Asked by: Sascha Umbelina
automotive auto safety technologies

What do you use an impact gun for?

Last Updated: 8th March, 2020

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Impact wrenches are found in the tool chests of mechanics everywhere. They're commonly used for loosening lug nuts from cars and trucks, but they can also be used in any high-torque situation.

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In respect to this, can impact driver be used as impact wrench?

An impact wrench is used to either remove or tighten screws, bolts, and fasteners. Impact wrenches fulfill the same general role as impact drivers. If an impact driver is more powerful than a regular cordless drill, then an impact wrench is more powerful than both combined (and then some).

One may also ask, is an impact wrench worth it? Getting Impact wrench IS worth it. An impact wrench and the needed compressor would be expensive ONLY until you used it. They make things a lot easier. Even though right now you think you would only use it for limited jobs but once you have it, you will probably discover other jobs.

In this way, when should you not use an impact wrench?

Here are some of the most common mistakes which you can avoid when using an impact wrench.

  • #1)Over Tightening Fixings.
  • #2)Damaging Threads.
  • #3)Using mismatched sockets.
  • #4)Purchasing the Wrong Wrench Size.
  • #5)Purchasing the Wrong Wrench Kind.

Should I buy a drill or impact driver?

Why You Should Buy the Drill So the drill takes care of drilling and boring tasks much better than an impact driver, even though you could use an impact for that task. The drill may not be as fast as an impact driver on screws and other fasteners, but you won't lose the quality of the result by using it.

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Ranae Belarbi

Professional

Do I need a drill or impact driver?

The answer is, when you're using softer woods, you need the lighter touch and finesse of a traditional cordless drill/driver. For harder woods, concrete, masonry, and especially long fasteners being worked into heavy materials, you want an impact driver.

Estafania Perucha

Professional

What is the difference between a Impact Wrench and Impact Driver?

Impact Driver. In general, impact wrenches are heavier, bulkier, and much more powerful (have more torque) than impact drivers. Also, impact wrenches use a square drive (generally ½”) and are made for loosening/fastening sockets, while most impact drivers use a ¼” hex drive and are used for driving screws.

Tandy Lizarazo

Professional

Can you use normal sockets on an impact wrench?

The short answer is no, you should not use a standard socket with an impact wrench. A normal socket will crack or break when used on an impact tool due to how brittle the material is. Contrary to common belief, it's not the torque applied to the socket that causes the biggest issue.

Ziyad Reardon

Explainer

What is the tool to take off lug nuts?

A lug wrench is the name for a type of socket wrench used to loosen and tighten lug nuts on automobile wheels. In the United Kingdom and Australia it is commonly known as a wheel brace. Lug wrenches may be L-shaped, or X-shaped.

Brittaney Hainzer

Explainer

Can I use my impact driver to remove lug nuts?

Can You Use a Cordless Impact Driver to Remove Lug Nuts? The short answer is yes, but it depends. You can remove lug nuts of your car using an impact driver provided the nuts are tightened at the right amount of torque (80 to 100lb-ft) and your impact driver's output torque is higher than 100lb-ft.

Romaysaa Huf

Explainer

What makes an impact socket different?

Impact sockets look black because the surface is carbonized (aka drop-forged) in order to harden the surface. The surface-hardening enables impact sockets to absorb sudden torque changes (aka "impact") better. With high enough impact, a regular socket may warp out of shape because the steel used there is softer.

Maurizio Jorajuria

Pundit

How much torque do I need in an impact wrench?

Recommendation. Generally speaking, an impact driver in the 1500 to 1800 in-lb range that puts more emphasis on higher RPM will do 95% of the work faster than one with more torque and slower speeds. Our rule of thumb is that if you need to reach for a socket adapter, you're better off grabbing an impact wrench.

Gardenia Gansslen

Pundit

Will impact wrench break bolts?

A pneumatic or electric impact gun should be the tool of last resort because it often simply breaks the bolt. Use the proper impact socket, wear gloves and safety glasses. Since these tools can be quite powerful, save them for larger nuts. If possible, use the impact on the nut side and hold the bolt with a wrench.

Stanel Lesage

Pundit

How many foot pounds of torque do I need for tire lug nuts?

And when you look at that, and realize that the average torque required on a lug nut, to hold the wheel on, is 80 to 90 ft-lbs, well you can imagine how over-tightened some of these lug nuts are. Now that's a problem because it almost guarantees warped brake rotors.

Albaro Alango

Pundit

Should you use an impact wrench to tighten lug nuts?

Do not use the impact to tighten the lug nuts, though. It is very easy to over torque them. Use a ratchet and finish up with a torque wrench for accuracy.

Rosella Urrazquin

Pundit

Can you adjust the torque on an impact wrench?

Currently, none of the cordless impact wrenches will allow you to adjust the torque to those exact settings. (An air impact wrench won't either for that matter.) The only solution is an attachment that fits onto to the end of the impact and then the socket fits onto it.

Bryon Kempson

Teacher

What is the best impact wrench for auto repair?

The Best Cordless Impact Wrench For Automotive Use
  • Ingersoll Rand W7150 Impact Wrench.
  • Milwaukee 2753-22 M18 Fuel Impact Wrench.
  • Bosch IWBH182B Cordless Impact Wrench.
  • DEWALT DCF883M2 20Volt Wrench Kit.
  • Makita XWT11Z Cordless Impact Wrench.
  • Ryobi P261 18 Volt One+ Impact Wrench.
  • Impact Wrench Torque.

Jounaida Uchitel

Teacher

What size impact wrench do I need to remove lug nuts?

I recommend staying near the middle in terms of size. So, go for either a 3/8-inch impact wrench or even better, a 1/2-inch impact wrench. These are the best sizes because they offer enough power to get even very tough lug nuts out, but at the same time, they won't apply too much torque.

Yolando Cascajo

Teacher

What size impact wrench do I need?

Impact wrenches that are ½ inch in size are a standard tool found in auto shops. This size wrench is the correct size for auto repairs, such as suspension and tire jobs. For construction sites, the ½ inch impact wrench is the perfect size for small to medium assemblies and disassemblies.

Enache Echeuerria

Teacher

How do torque sticks work?

A torque stick is used with an air impact wrench to avoid over-tightening fasteners when installing wheels. Torque sticks work by flexing (like a torsion bar) when a torque limit is reached. When the stick flexes, it resists further tightening of the fastener.

Atef Ettensperger

Reviewer

Can a hammer drill be used as an impact wrench?

The main difference between a hammer drill and impact driver is what they are used for. You will go for a hammer drill when you need to drill holes into tough materials like concrete. You use an impact driver when you want to rusted or over-torqued screws and to drive screws into a tough material.

Dmitrij Jaya

Reviewer

Do torque sticks work with electric impacts?

As a general rule of thumb, you can use a torque stick that gives you a torque lower than your intended value and then torque up with a torque wrench. They should never be used with cordless impact wrenches if you expect accurate torque values.

Romualdo Chudnow

Reviewer

How does a impact wrench work?

An impact wrench has an electric or air motor that applies a sudden, intense twisting motion to the recalcitrant lug nut, usually in short bursts (every five seconds or so). The continuous short, strong bursts of force trying to twist on the fastener are what eventually bring some movement (loosening or tightening).

Jianyu Fleur

Reviewer

What is hog ring on impact wrench?

A detent anvil retains the socket with a spring-loaded ball like on ratchets. A hog ring anvil retains the socket with a steel ring in a groove on the square drive, as on most air impact wrenches. The hog ring anvil tends to be more ornery to fit sockets onto and off from, but also retains them better.