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    What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    On a recent trail ride I got to use a cordless impact. It was super handy and much easier than trying to use a socket and breaker bar in an awkward position.
    So I am thinking of adding one to carry on the trail.
    Compact design for the head unit is probably a plus so I can get it into tight spaces.
    Battery life isn't as much of a concern, it will be used to do trail repairs and perhaps the occassional tire change, so it doesn't have to last for hours or anything.
    It would be preferable if the battery would hold a charge for a long time sitting in it's case.

    Who has experience with these? Any brand/models I should avoid?
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    Milwaukee Fuel is what I carry. Brushless design makes the batteries last a long time.
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    I'll second the Milwaukee, though these days buying a power tool is as much what color do you like as it is anything else. I've got an M12 3/8 impact wrench and it will get lug nuts off no problem. It's not instant like an air gun or a big 18V tool, but it will do it.

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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    My snapon half inch is awesome and with 700 ft-lbs of torque nothing is impossible, or even especially hard.

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    What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    I use and carry a Milwaukee fuel 18v brushless. It's the high torque model (there are two different ones) with 700/1100 ft.lbs. of torque. I also carry a matching LED shop light. They both use 5 amp/hr. batteries. Having battery life is a good thing. You never know when you are going to need it for more than just lugs. Have a few friends that carry a DeWalt impact and they like it.
    Won't wheel without one, any longer and have no idea why I waited as long as I did to buy it.
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    Just wheel with Huck!
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    Milwaukee fuel 18V FTW
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    I have used the Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Ridgid. The Milwaukee is by far the best one, but cost more. The High torque model can and will break bolts off. The Ridgid is a decent one, good for budget minded and it will break free lug nuts (I use this at work on a daily basis and it does a decent job). The DeWalt was the worst. I could never get it to break lug nuts off, too me it was just a step over the 1/4" impact driver in my opinion.

    Or you could try Harbor Freights EarthquakeXT, they are claiming 1200ft lbs.
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    I use the rigid only cuz of the warranty!
    Brushless is the only way to go!
    Im back to the drawing board
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    ive used the dewalt 18v one for years now. works well.

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    Milwaukee fuel
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    I use a Milwaukee fuel 18v and it is amazing. The difference between it and the non-fuel version is pretty stunning, as I have both. I carry 2 batteries as I have modified an H1 scissor jack with a lugnut on the end so I use the impact to jack up the jeep. It takes like 10 seconds.
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    Well, it occured to me that I have a compressor and 2 gallon tank in the jeep. Duh. So I tried my very old impact gun and was able to remove all 8 lugs on a wheel in about 70 seconds. I dropped the wheel lock socket so I could probably do it faster. With the compressor off I was able to get all 8 lugs back on with 90lbs still left in the tank. I did a little extra tightening with my torque wrench but I might get a torque stick. The compressor will go up to 150, I am thinking that should be enough to do trail type repairs.

    So now I am thinking I just get a more compact, lighter and modern air impact and be done with it. What do you all see as the downside to using air instead of cordless? I know the pneumatic guns are a bit more compact compared to the cordless. But you have to drag the air line around and if someone else is broken down this could be a problem if you can't get close to them on the trail.

    I am thinking more about trail repairs than swapping out a flat tire. My spare is tucked inside the cab and saving a few seconds on the lug nuts isn't going to make much difference overall. To get to the spare I have to unload 9 different totes, bags and such.
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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will E View Post
    To get to the spare I have to unload the spare Jeep I bring in my Jeep when I Jeep.
    Fixed it for you!


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    Re: What's the best 'trail' cordless impact?

    Thanks to this thread, I bought a Milwaukee m18. been using it to work on my car, and its super handy, and has spread up the process significantly. I have a plug in impact driver that is more powerful, but its HUGE, and a total pain to use, vs this being super small and light, and easy to get into places where I couldn't reach before. Thanks for the suggestions.

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