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Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby chewbacca » 22 May 2018, 23:28

I'm thinking about splashing out on a rattle gun. (Impact driver). It'll be for basic home garage use, including working on the t25.
Only thing, I'm not sure which to buy. A Makita that works with my current 18v batteries is only about 150 quid, but in not sure it'll have enough power.
Anyone got experience of these things?

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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby Jeff J » 23 May 2018, 03:20

My nephew, a professional mechanic, loaned me a right angle drive one to remove some stuck bolts I could not get to. If I was to buy one that is definitely what I would go for. Expensive, but I would have thought worth it if you use that type of thing a lot.
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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby matt brighton » 23 May 2018, 04:36

Hi

Not an answer to your question but food for thought...

If you don't mind the "inconvenience" of a mains one rather than battery, even the cheap Clarke one from machine mart has the same or more kick in NMs or whatever they are as an expensive battery one - I have one of the clarke corded which I got on the machine mart vat free day they promote occasionally its undone everything I have used it on and TBH its never bothered me that much to justify the additional cost for a battery tool that hasn't nearly as much grunt -- which is really why we buy impact drivers.

Matika cordless ... 440nm = £484 - machine mart

Clarke corded ... 450nm - £71 - machine mart :ok

Admittedly .....I can't play I work in quick fit with a corded but its worked for me... :ok
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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby Mocki » 23 May 2018, 06:25

i have a `Ryobi 18v +one, and its definitely more powerful that a good friends makita one .
its a few years old now and gets used a lot, too handy not to have , and so easy not having to trail wires or pipes about.
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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby itchyfeet » 23 May 2018, 06:41

Depends what you want it for, I have the clarke mains one and it's a beast but if you want to be able to remove smaller nuts bolts and studs it will break them becuse it has no torque adjustment.
I'm not sure how many of the battery ones come with torque control but you probably don't need it unless the torque is high and most of the lower cost battery ones don't have any thinkg like the torque of the mains ones.
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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby slowcoach » 23 May 2018, 07:30

Impact driver and impact wrench are very different things though. A driver is for driving in big screws into wood etc, but a wrench is for undoing bolts and bigger things. I've got DeWalt tools so I'm in that camp due to the battery 'lock in' trend :-\ but, they're great. I have a cordless impact wrench with a quoted 900nm of torque which is awesome ;-) Access can be tricky or impossible on some bolts, but it's never not got one off yet, incl all suspension and radius rod bolts. Maybe a right angle adapter is available, but that would reduce its shock power I'd imagine.

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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby 937carrera » 23 May 2018, 08:36

It does depend what you want it for. If it's just for wheelbolts, then many will do, provided they are not overtight.

I waited years before buying one, read lots of reviews which seemed to imply that most guns did not perform as well as expected & went for Milwaukee M18 HIWF.

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It's been a champ. Has undone rear hub nuts on a T25. They're not cheap being proper professional grade, (spec says 610nm) but if you will get the use out of it, well worth it. I got a deal with case & 2 batteries for about £260
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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby shepster » 23 May 2018, 08:54

We use one of these at work for undoing nut/bolts that have been in situ for 20yrs plus, sometimes covered in paint and rusty as hell.

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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby slowcoach » 23 May 2018, 10:20

Shepster that looks like a whopper.

Worth noting that impact sockets (usually coloured black for a visual cue) are recommended, since they have more give/flex in them, than a hardened socket, and designed not to shatter when hammered. I've not seen one shatter, but that's the idea
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Re: Recommendations for battery powered rattle gun please

Postby 937carrera » 23 May 2018, 11:15

Yeah.

I had been using a Silverline 19mm long reach socket for general wheelnut removal (the 19mm impact socket being on my windy gun). Went to undo the wheelnuts on my T25, which were correctly torqued up. The T25 studs as you know are tightened more than a typical car. I didn't seem to be making a great deal of progress, then I noticed the cracks down the socket. :roll:

Quick change to the impact socket and out they came.
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