[For reference, I’m in Canada so prices/availability quoted are in CAD/Canadian online retailers]
I tried to link every tool/price I referenced in this post but I’m stuck with a max of 2 links so I had to edit them out.
Hi, I’m looking at “committing” to a cordless tool brand. The driving force here is that I’d like to get a cordless impact wrench for working on my car/truck in the driveway. I have an older truck on which I’ve done some jobs such as ball joints, tie rods etc, and probably will need to do more along the lines of shocks down the line. I’m getting a little sick of swinging off breaker bars trying to loosen things up. I also do seasonal tire changes on several vehicles which wouldn’t be enough to spend big in and of itself, but definitely might push me over the edge.
Currently my only power tool is a Bosch 18V Compact Tough Drill Driver (DDS181-02). I honestly don’t use it all that much (maybe 3-4 times per year) and it hasn’t let me down (even when I gave up on the aforementioned breaker bar and drilled 8 holes in a nut until I could snap it in two).
Bosch’s Cordless Impact Wrench IWMH182 however seems pretty lacking compared to the competition - 133 ft-lb vs something like the Milwaukee 2861at 450 ft-lb or even the 2767 at 1000 ft-lb! (Overkill maybe?)
I’m also struggling to find it as a tool only. The kit rings in at $435. Granted that comes with 2x4.0Ah batteries. The Milwaukees however, I can find as bare tools for $280/$320 respectively.
Compare the Bosch at $435 vs coupling one of the Milwaukees with a kit, such as the 2799-CT (at $300) for $580/$620:
Bosch: I would have 4 batteries, less cost
Milwaukee: Only 2 batteries, better drill (hammer, brushless), impact driver, much better impact wrench, and potentially a wider range of cordless tools to add later should I see fit, bigger upfront cost (although I could maybe recoup some of that selling the drill I have now.
Now these are just two brands, I know there are more out there but I’m already starting to lose track of firefox tabs just with this amount of research. Are there any other brands worth looking into? Again, I think for me the impact wrench is priority tool wise right now. The other concern is that I want these tools to last as close to forever as possible. Milwaukee seem to be standing by their M18 standard to keep it as forward/backwards compatible as possible which I admire. I imagine in my lifetime I won’t actually use the tools enough to destroy them, but battery availability in 20 years is a complete crapshoot. Also, I expect some Spring/Father’s Day sales in the not too distant future which might influence my decisions.