So I've been thinking for a long time that I should get a rechargeable impact gun. It really feels that with LiPo batteries and brushless motors the tech has become useful, and there seems to be a few in the "achievable for the home mechanic to afford bracket."
I kinda figured that there are gonna be a load of guys on here that either have experience of them ( hell I know there are... you've let me touch yours... ooo err lol) I'm looking at you @Pip @Clive_Bussey @Tricky-disco @Lokki
And I'm sure as hell there are a load more of us that have been very tempted to get one, but don't wanna be spending a not inconsiderable amount on a paper weight.
So where have I got to so far? errr... I've learnt a lot, but without real world experience to link it to it's kinda hard to get a point of focus. ... here it goes...
So there is the usual brand warfare, with Snapon, MAC, Makita, Dewalt amoungst many many others having whole ranges of the bloody things.
Each Manufacturor appears to have a nice chunky offering that promises to be able to twist the world on its axis if you find the relevant sized socket for planet spinning, 2 examples...
dewalt 950Nm sustained, 1625Nm Breakaway and 2400 impacts per minute 1/2 inch drive
Makita 1050Nm sustained 1700Nm Breakaway 2200ipm 3/8 inch drive, 1/2" available (dtw1002)
Then there are a whole slew of slightly smaller and handier offerings,
Dewalt 203Nm sustained, Breakaway N/A 2700 ipm 1/2" drive
Makita 280Nm Sustained 400Nm Breakaway 3500ipm 1/2 drive
Below this kinda size we get into Impact Drivers rather than wrenches... and for now I wanna concentrate on wrenches, but, I'd love to choose a brand and kinda stick with it so I can use the same batteries and chargers across a number of tools and drivers will come up in conversation in the long run..
So what to go for? Obviously here I have only (so far) listed 4 wrenches from 2 manufacturors. But in general, what is most useful? super powerful? or sommit a bit more petit? would a smaller gun get more use?