Dale wrote in, asking for a heavy duty impact wrench recommendation.
I am currently in the market for a 18-20v Heavy Duty cordless Impact Wrench. I noticed that you rated the DeWalt 20v Impact Wrench higher than the Milwaukee 20v when the Milwaukee has the highest pounds of max torque. I was wondering why? I’m gonna be using it for heavy duty use and to take lugs of tires. Need something powerful. Which one do you suggest for my needs.
Looking back, I saw a comment where I remarked how Dewalt’s heavy duty 18V impact wrench is more powerful than Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel model, but Dale is correct in how Milwaukee’s M18 heavy duty wrench best Dewalt’s.
In terms of sheer power, Bosch’s latest 18V heavy duty impact wrench has a higher torque rating than even Milwaukee’s.
These days I would NOT go with the Dewalt 18V NiCd model, based on how the 18V platform continues to fade into obsolescence As far as I am aware, Dewalt does not yet offer a 20V Max Li-ion heavy duty impact wrench, only a compact one.
Among the popular power tool brands, if I were looking for a heavy duty 1/2″ impact wrench for lug nut removal, I would go for the Milwaukee M18 2662-22 or 2623-22, with the only difference being the square drive style preference. My second choice would be Bosch, and the third choice would be Makita.
There are two main reasons why I would pick Milwaukee’s heavy duty impact wrenches over Bosch’s, despite the Bosch models having a slightly higher torque ratings.
- Milwaukee’s 2662-22 and 2663-22 kits are said to now come with higher capacity 4.0Ah battery packs
- The M18 impact wrenches are shorter than Bosch’s by 1-1/8″ (10″ vs. 8-7/8″)
An even stronger option is the Ingersoll Rand W7150, which looks to be the most powerful 1/2″ cordless impact wrench currently available. It delivers up to 780 ft-lbs of maximum reverse torque and up to 1100 ft-lbs of “nut-busting” torque.
IR W7150 (via Amazon)
Milwaukee M18 with detent pin (via Home Depot)
Milwaukee M18 with friction ring (via Home Depot)
Bosch 18V with detent pin (via Amazon)
Bosch 18V with friction ring (via Amazon)
Makita 18V with detent pin (via Amazon)