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  • Impact wrench battery question

    I asked this same question on the expert's Q&A site, but I might as well ask it here, too. It is an interesting question.

    I own Ridgid's 12-volt, low-profile impact wrench. I even reviewed the tool in the reviewing section a while back. Good tool.

    However, one complaint I had involved the low torque compared to typical, standard 18-volt impact wrenches. I mentioned this limitation on two other woodworking review sites. Fortunately, with the kind of use I give the tool low torque is not a big problem.

    Anyway, one respondent indicated that one could substitute Ridgid's 14.4 volt battery with this tool and get more impact power. He indicated that he had been using the tool this way with jobsite work for some time and that others had done much the same thing, and the tools experienced no problems with this solution.

    I probably will stick with my 12-volt packs, using my 18-volt wrenches for high-impact work, but I am curious to get some expert opinions on this. Obviously, a failure this way would void the warranty, except that there is really no way the company could determine if a warranty violation had taken place is a busted tool was turned in for repair or exchange.

    Howard Ferstler
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