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    I know there's a tool section but my target audience is plumbers so here it is. Which one do you like? The 1/4" driver or the 1/2" impact? I was looking at getting dewalt's new 1/4" 18v impact but wonder if it is strong enough to take out anode rods, cleanout caps, etc.
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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    In my experience electric impact wrenches are worthless. I tried using on ONCE and it was a lot weaker than a 14" pipe wrench and elbow grease for sure!!! Pneumatic is the only way to go for impact wrenches.
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      Re: Cordless impact driver for plumbers

      Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
      I know there's a tool section but my target audience is plumbers so here it is. Which one do you like? The 1/4" driver or the 1/2" impact? I was looking at getting dewalt's new 1/4" 18v impact but wonder if it is strong enough to take out anode rods, cleanout caps, etc.
      I don't know if it would handle the anodes and cleanout caps. I go for the wrenches.

      My little Makita 14.4 just turned up missing. Don't know where or who got it off the truck. But, for driving the 5/16" nuts and all types of screws you cannot beat it. I use it constantly if I'm roughing in, bracing, removing. Pound for pound better than the others I've used. (DeWalt, Milwaukee).

      J.C.

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        I have a little makita, 14....oh wait, thats where I got it Kidding, I have a makita 14, came with a set, and I like it, works great, it won't do anything large, but for sinking screws, and concrete anchors, earthquake straps, etc, works great
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        Robert

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        • #5
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          The 18V Makita Lithium-Ion 1/4" driver is the bomb.

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            Originally posted by sweatthepipe View Post
            The 18V Makita Lithium-Ion 1/4" driver is the bomb.
            what applications do you do with it? screws or big stuff?
            Buy cheap, buy twice.

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              Re: Cordless impact driver for plumbers

              Originally posted by sweatthepipe View Post
              The 18V Makita Lithium-Ion 1/4" driver is the bomb.
              I have the Makita 14.4.Use it daily.No need to get the 18 combo yet,I will nab one if I see a good deal.I don't like the sawzall.Every time I borrow one it drains the battery before I finish cutting through a piece of 2" copper.Dewalts seems to get way more miles out of their sawzall.
              The steel stud framing crews use the newest generation 18 Li-ion drivers(smaller batteries).Even lighter than the first generation.They say even though the battery is smaller they last even longer.

              Ben,I think your going to use a heavy 1/2" STRONG corded impact to bust the anodes loose.Maybe even pneumatic.

              How are you getting those out if you have the heater on a stand and a low ceiling?

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                Re: Cordless impact driver for plumbers

                Originally posted by drtyhands View Post
                How are you getting those out if you have the heater on a stand and a low ceiling?
                Cut them out in pieces and use a chain anode rod for a replacement
                Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                  ben, i use a 1/4'' cordless impact for most everything. the cordless 1/2'' use to be my go to wrench, but the 1/4'' took it's spot.

                  when i really need the power, i use a 3/4'' electric makita for the big rusted flanges.

                  as far as anode rod removal, you need to get a compound torque multiplier. this give you like 30 to 1 leverage. harbor freight sells an import model pretty cheap. i will try to find a link when i get the chance.

                  rick.
                  phoebe it is

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                    Wow! Torque-multiplier! Don't even tempt me with tools I have never even heard of, I am already thinking about buying it just by hearing that it exists! Being a plumber is lot like being a 'tool-addict'! I can't believe how many tools I own since I started the business, and I am a light-weight compared to some of you guys here with jetters, locators, cameras and now "torque-multipliers". I love the Ridgid forum! Its like the Real 'Tool-time!' <tim taylor>
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                    • #11
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                      http://search.harborfreight.com/cpis...lier&Submit=Go
                      I love my plumber

                      "My Hero"

                      Welcome, Phoebe Jacqueline!

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                        Oh wow, that is cool!
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                          Harbor Freight!!!!!
                          What am I sposed to do with this...Grind coffee beans?

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                            Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
                            Oh wow, that is cool!
                            And pretty inexpensive
                            I love my plumber

                            "My Hero"

                            Welcome, Phoebe Jacqueline!

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                              Re: Cordless impact driver for plumbers

                              Originally posted by drtyhands View Post
                              Harbor Freight!!!!!
                              What am I sposed to do with this...Grind coffee beans?

                              I only do what I am told. I was told it works good for anode rods and to post a link.
                              I love my plumber

                              "My Hero"

                              Welcome, Phoebe Jacqueline!

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