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Bosch Freak 18V Brushless Cordless Impact Driver w/ 2 Batteries $129.50

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Lowe's.com [lowes.com] has Bosch Freak 18V Brushless Cordless Impact Driver w/ 2 Batteries on clearance for $129.50. Deal is good thru 11/09/2019

The Bosch IDH182-02 18V Two-in-One Bit/Socket Impact Driver has both a 1/4 In. quick-change hex and a 1/2 In. square drive chuck. Equipped with Bosch's EC Brushless motor, this tool provides 2X the motor life and increased performance. It delivers a max of 1,650 In.-Lbs. of torque and up to 3,200 IPM for professional power. The Bosch-built hammer and anvil system delivers maximum impact endurance and increased tool performance in wood- and metal-fastening applications. The Bosch Performance Control System allows users to adjust tool speed and torque with a push of a button to match the tool's performance to the application at hand. The driver has a three-LED light design, an ergonomic slim-grip handle and electronic motor and cell protection. It comes with a longer belt clip for convenient storage on the jobsite. This kit comes with two 18V Lithium-ion 2.0 Ah SlimPack batteries and a charger, for all-day power.
  • Two-in-One chuck – features a 1/4 In. quick-change hex and 1/2 In. square drive chuck that drives both bits and sockets
  • EC Brushless motor – delivers a max of 1,650 In.-Lbs. of torque and up to 3,200 IPM for professional power
  • Performance Control System – adjusts the impact driver's three torque and speed settings for precise fastening
  • Hammer and anvil system – designed for maximum impact endurance
  • Three-LED light design – provides outstanding illumination of work area
  • Longer belt clip – allows convenient storage on jobsite with redesigned longer belt clip
  • Ergonomic slim-grip handle – features nonslip housing to help prevent user fatigue
  • Electronic motor and cell protection – help prevent overheating and overloading for extended tool life and runtime
  • Two SlimPack batteries
Spec:

Battery Amp Hours 2
Battery Type Lithium ion (Li-ion)
Maximum Chuck Size 1/4-in
Drive Size 1/2-in
Maximum Speed (RPM) 2800
Tool Power Output 1600 in-lbs
Impacts Per Minute 3200
Right Angle No
Brushless Yes
Work Light Yes
Charger Included Yes
Tool Length (Inches) 6.2
Tool Width (Inches) 3
Tool Height (Inches) 9
Tool Weight (lbs.) 3.2
Case Type Soft
Series Name N/A
Sub-Brand Freak
Variable Speed Yes
Bluetooth Compatibility No
Tool Warranty 1-year limited
Number of Batteries Included 2
App Compatibility No
Battery Voltage 18-volt
Battery Warranty 1-year limited
Works with Android No
Works with iOS No
UNSPSC 27112700
Battery Included Yes
Wi-Fi Compatibility No
Charge Time (Minutes) 60
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This is a really nice impact driver with the bonus that it accepts 1/2" sockets without an adapter which is great for things like driving in large hex head lags. However, this should not be confused with an impact wrench for automotive work because of it's relatively low torque. The "freak" head is a weak point that would more easily break in higher torque scenarios.
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This is a really nice impact driver with the bonus that it accepts 1/2" sockets without an adapter which is great for things like driving in large hex head lags. However, this should not be confused with an impact wrench for automotive work because of it's relatively low torque. The "freak" head is a weak point that would more easily break in higher torque scenarios.
I've been eyeing this for a while now specifically for tire rotations and DIY projects. Would this not be sufficient torque for wheels?

I've read several reviews where ppl have used it specifically to replace an impact wrench for at home auto repair. Just wondering on other's opinions here.
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I've been eyeing this for a while now specifically for tire rotations and DIY projects. Would this not be sufficient torque for wheels?
No. You'd be better served with a purpose built tool.
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I've been eyeing this for a while now specifically for tire rotations and DIY projects. Would this not be sufficient torque for wheels?
Theoretically, 130 ft-lbs should be enough for most wheels, however other impact drivers in this torque range can be hit-or-miss for lugs. I think you'd be much better off with an impact driver for household projects and an impact wrench for your vehicles.

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I've read several reviews where ppl have used it specifically to replace an impact wrench for at home auto repair. Just wondering on other's opinions here.
If you want to use this impact driver as an impact wrench, just be aware that it is very low torque compared to real ones.
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Would this not be sufficient torque for wheels?
Yes but way too much, and wrong tool
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Fair enough. Thanks all!
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Yes but way too much, and wrong tool
Way too much? Maybe if you're doing go-karts only. This is barely scratching the surface of "enough" for regular cars/trucks.
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Fair enough. Thanks all!
If you're looking for something versatile and usable for automotive work, look into the Ridgid Octane 1/2" Impact Wrench. Can be had at Home Depot fairly often for $179 in a bundle with the Octane Battery starter kit which comes with a 3ah and 6ah battery + charger. I had been searching for a 1/2" battery powered impact for some time now and this was easily the best power/price ratio and comes with benefit of "Lifetime Warranty". I use that in quotes because there are a few hoops to jump through but assuming you register your product on time and properly, you should have warranty for life of the product (including the batteries).
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I own the first gen. It'll do tire lugs fine if they arent rusted on or over torqued by the guy at the local tire shop. Torque spec on the wifes grand Cherokee is 115ft/lbs and it does those fine but my 650ftlb air impact barely got them off after it went to the tire shop last time... It works fine for most smaller fasteners on a car though you have to use a larger 1/2 socket. Its a lot better than using a normal 1/4 impact with a socket adapter. you loose a decent amount of torque through the socket adapter and they break.
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Yes but way too much, and wrong tool
You're not supposed to set lug nuts with air/power tools. Only to remove them and get them spun back on most of the way. So "too much" doesn't make sense. Once you spin them mostly on you use a torque wrench to the automobiles specifications.
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You're not supposed to set lug nuts with air/power tools. Only to remove them and get them spun back on most of the way. So "too much" doesn't make sense. Once you spin them mostly on you use a torque wrench to the automobiles specifications.
Makes a shit ton of sense
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Way too much? Maybe if you're doing go-karts only. This is barely scratching the surface of "enough" for regular cars/trucks.
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Just because I happened to be in Menards yesterday while I remembered this post I checked out what they had. They have a newer version which comes with 1 4ah battery vs 2 2ah batteries and has slightly more torque. For comparison this one is $149 at Lowes.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bosch-Fr...1000549529

There is the newer model that is similar to this one for $100. 1 2ah battery and ~same torque. Not brushed.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bosch-Fr...1000540049
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Just because I happened to be in Menards yesterday while I remembered this post I checked out what they had. They have a newer version which comes with 1 4ah battery vs 2 2ah batteries and has slightly more torque. For comparison this one is $149 at Lowes.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bosch-Fr...1000549529

There is the newer model that replaces this one for $100. 1 4ah battery and same torque.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bosch-Fr...1000540049
The 2nd link refers to a lower model than the op. It comes with 1 2ah battery. It is also 50lb/ft less then op, not to mention that it comes with a brushed motor vs brushless motor as the OP tires
It may be newer and cost less but the OP model is definitely the better deal. Also I don't think it's a replacement for the original Bosch Freak. I think it was offered as an alternative for the original Bosch Freak because the original Freak was quite expensive when it was first introduced.
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