Marc Dube wrote:Yes your impact will only be running at top torque for a few seconds with limited air capacity like that. More air capacity would definitely be something to try aswell as setting your air output regulator down to 90 or 100 psi as that's what most impacts are rated for anyways and that should give you a couple extra seconds at full torque.
thomas rubino wrote:Hi Gerry;
The little air tanks just cannot store enough air with high running pneumatic tools. You need at the least a larger storage tank. Like 250 gal. defunct propane tank would work well.
I Know... you don't have a 250 gal defunct tank laying around. Well in that case use that 500 gal defunct propane tank you got... or 100's or 25's, or maybe 50, 5 gallon tanks all connected :)
Now is your baby compressor going to fill your 500 gallon tank ??? Probably ... eventually... Maybe.... How quick will your rattle gun drain that tank??? Pretty darn quick I'm thinking... Could the compressor keep up ? Maybe but it might be like running a 63 VW beetle flat out on a drag strip... it'll go but ... not for very long.
My humble opinion... buy a cheap 3/4 drive socket set and use a 4' cheater pipe to torque stuff. It's much cheaper than the full size air compressor that you really need ...
Grady Houger wrote:There are guys online that obsess over air tool power, you might be able to find a test that includes your model of air wrench, see if it really provides its rated power.
But I've seen cases where borrowing a giant air compressor and impact wrench from a neighbor is still not enough. Then its time for a torch, heat the nut, fast enough to expand the nut and not overheat the wheel and tire (which can explode).
Another emergency method is cutting through the side of the nut with a flat abrasive wheel (dremel or air die grinder). Then hammer it open with a chisel.
Alley Bate wrote:It's been my experience that ok ratchets can withstand a snipe better than cheap breaker bars, a 200 lb gorrilla on the end of a snipe beats pretty much any impact wrench 3/4" or smaller, only a hammer wrench and a 3+ lbs hammer beats the gorilla with snipe.
A little air tool oil can make a big difference in how hard an impact hits, air hose size could be a limiting factor also.
Even with the little compressor you should get a few good Dugga Duggas out of your impact
A few heatings with a torch can help, some copper kote or never seize on hand to save you or the next guy next time :)
Eric Hanson wrote:Gerry,
When did you get your electric impact wrench? The reason I ask is that there are some modern battery powered impact wrenches that deliver over 400 ft pounds of torque. I am personally in the Ridgid platform and their Octane impact wrench is very impressive. Other reputable companies also make very modern, very good impact wrenches.
Just a thought,
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