If you are planning to buy a new air impact wrench, you have come to the right place. Our easy-to-read comprehensive guide will help you select the best one.
You will find that the market is flooded with such wrenches. Interestingly enough, most of the air impact wrench share the same technical specification. But as you might have guessed, there are some wrenches that are clearly better than the others. Here we look at the 5 Best Air Impact Wrench which works like a charm, are durable and don’t cost a fortune to purchase.
1. AIRCAT 1150 Killer Torque Impact Wrench
The first thing that will catch your attention when you try out the Aircat 1150 Killer is its sheer power. This impact wrench can tighten and loosen any bolt you throw at it. Talking in technical terms, it produces 1295 ft-lb of loosening torque and has a max torque of 900 ft-lbs. The power should be enough to unscrew any rusty bolt even the ones from the Toyotas of the 1990s.
While very powerful, it also isn’t painfully loud. Thanks to the use of the company’s patented quiet technology, it’s loudness only reaches 86 decibels. While we wouldn’t call it ‘quiet’, it’s actually bearable.
Anyone looking to buy their first air impact wrench, this one is definitely going to be a good purchase. You will also love the fact that it comes with a solid 2 years parts and labor warranty.
- Shockingly powerful
- Really good price
- A lot of socket wobble at higher speed setting
- Trigger button gives little feedback
2. Ingersoll Rand 2235TiMAX Drive Best Air Impact Wrench
If you plan to use an air impact wrench for work and plan to use it on a daily basis, you should seriously consider getting the Ingersoll Rand 2235TiMAX Air Wrench. While it doesn’t come in cheap, you should get your return in investment in a short period of time.
This tool produces even more torque at 1350 ft-lbs which should be adequate for all kinds of heavy-duty applications including working with suspensions on trucks. We have even tried this impact wrench on drainage pipe connectors and it worked without any issue.
With this tool, you can choose from the 4 power modes and all the modes are available in reverse and forward modes. The trigger mechanism is also very smooth. In addition to that, the trigger operation is progressive which means the stronger you pull the trigger, the higher the torque output is.
Weighing in at just 4.6 pounds, you can work with this tool for hours without breaking a sweat. It is also compact. It’s also much easier to work inside the engine bay thanks to the design of the gun. You can reach parts you generally wouldn’t have been able to with other air impact wrenches.
Just like other Ingersoll Rand products, the 2235TiMAX Air Impact Wrench tool is made in the US. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Unfortunately, you only get the wrench and some instruction manual in the box. We would have appreciated if the company provided a carrying case in the box.
- Quiet yet very powerful
- Smooth trigger
- Four power modes with easy one-handed forward/reverse mechanism
- Two-year limited warranty
- Quite pricey for an impact wrench
3. NitroCat 1200-K Kevlar Composite Air Impact Wrench
It’s no surprise that the NitroCat is on this list of best air impact wrench. The company has a good reputation for making high-quality tools. The 1200-K Kevlar Impact Wrench is no different.
The construction of this wrench is top-notch. Made from metal, rubber and hard plastic, you can expect this tool to last quite a while. In fact, we have been using this wrench for over 2 years now and it’s still going strong. And mind you, there are a lot of careless people at our organization.
The NitroCat 1200-K produces 1295 ft-lb of peak loosening torque. Yet, it is really quiet. For the amount of the torque it produces, it’s surprising that noise didn’t reach over 88 decibels. However, to make good use of this feature, you will also need just as quiet air compressor.
It’s priced well and is power-packed. The replacement parts for this wrench is also readily available in case any part needs to be swapped out. Sadly, the company doesn’t include a case in the box. Apart from this small shortcoming, there’s little to complain about this wrench.
- Compact design and easy to carry around using one hand
- Low impact vibration
- Trigger control too sensitive
4. Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench (20+ years)
The Ingersoll 231C Air Impact Wrench has been our No.1 recommendation for many years now. You will be surprised to know that the company has been making the same exact wrench for over 20 years now!
With time, the price of this impact wrench has come down significantly. But the build quality and solid construction are still there. We have dropped this wrench quite a lot during the car mods that we frequently perform at our office. Aside from small scuffs here and there, this tool performs as though it was new. We love the fact that we don’t have to take care of it and can toss it around without worrying much.
Thanks to the use of the twin-hammer mechanism, it delivers peak torque of 600 ft-lbs. We found it works well even when it is connected to a small air compressor. Unfortunately though, due to its old design, it’s not as quiet as the newer models.
- Works well even on limited air supply
- Excellent construction and durability
- Noisy when in operation
- Some parts like the trigger feel cheap
5. Chicago Pneumatic CP7732 1/2-Inch Stubby Impact Wrench
The CP7732 is the cheapest Air Impact Wrench on this list. But it’s cheap doesn’t automatically mean it’s not as good as the competition. Sure, it doesn’t produce as much torque as larger and more expensive counterparts but for the price you are paying, you can’t really go wrong with this one.
The Chicago Pneumatic CP7732 produces 450 ft-lb torque and weighs in at just 2.9 pounds. It is the most compact air impact wrench on this list. It comes in handy when you have to access very restricted areas like transmission and engine of a car. You can get in areas where larger (and more powerful) wrenches simply can’t enter. One hand operation is also quite easy with this wrench.
You can choose from three power modes in either forward or reverse mode. It is made out of aluminum and has a steel front cover. If you are buying your first impact wrench, this one will definitely be a good entry-level tool to get started.
- Compact design and good ergonomics
- Good value for money
- Not powerful enough to pull out tight and rusted bolts
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