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Re: Impact wrench torque?
A cheap one is better than nothing and will be quite handy. There are some jobs that a cheaper impact wrench is real helpful for, and others that you will will have to break the fastener loose by hand with a breaker bar or a hammer on a wrench, as it doesn't have enough torque. The reality is, you have to spend a whole lot more to get something twice as good. I used a cheap one for 15 years, then finally broke down and bought one that cost 10X the harbour freight model, but puts out over double the torque. I'd say get it, it will come in handy and speed up any disassembly you are doing. One day while bored at work, we all brought in our various made in Taiwan impact wrenches and had a little showdown. There was a difference between some of the models, but they all worked reasonably well. We were all using $60.00 or less models. One that the boss had just purchased, worked very poorly till we cleaned it out with some solvent. Must have been some grease or dried out something in the impellers that was dragging. After that, it was the best of the bunch.
If you want a really good one at a reasonable price, check out the Husky impact sold by Home Depot. It's not Snap On, but I'm told it's made by the same plant.