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Old 30-06-2018, 04:05 PM   #1
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impact drivers for wheel nuts

my electric car wheel nut driver has given up the ghost, so looking at something cordless, probably 18v, so,

a) what would you recommend and avoid?

b) i guess you need an appropriate adaptor, so again, what would you guys recommend and avoid?

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Old 30-06-2018, 05:41 PM   #2
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happy with my milwaukee ...no adaptors needed just 1/2" sockets fit
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Old 30-06-2018, 06:02 PM   #3
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These are good and British.

Kielder KWT-002-03 18V Brushless Cordless Impact Wrench, 1 x 4.0Ah Li-ion TYPE18 Battery https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071V7TK..._uH6nBb4H866F3

All you need for lug nuts.

I have a Dewalt but that’s way over kill for home use.

Dewalt DCF899HN-XJ Cordless Brushless High Torque Impact Wrench, 18 V, Yellow/Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VXN7S..._NL6nBbP81ZXC0


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Damn you!! That’s another tool I’ve seen now that I know I don’t physically need, but I shall think of 100 reasons to justify the purchase to my wife.
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i had no justification to get one , but love it well worth owning
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Will you use it a lot?
If not, it might not be worth it as the battery will fail prematurely if not properly cycled. Lithium batteries will fail if stored overcharged and NiMh or NiCad if not fully cycled. All batteries need using regularly to maintain capacity,.
There are 12v corded impact wrenches, for less than £40, that will run from the vehicle battery or auxiliary socket and one of these used in conjunction with a breaker bar/non reversing torque wrench to crack and tighten the buts/bolts would be my choice for occasional use and to keep in the vehicle.
Was your previous wrench mains powered?
I have friends with 3/8 battery impact guns used for lots of general stuff that they also use with a 3/8 to 1/2 adaptor for wheel nuts etc but loosen and fully tighten with a bar and use the gun only to speed up the taking off and putting back on.
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My uncle has the Milwaukee and its excellent for if a garage has oven tighten wheel nuts, also does well on brake calipers, although the large one can sometimes be too big to gain proper access on smaller cars, he also has a really little version and that does pretty well to considering its size. I would like one but they are not so cheap and find it hard to justify when i can borrow it.

If i use it to put wheel nuts back on i use it on the low torque setting till there home and then do the final tightening by hand. Couldn't think of anything worse than getting a puncture as side of the road when you could change it but you cant get the wheel off

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It's not the nuts struggle with, it's getting the wheels off. Any tips
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Will you use it a lot?
If not, it might not be worth it as the battery will fail prematurely if not properly cycled. Lithium batteries will fail if stored overcharged and NiMh or NiCad if not fully cycled. All batteries need using regularly to maintain capacity,.
There are 12v corded impact wrenches, for less than £40, that will run from the vehicle battery or auxiliary socket and one of these used in conjunction with a breaker bar/non reversing torque wrench to crack and tighten the buts/bolts would be my choice for occasional use and to keep in the vehicle.
Was your previous wrench mains powered?
I have friends with 3/8 battery impact guns used for lots of general stuff that they also use with a 3/8 to 1/2 adaptor for wheel nuts etc but loosen and fully tighten with a bar and use the gun only to speed up the taking off and putting back on.
my last one ran off the car battery, so not really convinced about getting another one tbh

suppose i use it enough to warrant having one, won't take anytime to set up if its already charged and ready to go, might even store it in the boot in case of having a punter or something
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