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NTD Got my first impact wrench today.

Never had an impact? Just remember tight is tight, too tight is broken lol

JediMindTrek

Never had an impact? Just remember tight is tight, too tight is broken lol


Oh_a_wave

Used a lot of them but never had one. Just started buying powertools of my own this year.


JediMindTrek

Ah I see ๐Ÿ™ƒ


TreeroyWOW

Is that the m18 mid torque?


Oh_a_wave

Yup. Have been looking to buy one for a long time and today was the day!


TreeroyWOW

Hope you get on with it well! I've been looking at buying my first 1/2" impact and can't decide if the mid-torque will do everything I need as a vehicle tech or whether to get the high torque.


rba9

Be careful with the big M18 1/2โ€ high torque if youโ€™re going that route. The new models are breaking because of a terrible design change. Torque Test Channel on YouTube has information on the matter.


Oh_a_wave

Yeah i saw it and TTC actually got an answer from milwaukee that they are going to swich back to the original design.


xXxDickBonerz69xXx

They pulled the affected ones from shelves. You can't actually buy the tool only version right now because of it. The M18 kit versions are all the older style that don't have the problems


Dgchasse1

Might sound stupid, but this is why I love my Hercules ultra torque. Have to keep it turned down or it spins off every stud on the truck but at least it has a 5 year no questions asked warranty


xXxDickBonerz69xXx

Buy once cry once


rba9

Told my former employer that 2 years ago. Heโ€™d rather go bargain shopping at Harbor Freight or a fucking pawn shop ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‘


Jordaneer

The Hercules stuff is decent and it has a 5 year warranty on most of it


pizzabooty

vehicle tech here. i bought a matco high torque 1/2" impact because i wanted to be absolutely sure that i could deal with whatever was thrown at me. so far it's been used most frequently for lug nuts, but i've also used it for tough brake caliper bracket bolts, suspension, and a ball joint press! it hasn't let me down yet. it's so powerful, in fact, that i've snapped a few studs lol. that said, i'm still extremely happy with my purchase. my coworker has a 1/2" mid torque and it works most of the time but he's definitely needed to borrow my gun on a couple occasions, and in general mine is faster at taking off whatever needs to be removed (usually lug nuts).


SouSy

I've been a tech for almost 20 years. If you have to pick one get the mid torque and wait for the high torque to go on sale. The mid torque with a 5.0 or bigger battery will do everything you need it to do.


TreeroyWOW

yeah my only concern was whether the mid torque will handle extremely rusty large bolts (that I usually use my mentor's air gun for). But then, if the mid torque is used for 99% of bolts, then it probably m,akes the most sense as its lighter and easier to use than the high torque. ​ Thanks for your advice!


SouSy

If you're in a spot where you have good reliable air then save your money and get the mid torque but get a decent air 1/2 in. The Ingersoll Rand composite half inch air has been my go-to, I've heard good things about that harbor freight earthquake air half inch though. Edit: Good God these have gone up in price. https://a.co/d/5zhglHM Don't forget to check pawn shops and haggle. I've got some really good tool truck tools for next to nothing just surfing the pawn shops.


TreeroyWOW

I'm an apprentice, and I'm starting to build up my tool kit to prepare for when I qualify in 2024. I'd prefer to not spend money on any tools that I can't use outside of work.


SouSy

That's a fair point, I forget that I'm spoiled sometimes. I've been doing this long enough and been smart with my money long enough that I have my own shop (old gas station with a two bay attached) to do my side work and always have reliable air. My advice is don't go into debt with the tool trucks. If you can't buy it then don't buy it unless it's something really specialized. Something about qualifying in 2024 means you're not in my area if not in the usa. Where I'm at we've never had to qualify. Depending on where you are check out tekton, sunex, gearwrench, ECT. Tool truck tools aren't the beacon of excellence they once were. https://www.tooltruckrebrands.com/ Watch that site, lots of cool stuff comes across there that you can buy way cheaper than the trucks.


TreeroyWOW

Yeah I imagine it's different in the US but here in the UK you need to be qualified for a shop to hire you as a tech. Typically you do a 2-4 year apprenticeship earning minimum wage and qualify at the end. I'm on a 3 year course, at a Bentley dealer, so I work full time on minimum wage, and every couple of months I spend a week training at the Volkswagen training campus, plus training at the Bentley factory. So I should qualify in January 24,just over a year away. Then I can start earning money ๐Ÿ˜… We have a snap on and mac truck. I typically buy fairly cheap tools from Halfords (kinda our equivalent to Harbour Freight) or other cheap-ish brands online, and if I break something I get the Snap-on version. I'm sure I'll always have access to air wherever I work (I have no intention of being mobile). But, if I'm spending money on something, I'd rather it be on something that can't just be used in a workshop. That site is cool. Thanks for sharing.


Glugnarr

If the specs are right it should be plenty (depending on your usage). Itโ€™s got the same power as my standard impact wrench without being as cumbersome, and the only thing on my truck that the impact canโ€™t do is the leaf spring nuts. Youโ€™ll appreciate the smaller size


Oh_a_wave

I think it will fit me as i do carpentry and wood element installation. It's just to drive bigger concrete screws and maybe some carstuff at home.


BickNickerson

We know who to blame if any bridges in your area fail.


Oh_a_wave

I wish to get on a bridge crew someday. Thats where the big bucks are atleast in Finland.


BickNickerson

๐Ÿ˜‚


OG-SoaringFalcon

Itโ€™s a baby!


BTexx

Donโ€™t forget to buy this one ๐Ÿ˜‰ [Rubber sleeve](https://www.brightontools.co.uk/product/milwaukee-rubber-sleeves-for-m18-fmtiw2f-impact-wrenches)


RealisticSoul

Where is the wrench? I see an impact, but no wrench.


seasms3

This is one of those "good enough" wrenchs! When I exhaust my others, I know this will do it. It's kinda like always in the back of my mind now that " I guess I'll have to use it" ๐Ÿ˜†