Category Archives: Automotive Tools
It’s no secret among mechanics there is a large migrations away from air tools towards cordless options. New impacts can generate a ton of power in some case too much however they can also be bulky and don’t always offer enough control of the power. These new “Mid-Torque” M18 FUEL Impacts provide a solution with plenty of torque needed for most applications but much closer in size to their compact impacts with more options for control of the power. These new 2860-22 ($399, ½” pin) and 2861-22 ($399, ½” ring) both offer 450 ft lbs torque and should fill the need for many tradesmen.
Jet just launched 2 new compact impact wrenches which has been a very popular trend with Ingersoll Rand, Chicago Pneumatic, Proto, AirCat and others all with great options. The JET R8 JAT-106 ($159) 3/8” impacts and the JAT-107 ($165) ½” impact have some tough competition but took a little different approach to give them more power which should make them popular with some users. (more…)
For the folks at IR the focus for their IQv cordless tools is clearly very much automotive. It’s no secret cordless tools are cannibalizing much of the pneumatic tool business so to stay competitive traditional air tool brands are going to need to figure out how to compete with products designed for the trade. We like what Ingersoll Rand has done with these new brushless impact tools, 3/8” W5132 & 1/2″ W5152 which will replace the W5130 & W5150 respectively.
Once upon a time, many moons ago, I spent a summer as a car detailer for a high-end car wash. Just by chance the guy who had done their detailing for several years had quit and without any formal training I was head of detailing first week on the job, literally was detailing a new Porsche on day 1! (just a warning if you ever thought by paying $100+ meant you were getting a seasoned pro it does not). Detailing 5-6 cars/day was the expectation and everything from high end sports cars to rusted out station wagons that smelled like someone died inside. Burned a lot of paint that summer learning how to buff out scratches and what you can’t fix.
One of the big frustrations in detailing was the power cord, with the polisher/buffer the cord is possibly more of a problem than any other power tool we can think of. First the cord is getting dragged around the shop floor getting covered in dirt, grease, compound, wax, tire cleaner, etc. Then you’ve got to work over top of the car you are trying to keep clean so you keep the cord out of way by throwing it over your shoulder, now you’ve got the dirt stick cord rubbing on your neck… The M18 FUEL Polisher 2738-22 ($449) is a no brainer for those in the detailing business. Also available as a multi-pad kit 2738-22P ($499) or as a bare tool 2738-20 ($249), all available in July.
We wanted to hit some of the high points of today’s 2016 Milwaukee Product Launch Event! We will of course follow up with some additional in-depth coverage over the next week or two on many of these new products. Please feel free to email in questions or ask them on our Facebook (where we have a ton more event pictures and videos) and we will do our best to address them right away! For more event info search #NPS16 on your favorite platform!
New ONE-KEY Tools and Features
A few big announcements today on the ONE-KEY platform in new tools and features for the platform. First you will be able to shut off tools remotely if lost or stolen, good for all One-Key tools (once update goes live). Basically this makes them worthless to try to sell, pawn or use and should be a pretty good theft deterrent along with the tool tracking to actually help find the tools. Once recovered you can of course activate them again and use the tool. If nothing else you’ll at least have some satisfaction knowing the jerk that stole your tools isn’t going to get to use them.
M18 FUEL SAWZALL with ONE-KEYJake tried the new (Coming in October) Sawzall ONE-KEY. By changing profiles, it slows the took to match the material. #NPS16 #NBHD
Posted by Coptool on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
M18 FUEL Sawzall with ONE-KEY is coming soon, which is the next logical tool, there are clear benefits to dialing the tool speed but the biggest benefit (we think) is the tool tracking. We were hoping to see other high dollar M18 items get the ONE-KEY tech like SDS-Plus, SDS-MAX, Press Tools, Pex, BandSaws, HoleHawgs, etc just to be able to track the tools. Added Safety feature can stop blade once through material. (see Full Post M18 Sawzall ONE-KEY M18 Sawzall ONE-KEY) (more…)
Following their newly designed JET air tools that were released last year, JET now offers the option to power them with their own industrial grade compressors. Assembled in the USA, JET has their sights on maintenance shops, automotive repair, medical, aerospace, marine, and agricultural sites to compete with Ingersol, Snap-On, CP and others. Designed under strict standards and inspection requirements, JET compressors are ASME certified and made for long lasting performance. With a starting price of only $799 and solid performance we have seen with their new Jet air tools these guys could become a serious player in air compressors.
While the trend to have impact wrenches with more and more torque certainly continues as we’ve seen in our recent ½” Air Impact Shoot Out. That being said there are also many professional out there willing to take a little less power for a smaller more compact tools. After all what good is more power if you can’t fit the tool into the work space. IR already has some great impacts for very tight spaces with the Hammerhead 3/8” 2015MAX and ½” 2025MAX ($249, each) however those top out at 180 ft.lbs. so can’t replace your everyday impacts. These new IR Compact Impacts 3/8” 15QMAX and ½” 35MAX ($139, each) look to be the best of both worlds with compact design but solid power up to 450 ft.lbs. which will handle a wide range of common applications.
As we continue to work our way through comparing all the top cordless tools (previous posts Hammer Drills, Grinders, SDS-Plus Hammers & Recip Saws) the next logical step for us was Cordless High Torque Impact Wrenches.
Taking a look at the 4 most popular models we have the 20V Ingersoll Rand IQv W7150-K22 ($459, 5.0Ah), M18 Milwaukee FUEL 2763-22 ($439, 5.0Ah), 20V Dewalt Brushless DCF899P2 ($429, 5.0Ah w/detent pin) and 18V Makita Brushless XWT08Z ($239, bare). Hopefully everyone understands at this point, 18V “nominal” & 20V “max” are the exactly the same thing, so we are comparing apple to apple. We will also compare these top cordless ½” impact wrenches with 3 of the most popular ½” pneumatic impacts (previous post) we ran on the same Skidmore torque tester a few weeks ago. Looking at all 7 models together we will hopefully be able to get some definitive answers on the Cordless Impact Wrench vs Air Impact Wrench debate.
One of the biggest questions we always get with pneumatic tools, or any tools for that matter, which one is more powerful? When it comes to air tools there are several different numbers you will see on the boxes and it’s clear manufacturers are not using any sort of standardization to report these numbers. Torque is also affected by application, air pressure and other environmental conditions so getting an exact number is not always easy. All 3 of these impact wrenches are their respective brands top dogs, composite construction and have been launched within the last year. (**3/15/16 – We also added new testing for 1/2″ Cordless Impacts vs Air Impacts)
Working Torque: The range of torque to be used on a daily basis both in forward/reverse. For instance your average full-size pickup lug nut should be put on about 120-180 ft. lbs. and may require much more to take it off depending on how & when it was put on. This should give a range which you would get from switching the tool from the lowest setting to highest. Jet JAT-121 ($229) reports a 50-550 ft-lbs, CP7749 ($229) goes from 100-522 ft-lbs., IR 2235TiMAX ($279) does not report a “working torque” range only max torque 930 ft-lbs. and “Nut Busting Torque”. (more…)
By the time you read this the full line relaunch of over 60+ new Jet Air Tools will be packed up on trucks and headed to Jet Tool distributors across the country. While Jet has been in the air tool market for some time it was somewhat of piece-meal offer that did not have a consistency across their tools or Good, Better, Best options necessary for the very popular tools like impacts and ratchets. Without having tested any of these new air tools we can at least say we do like the simplicity and clarity of their new offering.