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(YMMV) Makita XWT04S1 - 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 in. Sq. Drive Impact Wrench Kit, (3.0Ah) $99

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I was in Home Depot store in 98005 this morning and saw this for $99. The web site still shows $149 though. So you have to come in. They had 4 on the shelves.

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Incredible deal but be aware that this sucker is BIG. Like, really big. Hold it in your hand to make sure it's what you want first!
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:-( brushed motor
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Incredible deal but be aware that this sucker is BIG. Like, really big. Hold it in your hand to make sure it's what you want first!
Yeah, I own this thing and can confirm LOL. Bought this sucker probably like a decade ago, maybe more. The size makes it hard to fit in a lot of places. This also has a switch for the LED (on the rear of the handle) so it doesn't come on automatically like the modern ones and really don't like the rocker style switch (which is on or off BTW) since it's too easy to hit the wrong direction by accident. Not a bad deal if you can find one especially since it includes a battery but definitely prefer the modern ones which are smaller and have more power. Just some food for thought.

Edit: If this is the exact same one I have, then it doesn't accept larger batteries like 4Ah and 5Ah. Just thought I should point that out.
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While I realize the torque specs for impact wrenches are likely a lot of marketing wank the specs indicate that this is a pretty weak impact wrench (only 325 ft.lbs. of Fastening Torque) compared to their 1/2" XWT08Z model which claims "740 feet pounds of Max Torque".

From the specs best in class appears to be the Milwaukee 2767-20 M18 (1,000 ft-lbs of fastening torque and 1400 ft-lbs of nut-busting torque).

Does anyone use this Makita model for auto work that can vouch for how well it works?
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I've used this for years on my lug nuts, never disappoints!
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Yeah, I own this thing and can confirm LOL. Bought this sucker probably like a decade ago, maybe more. The size makes it hard to fit in a lot of places. This also has a switch for the LED (on the rear of the handle) so it doesn't come on automatically like the modern ones and really don't like the rocker style switch (which is on or off BTW) since it's too easy to hit the wrong direction by accident. Not a bad deal if you can find one especially since it includes a battery but definitely prefer the modern ones which are smaller and have more power. Just some food for thought.

Edit: If this is the exact same one I have, then it doesn't accept larger batteries like 4Ah and 5Ah. Just thought I should point that out.
Thanks for that. Was also looking at ryobis model that says 300lb ft. And is way smaller. Probably gonna wait till I can find something with higher tq on sale
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It's very low output for its size. Unofficially, based on tests from various YT channels and tool sites, a lot of impact *drivers* put out close to that torque, and just about any modern impact wrench will put out more while weighing only a fraction and fitting into more places. This thing is an antique.
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Thanks for that. Was also looking at ryobis model that says 300lb ft. And is way smaller. Probably gonna wait till I can find something with higher tq on sale
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It's very low output for its size. Unofficially, based on tests from various YT channels and tool sites, a lot of impact *drivers* put out close to that torque, and just about any modern impact wrench will put out more while weighing only a fraction and fitting into more places. This thing is an antique.
Yeah, it's old as dirt. But back when I got mine, the only options were this and Dewalt but Dewalt hadn't made the transition to Lithium batteries yet so that was a no go for me.
Was a no-brainer at the time since I had a couple of Makita 18v tools already and it was either this or upgrade my compressor. Plus I've always favored cordless.
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While I realize the torque specs for impact wrenches are likely a lot of marketing wank the specs indicate that this is a pretty weak impact wrench (only 325 ft.lbs. of Fastening Torque) compared to their 1/2" XWT08Z model which claims "740 feet pounds of Max Torque".

From the specs best in class appears to be the Milwaukee 2767-20 M18 (1,000 ft-lbs of fastening torque and 1400 ft-lbs of nut-busting torque).

Does anyone use this Makita model for auto work that can vouch for how well it works?
On a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 5. It works good for lugnuts and most suspension items. Ran into a few things over the years where I wish it had a little more ass (especially if you mess around with suspension on a truck or something). I've gotten into this debate a whole bunch of times on this site but just because a nut or bolt is torqued to 200 ft/lbs it may take double that to remove it (and that's not even factoring in rust or whatever else). Usually you can work rusted crap off with this thing with a little penetrating oil and a bit of back and forth action (that's the only time I like having the back and forth rocker style trigger - most of the time it's a nuisance though). The shear size of this thing is the biggest drawback though. A couple of extensions and wobble adapters can help in some instances though. The slickdealer in me is telling me to tell you to get this thing if you don't have anything else because it's only a $100 and comes with a battery and charger. Don't like then down the road flip the impact on ebay or something (probably get your $100 back plus keep the battery) and get yourself something like this [homedepot.com]. That's not their top of the line 18v impact but it's super small and has enough power for almost any automotive work (if you need more than 520 ft/lbs then you're probably bolting together steel I-beams or working on big rigs).
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I bought a real clean one of these many years ago off of CL for $60. I really wanted it, because at that time it was still made in Japan. I am guessing the newer ones are made in China.

For $100 with battery/charger it is a great buy. I use it for lugs and suspension (i.e. just used it last weekend to break loose nuts for a CV axle replacement). It has never failed me and probably has enough torque for 95% of the stuff you would do on a car or light truck. It is big, but that's what makes it solid and its size has not been a problem for me.

One other item people may not like is this unit has a pin detent. Unlike the pin detent on your typical 3/8" ratchet, you will need to use a small screwdriver or something similar to depress the pin to remove the socket.
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Picked one of these up 2 days ago in seattle. Employee had to unlock them, but it was marked down as clearance. There were some decent prices on Diablo "sample" pack recip carbide blades, too. Extra blade thrown in for free, 9" demolition blades.
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