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Air guns seem to last forever. But if you are just using occasionally or moderate use, hard to beat the convenience of the electric.
 

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But most mechanics I know that work at dealers just love the battery tools. Dragging cords around that get tangled up on everything adds too much time on their tasks they say. They are only given minimal time to complete each task. That’s a bunch is BS to have your employer do that, but it’s reality it seems.
That time quota thing whatever it's called does suck. A guy runs into a stripped bolt or a rusty/corroded, broken and needs to be extracted, and he has to either loose money or make up time by rushing through work that could be including safety issues. That's been around for a long time though at a lot of places.
 

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But most mechanics I know that work at dealers just love the battery tools. Dragging cords around that get tangled up on everything adds too much time on their tasks they say. They are only given minimal time to complete each task. That’s a bunch is BS to have your employer do that, but it’s reality it seems.
Have not kept up with the dealer wrench Union contracts but for the 5 years that I worked for a dealer the pay was guarantee against commission = you get X amount no matter what per week. Each job had a time frame, paid labor job time was taken from the industry standard Chilton Flat Rate manual, warranty job time was dictated by the manufacturer & less than the flat rate. A few jobs were TO's = time operation such as wiring, water leaks, wind noise etc. Job hours accumulate during the week if you book less than 40 hrs in a week you get guarantee $$. Booking more than 40 in a week you were paid 1/2 of the dealer hourly rate for the extra hours.
I have battery drills & they are handy, have probably spent 3 bills for new batteries for the 19.2 Craftsman's, was using them in the yard this week to bore pin locating holes in new landscape timbers with a 7/8 paddle drill, went through both batteries then drug out a tired 3/8 corded drill I bought @ a yard sale 30 years ago for 5 bux & finished the job.
Took my new battery chain saw out in the field to cut the trees back, 40 minutes later the battery died, back to the shop for the gas chain saw & finished that section.
Have a 18V Porter Cable drill it is powerful & I like it but after 4-5 years it needs batteries.
 

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I have 2 DeWalt impacts, a 12volt 3/8" drive (DCF813) and a 20 Volt 1/2" drive (DCF880) that I have both owned for a couple of years. I was surprised that despite the small size of the 1/2" it still breaks the lug nuts loose on my daily driver. The nicest part is that even though one is 12V and the other 20V, I can use the same charger to charge the batteries. After 2 years of semi-regular use I have not yet experienced any depletion in performance.
 

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Same here, I have had my IR-231 for over 30 years and never an issue.
IR-231 may well be the best ever in a 1/2" air gun mine is likely 30 years also & it was a replacement for the first IR that I bought around 1970 when I started twisting wrenches in a Chevy dealership. It gets limited use now as my 18v Dewalt in 1/2 & 3/4 are good tools & I have a Hitachi 1/2" that is a bear but Heavy.
 

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Does any member have an electric Porter Cable impact wrench. I keep looking at them. I have pneumatic and tired of dragging hoses. I only want the wrench for lug nuts.
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I bought a Chicago Pneumatic (CP) at a yard sale 45 years ago. From a woman who’s husband passed away. Who knows how long he had it. I worked as a mechanic and, used it doing it for 5 years before changing trades to HVAC installer. But when my Milwaukee 18 volt fails me I fire up the compressor and use the old CP to get the job done.
 

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You need one of each,Terry. I have a 20v Dewalt that I use a lot and it's handy but when you need something strong you cant beat air. I have a friend who says the Earthquake air wrenches from HF arent bad. My air impact wrech is an old Ingersoll Rand.
 

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You need one of each,Terry. I have a 20v Dewalt that I use a lot and it's handy but when you need something strong you cant beat air. I have a friend who says the Earthquake air wrenches from HF arent bad. My air impact wrech is an old Ingersoll Rand.
I tried a HF Earthquake and it wasn't any stronger than my Ingersoll Rand. Returned it.
 

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The only battery tool I have is 19v Craftsmen drill. I have 2 batteries for it. I use air tools a lot. I have an Aircat impact that is absolutely amazing. Since I live on a farm and don’t have electricity handy I also have a generator to power various tools when working on projects throughout the property.
 

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I have 3 impact tools, a 20V dewalt compact impact, a 20V dewalt 1/2" impact and my old trusty 1/2" IR air gun. Obviously, the compact impact screw runner gets the most use, as it is great for any size fastener from 8-32 to about 3/8 and sometimes 1/2. It is a great tool for teardown and assembly work as it is light and easy to use. It has torque limitations and will not remove main cap bolts, head bolts, lugnuts, or the like. If I am in the shop, I will probably use the air impact as it is the most powerful gun I have and I always have an air hose in the work area. If it is just a few lugnuts, or I am working in the drive or away from my main shop, I will use the battery powered 1/2" Dewalt. I thought I would use it more when I bought it, but I found that it is a little heavy and not very well balanced, especially with the 6 AH battery on it. For ease of use and power, it is pretty hard to beat the air impact. I really like the forward/reverse selector on the IR gun as well. The Dewalt has a rocker switch that you hit the top of the switch to tighten and the bottom of the switch to loosen, oh wait is it the other way around? I am always accidentally running the impact in the wrong direction. I much prefer a hard change over in direction
 
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