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Old 02-02-2014, 04:19:51 PM
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...Alright looking for a new impact..need some opinions on a 1/2" air impact.....cost is a big factor of course! Keep looking at Aircat
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This is the one I use at work. Its pretty good for what it is. Not TOO spendy. Kind of just like anything else I guess, you get what you pay for.
http://www.awdirect.com/ingersoll-ra...1c/shop-tools/
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This is one of those items that buying cheap will bite you in the arse.
I've had my I/R for over thirty years & it's still going strong.

I don't use it every day , but usually at least once a week driving dozens of 6,8,10 & 12 inch 1/2" galvanized lag bolts in timber frames & docks. Takes a lot of power to drive a 12" lag into pressure treated timbers or into Oak beams.

A cheap gun will crap out quickly with that type of work
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:52:02 PM
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There is a difference between initial cost and on-going cost. Buy a good one once and get it over with. The 231C is a good product.
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Hit your local craigslist. You'll find them for 20% of new.
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:28:53 PM
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Depends on how hard yer gonna use it and how often. I'm easy on them. Got 2 Harbor Freight's, a light 1/2" that I use most of the time and the heavier "Earthquake" with more oomph which I seldom need. I put a few drops of air tool oil in before each use too. Run 'bout 120 psi. Had 'em both for years, no prob.
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I have an old craftsman #875.199870...and I'll be darned if i can find any info on what the foot lbs are!! I work on fork trucks, maybe I'll use it once a week or so. I looked at the 231c...it only has 300lbs of torque.....Is that enough? my craftsman won't really take off anything thats been torqued on good!
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:25:37 PM
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Look on ebay

It's a good place for comparative shopping

Just about every brand and every model is on there

Gives the specs on each model.

Its easier than bouncing around mfg's websites looking for the specs.

Once you decide on a brand and model, then you can Google it, and shop the best deal.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:27:54 PM
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Tanner is dead on IR is some of the best there is.
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I picked up one made in China. Should have saved the money as it is way down on power on a quality gun. Every time I use it I end up reaching for the power bar because it just does not do the job. Won't unbolt a flywheel or a tractor wheel nut.
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Someone told me the IR's with red trim were made in the US and blue trim in China. Model numbers may be the same but guess which one runs circles around the other!
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I've tried most of them from the REAL EL CHEAPO brands on up through the HIGHEST cost ones, over about 35 years working on class 8 trucks. The $$ I spent on the low & mid cost one's I could have just as well used to buy a good one in the 1st place.........& had a lot of $$ left over in the end. After all the others took a crap in short order & most not really doing much of a job in the 1st place ,I decided to get something that would hold up. I purchased a 1/2" Snap On about 20 years ago & it was well worth the investment.I used it just about daily & about 5 years ago it was starting to get a little weak,so I sent it in for a tune up & for $100 they put ALL NEW guts in it & it is as strong as it was 20 years ago. If I had it to do over........It would be the 1st one I bought. I also have a 3/8" Snap On that I like just as well........& it will do more work than any of the Craftsman or other low cost 1/2" one's that I have seen. In short .........With an air wrench, you definitely get what you pay for.
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What Doug said...
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Well, I wasn't going to say anything, but - I bought a 1/2 Craftsman in late 1970's, made in Japan. I used it a lot - fed it a few drops of air tool oil start of every day, sometimes on lunch break too. I still have it and use it. Only complaint is she is noisey - really should wear hearing protection.

My Father gave me a Chicago Pneumatic 3/8 speed ratchet in late 1950's or early 1960's. I used the *$* out of it, used it like a breaker bar too! . Oiled it like above. Have cleaned and oiled ratchet mechanism a couple of times. Had to take it apart once to clean vanes and bore because shop had dirty air. Still have and use it.
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You can buy the replacement parts on the Snap-On website and refresh it yourself.

I did my Snap-On 3/8" Air Ratchet, works great again and was inexpensive to do.
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I bought a pretty good one from Wholesale Tool, they have a web site. It lasted for several years. We use them daily and I mean USE them, I just bought a new Ingersoll Rand 1/2", it was $240.00.
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I don't buy new Snap-On tools any longer.
But I still keep what I have in good condition.

In 50 years of walking this earth, I've never seen anything that cannot be broken.

Snap-On, Mac, Matco, Ingersol Rand, If it does the job you need without grief it's a great tool. If not it's the worst P.O.S. you every bought.
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