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    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs View Post
    Does anyone own the electric impact wrench? I got a $39.99 super coupon in my email today and it's tempting, especially considering the good angle grinder reviews recently.

    Electric Impact Wrench - 1/2"
    One impact every 2 seconds?

    Impact Rate: 25-30 BPM

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs View Post
    Does anyone own the electric impact wrench? I got a $39.99 super coupon in my email today and it's tempting, especially considering the good angle grinder reviews recently.

    Electric Impact Wrench - 1/2"

    Also, I thought HF made a 7" angle grinder but I can't seem to find it. Anyone know if they make one?
    I have their electric impact wrench that looks like that but from 15 years ago. It won't loosen lug nuts unless you first break them loose with a socket and breaker bar. I estimate maybe 80 ft lbs for unscrewing. Mine may be defective, since it tightens lug nuts to spec ok. I suggest wait until you hear that other owners' more recent wrenches work better than mine. (or not). It's not 30 bpm; feels like 30 bps.

    After writing that I went and read the reviews on HF's site. Sounds like the current ones are as weak as mine. There really isn't a practical application for this item when it won't break loose lug nuts.
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    One description lists 230lb/ft, another 184lb/ft of torque. Both should be enough to loosen lug nuts that were torqued to 105lb/ft of torque a week earlier. This machine could not loosen any of them. Once I broke them loose, the machine worked as a time saver to remove 24 lug nuts from 4 wheels.
    I can not recommend this as a serious tool for lug bolt or lug nut removal. I will return it for a refund. It does not work well for my needs.
    And I can't find the 7" angle grinder on their site either. Phone the store, I expect they have them. I bought one about 5 years ago and it works fine (in my non-commercial use), I would recommend it.

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    Well we finally put the LONG HF 1/2" drive breaker bar/pull handle after having owned it for a couple years last night. We were using a long 1/2" drive ratchet trying to remove the anode out of the 80 gallon hot water heater that must be pushing 10 years old.

    The water heater is installed against the wall and was mainly full of water so the son was able to push against the wall with all of his weight against it. I was really concerned with him bouncing on it that it was going to pop at the swivel connection. Finally after repeated pushes there was a pop and thankfully it was the aluminum plug starting to turn and after it popped we turned it about 1/8 of a turn and still it was all I could do to turn it with the long ratchet drive.

    Thankfully there was still some aluminum left on the steel rod but it was really looking chewed up. When flushing it there was a lot of aluminum flakes coming out and I was concerned it may have been all used up and had been eating on the steel tank. Of course at its age one can assume it is close to failing.

    We replaced it with the bendable 42" anode from Amazon for $21.50 with tax and it got here overnight so it must have shipped from near by. The old one was at least 48" long but it was now thin enough so I could bend my way out because there is only about 18" of head room to remove it installed in the basement.

    This time we doped the threads well so hopefully if the tank does not fail in the mean time we can get this one out to inspect it in the future. From This Old House type videos on Youtube if the anode is replaced before it fails the electrolysis will eat the aluminum instead of the steel tank/fittings.

    All the 'flexible' anode is the best I could tell from my machinist experience is just a stock aluminum anode (preferred metal for hard water usage) that was chucked up and under cut in two places. In the old one the steel wire is about 1/8" steel and the under cuts were still at about 1/4" of the 5/8" anode on the replacement anode.

    The standard hex head uses a 1 1/16th " socket. Cheater bar could be helpful.

    Not sure will we will delay spending $500 at Lowes for the exact same model and size but working with it let the 15 year old son learn some things most will never be taught about home repairs. At this point life is about passing down skills to the next generation for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs
    Does anyone own the electric impact wrench? I got a $39.99 super coupon in my email today and it's tempting, especially considering the good angle grinder reviews recently.

    Electric Impact Wrench - 1/2"

    Also, I thought HF made a 7" angle grinder but I can't seem to find it. Anyone know if they make one?
    I have the Northern Tool version and it works great. I no longer use my air impact wrench. Looks identical to the HF wrench, but I'm sure HF can find a way to screw it up.
    New Holland TC33D w/7308 FEL, 6600 BH, 66" boxblade, and pallet forks.
    http://pens.bigelowsite.com

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    re the HF Impact Wrench-

    I went and bought the latest version of Ryobi's little impact driver to do the tasks I had intended that heavy, wimpy HF impact wrench for.
    Ryobi P236 Cordless Impact Driver - $69 at Home Depot. Claimed 1600 inch-pounds, I assume that translates as 133 ft lbs. This tool isn't as strong as the HF impact wrench, it needs lugnuts started with a breaker bar same as the HF tool, but at half the weight and cordless it is a lot more convenient to pick up and put down throughout a project such as assembling some kind of kit with a lot of bolts. Its light enough that its like a hammer, you just pick it up at arms length without thinking about it, instead of considering a two hand grip when its in an awkward location. I recommend this instead of that $39 (w/coupon) HF tool IF your application is mostly common nuts and bolts. If breaking-loose capability equivalent to a breaker bar is the primary need, then buy something stronger.

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    I have the Ryobi impact driver as well. Mine is pretty weak compared to my Northern Tool electric impact. I seriously doubt they can meet their 1600 in lb claims. But, it is a decent little driver. Used it to drive all the 3/8" thick 6" long lag screws for my fence a few years back. Worked great.

    If you do want an electric impact that works as well as an air impact, get the Northern Tool one. Sounds like the HF one is a two thumbs down.
    New Holland TC33D w/7308 FEL, 6600 BH, 66" boxblade, and pallet forks.
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    New Holland TC33D w/7308 FEL, 6600 BH, 66" boxblade, and pallet forks.
    http://pens.bigelowsite.com

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Tools that don't suck

    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs View Post
    Does anyone own the electric impact wrench? I got a $39.99 super coupon in my email today and it's tempting, especially considering the good angle grinder reviews recently.

    Electric Impact Wrench - 1/2"

    Also, I thought HF made a 7" angle grinder but I can't seem to find it. Anyone know if they make one?
    I've had one of the3 electric impacts for a couple of years now, and though I don't use it often it has always loosened any nut i've used it on (including lug nuts on a R3500 Dodge and on a 18' 10K# trailer). I used it last Saturday (not expecting it to do the job) to loosen the axle nut on my Grand Cherokee so I could change a u-joint. The reason I say I didn't expect it to do the job is the torque spec is 275 ft lbs and the book for the impact says it is rated for 230 ft lbs. What the actual torque was on the nut I'll never know now, but I do know it loosend the nut.

    Maybe I got lucky and got a good one, or maybe I just have my shop wired right and use the right extension cords so I have full power going to it. Dunno, but I haven't had the problems with the impact others have mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kensnelling View Post
    I've had one of the electric impacts for a couple of years ... it has always loosened any nut i've used it on (including lug nuts on a R3500 Dodge and on a 18' 10K# trailer). I used it last Saturday (not expecting it to do the job) to loosen the axle nut on my Grand Cherokee so I could change a u-joint. The reason I say I didn't expect it to do the job is the torque spec is 275 ft lbs and the book for the impact says it is rated for 230 ft lbs. What the actual torque was on the nut I'll never know now, but I do know it loosened the nut.

    Maybe I got lucky and got a good one, or maybe I just have my shop wired right and use the right extension cords so I have full power going to it.
    You definitely got a good one. Mine won't loosen the lugbolts on this little watering trailer. While plugged into a 20A, 12ga circuit 10 feet from the breaker panel.
    It's less hassle to use the breaker bar, then the little Ryobi Cordless.

    Last edited by California; 12-05-2012 at 01:29 PM.

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    I never had a HF 1/2" impact but I did have one by Chuck Homier. Total piece of garbage. The first thing that went was the socket retainer. After that the guts inside stripped out. I do have a Sears (had it for 15 years now) and it works well. It'll handle lug nuts without issue. If you own a 18v Milwaukee cordless drill I would look into getting the cordless 1/2" impact wrench that will work with the batteries. I have one coming after using a friends and it put my corded electric impact to shame.
    Kubota L4240,Case 580K backhoe, Case 450 Dozer

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