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Thread: Cordless Impact Wrench? what to get?

  1. #141
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    Im on Makita cordless gear atm. Past has been, Panasonic, Bosch, Hitachi, Hilti. I always have drill/driver with hammer, impact driver, reciprocating saw, grinder as a minimum. Most of the little 1/2" impact wrenches are based on their (brand) impact driver. So youll only find the lower end of the torque busting spectrum. Go to your big tool brand outlet and if you have a good repore with a sales member, ask them the % of return of each brand (they have these numbers) also ask them who is the easiest to deal with re warranty (they definitely know this)

    From my understanding Milwaukee has a higher % or return than Dewalt but have been easier/better to deal with regarding warranty... but a shift seems to be in the air re that ease...

    Im happy with my makita, no problems since purchase a few years ago and I use my cordless kit every single day. Mostly impact driver, drill, planer, grinder, radio and blower. I have one of their bigger 1/2" impact wrenchs...1000nm I think it is. I sometimes do structural steel and the stock small one is not enough for M16 and M20 structural bolts

    I did keep my Hilit rotary hammer drill and collated screw gun/driver in 22v cordless as these are best on market AFAIC

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    Further to what Serg said re returns.
    I walked into Total Tools in Canberra six months ago to replace my Panasonic gear with a Milwaukee system and walked out with a Makita hammer drill and impact driver, based purely on the % returns at the time, and the comment by the fellas there that Milwaukee were really tightening up on their warranty returns as so many of us tradies were abusing the warranty.

    And after reading this thread I need to add another skin, a bloody rattle gun! Cordless Impact Wrench? what to get?
    Defenderless for the first time since '01....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick130 View Post
    Further to what Serg said re returns.
    I walked into Total Tools in Canberra six months ago to replace my Panasonic gear with a Milwaukee system and walked out with a Makita hammer drill and impact driver, based purely on the % returns at the time, and the comment by the fellas there that Milwaukee were really tightening up on their warranty returns as so many of us tradies were abusing the warranty.

    And after reading this thread I need to add another skin, a bloody rattle gun! Cordless Impact Wrench? what to get?
    you can have a gander at mine, but I tell ya she must be made of cast steel.... no light weight. Im guessing real gearbox and gears!

    BTW I still rate the current Panasonic gear. always have. Shame they only make about 5 tools. IMO its either keep up with the big three (selection wise) or vanish.

    Hitachi were good when I had them 10 years ago ( I think first Li-ion battery models) but last coupe of years seem a bit junky (my mate runs a full kit) They are renaming themselves so I hope they improve their quality.

    Another VERY high quality brand is Fein. German made. I rate their corded angle grinders as best made hands down. Their hand held drills (corded) are on another level of percision and smoothness. They make a few cordless tools, but not enough for what I need and I dont have the budget of Jeff Bezos.

    Hilti you pay a premium for. I think they have free servicing for the first year or 2??? Great for bigger companies. I use there powder actuated guns, corded rotary hammer drills and have their cordless hammer drill and collated screw gun as stated. This gear is excellent and my corded hammer drill has not missed a beat in 18 years. Powder actuated guns have been faultless and much better than my experiences with Ramset and Powers.

    BUT I dont rate their normal cordless drills, impact drivers, grinders and impact wrench above Makita, Milwaukee etc. And you just pay too much for them...dont even price batteries!

    BTW Makita makes a cordless coffe maker.....Mic drop!

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    I just need Milwaukee to make a cordless chainsaw!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    I just need Milwaukee to make a cordless chainsaw!
    No, you NEED a little husky pro saw

    I think Makita does. I would not be suprised if Milwaukee do make one in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    I just need Milwaukee to make a cordless chainsaw!
    Quote Originally Posted by uninformed View Post
    No, you NEED a little husky pro saw

    I think Makita does. I would not be suprised if Milwaukee do make one in the future.
    Makita definitely do!
    36v (2x 18v) top and rear handle. It's one area where they have a leg up on Milwaukee as they own Dolmar so they have inhouse expertise in saw design but I wouldn't be surprised if we see a Milwaukee saw really soon.
    Defenderless for the first time since '01....

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    Quote Originally Posted by uninformed View Post
    No, you NEED a little husky pro saw

    I think Makita does. I would not be suprised if Milwaukee do make one in the future.
    I have 3 petrol saws, don't need another!
    Have heaps of Milwaukee gear, so a saw would be a great addition, particularly for camping
    Damien
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