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Old 08-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Question Pneumatic VS Electric

So ive used a pneumatic impact gun before to take wheels off at the shop I work at, but im looking at getting an impact gun for my own home use, and when I was at autozone I saw an electric impact gun, and I wasnt really sure about it, so i figured i should see what everyone thinks on that debate.
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I've got one. It works great, but it's not going to be as powerful as a pneumatic one. For things that it can't take off, it'll at least help loosen it up for a breaker bar just from the impact action. That's been my experience.

It's also pretty loud.
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I've got one. It works great, but it's not going to be as powerful as a pneumatic one. For things that it can't take off, it'll at least help loosen it up for a breaker bar just from the impact action. That's been my experience.

It's also pretty loud.
What brand do you use and how much was it? Becuase a decent air tank is like 70 ir 80 or so plus the cost of an impact gun, Im trying to get the most bang for my buck.

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Pneumatic only if you have a good compressor and tools. Electric if you dont have money for the good air tools (keep in mind good impact wrenches cost some money check out IR, Snap on, MAC. They arent cheap)

I have both air and electric tools, honestly I used my ryobi 18v lithium impact for just about everything until I bought an air ratchet. Because I use this and have to start my compressor I use my other air tools more now. I still use the ryobi frequently, its really nice under the car because your creeper (assuming that you use one) doesnt have any hoses to get stuck on.
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What brand do you use and how much was it? Becuase a decent air tank is like 70 ir 80 or so plus the cost of an impact gun, Im trying to get the most bang for my buck.

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In terms of bang for your buck for a good impact gun, that'll be it.
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Well money isn't a big deal because Im starting to do a lot of my buissness on my own and after paying for my car I still have plenty of money for tools, and I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck


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http://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-e...nch-68099.html

In terms of bang for your buck for a good impact gun, that'll be it.
Thanks, I saw a bunch at HF but wasn't sure which one was the best


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I have a Porter Cable electric impact gun and it works for lug nuts etc, but isn't even close to as powerful as my pneumatic gun. If you don't have a good compressor that can flow the 6CFM needed to properly power the air gun, I would say don't bother with it. A compressor with those specs is going to run quite a bit more than $70 or 80.
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I have a Porter Cable electric impact gun and it works for lug nuts etc, but isn't even close to as powerful as my pneumatic gun. If you don't have a good compressor that can flow the 6CFM needed to properly power the air gun, I would say don't bother with it. A compressor with those specs is going to run quite a bit more than $70 or 80.
What kind of max PSI do you need to run a powerful impact gun?


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I've had my Makita 18v LXT for probably 7 years now. Does a great job with a ton of torque. Use it for autocrosses and track days swapping tires all the time.

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It is not about the Max PSI, but the volume of air that the compressor can flow when running continuously. A small compressor may fill to 150psi, but will quickly run out of air when using an impact gun and the actual compressor unit will then kick on. If that unit can only flow 3 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air @90PSI and the wrench calls for 6 CFM @ 90PSI, you will have an unusable air gun until you sit and wait for the compressor to build pressure back up.
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To power an impact gun like this: http://www.sears.com/craftsman-1-2in...8&blockType=G8 , you will need something like this if you want to stay compact: http://www.sears.com/dewalt-factory-...&blockType=G34 or something like this with a bit of reserver air capacity: http://www.sears.com/craftsman-33-ga...5&blockType=G5
. If you want to stay cheap, this would work: http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...sor-67708.html
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An electric impact is pretty much useless for big jobs, even lug bolts. It's my opinion though that an impact should never touch your wheel bolts anyway...

Go air if you want something with power.
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Air tools are just so freaking loud
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An electric impact is pretty much useless for big jobs, even lug bolts. It's my opinion though that an impact should never touch your wheel bolts anyway...

Go air if you want something with power.
Why shouldn't they touch your wheels?


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They'll mess up your paint way faster than doing it by hand will.
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Both have different uses, pros/cons.

The electric impacts are more convenient. Go with a quality one. They have a good amount of power to them.
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They'll mess up your paint way faster than doing it by hand will.
Ya I figured I would have to do painted ones by hand, becuase I have a hard time getting my green lug bolts on with out chopping by hand


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I've got this:
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-e...nch-68099.html

In terms of bang for your buck for a good impact gun, that'll be it.
I have one of these too, I've tried more expensive electric ones and they aren't really that much better IMO.
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So in conclusion if I dont want to spend more than $150 what should I get?
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