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I've had the York in for awhile now and this weekend I finally got around to adding
a tank. So my question is what air tools do I need; impact wrench, air ratchet, or
both. What's the difference between the two. I have fairly complete set of hand tool
but have never used air so any help or advice is appreciated.

WildCJ5
 
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I pickup a kit that had both in it on sell a few years ago. I would buy both but if you can only by one I would get the impact wrench. It is a lot more useful for breaking lose rusted bolts.

Tim Springer
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Word of advice: stay away from the cheap models of air tools, Do not be affraid to spend about $200 for an impact gun. I use the Ingrall Rand model 231. Very Very happy. But the campbell I first bought. Well I threw them at the dog.

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most cheap impact wrenches wont undo what youll wan thtem to undo..

goto Home Depot they sell a brand called HUSKY, these are made byt he same company that makes SNAP ON

Ive got a 1/2 inch impact from there, I got it as a christmas gift, but Im almost positive it was under $100

there isnt a bolt on a jeep it wont remove...even if it has to shear it to get it off..

then goto a pawn shop and get a right angled die grinder, cuts, shapes,sands, buffs, very handy, I got a good one at a pawn place for under $20..

an air ratchet is sort of nice, but they only deliver like 50 Ft lbs of torque, so they are really just for speeding up the process, and they do that but you can live without one for a while..

those are my 2 favorites

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Check out http://ebay.com

I got a 1/2 snap on for 60.00. Excellent condition. Theres tons of air tools for sale. Make sure the seller has a good rating.

Kraig

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When you get around to getting an air ratchet, look around a bit. (I agree, get the impact wrench first, but eventually, get the ratchet). Anyhow, there are two kinds of air rachets; direct and impact drive. When the direct drive tighten down a bolt, they keep pulling so long as you squeeze the trigger. The impact drive ones have a little hesitation in their twist, like a regular impact. I'm not explaining this well, I know, but here's the deal...when you use a direct drive air ratchet, and you're in a tight spot, all the sudden whatever you're tightening gets tight, and you try to let go of the squeeze handle, but the ratchet throws your hand up against something, and you can't relieve the pressure, and therefore can't shut the darn thing off. Impact ratchets have a little gap in between jolts (but they tighten just as well) and that little jolt allows you to prevent the hand crushing common to direct drivers...

Evolution of tools: stone, hammer, wrench, socket, impact, really big hammer, blue wrench.
 
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