Wheel lug nut cordless impact driver

Carrydaily

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Milwaukee hands down the best. I’m a forklift tech by trade and my 1/2 electric has done things old air impacts can’t touch.

and for torquing lug nuts down if you are hell bent on using an impact I would recommend picking up a set or torque sticks ( harbor freight ones work great I’ve tested with my snap on electric torque wrench ) find what your lug torque rating is , slap the stick and socket on and hammer down.
 

MeatBuck

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In case you hadn’t got the memo, Milwaukee is where it’s at.
I lucked out and found one laying in the road when I was checking mailbox one day. Bought a battery/charger combo for it and been using ever since.
 

rayporter

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Dewalt quarter inch, performs way above its pay grade.
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it will get stuff no drill will move. just yesterday i had to remove the door on my freezer and we put the drill on the screws and they did not move. got the impact and pop -out they came.

i use a breaker to loosen and then rip em off with it. putting them on is a snap and then i check with the breaker or torque wrench [ that depends where i am when changing]
even with a half inch impact you are going to use the breaker or torque to finish anyway, or at least you should.

them half inch impacts will run rings around a quarter inch wrench but i have not got one yet.
 

JustJustin

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I got the BIG Makita 1/2 impact for $213 shipped on Ebay. Brand new. Its rated for something like 1,100 ft lbs of loosening torque. Low setting is mid 100's i think. So really the low setting is all you need and the small 1/2 inch would cut it, but I'm an overkill type of guy and so if low or medium doesn't spin it off...theres always high... I've never found a nut that it can't loosen. To put lug nuts on I put it on low and squeeze the trigger till the nut stops turning. I have a double ended lug nut socket set so I have to use an extension and that reduces the torque a little.

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Marbles

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I have a Dewalt 1/2 inch. It works well and has broken loose everything I've used it on. My little 1/4 inch Dewalt has buried large lag screws with easy and I'm willing to bet it would work on lugs just fine as well. I already had Dewalt cordless tools. I would not hesitate to get the Milwaukee if you have Milwaukee tools already.

 
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Opah

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I plan to use it for two purposes:
1) to raise my Tent trailer, The 3/4 nut is located Dead center front and has no room for a T bar and it takes forever with a ratchet. Hoping I can find one the has the Dual settings non-impact and impact.
2) to quickly remove and get seated lug nuts to get me off the freeway or road to a parking or safe place to torque the nuts.
I believe Milwaukee to be superior to Dewalt and Ryobi but am a fan of MaKita, I di like having the settings.
From my experience I could not find one with enough torque to remove the lugs let a lone strip or break a lug
 

oenanthe

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I have a Dewalt 1/2 inch. It works well and has broken loose everything I've used it on. My little 1/4 inch Dewalt has buried large lag screws with easy and I'm willing to bet it would work on lugs just fine as well. I already had Dewalt cordless tools. I would not hesitate to get the Milwaukee if you have Milwaukee tools already.

I bought this exact one on Friday; haven't had a chance to use it yet. Just chiming in to point out that it's on sale at the big blue box for $199.

I bought it because my current pneumatic 1/2" impact is not powerful enough to loosen lug nuts, and loosening 24 lug nuts with a breaker bar seems to make my back flare up.
 

Pflum

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I can vouch for Dewalt. I use mine daily on heavy equipment and trucks. Haven't found much it won't break loose, but there has been a few things. Passenger car and light truck lug nuts? It will break or strip them before it runs out of power.
 

Marbles

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From my experience I could not find one with enough torque to remove the lugs let a lone strip or break a lug

You can find videos of people breaking loose rusted and staked axel nuts with the Dewalt and Milwaukee. But if you are worried that 700 ft-lbs on and 1,200 ft-lbs off is not enough, just get the 1 inch Milwaukee at 1,900 ft-lbs on and 2,000 ft-lbs off and call it good.

 
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Opah

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Think I found what I want, not need but want;

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Marbles

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Weii I thought I had my mind made up but what about the 20 Volt versus the M18 Fuel ?

20V, as in Dewalt? The batteries put out the same voltages, just marketing and at what point in the discharge cycle they chose to measure it. Both batteries put out 20V for a few seconds after being fully charged, then output drops to 18V. So don't let those numbers sway you.
 
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oenanthe

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Weii I thought I had my mind made up but what about the 20 Volt versus the M18 Fuel ?
My understanding is that all the 18 and 20 volt tools use five Li-ion cells in series. A fully charged Li-ion cell is a bit less than 4.2V, so five of them in series yields a bit less than 21V. However the voltage drops a bit under load and partial discharge, so 18V is more realistic. The bottom line is there's no substantive difference between the 18 volt and 20 volt batteries; it's all just marketing and branding.
 

Brooks

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If you’re going to use an impact wrench get a ...torque stick...that is for the torque spec of your wheel nuts. Milwaukee impact !
 

Surgeon

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I have the Home Depot Rigid and it works very well. Haven't had a nut it wouldn't remove yet!
 

ohiohunter81

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I have a 3/8 Milwaukee fuel that takes off my half ton lugs with no issue. I’ve been really happy with it and keep it in my truck for that purpose.
 

Squamch

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Red tools are the best, hands down.
Yellow tools are ok, they get the job done.
Blue tools used to be tops. No more.

Orange are fine for homeowners, that's what I use at home, but everything at work is red.
 

theCaptain

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I keep the Milwaukee 1/2" impact in my truck year round and use it break the lugs loose and run them up, and then torque with my torque wrench. The impact is strong enough to break the axel nut loose on my 3/4 ton truck. One of the best buys i've made.
 

teamkabob

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You will like the m18 fuel set.

for others don’t look past the m12 stubby 1/2 drive for the nut buster for tires and trailers for the homeowner
 
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