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Old 03-06-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

I currently have a DeWalt 18 volt cordless impact and want to step up a couple levels. Looking at the Snap On 18 volt and the IR 18 Volt. Are the IR and SO really that much better than the DeWalt? Looking for mainly power, they both are expensive so thats not a concearn. Is SO the way to go? Has anyone ever used the IR impacts? Thoughts?
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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I have Snap On 18V and IR 19.2v(not 18), Snap On had more power, but heavier and nasty grip. IR has less torque, but light, easy to clean or say rarely gets dirty. I use IR most of the time.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:25 PM   #3
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Battery Life about the same with them both? Thanks for the correction on the voltage, I knew that but didnt seem to remember typing.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

The answer is yes. The Snap-on and Matco impacts are that much better. The Ingersol-Rand I can't speak for. As stated by t100, the Snap-on is a bit bulky. The overall balance is better with the Matco and battery life is much better
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:46 PM   #5
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

What model mac do you have?
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:00 PM   #6
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

I have DeWalt 18v 1/2" impacts and 1/4" impact and my new SO 14.4v 3/8" impacts blows them both out of the water. Yes, they are a bit bulky but gobs of torque.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:59 PM   #7
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

i have the snappy 18 volt and a dewalt that i got for christmas and the snappy smokes it.

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:20 PM   #8
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Don't have the IR but I can't imagine it would do more then the 18V Snappy that I have. Very satisfied with it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:23 AM   #9
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I have Snap On 18V and IR 19.2v(not 18), Snap On had more power, but heavier and nasty grip. IR has less torque, but light, easy to clean or say rarely gets dirty. I use IR most of the time.
Where did you get your IR at?
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:04 AM   #10
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

You can get the IR at most brand name online tool store now. Amazon, Toolbarn, ohiopowertool, and etc.

I agree with t100 that the IR is very dirt and chemical resistant. I had mine over 3 years and it still looks like new. Oil, mud, grease, and etc. just wipe right off.

If money is not a issue, you might consider Matco Infinium series cordless impact too.

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Old 03-08-2011, 06:46 AM   #11
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

I have the Snap-On and Dewalt. The Snap-On has way more power but the power it has is rarely needed. For most things the Dewalt is fine. If I could only have one it would be the Snap-On.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:55 AM   #12
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I have the dewalt....it does fine, for the price you can almost buy like 3 of them for what the snap on costs
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:52 PM   #13
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

Everybody step back... While I mount this soapbox!

There is absolutely no Freakin' comparison between the Dewalt and the Snap-ons.

Like Comparing Pee Wee Football to the Green Bay Packers.

Here's my story and I'm stickin to it!

I tore down my Porsche 930 motor at a friends shop. He let me use some of his tools and one of the bays in his shop. I had never used a Cordless impact before. He had the Snappy 3/8" and 1/2". Both were phoenominal! The 3/8" seemed to run all day, and I very seldom needed the 1/2" or air.

So I move on about 24 months and reminisce about how nice those cordless impacts were. Decided since I have all my cordless as Dewalt, and the Snappy is so freakin' expensive, I'll get the Dewalt.

What a useless POS! I'm not convinced that thing can break loose 50 pounds. It sure couldn't ever do a single lug nut. I always had to break them and then spin them off with the Dewalt. It was basically a nut spinner used about 6 times.

When I sold it, it was pristine, because it was never used, because it was worthless..

Now onto where it went:

Ebay Listing

I felt guilty selling it to anyone. Hopefully the guy who got it, don't need much of an Impact. I was very careful in the auction to not brag about the Teeny Tiny Nutz this thing has.

I won't buy the Snappy, I just don't use it enough to justify the expense, but I would LOVE to own one. I just bought 4 Dewalt Lithium batts, and the batts are what suck you in to them.

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Old 03-08-2011, 02:00 PM   #14
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

It does seem to be pretty legit....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdmkBnh0RAo

Seems to be pretty stout on fresh, clean nuts and bolts... I don't have one so I can't compare the dewalt with the s o
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:02 PM   #15
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

Ordered the CT6855 18V Snap-On today.
Got a too good deal to resist.
Can't wait to get my hands on it, the truck will come by on monday.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:56 PM   #16
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I recommend Bosch some are Assembled in USA.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:55 PM   #19
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Ordered the CT6855 18V Snap-On today.
Got a too good deal to resist.
Can't wait to get my hands on it, the truck will come by on monday.
If you don't mind me asking how good of a deal did you get?
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:01 PM   #20
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Default Re: 18 Volt Cordless Impact? Dewalt vs Snap On vs IR

I have the ct4850 and it has more power than I actually need for my small mechanical needs. The good news is that I plan on getting the ct440 so that I can use my 18volt batteries with it. I looked at the Dewalt before I decided to get the SO. You can get a new dewalt for less that the price of a used SO on ebay but I didn't like the feel of the trigger on the Dewalt and didn't know about IR yet so I went with the SO. I have no regrets yet, even on a battery that has been sitting on the shelf for 3 or 4 weeks, it can still easily take up all my lug nuts.
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