Impact wrench recommendations?

The Jimbonaut

Active Member
I need to buy an impact wrench. Very need.

Found myself sitting on my engine - which in turn is sitting on my workbench - holding a 2' breaker bar with a strip of steel wedged into the ribs of my clutch in what quickly became a farcical attempt to remove the clutch bolt. It's not happening. I need torque. I need tools. I need an impact wrench.

It doesn't need to be cordless (would be nice though) as from what I can tell the corded ones are cheaper and I don't need to march the thing all over the joint anyway. Anyone got any recommendations? What kind of max torque do I really need anyway, considering this'll mainly be used for moto applications (any the occasional lug nut)? I've seen some for around $200 CAD, not brushless but battery operated with max torque of around 150ft lbs.



Not. Happening.
 

teazer

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A clutch holding tool might be a cheaper solution. If you can't find one, grab a couple of old steel clutch plates and weld them together and then weld on a handle and you should be good to go. Use a hammer on your breaker bar to crack it free - assuming that the lock washer has been un-staked of course.

And if that doesn't work you may have to get an impact driver. Pneumatic are usually cheaper, but cheap ones lack the torque you need.
 

The Jimbonaut

Active Member
teazer said:
A clutch holding tool might be a cheaper solution. If you can't find one, grab a couple of old steel clutch plates and weld them together and then weld on a handle and you should be good to go. Use a hammer on your breaker bar to crack it free - assuming that the lock washer has been un-staked of course.

And if that doesn't work you may have to get an impact driver. Pneumatic are usually cheaper, but cheap ones lack the torque you need.
What kind of torque would be good for most moto-related situations? I've seen some beefy bastards upwards of 700ft lbs which would no doubt make quick work of this bolt - too much?

I think it would be a useful tool to have in the shop - not just for this bolt but for all kinds of jobs.
 

SONICJK

Reminds me of...me No, I'm sure of it. I hate him
The harbor freight "Earthquake" impacts are awesome and cheap.
 
I don't know if there is an equivalent where you are but the 3/8 cordless impact at harbor freight works great for a bunch of things. It's fairly compact and has pulled off fastners I thought were almost permanent due to rust and no way to lock the part from spinning.

I got it with a coupon for $129 a while back. https://www.harborfreight.com/20v-max-lithium-38-in-cordless-xtreme-torque-impact-wrench-kit-63536.html
 

wozza

Member
If in Aus??? then this one is fine for the $$$ https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/rockwell-shopseries-rockwell-shopseries-cordless-impact-wrench---1-2in-drive-18v-li-ion/342595.html
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
^^ Yup, what Irk said pictured.

I've had one of these for quite a while and it's always come through for me.
 

ridesolo

You only bear responsibility for your own actions
Jimbonaut said:
What exactly did Irk say?
OK, ok, it's fixed. (I guess in the future I'll have to work harder to stay w/in the boundaries of exactitude.)

;D
 

Maritime

Active Member
Jimbonaut said:
What exactly did Irk say?
He used a thousand words, i.e. a picture. those impact drivers are a must have tool and you can get a socket kit from CT on 70% off with one included, then get a gun later.
 

Maritime

Active Member
This: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maximum-impact-socket-set-48-pc-0589146p.html#srp

You use the driver with a hammer and whack the handle and it impacts and turns and loosens the nut/screw/bolt

I wouldn;t even think of working on cars or bike or lots of stuff without one of those
 

The Jimbonaut

Active Member
It's an impact driver. Got it. I got one of those things, came in damn useful too for getting out rusty screws.

I was thinking more along the lines of rattle gun though.
 

Maritime

Active Member
I have this kit: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-air-tool-kit-71-pc-0589369p.html#srp
been working well for 8-98 years now
 

Maritime

Active Member
That kit plus something like this is a great addition to the shop.
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-air-tool-kit-71-pc-0589369p.html#srp
 

The Jimbonaut

Active Member
Yup, that would do it. Thing is, my air compressor is tiny, only 2.6 gallons. It's ok for blowing out crap from spark plug holes and between cylinders but I think it might struggle with beefy air tools?
 

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