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Opinions on impacts...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fortcollinsram, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    Well, I am sick of breaking free rusted suspension bolts with a breaker bar and bloody knukles...I am gonna get a BIG ol impact wrench...The two I am most interested in right now are the Snap-On IM6100 1/2 impact and the Ingersoll-Rand IR2131 1/2" impact...Which would you all go with...they are fairly close as far as max torque and such... I have always had IR stuff and loved it but I can a little better price on the Snap-On stuff...is the quality still there with the Snap-On impact stuff...Thanks for all the input...

    Chris

    Was that a speed bump? No, just a Rice Rocket </font color=red> <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/fortcollinsram>My 87 Blazer</a>
     
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    83ZZ502_Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    I'd go with the IR. I have the (for lack of a better description) the plastic bodied model. It puts out 600 ft. lbs. It is an amazing gun. THe Ir 2131 would be my 2nd choice. The Snap on stuff is nice, but you are paying for the name.

    My.02
    John

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    UseYourBlinker 1 ton status

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    When I worked at Sear's I had an IR...I loved it,but sold it the day I quit.



    Eric
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  4. Chris Demartini

    Chris Demartini 1/2 ton status

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    <font color=blue>I work at sear's and I use all IR air stuff. You're paying for a name with snap on, just get the plastic cover and tell people its a snap on gun
     
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    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    Anybody used that IR Thunder Gun yet? If so, what'd you think about it?

    Chris

    Was that a speed bump? No, just a Rice Rocket </font color=red> <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/fortcollinsram>My 87 Blazer</a>
     
  6. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    the thunder gun is AWESOME!!!!!! my buddy has one and i've never heard it hammer to try to loosten something. once i can afford one i'm gettin one.

    --Scott, 1989 GMC Suburban 2500 4" lift, 36" TSLs
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    Butch 1/2 ton status

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    My buddy is a professional mechanic and has a Snap On box full of tools that I would kill for, but when it comes to impacts he goes with IR. That told me alot, so I bought the plastic case IR and love it. Snap on seems to break the anvil too much.

    I thought I was wrong once,
    but I was mistaken
     
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    Get the Sears unit made by IR - $10 less and it comes with Sears warranty!

    It is the ~170 unit with the chrome snout.

    Dave

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  9. BlueBlazer

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    For 400 bucks you can step up to the 3/4 drive composite IR gun. How about 1200 ft lbs of torque for breaking bolts loose. Its not much heavier than a 1/2 inch drive and you can just get a reducer to use your 1/2 sockets.

    82 K5, 6.2L Diesel, sm465, np205, 14 bolt welded, 8 lug 10 bolt lock right, 410 gears, 35" Mud Kings
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    Chris...... id go with the composite IR

    1990 K5 4" lift, 33" MTR's, 14FF w/ Detroit locker, D44 w/ posi, 4.10's Raptor Tranny and Velvet Rides !
     
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    Iv got a Snap on IM 5100 .Its a great gun.It will either take it off or break it off.

    What do I know,Im just a Ford guy [​IMG].<a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/beaterwhang>community.webshots.com/user/beaterwhang</a>
     
  12. Twiz

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    I like my Snap-on 5100 1/2", it works for me. I like the fact you can chose to vent it out of the handle or through the front. Blowing through the handle keeps the brake dust down.
    But
    The I/R 2131(?) 1/2" gun has more power. (The one with the composite body and metal anvle houseing)- powerfull little unit.

    For the "New to impact tools" kinda guy.
    I would STRONGLY reccomend the I/R 2113 (?) 3/8s gun.
    A 3/8 gun if far more usefull than a 1/2 gun or a 3/8 ratchet.

    <font color=white>.</font color=white>Eric
    <font color=white>.</font color=white>Twizted
     
  13. Ruthiford

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    First and formost it dosent matter which gun you buy if your compressor will not hang with it your pissin in the wind you can take a CP 1/2 drive power it with a 185cfm sullair and it will wax the a$$ on a snap on gun runin on 50-75cfm
     
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    I agree with Twiz here. A good 3/8" gun will do a lot more overall then a 1/2" impact. Depending what 3/8" unit you get you may be able to do stuff like lugnuts and such. The impact works great on stuff like the suspension and rusted up stuff, but even then the risk of breakage is higher. If you bust the stuff loose by hand and then use a 3/8" gun it should do a lot.

    In terms of impacts I have... I have a Mac Impact for work and an IR unit at home. Thinking about upgrading my home unit though. I would love to try one of the thunder guns.

    -Mikey
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