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Makita XWT04Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch High Torque Impact Wrench (Tool Only, No Battery) at Amazon for $124.00

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Makita XWT04Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch High Torque Impact Wrench at Amazon.

After the automatically applied promotion, it ends up $124.00 shipped. Tax for some.

This is part of the ongoing $25 off $100 Makita promotion going on at various tool sellers including Amazon. It's currently way below anyone else's price that I could find. I have 2 of these and they are great. Plenty of torque and have yet to find a lug it won't take off.

If you already have the Makita LXT system, this is a no brainer add-on in my opinion. Add one of these lug nut impact socket sets [amazon.com] and you've got a powerful, portable alternative to an X-wrench, or worse, the stock tire iron. This has really made my life a lot easier including the occasional emergency tire change on the side of the road.

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I'd def buy one if I didn't already have one.
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This thing kicks ass, but nut busting torque isn't too great. If your lugs were put on properly with a torque wrench, this will take them off with ease. If the shop wailed on them with an air impact, you're still going to need to get out the breaker bar.
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I had one of these, wasn't very impressed. It's not variable speed, wouldn't take the lug nuts off my Triton. Sold it when we moved. The new(ish) brushless version looks much nicer, perhaps Santa will bring it for Christmas this year...
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I have the brushless version.. It is more powerful, and the screws on it lock into the metal, unlike this version where the screws lock into the plastic on the case (see picture).. Given the vibration of these types of tools, I worried about the screws working themselves out with all the violent hammering.. Thus I felt it was better to get the brushless version, plus I got lucky and convinced the clerk at home depot to give me a $40 discount last christmas...
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I'd like the brushless too, but not for $225-250. I've had my older one for almost 6 years now i think and no problems. For the casual homeowner changing snows and rotating tires on a few cars, this is a great tool at this price.

Assuming you're doing what you should and torquing properly, this zips them off and on. If you're taking your vehicle to a garage and having them hammer them on and off with their air gun maxed, chances are you likely aren't buying this tool anyway.
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I'd like the brushless too, but not for $225-250. I've had my older one for almost 6 years now i think and no problems. For the casual homeowner changing snows and rotating tires on a few cars, this is a great tool at this price.

Assuming you're doing what you should and torquing properly, this zips them off and on. If you're taking your vehicle to a garage and having them hammer them on and off with their air gun maxed, chances are you likely aren't buying this tool anyway.
Just about any reputable shop torques your lug nuts to spec. I am an auto tech and in the late 90s I believe they came out with torque sticks which you put on your impact gun and it tightens the nuts to whatever the spec is on the stick you are using. https://smile.amazon.com/Capri-To...dpSrc=srch something like this, they are made by many manufacturers, and if your mechanic isn't torqueing your wheels properly, then you should find a new mechanic. I worked with a guy that said he could "feel" the torque when he was tightening things, I called BS on him soooo many times, told him that if it was my shop he would be fired! I once purchased a cordless impact from snapon, total POS, lost all my faith in cordless impacts forever. I will stick with Ingersol Rand https://smile.amazon.com/Ingersol...+gun&psc=1 not as expensive as snapon and just works! HF also has a pretty good gun called the earthquake that some guys use.
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I just checked. I paid $121 less a $20 promotion of some type back in 2011 for the older model BTW450Z
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I'd like the brushless too, but not for $225-250. I've had my older one for almost 6 years now i think and no problems. For the casual homeowner changing snows and rotating tires on a few cars, this is a great tool at this price.

Assuming you're doing what you should and torquing properly, this zips them off and on. If you're taking your vehicle to a garage and having them hammer them on and off with their air gun maxed, chances are you likely aren't buying this tool anyway.
I agree the xwt08 is a bit steep on price, and now I have an aircat pneumatic gun so two reasons I haven't bought it yet.

Happy this gun works for you, just saying of all the Makita tools I own, this is the only one I sold. Maybe it was a dud.

edit: I just checked my order from 2010 and the model was btw450, which looks identical but apparently different.
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I should have specified. I was using "you" in the general sense. I seldom deal with a garage because I do my own stuff. The only time someone else messes with the lug nuts is when I get new tires. And I retorque them anyway. So people who buy this type of tool don't tend to have to deal with that was my point. I also have alloys on everything, which tend to come loose easier.
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I had one of these, wasn't very impressed. It's not variable speed, wouldn't take the lug nuts off my Triton. Sold it when we moved. The new(ish) brushless version looks much nicer, perhaps Santa will bring it for Christmas this year...
Same here, I sold it and got the Milwaukee Fuel model, and it's night and day different (325 ft-lbs vs 1100 on the Milwaukee).
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I have one and I love it. I swap over 5 cars worth of snow tires twice a year and it does all of them without any issue. And without seeming to effect the battery charge. I did notice going to the 5ah battery boosted the power over my five year old 3ah. But normally torqued lug nuts should not be an issue.
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Same here, I sold it and got the Milwaukee Fuel model, and it's night and day different (325 ft-lbs vs 1100 on the Milwaukee).
I looked to up a few Milwaukee fuel 1/2" impact and even the $400 "high torque" is rated to 700ft/lb of torque. Which model do you have that's putting out 1100ft/lb?
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I have one and I love it. I swap over 5 cars worth of snow tires twice a year and it does all of them without any issue. And without seeming to effect the battery charge. I did notice going to the 5ah battery boosted the power over my five year old 3ah. But normally torqued lug nuts should not be an issue.
When it comes to snow tires, do people just switch to them during the winter season, like Nov-Feb? Or more like before and after a snowstorm? Never used them myself and I would say here in PA we get a moderate winter.
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When it comes to snow tires, do people just switch to them during the winter season, like Nov-Feb? Or more like before and after a snowstorm? Never used them myself and I would say here in PA we get a moderate winter.
I usually wait till the first forecasted storm in December or so, then pull them back off in March. I live in MD, typically less snow than PA.
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