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Old 12-28-2018, 05:57 PM   #1
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How much is too much? Iím struggling with this bolt and Iím being told that an impact wrench should do the job problem is, I donít have impact kinda money. Also, I wonít be using it enough to justify the purchase. SO, I found a cheap-o corded one at harbor freight with max 230 ft/lb for $75 but I donít think thatíll will be enough power to take this bolt off. Then there are a few that cost a little more but pack a ton of more power which leads me to ask, how much power is too much and how much do we really need? I was thinking about using it for wheels ní stuff and maybe tighten up the bolts for the struts Iím trying to replace but I donít want to be stripping bolts with all the powers!!
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no such thing as to much powa
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Old 12-28-2018, 08:49 PM   #3
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Breaker bar and cheater bar if it's accessible. PB Wrench soak it for a few days. I'm assuming you don't have an oxy-acetylene torch.

My parents bought me a Craftsman impact wrench for Christmas probably 18 years ago. I've used that thing thousands of times.

If I can't get it off with my impact, it's not meant to come off.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:47 PM   #4
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Thereís nothing to grip when I turn the bolt and Iíve already soaked the sumbitch with a whole can of pb. Iím out of ideas. If I donít get access to an impact Iím gonna have to cut it off. Iím just wondering if thereís an impact with too much power than can cause damage
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Thereís nothing to grip when I turn the bolt and Iíve already soaked the sumbitch with a whole can of pb. Iím out of ideas. If I donít get access to an impact Iím gonna have to cut it off. Iím just wondering if thereís an impact with too much power than can cause damage
I bough the Harbor Freight one on sale for 50.00 like 10 years ago. That thing has plenty of power. As a matter of fact it has outperformed some of my better air impacts on my 2.5 ton Rocks. Now most of this was when I had a smaller compressor. Even still my dad had a 80 gallon stand up and I always found myself reaching for the electric. I actually figured I would break it and was going to gauge how I liked it and then by a name brand. Well it is still chugging along. Oh, and I hate their shit usually. I broke a right angle drill of theirs in one shot.
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:13 AM   #6
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If there's nothing to grip, then an impact won't work any better than a breaker bar.

That aside, it will take however much torque that it takes to get the nut off, once loose it doesn't matter how much power your tool has. If something breaks it was due to the seized bolt, not the impact wrench.
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:13 AM   #7
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If the bolt is on a rotating shaft that tends to spin (strut shaft, crankshaft balancer bolt), an impact will work better because of the momentary shock it gives the bolt. If this is just a bolt in a fixed position that is stuck then a breaker bar will work just as good. Make sure you use a good quality six point socket though.

I have the Dewalt DCF899P1 and it definitely has enough power to break shit. It will fuck shit up if you want it to but it has three settings so you can turn down the powa.
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Use visegrips on the top of the shaft.

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Old 12-29-2018, 09:31 AM   #9
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Hammer and a 6 point whench. Go to the tool rental yard.
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I bough the Harbor Freight one on sale for 50.00 like 10 years ago. That thing has plenty of power. As a matter of fact it has outperformed some of my better air impacts on my 2.5 ton Rocks. Now most of this was when I had a smaller compressor. Even still my dad had a 80 gallon stand up and I always found myself reaching for the electric. I actually figured I would break it and was going to gauge how I liked it and then by a name brand. Well it is still chugging along. Oh, and I hate their shit usually. I broke a right angle drill of theirs in one shot.
I bought a cheap Kawasaki corded impact from harbor freight back when I had little money. I still pull it out when my air powered ones donít have enough balls to break something loose. Those corded impacts will outperform a lot of air compressor setups.

The down fall of the electric stuff is it cannot be used continuously, it gets hot.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:48 PM   #11
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Well, I went at it with this thing and it didnít work. The shit Strut just spins. Iím out of ideas
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impacts wrench power

Much impact so power
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Cut the old strut. Buy a new nut. Itís happened to me before too.
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Depends on what it is. I've got a battery operated Ryobi that is something like 400ftlbs and it's OK for most, but I also have a 3/4 husky that's somewhere around 1500ftlbs and I haven't found shit that it can't break loose.
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Vicegrips on the shaft.

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My hooker is wearing protection and by protection I mean a dust boot. I ended up cutting it off. Now I canít tighten it up. Fml
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Iím surprised it doesnít have anything on the top to hold it still. Allen wrench or tiny ass wrench.
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