Impact wrench / driver recommendation?

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Looking for somthing compact but nice that's good for general all around use throughout the JL. I like dewalt but doesn't have to be that. Want something that doesn't limit me. I dont get if I should get 1/4in or 3/8in or is there something universal? Hex?





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I only know Milwaukee. Probably the 2555-20 M12 stubby impact. That's 1/2" dr; there is also a 3/8" which I think is the 2554

If you want more oomph the M18 mid torque 2861 still isn't HUGE.

Impact drivers are 1/4" hex and meant for driving screws. Yes, you can get adapters but there's significant losses running thru a tiny 1/4" hex shank, plus impact drivers don't put out the power of square-anviled impact WRENCHES because you don't need lugnut-removing-power to drive a #8 wood screw.....
 

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You need pick up an ecosystem since you will just add more power tools later. Personally I am a big fan of Makita, but Milwauke is good too. Dewalt is kind of overpriced IMO.

Or you can go straight Habor Freight Tools if you only occasionally use them.
 

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I only know Milwaukee. Probably the 2555-20 M12 stubby impact. That's 1/2" dr; there is also a 3/8" which I think is the 2554

If you want more oomph the M18 mid torque 2861 still isn't HUGE.
Good recommendations. I'm very fond of Milwaukee myself.

Impact drivers are 1/4" hex and meant for driving screws. Yes, you can get adapters but there's significant losses running thru a tiny 1/4" hex shank, plus impact drivers don't put out the power of square-anviled impact WRENCHES because you don't need lugnut-removing-power to drive a #8 wood screw.....
While all of this is well-stated and true, I'll also say that I've used a 1/4" hex impact for torquing seismic supports on plumbing lines using 1/2" hardware (so 3/4" socket on an adapter) to 50 ft-lbs, all day every day for weeks. So they have a fair amount of oomph. Not the kind of oomph you'll get from a "real" impact, no. But it's what I keep on hand for most light duty stuff.
 

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I agree with Plex on the idea of looking at the big picture of battery compatibility with more tools down the road.

I'm a big fan of Bosch tools but think Milwaukee 18v fuel is winning the game these days.
 

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I have years of positive experience with Milwaukee tools, but totally line up with the ecosystem comments. If you've already invested in Dewalt 20V, don't be afraid to stick with it. I have no regrets with my Dewalt gear. On the other hand, I'm not a bran-x-or-nothing kind of guy. For and electric ratchet, I'm buying Milwaukee--different sized battery is a different ecosystem.
 

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I have the Milwaukee 2863-20 1/2" impact driver, may be overkill but I know I will be able to remove any bolt
 

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I have DeWalt, if I was starting over I would consider Milwaukee. I think they are pretty much equal except that if you are using the tool continuously for extended periods the Milwaukee is more durable. For automotive use I would pick 1/2" drive. Anything less and you can just use a hand ratchet instead. Of course it depends on what kind of work you are going to do- for suspension work and engine disassembly you would want 1/2". For doing a lot of lighter work it would make sense to use 3/8" drive or even 1/4" hex.

When I was a mechanic we had 3/8" and 1/2" drive air tools. I didn't have much use for the 3/8" drive, I preferred to do those by hand, but I used the 1/2" drive for suspension work and for engine disassembly. These days with compact cordless tools I think I would use them more. I know people that like the 3/8" drive ratchets, I never cared for them that much.
 

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I love my little dewalt 1/4 with adapters. Helps with running things off. I’ll usually crack the bolt with a breaker, then give it the impact
 

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I have the Dewalt 20V impact wrench and impact driver. Bought on sale. No regrets. I have the circular saw and sawzall too.
 

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I have dewalt 1/2 inch DCF899B and my buddy has the milwakuee equivalent, they both get the same bolts off. I wouldnt go smaller than 1/2 inch but it really depends on your style of work. I have both impact and electric ratchet. The rachet I use more often but the impact saves me a ton of time breaking bolts, etc.
 

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I bought this 1/2" 18V electric impact wrench driver, it works well for me.

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