Impact wrenches are designed to make the job of tightening or loosening nuts and bolts a breeze. It, therefore, makes sense that this is one must-have addition to the tool box of any person who periodically needs to do some tightening or loosening. With an impact wrench, jobs like changing tires on your car easily become do-it-yourself projects and you get to save yourself some money too.
Below we review the top 10 best impact wrenches of 2016 we could find. A lot of work and research has gone into this so we are confident that these are the best of the best in the market. Read through and find yourself the best one for you.
10. DEWALT DW292 7.5-Amp 1/2- Inch Impact Wrench
This an electrical, corded impact wrench that features a 7-1/2 amp motor that delivers 345 pounds per square foot of force. It is craftily built for quick tightening and loosening of even the most stubborn bolts. The AC/DC rocking switch makes it easy to switch from forward to reverse. This impact wrench’s design is also quite user-friendly. It features a soft-grip handle positioned in the middle of the tool thus providing excellent balance when working. It is also lightweight, weighing only 7 pounds which means it reduces user fatigue.
9. Ingersoll-Rand 231C 1/2-Inch Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench
This impact wrench from Ingersoll features a twin hammer plus impact mechanism that delivers 425 pounds per square foot of torque. It also provides an amazing 1200 bpm at 8000 rpm for very fast and efficient performance. It boasts an air consumption of 4.2 cfm which is average for a tool in its class. For consistent results, the 231C has adjustable power regulators that give you the option of variable power in one direction or full power in the opposite direction. It weighs only 5.3 pounds and is 7.2 inches in length, which is quite compact to give you the maneuverability you require.
8. Craftsman 9-19984 1/2-Inch Heavy Duty Impact Wrench
The Craftsman 9 is an amazing tool in its class. It packs a powerful 580 pounds per square foot of torque using a hard hitting and oil lubricated hammering unit. However, it comes as the undeniable winner when it comes to noise reduction. It features a technology that the people at Craftsman even patented that truly does wonders to ensure that the Craftsman 9 impact wrench remains amazingly quiet even under heavy loads.
7. Ingersoll Rand 236 1/2- Inch Air Impact Wrench
This is one of the amazing products from Ingersoll that is built with simplicity and effectiveness in mind. This air impact wrench is packed with more power and can deliver up to 450 pounds per foot of torque with a variable speed capability of up to 7400 revolutions per minute. With these features, you would think that it weighs a lot but it weighs only 5.3 pounds. It also features a two-piece construction that makes it easy to access the motor for servicing.
6. AIRCAT 1150 Killer 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench
This air powered impact wrench from AirCat is most probably the strongest twin hammer 1/2 impact wrench on the market. At an amazing 1400 rpm, this wrench outputs a staggering 1295 pounds per square foot of torque with every hit of its hammers. This power can be partly attributed to its 15% larger motor. It also features patented air exhaust systems that give the tool unbelievably low noise levels of only 86 decibels with no power loss. You also get a two-year parts and labor warranty when you purchase this impact wrench.
5. DEWALT Bare-Tool DW059B 18-Volt Cordless Impact Wrench
This impact wrench produces a maximum torque of 300 pounds per square foot at 1650 rpm or 2600 bpm. It features a rocker switch design that makes it easy to switch between fastening and loosening. Its gear case is also made from highly durable magnesium and its all-metal transmission ensures maximum torque is delivered to the fastening rod without kickback. However, the battery pack and charger need to be bought separately.
4. Ingersoll-Rand 2135TiMAX Air Impact Wrench
This air impact wrench is super lightweight, weighing in at only 3.95 pounds, but delivers a whopping 750 pounds per square foot. This is by far the best power to weight ratio you can find on the market. Its small, compact build makes it easy to reach even the tightest places with ease. It also features a patented “Quiet Tool” technology that minimizes noise levels when in use without compromising performance. The impact wrench is built for durability with a lightweight titanium hammer case and an anodized hard coat end plate that will withstand even the toughest jobs. You also get a free two-year warranty with tool registration.
3. Kawasaki 841337 Impact Wrench Kit
This Kawasaki impact wrench is an amazing tool for its price. The design is very attractive and could go well as a gift. On the performance side, this wrench has a no-load speed range of 2500 to 5500 and is capable of outputting a maximum torque of 280 pounds per square foot. It also features an 11-foot power cord that will allow you to work some distance from the power source. The best feature about it however, is that it comes with a carry case and two double end sockets – 11/16 inch and 3/4 inch, 13/16 inch and 7/8 inch – that allow you to start working immediately.
2. DEWALT Bare-Tool DC820B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Wrench
This is another amazing cordless impact wrench from DEWALT that has a frame-less motor. This means that you can change its brushes for an even longer lifespan of the tool. Its compact size and weight (only 5-3.4 inches in length and 2.2 pounds in weight) enables you to work easily and efficiently in even the tightest and smallest places. However, its size is not relative to its power. This wrench packs 1740 pounds per square inch of torque at 2400 rpm (2700 ipm). It features a textured anti-slip grip for maximum comfort when working. It, however, does not ship with the battery or charger. You need to purchase those separately.
1. DEWALT DC820KA 1/2″ 18V Cordless Impact Wrench Kit
This cordless impact wrench from DEWALT is in our opinion, the best wrench on the market. Like the DC820B, it features a frame-less motor that has replaceable brushes that considerably extends the tools’ durability and lifespan. It is also compactly designed, making it easy to reach and fit even the tightest places and weighs only 4.6 pounds. It outputs an amazing 1740 pounds per square inch of torque making it the best tool for a very wide range of tightening or loosening operations. It’s also a variable speed impact wrench delivering both 0-2400 rpm and 0-2700 bpm to the fastening rod. It ships with a 1-hour charger, 2 18-volt batteries, and a kit box.
These here are the best of the best impact wrenches available on the market. They are fit for every person – from a full-time mechanic to a seasonal user – and can be used for an unlimited number of tasks. Things just got easier. No more struggling with stuck bolts that can’t move.