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Bought a Dewalt battery powered 1/2" impact

And I'm impressed! I snagged a Dewalt DFC899B brushless 18v max 1/2 impact just to see how they work. I also bought a two pack of 5 a.h batteries with a charger (it was actually cheaper that way than buying as a kit with 2 batteries and charger). I had a chance to use it yesterday and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I had to take tires off of a Case SV250 and put on another set. The impact had no problem breaking loose the lug nuts. I like that I can just carry this from building to building rather than having to worry about having air available to run an air impact. I think I might buy some of those torque extensions and see how they work with this thing.

A plus for this purchase is that the 5 a.h. battery really woke up my Dewalt circular saw which I always felt was lacking in power. Might have to snag a few more of the 5 a.h batteries.



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Old 01-08-2020, 04:37 AM
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I have one of those. Bought it maybe 3 years ago. I have never once pulled out my IR air impact since. Not once.
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I've been thinking about these... I'm in the process of setting up my garage, and am trying to decide whether to even bother setting it up for air tools at all, other than for inflating tires and blowing dust & debris.
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I've been using DeWalt corded for awhile now due to my disappointment in cordless performance. Looks like I need to revisit those tools.
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The Rigid unit I have is killer. Has mostly obsoleted air tools. Keep it in the car with a deep well for roadside tire change...


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I have an old electric, 110 volt impact that was give to me. I almost never use it. I do have my air impact that requires firing up the noisy compressor.

I may get one of the 18 volt impacts mostly because I have a 18 volt hammer drill - driver that I use a lot. Three impact wrenches make perfect sense for a home mechanic that only works on his own two old cars. Yea, I need one more!
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The only drawback is their size . I still love my old IR 2131 for motor, transmission, and suspension work where size, and weight matters .
But for blasting off wheels, and general stuff around the shop, the new cordless stuff is amazing
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Semirelated: This is one of my favorite tools I have bought in the last few years. Use it all the time in the garage and in the house. It is so handy for small cleanups.

The new gen of 1/2 E impacts are amazing I hear, but too big for most things I do. Even the HF earthquake was tested over 500ftlbs.
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I've been using DeWalt corded for awhile now due to my disappointment in cordless performance. Looks like I need to revisit those tools.
You should.

I am all electric for routine chores, including fence mending (circular saws, nail guns), blowers, drill, impacts, screw guns, grease guns (the best!), etc. I'll never go back.

I have extra batteries and I charge the whole battery posse the day before. The only chore I can't see battery tools doing is chain sawing.
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I bought that Earthquake XT at H.F. not too long ago. For my purposes, it seems to work great. I have yet to try it on my F350 for rotating the tires.
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You should.

I am all electric for routine chores, including fence mending (circular saws, nail guns), blowers, drill, impacts, screw guns, grease guns (the best!), etc. I'll never go back.

I have extra batteries and I charge the whole battery posse the day before. The only chore I can't see battery tools doing is chain sawing.
as it so happens...

Stihl has a cordless electric chainsaw and it works pretty good for limbing & smaller chores

I decided to buy the very cheapest cordless electric chainsaw I could find (Black & Decker - I know crummy junk) but it works and I don't own a farm either (if your grandpa owned a farm you lear not to own one real quick).

I was able to cut right thru a 20" dia. Douglas Fir root with no problem and it had plenty of battery capacity left over.
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Semirelated: This is one of my favorite tools I have bought in the last few years. Use it all the time in the garage and in the house. It is so handy for small cleanups.

The new gen of 1/2 E impacts are amazing I hear, but too big for most things I do. Even the HF earthquake was tested over 500ftlbs.
I like that thing - rubber hose, wet & dry but $220.

Maybe we need a cordless hand vac thread?
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less than 100$ on amazon if you already have the dewalt batteries. It sucks down the 2.5Ah ones pretty quickly though, the 5Ah work much better
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I've been using DeWalt corded for awhile now due to my disappointment in cordless performance. Looks like I need to revisit those tools.
You should. I wasn't sure how well I'd like it but when it took those lug nuts off without so much as grunting I was impressed.

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My last cordless set was Milwaukee. Like the tools but the price of the Dewalt kit I bought was too good to pass up. I've owned Makita as well.

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I have an old electric, 110 volt impact that was give to me. I almost never use it. I do have my air impact that requires firing up the noisy compressor.

I may get one of the 18 volt impacts mostly because I have a 18 volt hammer drill - driver that I use a lot. Three impact wrenches make perfect sense for a home mechanic that only works on his own two old cars. Yea, I need one more!
Look into them. I was really impressed. I checked my battery today and after 32 lugs off and on, still had a full charge!

BTW, I said 18v up top but it's a 20v Max. My bad on that.
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Iíve gone all Dewalt 20v tools this year: circular saw, oscillating tool, blower, fan, jig saw, 3/8 impact, 1/2 impact, drill, hammer drill, sawz all, flashlight, etc.

A new 7-1/4 20V circular saw came in today to replace the old 18V model. It weighs half as much it seems.

I have six 5Ah batteries and 3 chargers to keep everything running.
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Dewault makes good stuff.
I bought this set about 10 years ago. They're small but damn that makes them handy. No regrets and I'm still using the original batteries.
Even at 10.8v they work fine. The impact driver works really well and the batteries have lots of life left in them.

I've been considering a bigger one like the OP but I can't justify the cost right now.

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The only chore I can't see battery tools doing is chain sawing.
Got my wife a Stihl battery-powered chain saw so she could limb branches when I take down a tree.
Thought she would use it for a few minutes until the battery drains, then go inside and sip coffee.

The little bugger has surprised me. I bought it thinking it was a toy. It's a real tool.

Where there used to be lots of small jobs, "next time I fire up the chain saw...", I now grab the electric.
Easy to make a cut or two and put it away. We've taken down several smaller trees with it.
Also pleased with battery life. It goes quite a ways on a single charge.
I'm very impressed with its utility.
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Iíve gone all Dewalt 20v tools this year: circular saw, oscillating tool, blower, fan, jig saw, 3/8 impact, 1/2 impact, drill, hammer drill, sawz all, flashlight, etc.

A new 7-1/4 20V circular saw came in today to replace the old 18V model. It weighs half as much it seems.

I have six 5Ah batteries and 3 chargers to keep everything running.
As I said above, my biggest disappointment in my set was with the circular saw. I'm really impressed with how the 5 ah battery woke that thing up. My old Milwaukee 18v Nicd would smoke the Dewalt cutting through dimensional lumber or plywood... but not now. I'm probably going to be on the hunt for two more 5 ah batteries and just use my 3's for my drill, flashlight and small impact driver.
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I have a dewalt 3/8 impact cordless. Love it for everything short of vehicle lug nuts.

In fact after having it a while I sold my compressor and all my air tools. Will probably get the 1/2" version at some point.

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