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Technical 1/2" Battery powered Impact Question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blazedogs, Dec 13, 2020.

  1. blazedogs
    Joined: Sep 22, 2014
    Posts: 470


    Saw the topic earlier on most useful tool. Want a 1/2 heavy duty battery operated Impact tool for removing stubborn lug nuts on trucks and other heavy duty projects, I need lots of torque, many have different levels & don,t have the torque required. What ( torque) wrench would do the job / Gene in Mn
  2. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,024

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    I can't say what will, but I can tell you my Ryobi 1/2 battery impact won't do the really tuff stuff. It'll do must car & light truck lug nuts, but when you get into the heavy stuff with 140#+ torque, rusted on, no way.
  3. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 9,492

    jimmy six

    Milwaukee... every Saturday night dirt track racer has one... studs are 5/8” not 1/2” and you need it’s power.
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  4. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 8,033


    Depends what you call heavy duty truck (semi or f450 type). My Milwaukee 1/2 high torque is strong but not Kenworth or Sterling strong.
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  5. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,582


    I have a Makita 1/2 inch and it has been awesome! I worry a bit that it has too much torque. No trouble on rusty lug nuts on my Dodge 250 it has way more power than my Chicago pneumatic 1/2 inch
  6. My Dewalt works fine but you have to watch what and how you are tightening. Plenty of power for loosening anything I've tried it on. Regardless of the brand it makes life a little easier with a little squirt of Kroil prior to the attempt.
  7. One of the guys at my work bought the Milwaukee high torque 1/2 impact driver.

    it will take off 1-1/2 and bigger forklift lug nuts like they are a puny little 10mm license plate screw !!!
    Light and easy to use, next tool on my list.

    careful as there are 3 models they all look the same but the torque out put varies wildly.

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  8. 62SY4
    Joined: Oct 30, 2009
    Posts: 102

    from Irwin, Pa

    I have all Dewalt cordless stuff so I'm partial. I love my 1/2" 20v rig, but it's not rusty 5/8" stud tough, but pretty close. Not sure you are going to be using 1/2" drive battery stuff on over the road trucks and off highway equipment.. that's 3/4"-1" drive territory for the most part.

    Some of those numbers @VANDENPLAS posted on Milwaukee's equipment are impressive, and they do make good tools, all my corded stuff is Milwaukee, excluding my metabo grinder.
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  9. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,609


    Have a Rigid brand. Strong.
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  10. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,650

    from Strum, wi

    1/2 inch Makita with 1100 ft pounds of torque. Takes everything off or breaks it, but I love it. It goes to the track with me all the time, one of the best tools I own. I never had a air one that did stuff that this will do. Takes my harmonic balancer off my 340 mopar with no problem.

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  11. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 6,767


    My workplace has now gone to Milwaukee Fusion and getting away from DeWalt.
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  12. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,720

    from kansas

    Guy at work has switched over to Milwaukee also.

    He has the hi-torq 1/2 and it will break stuff. Its impressive and brought back faith in me for battery power again.

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