
I have a impact driver which is great for tough jobs around the house woodwork etc. I do use it on the car for wheel nuts etc but they have to be broken with a bar first. What is needed for heavy duty work is an impact wrench which normally has a 1/2 inch drive. The more you pay the more power you get.