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Finally got one - high output impact wrench
Posted 15 July 2009 - 02:26 PM
I tried to remove two axle nuts on a parts car that had been sitting for a few years. I had a 3 foot pipe over my socket handle and was jumping up and down on the end of it. Hit it with PB Blaster and a torch multiple times which "always" works...but not this time.
I had been wanting one anyway so I picked up a 780 ft-lb impact wrench last night and used it this morning. Knocked them right off and didn't have to worry about holding the wheel in place to keep from rotating.
What an idiot for not buying this years ago. For anyone else contemplating - get one.
Posted 15 July 2009 - 03:45 PM
Posted 15 July 2009 - 04:04 PM
From Ebay a new MAC 1/4 air ratchet. The head is adjustable in 90 degree increments. NIB, manual, etc.
I used one from a friend while working on a 95 LSi last week (I posted a thread about the chewed up harmonic balancer, etc.).
First time I pulled the fans and not the radiator. This tool was made for that it seems - even tightening since it stops at 20 lbs. I found lots of other uses for it as well with it's slim design and low torque.
Air tools - gotta love them.
Posted 15 July 2009 - 09:14 PM
Oh, the 1/2 inch was great too, but only when i needed the extra grunt.
Posted 16 July 2009 - 12:07 AM
I also have some big air guns - a 650 ft/lb gun of my personal collection and then in the shop we have some really huge stuff - 3/4" and 1" drive, and then there's the portable hydralic power packs . It can get rather interesting at times..... we were pulling a gear off a shaft a while back and had the porta-power maxed out putting 20,000 lbs on the thing, we had the biggest rosebud on the oxy-torch and the gear was cherry red - and another co-worker was whailing on it with a 20 lb sledge (babbit head). When it let go it shot off of the shaft and flew about 12 feet - landed on an air hose and melted through that - then rolled over to a wet spot on the floor (oil or grease soaked into the concrete) and lit that on fire :eek:. Huge bang and crash - air hoses swinging about wildly - flames and smoke - people yelling..... oh yeah!
Needless to say people came running and for a few moments our whole world turned inside out. We have a good laugh about it now though.
Posted 16 July 2009 - 01:11 AM
man, wish the camera's were rolling on that one!
. Huge bang and crash - air hoses swinging about wildly - flames and smoke - people yelling..... oh yeah!
Posted 24 July 2009 - 09:00 AM
Posted 26 July 2009 - 09:01 AM
They really did their homework - they chose NiCd batteries instead of NiMH because of their low self-discharge rate. After months of not using the spare battery I popped it on and it had full charge.
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