12volt Impact Wrenches

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:11
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G'day everybody

Just did a quick tyre rotation yesterday arvo and I think my back'll take a few days to recover.

So; Now that they've been around for a while, I was wondering whether anybody has any worthwhile feedback they'd like to share about the longevity of these 12 volt impact wrench units.

There are a couple of different brands about. I've always been a bit sceptical because of their general area of origin (ie: Asia). I know I shouldn't jump to conclusions like that.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Bros - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:34

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:34
G'day Roachie,
What happened to the Friday funnies, or was that you using a pseudonym. Sorry don't know anything about 12V impact wrenches.
Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:40

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:40
Bros,
There was a Friday Phunneys posted on Thursday and I think I had a little contribution on that one somewhere (but only in a stirring capacity).
I will give myself a stiff uppercut and try to remember to do the right thing this coming Friday.
Catchya mate.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 11:39

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 11:39
LATE THURSDAY Roachie, LATE THURSDAY, It wasn't Friday, bUt I could see Friday from where I was!
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Reply By: Matho - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:00

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:00
Hi Roachie, the company who I work for has a Snap On 14V Impant wrench and it's great. It's a bit old now but the battery last for about 20min of continuous work. I'm not sure how much they cost but it worth ever cent. Caterpillar also sells them. If i was at work now, i would of been able give you a quote.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:17

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:17
Thanks Matho,
I reckon the Snap On would be great. However, knowing what that stuff costs I'd bet it'd be around the $TOO BLLODY MUCH figure. These el cheapo ones I'm talking about (plug into cigi socket etc) were/are only about 69-; so that's why I didn't expect them to last and hence my post seeking longevity reports.

Cheers mate.
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Reply By: Michael - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:02

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:02
Hey Roachie, i just clicked on you pic and noticed the extensive list of gear on your vehicle... I was just wondering if it still goes, it must weigh some.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:14

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:14
G'day Michael,
Weighed it at local wheat storage facility a few months ago. Nice accurate digital readout for the truckies to see what they're toting. It came in at 3050kg; I wasn't loaded up to go anywhere etc and the main tank was only about 1/2 full; and I wasn't in it either. When I got back on the bridge too, it went up to 3140kg and given that I weigh 90kg, that wasn't unexpected!!
I'd hate to think what it'd tip the scales at once I load up the wife, 3 boys and all the gear+ Ultimate camper. Wouldn't be much change out of 5t I wouldn't think.
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:17

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:17
....just to clarify unless someone gets the wrong idea.....
wife - 45kg, boys 26kg, 18kg, 16kg and gear 1.5t
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:29

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:29
Good morning Roachie, you might have fooled all the others on this post but I know you better and you say you have a "crook back" and you blame a simple tyre rotation and your "wife came home yesterday after being away for a couple of weeks", yeh right, give her our love, she is a lovely wife for a trol owner. LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 11:40

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 11:40
Roachie - do you have any big dunes up your way?? Reckon that after all these stories Pesty has been telling that maybe it was the top of the dune experience that has rooted your back. WWW will be impressed.
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:03

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:03
Jeez Andrew,
What are YOU after from Annette? "wife - 45 kg".....boy you really know how to win a gal's heart, eh?? LOL
No dunes here and I am far too old be doing the sort of things you blokes (Pesty and Andrew) seem to think I've been up to.
Only ever fired 3 shots and every one of them hit it's target; so why wouldn't i give up while i have a 100% record.
hahahaha
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 08:55

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 08:55
Roachie,

It does look that others are helping you to be Ultimate people again with their suggestions you buy another toy. It looks like people with camper trailers have the extra capacity to carry extra weight, they have just helped you use it.

Of course if they are travelling with you they will want to try the equipment, to see it works.

Sorry you have not passed the sand dune test. ;-)
Cheers,
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Reply By: Michael - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:26

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:26
Thats some weight considering it comes new, bare boned i think 2350kg.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:06

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:06
Michael,
Yep, I know it's heavy. That steel rear bar and extra spare is nealy 90kg by itself from memory. Then there's steel b/bar, winch, steel roofrack and recovery gear in a heavy draw, 2nd battery, fridge, etc etc. It all adds up too quickly.
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Reply By: Member - Ken - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 12:24

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 12:24
'day Roachie

Oh! Roachie do you never learn mate.

You attracted more attention re your back, vehicle weight, your weight, your wifes weight, your vehicle setup, Fridays Funnies, admission to Wheat Board facility misuse, current vehicle setup etc etc etc etc other than in relation to the question you asked.

Obviously no one is willing to admit or own up to buying one of those 12V
'wonders' and letting us know how good they are.

Ken Robinson
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 13:46

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 13:46
No posts about the big "J" yet Ken still no go?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ken - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:16

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:16
I'll send you a members msgs - its too embarrassing to post for all to look at.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen M (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:36

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:36
Roachie...

if you do get any info on these i'd be interested as well, have been considering one for a while but unsure of what they are like or what they cost...

steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Gerk Yorke Pen (SA) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 15:25

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 15:25
Stephen
I've heard they work well and that they cost about $69- (but you maybe able to get one cheaper).
That's okay, but I would like to know how long they last b4 they stuff up....
Cheers
Roachie; (bludging at Gerk's place)
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:53

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 14:53
Have seen people use them and they reckon they are surprisingly good but have no idea about quality or price, but the ones I saw being used were on normal cars, so I wouldnt trust them for 4by tightness, so you would still have to crack and tighten the wheel nuts by hand anyway, so they would only be good for running the nuts.
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 15:19

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 15:19
Hi Roachie,

Have you ever considered a proper rattle gun. You already have a vehicle compressor, only need a small tank and you can maybe run a real rattle gun. These are around the $60+ dollar mark at Bunnings these days. You only need a short burst of air to break the seal, then even as the pressure tapers off, it simply slows down as the nut comes off. May have to pause as you wait for the pressure to build up for the next nut.

I haven't tried it myself, its just a thought. But given i have an ARB compressor (already has a small tank) and a rattle gun, I just may try it for myself. Just gotta sort out the airline fittings, have different fittings on my home compressor than the ARB one.

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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:08

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:08
G'day Captain,
Pretty sure my 3 litre tank and Maxair wouldn't be enough to undo even one nut; could be wrong.
It'd be great if I had a 20 litre tank though.
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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:02

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:02
roachie,
having waded through all the irrelevent spam to get to the bottom ill give you my 2 bobs worth.
i have one purchased from , worldseries.com.au , $95 including postage ive had it for almost 12 months and use it regularly to change wheels for 4x4 driving no problems and quick. its not meant for commercial usage but it suits my purpose.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:10

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 21:10
Peter,

Thanks very much for your positive feedback. It took a while and a lot of unrelated B/S; but i got the answer i was after.

Thanks again mate....

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Reply By: srowlandson - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 22:27

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 22:27
Hi Roachie.

I bought one (since we stocked them in OffroadShop) and thought i'd give it a go (we only sell those items we use and recommend)

Anyways, i too was worried how long they would last. So i abused mine.

Basically, after nearly 12 months of abuse, it is still going strong. I have tried to kill it by holding the trigger in and trying to snap a stud from an old trailer, undone, and re done up wheel nuts (rust old trailer ones that haven't been touched in about 10 years) alll with no drama.

For around $80-100 they are perfect.

I have used a snapon one, and whilst it is good, it is albot 6 times the price.

A air impact gun would be nice (want to try a supercheap $40-60 one soon) but i doubt it will go far with the arb compressor and 9litre air tank i have... will soon find out though.
Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 15:38

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 15:38
Steve,
Thanks for that feedback, mate.
Now that I've let other blokes do all the real world testing, I feel more confident about buying one myself.
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Reply By: Gerry - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 08:51

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 08:51
Hi Roachie,

I have a $70 one from Repco. I have to take the wheels on and off my poptop every time we go away to put my dolly wheels on to get it under the carport!! The rattle gun makes it soooo much easier. Had it a while now and works really good. Still nip up studs by hand though, just to make sure.

Cheers - Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 15:39

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 15:39
Gerry,
Thanks for your report. Sounds pretty well okay. Looks like to "invest".
Cheers mate
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Reply By: Member - Kerry (VIC) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 13:27

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 13:27
have used a snap on unit and found it to be great, yes they are expensive but so are all there tools equipment, there warranties on the products are second to none though and overall are a top quality product

(i dont work for Snap-on)

http://www.snapon.com/au/
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 15:40

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 15:40
Kerry,
I'm sure the Snap On would be a real pearler, but given the fact my usage will only be occasional, I could get away with a cheapy. If it only lasts me a few years, I'll just chuck and buy another one.

Cheers mate.
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Reply By: crfan - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:53

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 17:53
I have run a rattle gun on a Max air and small tank but it was only the three nuts holding on the spare.seemed ok though.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 18:04

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 18:04
Thanks for that feedback, mate.

I spose that even if I bought one and the Max Air wasn't good enough I could still use it at home with my "proper" compressor, eh.

Cheers,
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