If you’ve ever spent hours trying to loosen a rusty or stripped bolt, you’ve probably longed for a decent impact ranch. This one, handy tool has probably single handedly prevented thousands of scraped and cracked knuckles, and even more frustration.
If you have a good, impact wrench, it can make extremely quick work of loosening or tightening any bolt in your garage. That includes the ones that seem to be impossibly stuck.
So, which one is the best? We’re here to help you figure that out. Keep reading for the details you need in our cordless impact wrench review. Once we give you the lowdown on all of the best products, we’ll go into more detail about using your new high torque cordless impact wrench.
1) Milwaukee 2767-20 M18 Fuel High Torque 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench
This is our best, cordless ½ inch impact. It’s a relatively small tool, but don’t be fooled by the size. This is a powerful tool, made by one of the more reputable names in the industry. It is capable of up to 1000 pounds of torque per foot, which is more than adequate for nearly any job. In addition to this, it has a 4-Mode speed control which lets you control the amount of power you use for each job.
This is also a very comfortable tool to use. The rubber overmolding makes the tool easier to grip, and provides some protection from the elements. This tool will set you back around 200 dollars, but it’s worth it when you consider the features:
Won’t Overload or Overheat
2) Porter Cable PCC740B Cordless Impact Wrench
This impact wrench was specifically designed for cars in mind. This means that the tools outer casing was designed to resist damage from the chemicals typically associated with working on cars. Still, it’s also important to note that this is a very basic tool. It does not have a brushless motor, for example. Still, you can count on it for up to 310 pounds of torque per foot and 1650 RPM. For most home users, this is more than adequate.
This tool runs about 113 dollars, which is reasonably priced. It’s a good tool to keep around. In fact, we’ve ranked it the best cordless impact wrench for changing tires. Here are its specs:
Hog Ring to Change Sockets Quickly
310 Pounds of Torque
1650 Revolutions Per Minute
Variable Speed Trigger
3) DeWalt DC820B Cordless Impact Wrench
This is one of the smallest models of impact wrench you will find, and it isn’t very powerful. In fact, you will only get about 145 pounds of torque per foot. On the other hand, you do get 2400 RPM out of this. That means, the rotation is quite fast. It’s also very comfortable to handle.
For the price, this could be useful for some home users. Check out its key features:
4) Black & Decker BDCI20C Impact Driver
Yes, this is an impact driver, and not an impact wrench. Still, we thought it was worth including. First, it’s less than 60 dollars, and could be worth adding to your tool box, even as a secondary. It’s also a decent enough impact driver that it could be a workable substitute if you aren’t fully committed to buying an impact wrench.
Because this is an impact driver, it can fit screw bits, and sockets. So, you can use it on both bolts and screws. However, it does like a brushless motor, the torque is weak, and there’s no tech in place for overload protection. The features are listed below:
5) Milwaukee 2762-20 High Torque Impact Wrench
This wrench has more power than you will likely ever need. It comes in at 700 pounds of torque per foot. This powerful tool has two settings. The first gives you 100 pounds of torque per foot. That’s for applications where you need more accuracy than power. The second setting gives you that stunning, 700 pounds of torque. This tool is absolutely certain to loosen anything that is rusted or otherwise stuck on.
In addition to being powerful, this is a very comfortable tool to use. It has an ergonomic grip, and LED lighting to help illuminate your area of focus. Just know that you will spend close to 300 dollars for this, but it’s well worth it. If you face a lot of tough jobs, this impact wrench should earn a spot on your short list. Take a look at the specs:
Up to 700 Pounds of Torque
Quick And Easy Socket Changes
6) Dewalt DCF899HB 20V Impact Wrench
The Dewalt 20V features a much sought after brushless motor. The reason that this is such a desired feature is that the brushless motor lacks moving parts. This means less wear and tear. It’s also rich with other features. It spins at 1900 RPM, has 3 speeds, and an LED light. In addition to this, the wrench is exceptionally durable. In fact, Dewalt claims it can survive a fall from six feet, unscathed. We don’t recommend testing this out.
Of course, torque is always the key consideration. This one offers 700 pounds per foot. That’s pretty impressive, and plenty for most jobs. Specs are:
½ Inch Anvil
Weighs 6.4 Pounds
7) Makita XWT11Z Brushless Impact Wrench
Makita is well known for designing and manufacturing top quality tools with applications at home and in business. This particular wrench is notably in particular because of its small size. It weighs less than 3 pounds, and is only 5 inches long. If you need to get into small spaces, this could be a great tool for you to have.
Of course, as you might expect, power isn’t really a feature here. It only has 210 pounds of torque per foot. That will make quick work of some jobs, but you certainly aren’t going to take rusted lug nuts off of your lifted Ford with this. Here are the features and specs:
210 Pounds of Torque
8) Ryobi P1833 Impact Wrench This impact wrench weighs in at 1.61 pounds. In spite of this, it still gives you 300 pounds of torque per foot and decent IPM. Given the size, it’s actually a pretty powerful tool.
If you already own Ryobi tools, you probably know that the power packs are interchangeable from one tool to the next. This one is no exception. So, you won’t have to buy a battery pack unless you choose to. If you do, you can get 4 amp hours out of Ryobi’s newer power packs.
This tool is decently priced at just under 130 dollars. We think it is a good middle of the road tool that works in a lot of different applications. Here’s a good round up of the specs:
3000 Pounds of Torque
18 Volt Motor
9) Bosch IDH182-02 Cordless Impact Driver
In addition to having the Bosch name, this impact driver includes two battery packs, all for less than 200 dollars. Even better, those battery packs have great life to them.
This impact driver has a brushless engine, easy to control power, overload protection, and all of the features you might expect from a model at this price point. If there is a downside, it is the lack of power. You only get 137.5 pounds of torque per foot. Still, if you are looking for a smaller tool that you can count on, add this to your list. Specs are as follows:
Comes With Battery Pack And Charger
Compatible With ½ and ¼ Inch Socket
10) Craftsman C3 Heavy Duty Impact Wrench Kit
Think of this last one as two tools reviewed in one place. We’ll link both below. Craftsman offers the C3 in a ½ inch option. You can also buy a version that is ⅜ inch. In fact, if you’re looking for one, we think this is the best ⅜ cordless impact wrench on the market. Both are comparably priced at a bit under 200 dollars.
We will say up front that the ½ inch does get more torque. It’s also about 4 pounds lighter. Other than that, they are pretty comparable. Both are 19.2 volts. They are compatible with lithium ion batteries (sold separately). Most importantly, both have the Craftsman name and guarantee. Here are the features:
Craftsman Name And Quality
Easy to Grip Handle
Battery And Charger Included
Reasons to Own a Cordless Impact Wrench
A cordless impact wrench for lug nuts, and other uses is certainly a cool piece of equipment. Still, you may wonder if you truly need on, or if your existing tools will do the job. That depends! Here are some solid reasons for adding one of these powerful tools to your garage.
Air Compressor Lines Are a Pain And a Safety Hazard
Cordless Tools Are More Powerful Than in The Past
You Have Heavier Equipment to Repair
You Have Other Projects to Justify Owning One
You Need Power You Cannot Get From Hand Tools
You Repair Cars For Money or Want To
You Must Loosen Machine Tightened Nuts And Bolts Frequently
Cordless Impact Wrench Safety
Remember that this is an electrical tool that produces a high amount of torque. There are some safety precautions that you should follow. These include:
Is a Cordless Driver The Same Thing as an Impact Wrench?
A cordless driver uses battery power to power the rotation of the bit. An impact wrench uses torque in addition to rotation to loosen and tighten.
How Does Variable Trigger Speed Work?
Rather than buying the most powerful cordless impact wrench, available, you might want a tool that has variable trigger speed. This means that the speed and power of your impact wrench will vary depending on how hard you pull the trigger. Just be aware that it’s difficult to get a very accurate result in terms of speed and torque.