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Re: School Me On Impact Wrenches

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Bob Huntress

12-25-2012 16:48:28

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What size of compressor do you have? Do you know the CFM rating on it? What impact wrenches use is compressed air volume, and lots of it. If you have a small tank or compressor, you will not have the volume of compressed air to loosen anything. They should be fine with a 7hp 80 gallon tank, but that is about as small as you should think to run an impact on. You may get some limited use with a 60 gallon tank, but if you get any smaller, you will only loosen the bolts that weren"t that tight to start with. That may be the issue with your current impact. I can loosen some very tight nuts with my IR, but even the cheapies will get most nuts with sufficent volume of compressed air. If you can not get any appreciable use from a brand new, allbeit cheapie, impact, I"ld start looking at your air compressor capacity.

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Russ from MN

12-25-2012 19:58:10

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 Re: School Me On Impact Wrenches in reply to Bob Huntress, 12-25-2012 16:48:28  
I use an IR 231 on my shop built compressor and it works just fine. It's only 10 gal tank with a V2 Chrysler air conditioner compressor, 1hp motor.
I use it to rotate my truck tires and if I start when its just about ready to shut off I can easily remove all six nuts without running out of air!

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12-25-2012 18:22:06

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 Re: School Me On Impact Wrenches in reply to Bob Huntress, 12-25-2012 16:48:28  
+1 on those thoughts. Also +1 on the thoughts about an electric impact.

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