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#1 pltudinous

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 01:10 PM

So I might be able to finally work on the car soon. Want to sort that seized drum! Following advice on here I discovered sgs, and I'm looking at an impact wrench. Is this one overkill? I've read that kielder is one of the better choices, but I'm worried about threading and generally just ruining everything with 700nm?

What are everyones thoughts?

https://www.sgs-engi...pact-wrench-kit

(I know I could buy a breaker bar, but thought this would come in handy for general use too, unless it's likely to damage bits!)

#2 jaysmini1983

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 01:51 PM

Never heard of the brand and very cheap with all the batteries. I have a milwakkee one which has adjustable power levels and good on a mini. do you not have any battery drills etc and could then buy a bare unit and use your exsiting batteries.



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 02:15 PM

Big thing with battery powered tools is the availability of replacements. Personally, I've bought into the Ryobi One+ system as replacement bodies and batteries are widely available. I bought their 400nm impact wrench a while back and it's man enough to do everything I've thrown at it. More than enough for most stuff on a classic.



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 02:33 PM

Although Kielder aren't a big brand, their nut guns are good - used a lot by rally teams.
You'll also notice they're used by the Project Binky guys



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 03:51 PM

I knew someone who had a few issues with this brand. After care was fantastic and I think they got a free upgrade in the process.

However for your application, personally I would stick with a breaker bar and a big pole. I have a decent battery impact gun, and numerous air powered ones and in all honesty, I don’t use them much. However that may just be me.

I use a king dick breaker bar, twisted it slightly but it remains unbroken. Best of all it didn’t cost a lot, I chuck a scaffold pole over it for when extra grunt is needed.

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 09:29 PM

that type of gun is no good really for rally cars!! takes the nuts off, but its so easy to strip the threads with them when putting them back on.

 

 

Ive got a makita 18v drill , and i saw a "AvE" review on youtube of a chinese impact gun that here on ebay is £40, with out the battery but takes a makita one. to be honest, if i need to undo anything more than what the gun can do, ive a big braker bar.



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 07:10 PM

Thanks for the feedback! I dont have any other batteries or drills that I could take batteries off of. Was just looking at this to make jobs a bit quicker and hopefully less of a pain to do. My main concern would be stripping threads! I did used to have a breaker bar, but it's been misplaced and I doubt I'll see it again!
Was assuming that something like this would be a staple tool, but perhaps I'm mistaken!

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 07:30 PM

I am sure that they have their uses, but when working on cars you tend not to have a massive amount of clearence, sometimes even struggling to get a ratchect and socket on the end of a bolt.

 

That being said, I have a small compressor and Air Impact driver that has shifted some tough bolts in the past.

 

Can't comment on the brand as I am not familliar with them.



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 07:51 PM

I tend to agree with Rusty above. i have a windy gun (the old Chicago Pneumatic runs off a compressor)... great for removing rusty nuts on items that are difficult to hold off the car but not a great deal of use on the car due to access in many cases.

 

Picked mine up for pennies at an auto jumble.so a useful addition but I could spend £200 plus on something more useful if I was looking at tools

 

Also I am old school so I never ever use a windy gun to do any nuts up.... I even get the shakes seeing tyre shops put wheels on with them



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 08:25 PM

I know how you feel.

 

My air gun only gets turned to "tighten" when trying to free off a fixing that is properly stuck.

 

Would never use it to do things up.



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 09:57 PM

Ive got a milwauki one and its brilliant.i think with any tool a certain amount of common sense is required.with wheel nuts and things like that i use a breaker bar and then whizz them off with gun.



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Posted 21 May 2020 - 08:31 AM

Big thing with battery powered tools is the availability of replacements. Personally, I've bought into the Ryobi One+ system as replacement bodies and batteries are widely available. I bought their 400nm impact wrench a while back and it's man enough to do everything I've thrown at it. More than enough for most stuff on a classic.

+1 for the Ryobi, Santa bought me one 2 years ago and its brilliant. Havent bought any of their other tools but handy being able to do so and use same battery and charger. I know that Santa ordered it from SGS and was cheaper than the one youre looking at.


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 07:35 PM

 

Big thing with battery powered tools is the availability of replacements. Personally, I've bought into the Ryobi One+ system as replacement bodies and batteries are widely available. I bought their 400nm impact wrench a while back and it's man enough to do everything I've thrown at it. More than enough for most stuff on a classic.

+1 for the Ryobi, Santa bought me one 2 years ago and its brilliant. Havent bought any of their other tools but handy being able to do so and use same battery and charger. I know that Santa ordered it from SGS and was cheaper than the one youre looking at.

 

I imported a ratchet wrench from Australia (R18RW-0, via Bunnings), one of the best tools you can get! Shame they don't sell them in the UK.



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 11:20 AM

Thanks for the feedback! I dont have any other batteries or drills that I could take batteries off of. Was just looking at this to make jobs a bit quicker and hopefully less of a pain to do. My main concern would be stripping threads! I did used to have a breaker bar, but it's been misplaced and I doubt I'll see it again!
Was assuming that something like this would be a staple tool, but perhaps I'm mistaken!

 

perhaps consider one with adjustable power levels. like the milwakee ones. im sure there are other also.



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 02:33 PM

Just get to know your tool (stop sniggering at the back!)

 

You're not going to strip threads undoing something (unless those threads are knackered anyway) and don't sit there hammering away at a fastener until something gives.

 

Despite Avtovaz's thoughts - many, many people DO use these in rally cars, myself included. Start the nut by hand, wind it on with the gun until tight, nip up with a torque wrench when time allows - you soon get to know how tight your gun makes something dependant on how long you pull the trigger for once it stops spinning.

I've never stripped a thread or broken a wheel stud yet and usually only need an 1/8 to 1/4 of a turn with the torque wrench.  Other advantage is that it fits my jack to so makes jacking the car up and down much quicker and easier.







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