Milwaukee Tool recently announced two new 1/2-inch Milwaukee M18 Fuel Mid-Torque Impact Wrench models with 450 foot pounds of fastening torque and 600 foot pounds of nut busting torque. The new models are similar in size and weight to Milwaukee’s compact impact wrenches. The Milwaukee 2860 is outfitted with a 1/2-inch pin detent geared more toward construction/industrial applications and the […]
Porter-Cable recently announced an extension of their Get Linked system of tools with the launch of the Porter-Cable 20V Max Impact Wrench. It’s the company’s first cordless impact wrench and is engineered with residential contractors and mechanics in mind. The impact wrench features a 1/2-inch hog ring anvil that helps the motor deliver 330 ft-lbs of […]
The concept of a socket for turning rods, bolts, or fasteners has existed since the middle ages. But the tool we’d recognize as a ratchet today didn’t exist until J.J. Richardson invented it in the 1860s. Since that time heads and sockets have become hexagonal, but the indexed ratchet has remained quite similar to its […]
It seems like rarely a day goes by without improvements in car maintenance products and technology. After 30 years, I’ve been around this craft long enough to know that if you’re not trying to keep up with it all, you can quickly become a dinosaur. I learned early on to say yes to any request to […]
We like it when our tools get lighter and easier to use. Bosch has set out to do this with the compact Bosch PS82 12V Brushless 3/8-inch Impact Wrench. Weighing 2.2 pounds with a 2.0 Ah battery and delivering a torque rating of 85 foot pounds (1,020 inch pounds), it’s a good bet for overhead applications, […]
I needed to see what kind of options might be available having just been informed that my crew’s second pneumatic impact wrench was destroyed in relatively short order. I do contract work for Florida’s Department of Transportation and manage several crews in conjunction with the Department of Corrections. My guys work hard and they’re tough on tools. We’ve had […]
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People who need compact torque are going to have something to talk about when they see the Ingersoll Rand IQ V20 Series 3/8-inch impact wrench. The Ingersoll Rand W5132 3/8-inch impact wrench claims top-of-class performance among cordless impact wrenches. It boasts 550 foot pounds of breakaway torque and 340 foot pounds of fastening torque. Ingersoll Rand claims this is the […]
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The new Bosch IWMH182 18V 1/2″ Impact Wrench comes in as a bit of a curiosity. We’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s take a look at what it’s made of before coming to any conclusions. The newest Bosch cordless impact wrench is built around their EC Brushless Motor. These have proven to be […]
Makita Cordless Impact Wrench Family Welcomes 3 New Members… and Claims 3 New Class Leaders Makita is introducing three new cordless impact wrenches that are each claiming a top spot in their class. These are high torque impact wrenches designed to meet the needs of high stress applications in auto and industrial applications, not to […]
I know what you’re thinking. 24V Max—what’s that? Don’t worry, it’s not another iteration of 20V vs 18V tools. Kobalt tools has actually added another cell to its battery packs and completely redesigned their entire cordless power tool lineup. With the Kobalt Tools 24V Max Brushless Tools, they’re going for more power, longer run-time, and the […]