Best Electric Impact Wrenches Thus Far In 2015
There are two types of electric impact wrenches – those that run on the power from an outlet, and those that run on the power from batteries. Both are easy to use… the alternative is an air impact wrench, which can produce more torque, but is a lot clunkier and harder to manage.
With electric impact wrenches, you just plug it in or turn it on, hold it up to the nut or bolt that you’re fastening/loosening, and go to work. An electric impact wrench can be one of the handiest tools in your workshop that allows you to speed through jobs.
That all goes out the window if you pick a bad one, though. It won’t have enough torque, the grip will hurt your wrist, the batteries will die quickly, the unit itself will die within months, etc.
Take a look at this list of the best electric impact wrenches of 2015 – as of today, these are the only ones that you should be considering. Whoever you are, one of these wrenches will suit your needs.
#1 – Ingersoll-Rand W7150-K2
We thought we’d follow up the #1 corded electric impact wrench with our opinion of the #1 cordless – the W7150-K2 from Ingersoll-Rand.
Now… before we begin, know that the price is $454.45. But if you’re using impact wrenches a lot, the improved experience with the W7150-K2 can be well worth the extra price.
- 1,100 ft-lbs of torque and 780 ft-lbs of reverse torque – this is UNHEARD OF for cordless wrenches!
- Steel-lined with aluminum – this makes the wrench light (6.8 pounds) and nearly bulletproof in terms of durability
- 2x long-lasting batteries – always be juiced up
- Solid carrying case
- All of the same speed controls as #3
If you’re a hobbyist who’s using his impact wrenches just a few times per month, then the W7150-K2 probably isn’t worth it. You can use your money on upgrading your other tools that you use more frequently.
But for those who use impact wrenches a lot – auto shops, we’re looking at you – the W7150-K2 is a solid choice for your go-to wrench. With the torque, you’ll never have a problem with a tight lug nut, and since it’s portable, you’ll always be able to reach where you need to.
The DCF880HM2 from Dewalt is arguably one of the best power tools available in 2015.
That’s right… we said best power tools, not just wrenches.
● It’s small, but not tiny - 5.7” and 3.4 pounds means it’s portable, but not so small that durability is sacrificed (any smaller and it would feel like a toy)
● Exceptionally useful lighting – Frustrating shadows are a thing of the past. You can set the lights to come on 20 seconds after the trigger’s release, preventing possibly the most annoying problem when it comes to electric impact wrenches
● The batteries rock – XR Lithium-Ion has been shown to last over 30% as long as their regular counterparts, yet they barely weigh down the unit when attached
● One of the best warranties – It’s a limited warranty, but Dewalt will cover repairs for up to three years after your purchase. Most manufacturers offer 90 days, or a year at most.
You even get a case (view pictures) and an extra battery pack.
If you’re concerned about power, don’t be – the DCF880HM2 is compact and powerful. One reviewer said he used it to destroy a lug nut – others have had more… eccentric… uses for the DCF880HM2. Click here to read all of the reviews.
All in all, if you need a ½ inch impact wrench, get the DCF880HM2. Nothing else comes close. Small, light, powerful, good battery, excellent company – there’s not much more to say.
The DCF883M2 is basically the same as the DCF880HM2, except for one major difference: it uses ⅜” instead of ½”. The pictures for the DCF883M2 are a little sharper, too, possibly because it’s a slightly newer model from Dewalt.
Reviewers are loving the DCF883M2 just as much as the DCF880HM2. Some companies will make small changes between similar models to cut costs – Dewalt doesn’t do that. Possibly because they love their customers (the warranty is still three years), or possibly because people would just notice and the reviews would suffer – either way, the unit is solid.
As with the previous Dewalt model, assuming you have the $250 to spend and you need ⅜”, get the DCF880HM2. (Even if you don’t have the funds yet, we’d recommend holding off on a new wrench until you do – this wrench really is that good.)
Dewalt tools are always rated well across the board on third-party review sites. But the DCF889HM2 is somewhat of an anomaly, even for Dewalt – over 90% of reviews are 5-star.
Here’s a quick breakdown:
● Sleek design. Looks like a professional tool, as it should for just under $300. You’ll impress clients when you use this on the job.
● 400 ft-lbs. of torque. Not the most you can get from Dewalt, but more than enough for anything except heavy industrial application.
● Ridiculous battery. Lasts for 5+ hours – seriously. Most of the reviewers are going crazy over the battery life here.
● Good ol’ Dewalt warranty. Three years, and because it’s Dewalt, you actually get the unit fixed fast – and not months down the line.
If you’re okay with not having the most compact impact wrench on the block, get the DCF889HM2. 100+ people can’t be wrong – this is a perfectly-made wrench for everything but the biggest jobs.
An electric impact wrench for under $60? Yes, please.
The 837212 is the #1 best seller on Amazon for electric impact wrenches for a reason – Tradespro has managed to cut the price way down while still providing enough power for most applications. 240 ft-lb. of torque isn’t a ton, but it’s enough to get the job done, even if it takes slightly longer.
A major concern with cheap power tools is the durability – and truth be told, the 837212 isn’t known for its durability. One reviewer on Amazon said it lasted him less than two years. On the other hand, though, others have been using it for over a decade – it sees some are just luckier than others. (For a tool this cheap, you shouldn’t really be expecting it to last for more than a few years with heavy usage, anyways.)
Finally, the 837212 is extremely heavy – over 13 pounds – and extremely clunky – the design is all over the place. Those are definite negatives, but for the absolute steal of $59.95 (less than ⅕ of a Dewalt wrench), you have to take the good with the bad.
Get the Tradespro 837212 if you’re someone who just needs an impact wrench, and doesn’t care about the power as long as the unit works and the price is low.
From corded to cordless, cheap to expensive, all types of electric impact wrenches are on the list above. No matter what you’re doing, the top five are safe bets.
Scroll up, grab your favorite one for your workstation or shop, and get to work! Thanks for reading, and comment below with your thoughts on any of these machines.