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Posted: 12/16/2016 2:42:02 PM EST
I want to get my pops an impact wrench for xmas, but I'm not up to date on what's currently out there. I want it to run off air, not cordless. Any go to brands or models that you guys recommend? I've got a pretty flexible budget for purchasing the gift, but i'd prefer not to go too pricey. School me.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:45:49 PM EST
Ingersoll Rand. Much better than Snap On...Snap On doesn't even make their own impacts or torque wrenches.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:45:49 PM EST
I like Snap-on
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:46:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Sand_Man:
Ingersoll Rand. Much better than Snap On...Snap On doesn't even make their own impacts or torque wrenches.
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Ir is king of the hill

I've never been too impressed with snap ons air tools
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:49:16 PM EST
Nitro-Cat
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:53:02 PM EST
<<<Pro wrench bender

Ingersol Rand 2135Ti is what you seek
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:58:41 PM EST
I bought one of those Central Pneumatic Earth Quake 1/2" impact wrenches from Harbor Freight not too long ago and it worked great. The impact wrench that came with my Campbell Hausfeld compressor would not budge some suspension nuts/bolts. I got the Earth Quake for ~$75 with a coupon. It was able to remove those nuts/bolts with ease. I don't use it to make a living but for home DIY work it is awesome.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:02:23 PM EST
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<<<Pro wrench bender

Ingersol Rand 2135Ti is what you seek<img src=http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
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This is what I have and love it. Use it daily at work. I have heard good things about the harbor freight one but never used one.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:04:55 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Dynamo:
I bought one of those Central Pneumatic Earth Quake 1/2" impact wrenches from Harbor Freight not too long ago and it worked great. The impact wrench that came with my Campbell Hausfeld compressor would not budge some suspension nuts/bolts. I got the Earth Quake for ~$75 with a coupon. It was able to remove those nuts/bolts with ease. I don't use it to make a living but for home DIY work it is awesome.
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These are apparently pretty good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MDjgY8Vwgo
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:19:37 PM EST
Ingersoll 231C. For all around usage home or shop it's great.

IR231C
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:37:27 PM EST
Ingersol rand is the only way to go, used many diferent kinds when i was a mechanic. My IR Ti 1/2in gun was king by a large margin.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:42:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Elsinore13:
Ingersoll 231C. For all around usage home or shop it's great.

IR231C
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I Second this.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:44:27 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Elsinore13:
Ingersoll 231C. For all around usage home or shop it's great.

IR231C
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This. But the HF Earthquake is at least as good and like $72 today!
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:47:49 PM EST
I just purchased my guys an IR 1" drive impact off Amazon for $450 plus tax. they usually go for around $900. 

Ingersoll Rand is still the best for me.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:48:13 PM EST
What size, OP?

My old man is getting this one under the tree.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BK770KU/?tag=vglnk-c102-20?tag=vglnk-c102-20
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 3:59:47 PM EST
How much is he going to use it and for what? I've had and used most of the big name expensive brands as well as C&H, and the bargain brands. For general use i can't see spending IR money. You said you didn't want cordless, but even my mechanics are leaving the Snap On, IR, etc pneumatic stuff in the box in lieu of Hilti and Metabo cordless impacts. So much more convenient and still enough ass to break a lug stud on most any vehicle or trailer.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 4:10:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Elsinore13:
Ingersoll 231C. For all around usage home or shop it's great.

IR231C
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This.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 4:10:27 PM EST
Ingersoll rand

I run a Mac AWP050 which in my opinion is a very close second.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 4:12:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By Thejetmechanic1990:
I want to get my pops an impact wrench for xmas, but I'm not up to date on what's currently out there. I want it to run off air, not cordless. Any go to brands or models that you guys recommend? I've got a pretty flexible budget for purchasing the gift, but i'd prefer not to go too pricey. School me.
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I know you want to hide how much you want to spend but what's your range? $40 to $160?
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 4:15:36 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Sand_Man:
Ingersoll Rand. Much better than Snap On...Snap On doesn't even make their own impacts or torque wrenches.
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Really?  I have 2 Snap On torque wrenches...so IR makes them also?  If not, who?
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 4:22:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TexasSmooth:
Really?  I have 2 Snap On torque wrenches...so IR makes them also?  If not, who?
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Generally speaking...

~02 older - Precision Instruments
~02 newer CDI 



it depends which specific one you have as SO has many like digi, dial, click, drive size etc. Snap On makes the head but the internals/body are outsourced.

Ive read tons of BS here about Snap On tools, even when Ive proven it flat wrong, so beware with some of the info spewed here. It rivals "gun show" BS at some times.

ETA: I think Sand_Man was referring to IR making SO impacts, not torque wrenches. He just worded it kinda funny. But case in point- SO impacts are absolutely NOT made by IR. Thats BS. Again. But IR is a quality product none the less.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 4:25:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Dave15:

This. But the HF Earthquake is at least as good and like $72 today!
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Originally Posted By Dave15:
Originally Posted By Elsinore13:
Ingersoll 231C. For all around usage home or shop it's great.

IR231C

This. But the HF Earthquake is at least as good and like $72 today!

For general use, the Earthquake line has been excellent for me, and my Neighbors.

There is not a day goes by where somebody is not ripping the wheels of a truck,
real truck mind you, not a girly pick-up style - around here, using either my
3/4" or 1" earthquake guns.







Hang on, or you are going for a ride!!!
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 5:17:37 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Use_the_2nd:
Ingersoll rand

I run a Mac AWP050 which in my opinion is a very close second.
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Love my Mac, dont know model
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 5:26:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Dynamo:
I bought one of those Central Pneumatic Earth Quake 1/2" impact wrenches from Harbor Freight not too long ago and it worked great. The impact wrench that came with my Campbell Hausfeld compressor would not budge some suspension nuts/bolts. I got the Earth Quake for ~$75 with a coupon. It was able to remove those nuts/bolts with ease. I don't use it to make a living but for home DIY work it is awesome.
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This is good advice. For the price, this gun is an animal.

Broke a pitman arm loose that my C P or Mac gun would not.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 6:11:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NotoriousBRT:
Nitro-Cat
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Money well spent
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 6:29:27 PM EST
Ingersol rand all day every day
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 6:35:30 PM EST
IR titanium
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 6:50:22 PM EST
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Nitro-Cat
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This is what I've used, haven't for years but when I did I put it thru hell & it keep going.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 6:57:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Matt_Krush:

This.
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Originally Posted By Matt_Krush:
Originally Posted By Elsinore13:
Ingersoll 231C. For all around usage home or shop it's great.

IR231C

This.


Lots of these in every service department I've ever worked in. Work horse for sure.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 6:58:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 7:02:25 PM EST by aIIan]
Florida Pneumatic.

AKA AirCat, NitroCat, UniversalTool...
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 7:01:51 PM EST
IR2135TI all the way!
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 7:03:08 PM EST
I have nothing bad to say about my Snap On XT7100. Had it for many years and still going strong. Paid a shitload of money for it but likely won't replace it with another Snap On strictly because of price.

I'll likely replace it with the more affordable IR unit.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 7:17:26 PM EST
I have an IR titanium in 1/2" and an Earthquake in 3/8". They both kick ass. Can't go wrong with either. Read lots of great things about the Aircat too.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:39:12 PM EST
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Originally Posted By NotUrLawyer:
What size, OP?

My old man is getting this one under the tree.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BK770KU/?tag=vglnk-c102-20
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I'm looking for just a 1/2 inch drive
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:43:31 PM EST
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Originally Posted By explodingvarmints:
How much is he going to use it and for what? I've had and used most of the big name expensive brands as well as C&H, and the bargain brands. For general use i can't see spending IR money. You said you didn't want cordless, but even my mechanics are leaving the Snap On, IR, etc pneumatic stuff in the box in lieu of Hilti and Metabo cordless impacts. So much more convenient and still enough ass to break a lug stud on most any vehicle or trailer.
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Just general use around the house, mostly on an old car we are going to restore together. I'd prefer pneumatic, and I'm pretty stuck on that. I'm leaning towards the Harbor Freight Earthquake, and the IR.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:44:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:46:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By placedesjardins:

I know you want to hide how much you want to spend but what's your range? $40 to $160?
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I'd like to keep it under $300 bux if possible.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:56:17 PM EST
Earthquake from Harbor Freight if on a budget. My Span On that has seen minor use over the years now free spins when I hook it up to my air line. Not sure why. Over priced! 
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 8:00:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By QwikKotaTx:
Earthquake from Harbor Freight if on a budget. My Span On that has seen minor use over the years now free spins when I hook it up to my air line. Not sure why. Over priced! 
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The trigger plunger cup gets stuck due to the lube mixing with moisture from the compressor tank. The oil ( you did oil on a regular basis) gets gummy and locks the trigger in the open positions.
Sometimes it's an easy fix put a bunch of Marvel oil in air fitting and let it sit awhile. Then without air work the trigger refill let sit then hit it with air, it could break free. POUR THE OIL OUT BEFORE YOU USE AIR.
It also might need a rebuild kit, rebuild are easier than building an AR15 lower.


OP
MAKE SURE YOUR DADS COMPRESSOR HAS MINIMUM CFM/PSI RATED FOR THE GUN. 1/2 has a decent draw.
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 8:04:00 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Dynamo:
I bought one of those Central Pneumatic Earth Quake 1/2" impact wrenches from Harbor Freight not too long ago and it worked great. The impact wrench that came with my Campbell Hausfeld compressor would not budge some suspension nuts/bolts. I got the Earth Quake for ~$75 with a coupon. It was able to remove those nuts/bolts with ease. I don't use it to make a living but for home DIY work it is awesome.
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My earthquake is the best impact wrench I've ever used. It's embarrassed a few Snap On impacts.
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 12:04:34 PM EST
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Originally Posted By m1awolf:
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Ingersol Rand 2135Ti is what you seek<img src=http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
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This is the answer!
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 12:10:01 PM EST
What size? I have a 3/8, 1/2, 3/4 and an inch drive. Likely give up the 3/8 first. Vital to use 1/2" or larger hose on the inch and it helps the 3/4".
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Link Posted: 12/17/2016 12:24:55 PM EST
Ingersol 231C

Used mine professionally for many years. Great price. Very durable. Plenty of power. Mac makes a version of the IR 231 in America for about double the price of the IR 231, could be another option. Feed it clean, dry air. Oil and grease it and they run forever. Easy and cheap to fix in the rare case they do break down. IR has been making this model for many years.
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 1:20:10 PM EST
Ingersol rand
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 1:23:06 PM EST
As many others have said, Ingersoll Rand for the win......without a doubt. Mine have over 14 years on them, daily use....mechanic is my profession.
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 1:23:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Sand_Man:
Ingersoll Rand. Much better than Snap On...Snap On doesn't even make their own impacts or torque wrenches.
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Source/proof?
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 1:27:05 PM EST
I have owned Snap-on, IR, and Artic Cat. I prefer my IR. The only 3/4" I have is an Artic Cat. I break bolts with that one when I need to.
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 1:28:39 PM EST
Does he have the proper compressor to run it?
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 1:29:39 PM EST
Nitro Cat. Just broke a 9/16th bolt with one. Forgot to turn it down.
Best I have owned. Great value
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