Filed under: Power Tools
So a couple of months ago Ingersoll Rand sent me what was then a top secret – their new W5132 compact impact wrench. Essentially, it’s a surprisingly small (6.5″ long on the business end) and light weight (5.1 pounds) 3/8″ impact wrench that makes an astronomical 365 foot-pounds of torque. I know, that’s just a number… But, this thing makes serious power. In fact, more than once a lot of us here in the shop wondered if maybe that’s too much power for a 3/8″ drive. For those that do, Ingersoll also offers the same size and weight unit in an even more powerful 1/2″ drive – it’s called the W5152.
In any case, Ingersoll Rand gave us the heads up on the 3/8″ model as they wanted us to put it through its paces in a working professional shop environment and then give our opinion afterwards. That’s exactly what we did. We put the unit in rotation in May… It’s now September and I can say without a hint of hesitation that we beat the hell out of this thing. In fact, its first job was the task of removing all of the hardware from a rusty 70-year-old Ford chassis. There was plenty of power to rip the heads off old bolts before they stripped… and that was actually really damned handy. And the small size of the wrench made it easy to get into crossmembers and other tight spaces. The W5132 really did an admiral job.
To prove that, I went out into the shop and asked both Keith and Ben and to give me a sentence or two before I wrote this review. Here’s what I got back:
Keith: I like it. It’s small, it’s light, and the battery does pretty well. Probably the biggest thing is that it doesn’t hammer you to death. It’s actually really smooth for an impact.
Ben: Crazy power. Too much power for a 3/8″ drive… and who has 3/8″ impact sockets? I don’t. I’d prefer the 1/2″ model. But my favorite feature of this thing is the ridiculously bright LED work light up front. It’s great when you are under a car, but even better when you want to blind your co-workers.
There ya have it. I wasn’t paid for this review, but we were given the unit for testing. Even so, I wouldn’t hesitate to rip a product if I thought it had it coming. The W5132 is pretty damned solid though. And really, it’s a first in the segment. I don’t know of a unit even close to this size or weight with anywhere near the power the W5132 makes. The only real question is, who needs this much power in a 3/8″ drive? Like Ben, I’d recommend the 1/2″.
Get yours here for about $250.