Top 10 Best Impact Wrenches of 2020

If you are a fan of Wheeler Dealers or Top Gear you probably harbor the hope of working on your own car at least for the simple tasks. However, as you will notice the moment you try to do the simplest tasks like changing the brake discs, it is almost impossible to undo some of the bolts on the car.

Best Impact Wrenches of 2020

A specialized mechanic makes light work of such tasks because he is using an impact wrench, but the thing is that, as exotic as this tool might seem, it is actually a relatively cheap product that can be fitted to the tool heads in your regular toolbox.

We are going to have a look in detail at the top 10 best impact wrenches on the market today, and you can find them right under the above table giving you an eagle’s eye view of the entire list.

1. DEWALT Bare-Tool DW059B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Wrench

DEWALT DW059B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact...

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We are going to start with one of our favorite products, the Dewalt DW059B. The first thing you need to understand about impact wrenches is that traditionally they were powered by an air compressor, but, since that is an expensive and bulky piece of kit, manufacturers have created electrical impact wrenches.

The DW059B is just such an electrical, cordless impact wrench that delivers the topmost level of quality you could expect from such a machine. The low price is due to the fact that, with this offer, you only get the impact wrench itself and you will need to have or buy the power pack, the charger, and the heads.

2. DEWALT Bare-Tool DC820B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Wrench

DEWALT DC820B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact...

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We are going to start with one of our favorite products, the Dewalt DW059B. The first thing you need to understand about impact wrenches is that traditionally they were powered by an air compressor, but, since that is an expensive and bulky piece of kit, manufacturers have created electrical impact wrenches.

The DW059B is just such an electrical, cordless impact wrench that delivers the topmost level of quality you could expect from such a machine.

The low price is due to the fact that, with this offer, you only get the impact wrench itself and you will need to have or buy the power pack, the charger, and the heads.

3. Ingersoll-Rand 231C 1/2-Inch Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench

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At just a little over 100 dollars the Ingersoll is one of our favorite air impact wrenches because of its no-frills design and raw power.

You can connect it to your air compressor and start working right away. It has a very simple, two pieces design so you can easily take it apart, grease it and take care of it completely. It feels sturdy in hand because of the stainless steel body and the excellent design of the grip.

It is also important to note that it received a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.

4. Ingersoll-Rand 2135TiMAX 1/2-Inch Air Impact Wrench

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The Ingersoll 2135TiMax is a lighter, easier to use version of the Ingersoll 231C. It too is an air impact wrench and it actually earned a 4.8 star rating on Amazon.

That was mostly based on its very light weight of just 3.95 pounds and the fact that, even at that weight category, it can develop 780 pounds per square feet of pressure. Note that the air pressure machines are measured in square feet while the electrical impact wrenches are measured in square inches, so you will need to do a conversion in order to compare them; although that would be like comparing apples and oranges.

5. DEWALT DC820KA 1/2″ (13mm) 18V Cordless XRP Impact Wrench Kit

DEWALT DC820KA 1/2' (13mm) 18V Cordless XRP Impact...

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As far as impact wrenches go the Dewalt DC820KA is our favorite and even fans of the air impact wrench will agree that this is the best electrical one.

However, we are looking at these wrenches from the point of view of a home mechanic who does not have the space required by an air compressor. The DC820KA is actually the body of the DC820B but with the battery pack, charger and a tool box kit.

So if you are just starting your collection of car tools, you are going to love this offer as much as we do because it offers you almost every tool you would need to take your car apart and put it back together afterwards.

6. AIRCAT 1150 Killer Torque 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench

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We just told you that the DC820KA is our favorite impact wrench, but if we were forced to choose only from the air powered impact wrenches, we would choose the Aircat Killer Torque.

The first reason why we would choose it is right there in the name: at 1295 pounds per square feet, it is an extremely powerful tool to have around the garage. It uses a twin hammer system that delivers 1400 strokes per minute and each one can deliver those awesome 1295 feet-pounds that the Aircat develops.

We think it is equally impressive that this impact wrench received a total score of 4.8 stars on Amazon from close to 70 customer reviews.

7. Ingersoll Rand 236 1/2-Inch Air Impact Wrench

Ingersoll Rand 236 1/2-Inch Air Impact Wrench

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The Ingersoll 236 is one of the cheapest air impact wrenches you will be able to find and that is why it has made its way on our list of the best impact wrenches.

It is, in fact, a fairly powerful impact wrench, made with the simplicity and effectiveness of all Ingersoll products. It delivers 450 pounds per square foot of pressure with every hit of its 7400 rotations per minute hammer so you will not find a lot many screws that will be able to resist it.

8. Craftsman 9-19984 1/2-Inch Heavy Duty Impact Wrench

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The Craftsman 9 may not be as strong as the really heavy hitters on our list but it is definitely the quietest. The guys from Craftsman knew that they needed an edge to be able to play with the big boys and we are most impressed by the fact that they found that edge in making their impact wrench as silent as possible.

In fact, they even took out a patent on the technology they are using and we agree that it is truly impressive.

9. Kawasaki 841337 1/2-Inch Impact 12-Volt Wrench Kit

Kawasaki 841337 1/2-Inch Impact 12-Volt Wrench Kit

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The Kawasaki is present on our top 10 best impact wrenches for two reasons. The first is that it looks so much better than anything else on the market that, if you are looking for an impact wrench to give as a gift to an enthusiast mechanic, you should probably choose the Kawasaki.

It also comes with a few heads and toolboxes that will allow anyone to start using it from the first moment. The second reason why we love the Kawasaki is that, at under 50 dollars, it is also the most inexpensive impact wrench you could buy. But do not worry, it was vetted by almost 100 users and it managed to gather an impressive 3.7 star rating on Amazon.

10. DEWALT DW292 7.5-Amp 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench with Detent Pin Anvil

DEWALT Corded Impact Wrench with Detent Pin Anvil,...

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We are going to end our list of the best impact wrenches with the Dewalt DW292. It is an electrical, corded impact wrench that delivers 345 pound of force per square foot.

At that, it is not the most powerful but you do not have to worry about the power pack or about keeping it charged. We felt that we had to have something in this particular category on our list and the DW292 fits the bill in every respect.

 Sources:

http://www.craftsman.com/

http://company.ingersollrand.com/ircorp/en/index.html

http://www.dewalt.com/

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