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From digest.v7.n904 Thu Jan 8 19:10:00 1998
From: Duane Collie <>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 1998 15:49:29 -0500
Subject: Air Tools

>From: Rob Norwalk <>
>Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 07:40:05 -0500
>Subject: Cheap air tools..
>Questions: How much impact wrench does a DIY need in the home garage? I'll
>mostly be changing tires, some suspension work as well. If The I-R impacts
>are supposed to be good enough to make a living with, is it overkill to buy
>one for "household" use? Is 230 lb-ft max torque enough? Has anyone bought
>one these cheapo sets and been dessatified? Any experiences you can share
>are appreciated.


I'm on my third (and hopefully last) Impact Gun - a Snap-On 650 Ft.Lb. 1/2" which cost me about $ 275.00. It's worth every penny of it. First Gun was the $ 59 variety made in Taiwan. Lasted about 1 year and died a slow painful death. Second Gun was $ 129 and Japanese (300 Ft. Lb) , but developed a balky switch and would not maintain the power load for any length of time. Gave it to my neighbor.

Had I spent the $$$$ for the good gun up front, I would have been way ahead. Even though my Snap-On is rated at 650 that's PEAK under ideal pressure conditions. When you get into blowing off suspenson strut nuts and the like you'll be glad you have the reserve power. I often loan it out to gellow bimwads when their cheap guns can't get the job done. They always bring it back with a smile.

Buy the best and most powerful gun that fits your budget - stretch a bit on this tool if need be, you won't regret it.

Duane Collie

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