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    Hi all

    Started working on the mk2 today, I'm doing a complete front end suspension/steering overhaul, I've encountered a slight problem undoing the top mounts, using a 22mm swan neck spanner and Allen key on a ratchet and I've snapped 3 Allen keys and now the last one is well and truly stuck inside the top of the coilover.

    No doubt I'm not the only one to experience this, sadly I don't have the luxury of an air line and air tools.
    What are the electric impact guns like? Do you think it's got the balls to buzz the nut off the top mount?

    Just been looking at reviews but wanted to get some opinions before I get the hump do any further damage.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I use my Milwaukee 18v, works a treat. And it's the small One.
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    I've got a £120 Clarke one, bought it about 2 weeks ago and it's done everything I've tried to undo, everything suspension, engine mounts, gearbox. It's doing great so far! I still double check how tight things are but even with a breaker bar everything seems FT.

    Batteries took a couple of cycles to get stronger.

    It depends on what you want to spend, £400 will get you a lovely snap on one. I don't plan on doing much apart from wheel nuts when the car is back together so I didn't want to spend loads this definitely does the job!

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    I have a cheap £75 one off eBay, 24v with 2 nicads. It's not a li-on battery and it's not overly light but the last one lasted over 10 years of serious work before I melted the battery. So I bought the same and now have 2 and they work excellently!

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    Occasionally there are good deals on Dewalt 710W 240V impact drivers. It won't help you in a scrap yard, but they don't need charging and you won't lose any of the 440Nm as you would when the batteries age.
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    Can you drive to the nearest garage and get them to buzz them loose for a drink / Ginsters?

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    I bought a 240v Clarke one for about 65 quid thinking it would be rubbish but with the possibility of being handy now and then. Its actually pretty good, it managed to get the hub nut off the front while the wheels were off the ground.

    I may have forgotten to break it loose with the wheel on the floor. Removed both front wheels, brakes, inner cv bolts then realised I'd forgotten to do the hub nut

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    If you already have a makita* drill 18v drill then the impact wrench bodies make a good option to share batteries etc.

    Or dewalt or an other generic tool make.

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    I used a dewalt one at a breakers to remove those top mount nuts it whipped them off without breaking a sweat pity its a £300 impact gun

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    Thanks for all the input, after reading the comments I went and purchased one in the end £70 Clarke one from machine mart, runs off the mains as I couldn't justify the cost of a battery one.
    One of the best tools and I wish I'd purchased one years ago, managed to drop the subframe, get the rack out in half the time it worked a treat.

    I came across a few other really tough bolts that the impact gun just buzzed off after about 10 seconds.

    Thanks again

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    Lidl 240v Impact wrench available from the 28th March onwards £29.99

    Not the most beefiest bit of kit but possible the cheapest impact wrench i've seen for sale brand new

    http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-...etail&id=32190

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    Max. loosening torque (Nm): 320
    Max. tightening torque (Nm): 100 (safety limited)
    No-load rotation speed (rpm): 3,600
    Tool holder: 1/2" external square

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    • For direct drilling into concrete and wood, loosening tight screws or assembling car wheels
    • High-power mechanism with safety limited torque to avoid damage to the workpiece or rims
    • With robust metal mechanism housing, non-slip soft grip handle and selector switch for right/left rotation
    • Includes carry case with compartments, 4 impact wrench sockets (SW 17, 19, 21, 22) and 2 spare carbon brushes
    • 450W

    Specifications:

    • Max. loosening torque (Nm): 320
    • Max. tightening torque (Nm): 100 (safety limited)
    • No-load rotation speed (rpm): 3,600
    • Tool holder: 1/2" external square


    I just bought a mini compressor from there. So far so good, very quiet and a nice hefty steel encased motor on it.
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    Seems like they were in demand at that price because despite the weather it took a trip to the next town for the folks to pick one up for me.

    EDIT: Apparently none were delivered to my local store for some reason.
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    I'm about to replace this £30 Lidl special with with a proper tool as I had to resort to a cracking bar to release some over tightened wheel nuts (not mine). I find the 320Nm questionable.

    The Ultimate Speed compressor is still going strong albeit with a replacement power switch.
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    My 1/2” Snap On impact gun is going strong. Although, I’ve heard the Milwaukee ones are good.

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    I'm definitely looking for a unit that can share its batteries with other drills/drivers etc.
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    Kielder get very good reviews

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finite View Post
    I'm definitely looking for a unit that can share its batteries with other drills/drivers etc.
    I love my Makita stuff now they’ve sorted the problems they had with early 3.0ah batteries .
    Buy a drill / impact driver set with two 4 or 5 ah batteries and a charger then you can buy any bare tool you like off eBay .

    Milwaukee are also good I’ve heard from friends .

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    I love my milwaukee one. I've got one of the big 3/4 inch drive ones too. 1600nm loosening torque


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    I'd prefer to buy Makita, but I like the higher torque of Dewalt on specific tools. Their 1/2" impact claims to have 1625Nm of loosening torque, 950Nm otherwise. One ebay seller says he has 3 returns a week from buyers saying it's too big. I don't know if it's after they've loosened a tricky nut with it though 3.3Kg is pretty heavy.
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    Just the top few best sellers from ffx I’ve bought off the quite a bit usually through eBay
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    Tesla Model S 70D so much torque its ridiculous
    Work navara pickup good for towing mk2s about
    Mk 2 vw cup track car Tsr PAC A head , engine in bits
    Gti engineering RE2000 no1 rusty bits , car in bits
    Gti Engineering RE2000 no2 cooked engine and a few rusty bits,engine out ,new engine acquired

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    Never heard of FFX before. The website looked like a bit of an amazon front end, but they are a proper store. Seems like they've just stopped price matching amazon on the dewalt kit £45 more now.

    I take it all back Makita have a 3/4" with more torque +75Nm undo +100 do, M24 rather than M20 bolts, but it's a 25% more.
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    I’ve got the 3/4” makita for our big machines at work . Doing a hundred M20 12.9 hex head screw on a blade change .
    Only struggles with damaged bolts /trapped threads . We torque down to 450ftlbs and gun whips them out a month later .

    FFX aren’t always the cheapest just has a good selection of equipment in one place to give you ideas .

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    They don't seem too bad. No one else got close to the amazon price that I could find. They must run price match software as it's been up and back down again in the last 1/2 hr
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    I’ve got the 3/4” makita for our big machines at work . Doing a hundred M20 12.9 hex head screw on a blade change .
    Only struggles with damaged bolts /trapped threads . We torque down to 450ftlbs and gun whips them out a month later .

    FFX aren’t always the cheapest just has a good selection of equipment in one place to give you ideas .

    Tesla Model S 70D so much torque its ridiculous
    Work navara pickup good for towing mk2s about
    Mk 2 vw cup track car Tsr PAC A head , engine in bits
    Gti engineering RE2000 no1 rusty bits , car in bits
    Gti Engineering RE2000 no2 cooked engine and a few rusty bits,engine out ,new engine acquired

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