An impact wrench is a valuable tool that professionals in a number of different industries, including the automotive, the construction and the metal fabrication industries find useful. It’s also extremely useful to DIY enthusiasts and driveway mechanics who like to take a hands-on approach to their work and don’t mind getting a little grease on their hands. Of course, before an individual can get down to work, they have to find the best impact wrench available. And that’s where I believe I come in. I’ve gathered together the tools that I feel are the best impact wrench models, and I feel pretty good about them. Hopefully, this list will serve both professionals, and amateurs alike in their search for the perfect tool.
10. Dewalt DC820B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Bare Tool
Although this 1/2-inch cordless wrench is sold as a bare tool, which simply means that it doesn’t come with a battery, it’s still good enough to be considered one of the better models available. Its motor has replaceable brushes that allow it to be serviced to extend its service life, and has an anti-slip grip that’s textured so it’s easier to hold on to yet remains comfortable. This tool delivers 1,740 inch-pounds of torque, and has two different speeds: 0 to 2,400 RPM and 0 to 2,700 RPM. And since it has a compact design, it’s not only easy to hold but can be used in tight work areas.
9. PowRyte 1/2-Inch Twin Hammer
Designed to deliver true power when the user demands it, this air wrench has a twin hammer design that delivers up to 600 foot-pounds of max torque, and a speed of up to 8,000 RPM at 90 PSI. With a 1/4-18NPT air inlet valve, this tool consumes approximately 4 cubic feet of air per minute but also has a built-in silencer that helps to limit the noise level it produces. It’s adjustable and has a full-power reverse that makes it easier to accomplish a lot of different jobs. Which makes it ideal for a number of different tasks include repairing brakes, rotating tires or tightening down bolts.
8. Hammerhead 1/2-Inch HDIW075
Featuring a 1/2-inch square drive with friction ring and delivering up to 240 foot-pounds of torque and up to 2,700 BPM, this tool is useful for any number of different types of projects. Its 7.5-Amp motor has two speeds: 0 to 2,200 and 0 to 2,700 BPM, has a metal gearbox that adds extra durability and has a forward/reverse rocker switch which has a two-finger operation. This tool is an easy-to-use model that can be used by both professionals and amateurs alike and has a design that should give the user years of service.
7. AC Delco ANI405 1/2-inch Heavy-Duty Twin Hammer
This twin hammer wrench is designed to take on some of the toughest jobs and help the user complete them easily and efficiently. It’s designed with an aluminum alloy housing that’s designed to withstand the test of time and to hold up to frequent use in a rugged environment. This tool can deliver up to 500 foot-pounds of torque, which is enough force to bust out just about any nut, and it has a built-in forward/reverse for easy switching. Also equipped with a three-speed power regulator, this tool allows the user to get the perfect amount of tension on their lugs nuts.
6. Campbell Hausfeld 1/2-Inch TL140200AV
This impact driver has a number of features which make it useful both in professional shops and in home garages. It has a three-speed power regulator that allows users to get the right amount of tension on their lug nuts every single time they use this tool, and it has a twin-hammer mechanism that delivers up to 550 foot-pounds of torque. That’s more than enough power to remove lug nuts for changing tires, or for using for brake repair. This pneumatic wrench needs to be paired with a compatible air compressor to work, but if it is, then it will deliver the power needed for just about any job.
5. Dewalt 20-Volt MAX Lithium DCF880HM2
This wrench kit comes with a powerful wrench and a number of accessories that go with it. The 1/2-inch wrench is lightweight, cordless and has three LED lights that are equipped with a 20-second delay that allows users to have the light they need where they need it. It has a hog ring anvil that makes it easier to change sockets, an anti-slip comfort grip and is powered by an XR Li-Ion battery. This kit comes with the wrench, two batteries and a charger that makes it a useful tool for just about anyone who needs to get their work done with speed and power.
4. Ingersoll Rand Super-Duty 1/2-Inch 231C
This super-duty wrench isn’t built for the casual hobbyist but is built for those individuals who need a heavy-duty tool that produces a lot of power. This model has a twin-hammer design that can deliver upwards of 600 foot-pounds, which is more than enough power to blast off just about any nut around, and it also has an adjustable power regulator that offers variable torque output. This tool’s 2-piece construction is simple to maintain, and it is shipped fully lubricated and ready to be used right out of the box. It’s a pneumatic tool with real power.
3. Milwaukee Fuel 2763-22 M18
This tool is quite possibly one of the more powerful wrenches currently available on the market today and is certainly one of the most powerful cordless models. It delivers up to 700 foot-pounds of fastening torque, and up to 1,100 foot-pounds of nut-busting torque. All in a tool that delivers twice the run-time of comparable cordless tools. This 1/2-inch model has an anvil with friction ring for faster socket changes, has an easy-to-maintain brushless motor and is powered by a Red Lithium XC 4.0 battery pack. All of which makes it useful for handling amateur and professional tasks.
2. Aircat 1150 1/2-Inch
This pneumatic tool not only looks powerful but it can deliver the power necessary to get the job done. It can deliver up to 1,295-foot-pounds of loosening torque and maximum impact torque of 900 foot-pounds, all thanks to its twin hammer design. This 1/2-inch tool can deliver up to 1,400 blows per minute, which makes it one of the more hard-hitting tools available. And although it has all of this power, it also is designed to be quieter than other pneumatic models with a maximum decibel level of 86-decibels. All of these features make this a useful tool in a professional or home garage.
1. Dewalt DCF899HB 20V MAX XR
Equipped with a hog ring anvil and a high-quality brushless motor, this wrench is designed to be powerful and durable. It can deliver up to 700 foot-pounds of torque and has a maximum breakaway torque of 1,200 foot-pounds. It has a three-speed selector switch that allows for drive control, and it has an LED work light that illuminates work areas. And since it has a high-quality design, it can hold up to just about any work. In fact, it’s so well designed that it’s capable of being able to handle a six-foot drop without ill effects happening to this tool. Which makes it a useful tool to keep around the house or the shop.