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Offline atavar

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Tool advice
« on: August 18, 2016, 01:56:57 PM »
So I am getting ready to purchase a 1/2" impact wrench specifically for the job of changing a couple sets of tires a year.  I am considering the HF el cheapo specials.  I really don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on this limited use tool.
Assuming I keep these oiled will they be suitable for the task or should I run screaming and look at garage sales and pawn shops for used ones instead?  This just didn't seem to be the type of thing that was advisable to buy used.
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2016, 02:12:04 PM »
How will that help you change the tires?
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2016, 02:17:36 PM »
Perhaps I was not specific enough...  Removing and replacing mounted tires on two cars.  Well, and maybe for getting the rear off of the Norge to carry it in for new rubber. 
Of course replacing lugs is always finished with a torque wrench.
I am just getting old and crickety enough that R&R of 24 lug nuts is not as much fun as it used to be.
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2016, 02:21:27 PM »
 Air or electric ?

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Re: Tool advice
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2016, 02:22:10 PM »
I just got myself a 30" 1/2" drive breaker bar because I'm tired of messing with my "cheater" for higher torque applications.

The nice thing is it works great with my Griso paddock stand.  I have one of those funny German paddock stands
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2016, 02:23:27 PM »
Air, I do have a hopefully suitable 21 gallon 7CFM compressor.
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2016, 02:25:54 PM »
 Good idea to look at pawn shops or  a Guys yard sale with tools. Definitely keep an eye out for a 2" extended shank model, you won't regret it. Something along these lines will serve you wellhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Chicago-Pneumatic-7736-2-Heavy-Duty-1-2-Drive-Impact-Wrench-CP7736-2-/162093721592?hash=item25bd89e7f8:g:fyAAAOSw9eVXU9R7&item=162093721592&vxp=mtr

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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2016, 02:29:58 PM »
Yeah, I think HF has that rebranded as "Earthquake" at $99
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2016, 02:30:52 PM »
I have one that I also got for doing things like trailer wheels.  But, I also have one of those old fashioned X wrenches with a different size socket on each end.  They spin really well so instead of dragging out the air line and such I just use it.  Bonus is I keep it in the truck for on the road issues too.

So, my HF air wrench sits.  Has been used twice in two years.  Still works fine ;)

For the motorcycle I just use the Guzzi wrench that fits the axles and drain plugs.  If I tug on it until I get a hernia then it is tight enough :)  I use my boot to loosen the axle nut, being careful not to knock the bike off the centerstand in the process :)
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2016, 02:31:02 PM »
I just got myself a 30" 1/2" drive breaker bar because I'm tired of messing with my "cheater" for higher torque applications.

The nice thing is it works great with my Griso paddock stand.  I have one of those funny German paddock stands

 "Funny German" , no such thing  :shocked: :laugh:

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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2016, 02:32:06 PM »
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2016, 02:32:29 PM »
Air, I do have a hopefully suitable 21 gallon 7CFM compressor.
That was going to be my question, I bought an impact wrench, tried it on my tiny compressor and it sucked all the air without even turning.
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2016, 02:34:55 PM »
I have one that I also got for doing things like trailer wheels.  But, I also have one of those old fashioned X wrenches with a different size socket on each end.  They spin really well so instead of dragging out the air line and such I just use it.  Bonus is I keep it in the truck for on the road issues too.
 

Hard to beat a 4-way lug wrench.

Battery is never dead.

Doesn't need an air hose.

(My dad keeps an 18v impact drill, with appropriate sized socket installed, in case he needs to remove one of the 8-lug wheels off his horse trailer or Ford Dually.  Seems to work great).
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2016, 02:44:14 PM »
I have a nice Ingersol Rand 1/2 drive that has 800 ft lbs in reverse and needs a 3/8 inch hose and 125psi to develop that. It runs on very little CFM for what it does.  But the kicker is I seldom take it out. I tend to break the lugs with a four way and then use a Battery operated impact to remove the nuts also. Battery impact to install and just rap them a couple of times with it's impact(ultimate torque around 75 ft lbs). Then straight to the torque wrench.  No air lines to drag around and you can't really can't hurt anything(on the car) with the battery powered impact.  Mike

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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2016, 02:44:26 PM »
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2016, 02:45:40 PM »
I vote for the pawnshop.

While you're there get a better compressor.

My $0.02 is a short shank unit.  The long ones are ok until you try using it somewhere it doesn't fit.  If you NEED a 2" extension you can snap one on.  Be sure it's the impact type.

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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2016, 02:45:58 PM »
1/2" corded Dewalt.  $150ish  My right hand in the garage!

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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2016, 02:54:21 PM »
Bought the HF ElCheapo several years ago, used twice and then used it as a paperweight. X wrench now. My sons in the Coast Guard and when he was on a bouy tender they used the cordless Dewalt. He raved about them.

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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2016, 03:32:58 PM »
Bought the HF ElCheapo several years ago, used twice and then used it as a paperweight. X wrench now. My sons in the Coast Guard and when he was on a bouy tender they used the cordless Dewalt. He raved about them.

Jim

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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2016, 04:52:13 PM »
I'd go battery operated. The HF stuff is usually very cheap quality. My yard guy at our used parts operation uses a craftsman battery operated impact and says he hasn't been stymied yet
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Re: Tool advice
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2016, 05:07:07 PM »
"Funny German" , no such thing  :shocked: :laugh:

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