OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle SuperDork
12/21/18 9:37 p.m.

I’m not sure which kind but One of these is calling me. My mechanic friend has 1/2” Milwaukee M18. It’ll twist anything. I’ve read good things about HF Earthquake 1/2” anvil cordless.

I don’t need that much. But I would like something capable of breaking lug nuts loose and more. So... Looking for testimonials. What kind do you have and what’s it done that surprised (impressed) or irritated you?

Is anything from the hammer store good enough for very infrequent use? Which one(s)?

Edit: please include street price  

 

Slippery
Slippery SuperDork
12/21/18 9:50 p.m.

Makita 1/2” brushless

Pro: It will loosen anything. 

Con: It is heavy. 

dculberson
dculberson UltimaDork
12/22/18 2:08 a.m.

Stick to 1/2” for sure. 

I have the Kobalt 1/2” and it’s great. Not as potent as my air impact but a hell of a lot more convenient. Works for 99% of what I need it for. 

nutherjrfan
nutherjrfan UltraDork
12/22/18 7:13 p.m.

1/2" HF here.  cordless.  haven't used it much but I'm happy so far.  broke loose the lug nuts on the SVT after tightening them first.  Standing on a tire iron and bouncing it didn't work at all.  smiley

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle SuperDork
12/22/18 10:08 p.m.

In reply to nutherjrfan :

Chicago Electric or Earthquake?

Cousin_Eddie
Cousin_Eddie HalfDork
12/23/18 6:01 a.m.

I have the Milwaukee M18 in 3/8" size. It will loosen lugnuts without any drame, but I'm talking Texas lugnuts that aren't rusty or overtightened. I use it for general work and use it a lot. But, for heavy lugnut use, I would go 1/2".

I have multiple tools in Milwaukee M18 and feel it is the best platform for cordless tools.

ultraclyde
ultraclyde PowerDork
12/23/18 6:36 a.m.

I bought a porter cable 18v cordless drill and driver set about this time last year. The driver uses hex bit and I have a set of 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drivers for it. It has absolutely revolutionized fixing cars for me. Compact, light, and strong. It works great on engine bay and general mechanic stuff but isnt quite strong enough to reliably do lugnuts.

Which is a long pointless way to say if you're doing lugnuts get the 1/2.

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon Reader
12/23/18 10:43 a.m.

I'm a bit of a Milwaukee Tool whore.  I have a 3/8" Stubby M12 impact that works really well for almost anything. It's light, snappy and will take most lug nuts off.  I also have the M18 High Torque impact wrench for situations when I'm done asking nicely.  The M18 is a real wrist breaker if you're not careful with it.

If the Milwaukee is a little out of your price range or you have other cordless tools already just know that Ridgid, Ryobi and Milwaukee all are built in the same  TTI factory, use the same battery cells and have the same quality control. 

dj06482
dj06482 SuperDork
12/23/18 10:49 p.m.

I picked up the beefy Milwaukee 1/2" impact (2767-20) a few months ago and love it. One of the modes walks the nuts off at a very low RPM after they break free. I haven't really tested it yet in terms of power, but I have an infamous Honda crank bolt on the agenda next week, so we'll see how that goes.

I paid $200 shipped from Toolhut back in August, and that included a 5.0 AH battery.

It's overkill for 99.9% of what I do, but if it takes that crank bolt off I'll be a happy man. One of my co-workers has the mid-torque M18 1/2" impact and loves it. That's the one that's better suited for my day to day needs, but I honestly bought it for the crank bolt and will find a way to use it on a regular basis.

nutherjrfan
nutherjrfan UltraDork
12/25/18 1:29 a.m.

In reply to OHSCrifle :

earthquake.  oh yeah tire iron was when it was on the ground obviously.  had to laugh at myself there.  not such a fatty after all.  with the earthquake i'd recently put it up on four HF six ton jackstands and then got the lug nuts off.  that is some sweet science there.  not quite cave man to neanderthal leap but made me a believer despite a lingering attraction to human brute force and ignorance when it comes to fasteners/clips etc. smiley

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle SuperDork
12/25/18 6:05 p.m.

In reply to RacetruckRon :

I've got a few M12 devices and a charger already. I may try that stubby 1/2" if I can find one on sale.

In reply to nutherjrfan :

OK cool. I've read the reviews of Earthquake and it sounds like a dead ringer for the big 1/2" high torque milwaukee spec-wise. 

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
12/25/18 6:21 p.m.
Cousin_Eddie said:

I have the Milwaukee M18 in 3/8" size. It will loosen lugnuts without any drame, but I'm talking Texas lugnuts that aren't rusty or overtightened. I use it for general work and use it a lot. But, for heavy lugnut use, I would go 1/2".

I have multiple tools in Milwaukee M18 and feel it is the best platform for cordless tools.

I came here for this. 

shelbyz
shelbyz Reader
1/3/19 3:09 p.m.

My Dad (who bleeds Dewalt yellow) asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said a Milwaukee M18 3/8" or 1/2" cordless impact.

 

He instead got me a 1/2 20V Dewalt XR unit. I guess it was on sale somewhere for a good bit cheaper than the Milwaukee. Not sure how it compares to the M18, but I was pretty impressed when it was called to duty less than 24hrs later...

 

Had a buddy come over with his GF the day after Christmas. On the way to lunch, he hotdogged a 1 to 2 shift in his GF's EP3 and snapped the passenger CV axle. We flat towed the car back to my house, got an axle at AZ, and used the Dewalt to undo the suspension and axle nut. It didn't even hesitate for one micro second spinning off the axle nut.

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