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Thread: looking to buy a cordless driver or ratchet...........

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    looking to buy a cordless driver or ratchet...........

    to help speed up removing and installing assorted fasteners on the car.

    Ill use a manual whatever to break, and to do final torque

    Ive looked at the Milwaukee cordless 3/8" ratchet..it gets good reviews.

    and on a TV show Ive seen them use a sweet AC Delco cordless 3/8" driver......

    Im looking at 160-200 ish for these babies...

    https://www.amazon.com/ACDelco-ARI12.../dp/B00AM1UWZU

    https://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-245...J9KYEHHB0ZJGET


    I just think itll speed up sooooo many jobs.....ie a VCG job I wanna do.




    what yall use and love??????

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    I use a dewalt impact driver with a 3/8 or 1/2" square drive adapter on it. It even works great for wheels, gets them to about 80ft-lbs then I finish with a torque wrench. With a 10mm long socket attached it's a beast under hood or under the car.

    https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DC825K...rds=xrp+impact

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    I use a Bosch from lowes. Works great. I think it was 180 in a kit with a drill.

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    1/2 inch or don't bother. 3/8 will start out being able to do the job, but will wear out a bit. Milwaukee is good stuff.

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    I almost never use 1/2"........almost never

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    i'm a Milwaukee guy myself. i have some M12 and M18 stuff... its nice to buy a brand that has lots of other tools, this way you can swap batteries and don't need a bunch of chargers. i few of my buddies have that ratchet they love it. its next on my list.

    you should see all the stuff milwaukee has,, they even just made a heat gun and soldering iron

    fyi they just made a second generation of that ratchet

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    Hilti. pricy, but a very good quality. Otherwise Milwaukee or dewalt


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    I've got something like this and a new impact driver on my list for black friday/cyber monday. There were some really good deals last year and it's only about a month away from here. Bought a Rigid set last year and the drill still works but the impact driver crapped out on me... I think I will give Milwaukee a shot next

    While on the subject for tools, anyone have any recommendations on hand ratchets? I have a lot of Craftsman stuff but haven't been happy with them. Lots of their cheaper ratchets break on me and the more expensive ones cost ...a lot. May as well buy a full set of a nicer brand this year I think.
    Last edited by BimmerBreaker; 10-10-2017 at 07:14 PM.

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    I think a cordless ratchet may be the one for me.....now

    most seem to love the Milwaukee


    then maybe a compact driver.

    My lug nut buster Milwaukee 1/2 inch impact is just too big for smaller jobs

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    Quote Originally Posted by BimmerBreaker View Post
    Bought a Rigid set last year and the drill still works but the impact driver crapped out on me... I think I will give Milwaukee a shot next.
    Damn it, I have a Rigid impact wrench, and I hope it doesn't crap out on me. It won't take off over-torqued wheel nuts, but it will take them off if torqued properly.

    I've seen a Milwaukee cordless impact wrench in action, and I was very impressed. It's just all around heftier and can take more abuse. Maybe if the Rigid craps out, that will give me a good excuse to nab one.

    Go for the Milwaukee out of the gate, if you can afford it.

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    I use a Dewalt 12v 1/4" impact driver. So long as I break the fastener loose by hand, it does all the spinning, and half the time I don't even have to break it loose. It's light and small and fits into difficult places--like interiors. It's ideal for me. Comes with 2 batteries--one is good for a couple of big jobs (all day or all weekend jobs). Otherwise I use air.

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    I have the Milwaukee and it is absolutley awesome. I use it all the time.

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    The Milwaukee ratchets are awesome. By far my most used tool. I have the 1/4 version for all the simple small stuff. Perfect for valve covers, oil pans, trim stuff, etc. Next on the list is the 3/8 version for slightly more torque-y jobs.
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    i have to go with the (apparent)consenus. get a Milwaukee and you won't ever look back. i don't have a need for an impact but i would definitely go with Milwaukee. i doubt you'll ever run the battery down in between uses but if you do you'll get another battery quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim95M3 View Post
    The Milwaukee ratchets are awesome. By far my most used tool. I have the 1/4 version for all the simple small stuff. Perfect for valve covers, oil pans, trim stuff, etc. Next on the list is the 3/8 version for slightly more torque-y jobs.

    Im about to start w/ a 3/8 I think........every1 loves these, yes


    it feels good in your hand?.....



    annnnnnd, THANX to ALL

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    TL;dr: snap on for 1/4 or 3/8 ratchet
    milwaukee brushless 1/4 hex impact
    1/2in air powered IR or Milwaukee

    I would like to start off by saying I use these tools every single day. I work at a body shop and my tools see a lot of wear.

    Milwaukee: I have had both the hex bit impact and the 1/4in ratchet. If you’re going with the 1/4 or 3/8 impact, get the brushless. You’ll thank yourself later. The brushes wore out on mine after about a year, I changed them and the new ones went in a week lol but other than that it was fine. I have a brushless now for 2 years and feels good, no issues yet whatsoever.
    The 1/4in ratchet on the other hand I thought was good until I got the new snap on 1/4in ratchet. Ive had the anvil break twice on me on the Milwaukee. I like that the snap on has more free spin rpm and I believe 45ft pounds vs 35 of Milwaukee. Plus you get a lifetime warranty from snap on but the price reflects that. Snap on is about 300 vs 150 for Milwaukee.
    I have the 1/2 in snap on cordless impact and had a chance to use the Milwaukee 1/2 cordless as well. Milwaukee takes the cake vs the snap on but I have found them to be useless sometimes and i have to whip out the IR and get it done. So I prefer the air powered IR to the cordless 1/2 impacts. But the cordless does come in handy like at the track when switching wheels .

    But since you won’t be using them every day I would honestly suggest the Milwaukee ratchet and/or impact as they are cheaper and easier to acquire. Another neat thing about the Milwaukee 1/4 ratchet is that you switch between 1/4 and 3/8 anvils on the same tool. Not much work to switch it either, just take the removal of a c-clip.

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    Don’t bother with harbor freight goodies.
    Last edited by Ateyourv8; 10-13-2017 at 02:15 PM.

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    I almost always use 3/8 - but tend to buy power tools in 1/2. I feel they are "stronger" when made for the bigger bits.

    Is there any logic behind this thought process *at all* or should I just get a 3/8 IR to replace my broken one?

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    I buy 3/8 stuff bcause 99% of my fasteners are kinda small.


    I use 1/2 impact for larger fasteners.

    I bet most pros say get 1/2"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ateyourv8 View Post
    TL;dr: snap on for 1/4 or 3/8 ratchet
    milwaukee brushless 1/4 hex impact
    1/2in air powered IR or Milwaukee

    I would like to start off by saying I use these tools every single day. I work at a body shop and my tools see a lot of wear.

    Milwaukee: I have had both the hex bit impact and the 1/4in ratchet. If you’re going with the 1/4 or 3/8 impact, get the brushless. You’ll thank yourself later. The brushes wore out on mine after about a year, I changed them and the new ones went in a week lol but other than that it was fine. I have a brushless now for 2 years and feels good, no issues yet whatsoever.
    The 1/4in ratchet on the other hand I thought was good until I got the new snap on 1/4in ratchet. Ive had the anvil break twice on me on the Milwaukee. I like that the snap on has more free spin rpm and I believe 45ft pounds vs 35 of Milwaukee. Plus you get a lifetime warranty from snap on but the price reflects that. Snap on is about 300 vs 150 for Milwaukee.
    I have the 1/2 in snap on cordless impact and had a chance to use the Milwaukee 1/2 cordless as well. Milwaukee takes the cake vs the snap on but I have found them to be useless sometimes and i have to whip out the IR and get it done. So I prefer the air powered IR to the cordless 1/2 impacts. But the cordless does come in handy like at the track when switching wheels .

    But since you won’t be using them every day I would honestly suggest the Milwaukee ratchet and/or impact as they are cheaper and easier to acquire. Another neat thing about the Milwaukee 1/4 ratchet is that you switch between 1/4 and 3/8 anvils on the same tool. Not much work to switch it either, just take the removal of a c-clip.

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    Don’t bother with harbor freight goodies.
    but whats the cost for the anvils?.....im looking now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ateyourv8 View Post
    cool.....so I can buy either a 3/8 or 1/4 kit.....and then buy a separate anvil for the OTHER size?

    btw....do I need special tool for that clip?????.....and is it really that ez to just swap?????

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    Nieko 24volt 1/2" impact gun is the best bang for the buck for this application. Costs ~$120 and a charge will last and carry 330# of torque.
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    keep in mind I dont want a big heavy bulky impact for underhood work....

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