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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:43 pm 
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Done a little research into this, and so far I'm still not 100% what tool to buy.

In the coming weeks I'm due to construct a workshop from timber, and figured the an Impact Driver would be more suited to this job than an Impact Wrench...or would it?

As such and I really should have one for the garage to work on the car, I don't have an Impact Wrench. Question is will an Impact Wrench with its greater torque be suitable for both jobs and thus eliminate the need for buying both Wrench and Driver?

I'm looking at a rechargeable lithium unit as opposed to an air or 240 volt tool.

Any ideas? Thanks :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:16 pm 
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different beasts really one can do wood screws the other cant one is 1/4" the other is not :dunno:

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An impact wrench would snap screws off.


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Agreed. They are two completely different beasts. An impact wrench delivers so much torque that it will snap the heads off most screws you'll ever use. Most of them are also pretty heavy. Impact drivers on the other hand deliver insufficient torque to break the connection on wheel nuts of even medium sized vans. I used to use a 170Nm impact driver with a 1/4in male hex to 1/2in male square adaptor and 1/2in sockets to run nuts on sistered timber joists and beans. Snapped a couple of adaptors off, which was no real surprise nut then one sheared off right inside the socket on the impact driver and it took several days of trying to dig the broken end out of the socket. Of course during that time I was sans a driver. After that running nuts with a purpose made wrench was a no brainer. So being on Makita I bought a DTW481, a set of impact sockets and I never looked back.

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For the Bosch users here, there is a tool which does both, the Bosch GDX 18 V-EC (it is also one of the few impact drivers/wrenches with adjustable speed/torque, although with only 3 settings). It does cost slightly more than the corresponding driver/wrench, but adds useful features IMO.


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ruefondary wrote:
For the Bosch users here, there is a tool which does both, the Bosch GDX 18 V-EC (it is also one of the few impact drivers/wrenches with adjustable speed/torque, although with only 3 settings). It does cost slightly more than the corresponding driver/wrench, but adds useful features IMO.


That is just a glorified impact driver, it packs no more power than a standard impact driver. Even a basic impact wrench will put out at a minimum twice as much torque as that will.


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... true, although there are quite a few impact wrenches with less than 180 Nm of torque on the market


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ruefondary wrote:
... true, although there are quite a few impact wrenches with less than 180 Nm of torque on the market


Really? That seems kind of point, 180Nm is not very much, I could apply that with a standard ratchet pretty easily.


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