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voon 20-12-2017 07:09 PM

Battery impact wrench confusion
Asking this here, because it's not per se a "Detailing Tool". I'd like to get one of these 18V machines for easy wheel changes ... but they come in confusing amounts. I've seen enough videos now to get an idea of what's quality and what's not ... but I'm a bit confused by the newtonmeters of torque.

If I look into the cars manual it says, I should use about 100 - 130 Nm on the wheel nuts. But I've not seen many impact wrenches. If I look at something like a Makita DTW285, it has three settings 80 / 175 / 280 Nm (many have just 1). None of that is usable for 100-130 Nm ... but yet, many people use these things to do their wheels. I don't get it. Do they use 80 and do the rest with a manual torque wrench? Or is there some magic behind it I don't get where you can set it to 175 and then somehow "not over do it" or so? :confused:

Alan W 20-12-2017 07:49 PM

I would suggest you use the impact wrench to do the initial tightening to a lesser torque and then finish with a manual torque wrench as you've noted.

A quality manual torque wrench will be more reliable and accurate in the long term.

Alan W

Deje 20-12-2017 08:07 PM

You need something like this, can not the English terme unfortunately.

voon 20-12-2017 08:19 PM

Oh, that looks interesting ... thanks :)

DLGWRX02 20-12-2017 08:30 PM

I understand if it’s specifically a cordless one your after, but I have one of these

And use it for undoing and tightening and then finish of with a torque wrench, never a good idea to rely on the impact gun for final tightening.

Deje 20-12-2017 08:42 PM

Trust me, you need a machine with more torque than 170nm to loosen the nuts,my machine has 450 nm and it struggling at times to loosen the nuts and I pull (tightening) my nuts with 135nm (excuse my French):)

Moet1974 20-12-2017 10:06 PM

You will find many automotive guides to torque settings are very similar as it has a direct correlation to the size of the bolt you are either loosening or tightening. For general car use 100-150Nm is the rule. A Makita DTW285 would be fine for cars I have this and a DTW251. For bigger jobs DTW1001 will loosen about any nut I’ve seen. The impacts really help in loosening nuts and do play a part in tightening. Always use a quality torque wrench to calibrate the final tightness. I would also add good quality thin impact sockets are equally important. Thin is good as some standard ones don’t like to fit in alloy recesses. Never use standard non impact sockets as they can at least fracture and at worse shatter possibly causing you or the car bad damage bud. :thumb:

JoeyJoeJo 20-12-2017 10:19 PM

I see a lot of impact drivers being marketed as suitable for "light automotive", would they be sufficient for casual wheel changes?

Not looking at getting one, just a question.

stangalang 20-12-2017 10:54 PM

Unfortunately no most garages will just fire a wheel in at whatever the gun goes to, which is usually WAY more than required. Best way is to use the lower setting and then finish it with a manual wrench to be sure. The guns are good for removal though and a lot quicker to mount them back initially

Christian6984 21-12-2017 12:56 AM

I don't own one but have a relative that has an impact wrench, there not cheap and I'm not sure which one it is but i do find myself wanting one, never had any problem removing wheel nuts that i cant even remove with other wheel braces. The one they have has two settings the softer setting can do up nuts and allow you to do the final correct torque.

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