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Ridgid 18V SubCompact Brushless 3/8" and 1/2" Impact Wrench (Tool Only) $149 @ homedepot.com

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Those are very nice impacts and work great with 4ah+ bats. A lot more tq than advertised. Good deal for those that do a lot of wrenching and dont want to switch between 3/8 and 1/2 and adapters. Also, use a 3/8 or 1/2 inch impact rated hex adapter and no need to have an impact driver as the switch settings work great.
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Good deal for the pair. I have the 3/8" sub compact and change my summer/winter wheels with it. I like it with a 3ah battery.
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I bought this kit last year for $199. I strongly recommend Rigid subcompact impact wrenches for hard to reach areas. Their compact and 225 lbs pounds of nut busting torque.
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I can't recommend these at all. The 3/8" would not break loose my lugs with a 4ah battery. I also tried to loosen a brake caliper bracket and it couldn't loosen that either. I love Ridgid tools and I'm heavily invested in the ecosystem. I'm just really disappointed with the power of the impact wrench. I ended up returning it. If you buy it, try it out before the return period is over. I'll be buying a subcompact air impact wrench…
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I can't recommend these at all. The 3/8" would not break loose my lugs with a 4ah battery. I also tried to loosen a brake caliper bracket and it couldn't loosen that either. I love Ridgid tools and I'm heavily invested in the ecosystem. I'm just really disappointed with the power of the impact wrench. I ended up returning it. If you buy it, try it out before the return period is over. I'll be buying a subcompact air impact wrench…
What torque are your lugs? Pick Up Truck? What about the 1/2 inch?
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What torque are your lugs? Pick Up Truck? What about the 1/2 inch?
There both 225lbs pounds of torque. There not meant to use for mid or high torque applications.
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Possible all over-torqued?

Quote from Blueridge77 :
I can't recommend these at all. The 3/8" would not break loose my lugs with a 4ah battery. I also tried to loosen a brake caliper bracket and it couldn't loosen that either. I love Ridgid tools and I'm heavily invested in the ecosystem. I'm just really disappointed with the power of the impact wrench. I ended up returning it. If you buy it, try it out before the return period is over. I'll be buying a subcompact air impact wrench…
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Quote from Blueridge77 :
I can't recommend these at all. The 3/8" would not break loose my lugs with a 4ah battery. I also tried to loosen a brake caliper bracket and it couldn't loosen that either. I love Ridgid tools and I'm heavily invested in the ecosystem. I'm just really disappointed with the power of the impact wrench. I ended up returning it. If you buy it, try it out before the return period is over. I'll be buying a subcompact air impact wrench…
That's what you get for buying Chevrolet 😂
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I'm thinking by getting these two I can practically eliminate the need for my 40 gallon compressor and 3/8" air ratchet and 1/2 impact. I was just about there with the full-size versions of these, thinking the sub-compact will make the compressor unnecessary for the one-a-month projects where I needed it.
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What torque are your lugs? Pick Up Truck? What about the 1/2 inch?
I love my full size 18V Ridgid 1/2" and use it every time now on a 2500 pick-up (8 lugs at 130 ft/lbs) to swap wheels. Only time I use now air is when I just can't squeeze the 3/8" or 1/2" air tools in a tight spot.

I'm hoping these will be nearly as good as the full size versions, but will try them out right away.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD2Pe4MIuSA

Watch the torque test channel. To summarize, you need to use the ridgid octane 3ah battery that uses21700 cells (these are better then the 2ah, 4ah, or 5 ah that use only 18650 cells.)

It will make a big difference. It was over 100 ft lbs or torque difference using the 2ah, vs the 3ah. That could defiantly be the difference of your bolt loosening or not loosening.

If you need more then what these can handle, then you need to step up to the mid torque and high torque: (luckily there is a deal, both for $309)
https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-18V-OCTANE-Brushless-Cordless-2-Tool-Combo-Kit-with-1-2-in-Impact... [homedepot.com]

These small stubby impacts advertise 225 ft./lbs of loosening torque.
the mid impact wrench advertises 620 ft./lbs
and the high impact wrench advertises 1500 ft./lbs.

I always like to let some spray some penetrating oil and let it sit, and also heat the bolt up with a little propane torch for those stubborn bolts. But sometimes a rusted bolt just won't come off with these.

Those 3 impact wrenches will cover most home owners for anything they need. If you need something more then that, you need to go to milwaukee for the 2867-20 or bigger tools, or cut the bolt off with a grinder or torch.
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FYI: Both tools arrived as a kit in a brown box. LSA is under single SKU R87210KSBM.
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I love my full size 18V Ridgid 1/2" and use it every time now on a 2500 pick-up (8 lugs at 130 ft/lbs) to swap wheels. Only time I use now air is when I just can't squeeze the 3/8" or 1/2" air tools in a tight spot.

I'm hoping these will be nearly as good as the full size versions, but will try them out right away.
The big downside to these are the batteries. They use the full size batteries so that makes the bottom as big or even bigger than the top of the impact wrench. Makes it harder to fit in places.
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I have a the 3/8" impact and I love it. I don't use it for lug nuts (I have the Ridgid Gen5x full size impact for that) but I've used it with regular Ridgid batteries on brake caliper bolts and others with great success. As one commenter noted above, the size of the battery does create some problems that I don't have with my noticeably slimmer Milwaukee M12 tools.
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