Corded impact wrench?

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Looking to buy a more powerful impact wrench but my garage starts killing the batteries about the time I open the box for the first time. Then it occurred to me that I've never used my existing tool outside of extension cord range. Also, I expect that I can get a torquer tool if I go corded. Is anyone else breaking the trend and use a corded impact wrench? Thoughts?
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Looking to buy a more powerful impact wrench but my garage starts killing the batteries about the time I open the box for the first time. Then it occurred to me that I've never used my existing tool outside of extension cord range. Also, I expect that I can get a torquer tool if I go corded. Is anyone else breaking the trend and use a corded impact wrench? Thoughts?
I have one, but it's a big giant contraption and is hard to get into tight spaces. It is very powerful though, hold on with both hands.
 
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I have one, but it's a big giant contraption and is hard to get into tight spaces. It is very powerful though, hold on with both hands.
Jim, based on your location I suspect you understand what heat does to battery life.
 

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I’ve been using one from Harbor Freight for years. It’s quite bulky, and undoubtedly nowhere near as powerful as other options out there. I only need it a handful of times per year for minor garage projects and it has suited me fine. The cord is annoying, but I really can’t justify anything nicer.
 

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why not just go with a milwaukee, or dewalt chordless impact ? i have the 1/2 drive, it is a beast. my brother has the 3/8 stubby and it is quite powerful as well. I use mine mainly for tire rotations, and whatever i can get to with it, and the battery lasted almost a year before i recharged it. (obviously i dont use it every day)
 
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why not just go with a milwaukee, or dewalt chordless impact ? i have the 1/2 drive, it is a beast. my brother has the 3/8 stubby and it is quite powerful as well. I use mine mainly for tire rotations, and whatever i can get to with it, and the battery lasted almost a year before i recharged it. (obviously i dont use it every day)
I would actually lean that way except my garage gets into the 100s more than six months a year, and that has an exponentially bad impact on tool batteries (vehicles, not so much). My wife would draw the line at relocating my tools into the main house.

Besides...the more I think about it, I spend no more time monkeying with cords than I do with batteries/chargers.
 
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I would actually lean that way except my garage gets into the 100s more than six months a year, and that has an exponentially bad impact on tool batteries (vehicles, not so much). My wife would draw the line at relocating my tools into the main house.

Besides...the more I think about it, I spend no more monkeying with cords than I do with batteries/chargers.
i was gonna say put them in the house. LOL. I can/do sometimes no wife lol.
do you have a spare bedroom or basement if your not daily using them ? just a thought.
 

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I have the Bauer Corded impact from Harbor Freight, works well but is big & heavy.
 

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Snap On makes some killer Battery Powered Impact Guns. Can’t remember but think mine cranks to 300 ft lbs or something like that.
 

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Keep just the batteries inside or perhaps go air tools. The batteries inside your garage even when its hot should probably be fine. 18650 batteries (what is inside a milwauke and similar batteries) are good up to 122F without degrading really. If they stay in the garage long term the temp should be a little cooler, but I imagine at night its not as hot so the temp isn't always 100+.

https://batterybro.com/blogs/18650-...s researched need,environment, than a hot one.
 

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I live in FL and keep my battery chargers on a bench out in my garage. I have Milwaukee Fuel 18V 1/2" Impact tool and 1/4" impact driver and an assortment of batteries from their 5ah to their 12ah heavy duty and have not had any issues with battery life. I also have a corded 1/2" impact tool but it has a lot of dust on it these days. I charge the battery and then remove it from the charger.
 

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I would actually lean that way except my garage gets into the 100s more than six months a year, and that has an exponentially bad impact on tool batteries (vehicles, not so much). My wife would draw the line at relocating my tools into the main house.

Besides...the more I think about it, I spend no more monkeying with cords than I do with batteries/chargers.
I put an exhaust fan in my garage because the heat was killing my beer fridge. Something to consider.
 
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OP here. This what I went with: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07255QCN4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's an "Amazon Choice", which usually serves me well, and very inexpensive. I'm (if that) just a shade tree mechanic, and for $74 dollars, it should meet my occasional needs. It will likely never be used outside of my garage so the corded power won't inconvenience me.

Hell, I have corded Carplay, and I use that every day, so why not something that I'll use only a handful of times a year.
 
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