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    Question Best 1/2" inpact gun - battery or Air for tire lugs

    Was searching through numerous threads, but the information I need is brand and model impact guns folks are using. Common element is 1/2" and proper impact sockets. What I am not seeing is torque needed (size of unit) I have a 2.5 gallon air tank at 145psi available if that makes an air unit possible, but I also have 18V Mikita batterys and charger available too.

    Any information would be great.
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    I keep a 1/2" Milwaukee 18V cordless impact in the truck. 1400lbs of breaking torque and it automatically applies less once the nut breaks free. I also keep a set of Capri impact flip sockets in the truck with it and an impact rated extension.

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    I donít know if this is the best but it works for me.
    https://www.factoryauthorizedoutlet....ench-bare-tool

    Plus I have these impact sockets for assorted lug nuts. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N17CK76/

    Plus to prevent over tightening I use a torque stick similar to this one https://www.amazon.com/AFF-Torque-Li...dp/B08S5TSD6B/

    And for final torquing I have a 1/2Ē drive torque wrench that I use also to torque my Andersen hitch

    I keep all of these under the back seat of my F350.

    I have several 18 volt batteries always charged because I also keep a Makita 18 volt portable vacuum, led light and cordless blower in the trailer.
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    I use 1/2 inch 18 v Milwaukee Impact and keep it under back seat of truck. Don't think there is lug nut it will not remove. Also keep 1/2 inch torque wrench. You don't want to over torque lug nuts and you want to torque to mfg required torque.

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    I use the DeWalt 1/2" impact, model number DCF889. Went with that as it uses the same batteries as all my other tools. Works great. Have used it on several occasions including one blowout and when I caught a couple nails in Gulf Shores last year after the hurricane..
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    Milwaukee for me also, pretty impressive. Plus NEIKO 02281B 1/2" Drive Impact Flip Socket Set | 4 Piece | SAE and MM and the torque bars.

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    I'm partial to DeWalt 20V tools myself. Which is why I also have the DeWalt inflater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FT4NOW View Post
    I keep a 1/2" Milwaukee 18V cordless impact in the truck. 1400lbs of breaking torque and it automatically applies less once the nut breaks free. I also keep a set of Capri impact flip sockets in the truck with it and an impact rated extension.

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    with an across the board upgrade of my power tools I recently got a 3/8" drive Milwaukee Fuel 18V impact gun. With a 3/8" x 1/2" adapter it is completely capable and totally awesome at doing wheel lugs. I really don't know why I waited so long as this is far better than the 1/2" air impact gun I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicked ace View Post
    with an across the board upgrade of my power tools I recently got a 3/8" drive Milwaukee Fuel 18V impact gun. With a 3/8" x 1/2" adapter it is completely capable and totally awesome at doing wheel lugs. I really don't know why I waited so long as this is far better than the 1/2" air impact gun I have.
    I agree. I also have the 3/8" version and a matching 3/8" impact set, very impressed overall with both impacts. I prefer the 1/2" for the road though, it does have multiple settings to limit the torque and the auto function. I have ran into some situations where the 3/8" wasnt enough and had use the 1/2" (wasnt on my lug nuts though). Like most responses here, I also carry a torque wrench for installation of lug nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryr View Post
    I don’t know if this is the best but it works for me.
    https://www.factoryauthorizedoutlet....ench-bare-tool

    Plus I have these impact sockets for assorted lug nuts. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N17CK76/

    Plus to prevent over tightening I use a torque stick similar to this one https://www.amazon.com/AFF-Torque-Li...dp/B08S5TSD6B/

    And for final torquing I have a 1/2” drive torque wrench that I use also to torque my Andersen hitch

    I keep all of these under the back seat of my F350.

    I have several 18 volt batteries always charged because I also keep a Makita 18 volt portable vacuum, led light and cordless blower in the trailer.
    Thanks Jerry How does the Torque Limiting Extension work. Never used one.
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