Choosing Your First Battery Impact Wrench for DIY Automotive Work

Choosing Your First Battery Impact Wrench for DIY Automotive Work


[Applause] [Music] hey everyone brian and jeff with workshop adhikam and we often get asked about choosing the best battery-operated impact wrench for do-it-yourself automotive work at home that’s one of those questions that can be answered in so many different ways but we want to break it down is to kind of what steps you’re gonna go into to start looking at it we probably have a spoiler alert in front of us but it really comes down to what are you doing right there’s so many impact wrenches on the market different torque settings big ones little ones it’s tough to choose you’re in between for the everyday guy let’s start out with this what impact sockets do you have if you already have impact sockets maybe you just want to expand with a good impact wrench there and if you don’t already have impact sockets half inch drive is a great place to start we have a set that goes from 10 millimeter up to 32 millimeter and they’re not that expensive they’re pretty easy to come by and that’s a great place to just start a majority of your impact wrenches started out with half-inch since then they drop down to 3/8 and quarter but your all-around is gonna be a happen so if you’re starting there let’s look at what powered you actually need now we’ve been working on this Jeep behind us for some time we’ve tore all the suspension out cut out all the control arm brackets and put in complete new suspension along with rege earing this so we’ve used this rigid impact wrench for a long time under here solely this is the only wrench we’ve used on this view we had one bolt that we could not get loose and that bolt was never gonna come loose in us trying to remove it in other ways we ended up just breaking it eventually so it worked basically what you would say a hundred percent for everything we’re doing you could tear most vehicles down completely with this solely so what you’re trying to find also is something that is versatile if you’re only gonna have one impact wrench you’re gonna want to have something that has multiple different modes so you’re not always trying to tighten or loosen something in high speed and you’re not using your own finesse you’re taking a little bit into the tool itself that with the lower settings you’re not gonna break that bolt or strip it out if you’re going down to a ten millimeter there is zero sense of being on level three yes when you’re trying to remove it now if you’re trying to do lug nuts at NASCAR speed level three is great the other thing that you really want to look for is a light in the one thing that really stands out to me on this rigid is when you’re underneath the car you try to have as many tools as you can you’re gonna have a bunch of sockets you’re gonna have a bunch of wrenches and you’re gonna try to have a flashlight and we always lose the flashlight here there or you have enough in your hands that when you want to use it use the light on the light on the tool now the rigid has a small trigger on the bottom that all you do is push it with your bottom two fingers and it turns on three LED lights I can’t tell you how many times they use that just to see what was going on because this was the closest tool that we had yes or how many times you tried to blind me with it they are bright that is another positive of that you know if you’re you get mad at the guy next to you just and they’re directed in the line of use a lot of them are kind of all over the place they do get covered if you use like a 32 or 36 millimeter socket once you get large the lights just shine on the back of that but for most of the uses that you’re gonna use this for it’s right there so why wouldn’t you choose something that is the biggest and best torque wrench out there it’s first they’re heavy stuff you are a seasoned mechanic and you know what you’re doing with the biggest and best high torque tool that’s one thing everybody that’s gonna be buying these is not that person you’ve got to know your limitations and what the tool is going to do or you end up with a lot of broken bolts even even as a seasoned mechanic you’re not going to want to pick up a large impact wrench to do all the work yeah you’re not going to use this huge impact wrench to take out a 10 millimeter bolt even if it has all kinds of settings you want to have something that’s lightweight easy to handle has less fatigue it’s gonna go through less battery power so you’re not going to be changing batteries all the time even use this with a compact battery so it’s not as heavy a little bit smaller and no matter what you want to get something like that is number one because you can start to use these in some awkward positions and then at the end of the day just be sitting there with a little bit of fatigue in your arm and just think about the size of it there’s a lot of places you’re not going to get a big done yet no and even even those extensions are something if you’re looking at this you should also consider getting a 4 6 a 10 inch extension and make sure that you have them you’re going to use them in other places and we’ve always recommended by a impact rated extension rather than a standard silver one because you can use it in both places in it there’s really no difference in size so continue looking at different impact wrenches but we’re gonna really kind of push you over to the rigid 8601 it’s the gen 5x brushless half inch model it’s done everything that we could ask of it in this shop setting we’re probably tearing apart a lot more than most people will or want to and especially if you’re just a do-it-yourself guy if you pick this up and you’re like hey all I do is rotate my tires maybe change the oil once in a while and then you decide hey I’m gonna put a lift in my vehicle myself not a problem change ball joints not a problem re gear pull pinions not a problem everything that we’ve done on this Jeep has been solely by this tool Ian and other cars I mean we’ve used a lot of things but the biggest test was suspension there’s a lot of large bolts on these suspension parts and it’s been in mud it’s been in sand and they’re rusted so it was a good test so check these out at the home depot also make sure you give us a like and subscribe to our Channel also watch on social media because we might have some surprises coming up for you guys so watch us on Facebook in Instagram thanks for your time have a great day


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