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Hi guys

Both my 3/8" and 1/2" drive cheapy air ratchets have give up the ghost so looking at replacing them with CP ones, i'm not fussed if i can get away with replacing the two with one aslong as its got decent power even if it works out dearer than buying two :D

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technology has vastly moved on these days and I would seriously recommend looking into battery operated ratchets such as milwaukee. quieter, more convenient, no air hose to trip over etc...

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They do not have the torque of air ones, so if you need real power, go air.  I love the Ingersol Rand timax guns.

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air ratchet or air impact gun, if the latter i strongly recommend one of 5ese

https://m.ebay.com/itm/AirCat-1-2-Limited-Edition-Killer-Torque-Composite-Impact-Wrench-1150-LE/192312471072?item=192312471072

 

silly high max torque and really erganomic. very controllable and very robust. i defo dont regret buying mine, spins mazda rx8 crank bolts out in 2 seconds flat, and thats usually brakerbar and full lenght scaffold pole territory.

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14 hours ago, Red90 said:

They do not have the torque of air ones, so if you need real power, go air.  I love the Ingersol Rand timax guns.

They're normal air impact guns, not air ratchets.

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Air ratchets can be dead handy! Particularly in those spaces where there's limited swing. Yes, they're not going to break anything loose in a hurry, but untwiddling a bolt in an awkward place they're invaluable. Getting an impact gun to anywhere tight is usually impossible, much as they're excellent tools. 

I have a Sealey 3/8 air ratchet that's withstood several years of occasional DIY abuse and still going strong, so I'm pretty happy with it. Too much power in an air ratchet and you're asking for busted knuckles, so be careful what you wish for. 

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10 minutes ago, lo-fi said:

Getting an impact gun to anywhere tight is usually impossible, much as they're excellent tools.

Perhaps you should look at my link....  The IR right angle air impact takes up the same space as an air ratchet, but can actually undo things.  It does not bust your knuckles.  If you had actually used one, you would not be having a negative opinion....

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Sorry, I'd missed your post! That does indeed look handy. Yes, I'm quite aware there's no torque reaction through the grip on an impact gun.  IR don't seem to have much in the way or a European operation, which is a shame, but CP do one: https://www.toolstop.co.uk/index.php?option=shop&page=shop.product_details&product_id=78950&l=uk&utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&gclid=Cj0KCQjwl7nYBRCwARIsAL7O7dFhUl-3GoBLyu9ejB5c9-ygJfSHb6_s8y_5qqvyNgL3XbNUTvfOnncaAqFXEALw_wcB

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25 minutes ago, lo-fi said:

IR don't seem to have much in the way or a European operation, which is a shame...

Ummm, it is an Irish company.

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If it is outright power you are after you will struggle to beat this for the money - 1600NM loosening torque. It is a little heavy at 4kg but I hardly ever pick up the air line one now. The only downside is the size but I think I will treat myself to a smaller mid range model to get into tighter areas where the power of this one is not needed

 

https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/makita-dtw1002z-18v-lxt-brushless-1-2-impact-wrench-body-only

 

Lorry wheel nuts that I used to undo with the 3/4 breaker bar and a scaffold pole are now a breeze!

 

Upside or downside depending on your point of view is the batteries - they are expensive but they fit every other tool in the range

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I have a Clarke (machine mart) air ratchet thats been going strong for 15 years. And yes dead handy in certain circumstances - spinning stuff off long threads etc

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Before buying air-rachet,  you'd better collect the information about it. The variety is great and there is no need to pay money for that one which is not suitable for you. Don't build your decision on price only. Expensive - doesn't mean the best, cheap - doesn't mean the worst. Look through this review about the latest air-rachets and maybe it would help you purchase the best one for your needs.  

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I looked for a while Ross and didn't smell any Spam....

None of the links in the link seem to be sellers from the Ukraine..... How did you conduct your Spam testing? 

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Having read it again it doesn't look quite so spammy.... just seems like a strange first post! Reading it in a rush this morning obviously didn't help :lol: 

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