I recently purchased a Craftsman Cordless 19.2 volt Lithium Ion 1/2" cordless Impact wrench and I decided to see how well it would perform removing tires and wheels. Watch this before buying! You might be surprised! I sure was!
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Coincidentally....I own a car just like yours but mine is black and owned an impact wrench just like yours as well...for two years and still working like the first day it came out of the box. By the way, I had to take all four wheels of a flatbed gooseneck trailer with 8 lug bolts each at a 120-140 torque......guest we what? NO PROBLEM
Soooo now that they have discontinued the craftsman C3 stuff and are selling a completely new battery type what are you going to do when those LI batteries bite it, because they will? Fired craftsman this week and went Milwaukee. IF I have to buy new tools for home use because the batteries from craftsman are garbage then I might as well use the same brand at home that I use at work.
It will be the same scenario you'll have to deal with when Milwaukee "upgrades" its platform. Sears did what any other tool company does...which is looking for was ways to sell their product with an excuse to charge more money for them. Eventually, all tool brands move on to the next scheme
I will use an aftermarket vendor or I will open the case and replace them with new cells. It's not difficult. My batteries are going on 4 years without a single replacement. Comparing Craftsman to Milwaukee is like comparing apples and oranges. Companies change their stuff so consumers are forced into buying something new that otherwise works perfectly fine. My tools no longer put food on my table so I go with consumer grade and pocket the savings. I don't play into that marketing BS. I usually find a way around it.
UPDATE: No issues with this tool, the batteries or any of the other C3 stuff you see me use in my videos. Just remember folks, this is a consumer grade tool. I have a unique philosophy when it comes to cordless tools....spend $500 on a pro model that could last my lifetime or spend $150 on a model that may only last 3 years... Say after 9 years I replaced the tool 3 times costing $450. I still saved $50 and do you think in those 9 years that something bigger and better might have come along? I sure do. Doing it this way I'm not locked in. My corded tools I think differently. I remember when I paid a lot of money for a 9 volt Makita back in the mid 90's only to have something come along bigger and better the following year. Now you would be lucky to find someone you could give it to. Thats just my 2 cents. This is a good tool. I use it regularly http://amzn.to/2DbgON2
+Earl P When the battery in your car gives out you have other options other than the dealer. It's the same with cordless tools. I'm not sure how old you are but maybe you remember the Makita 9 volt drill? That was the answer back in the day. I still have one and they still make batteries for that! Who uses a 9 volt these days! Makita doesn't make the battery but there are companies that do. Those C3 batteries will be around for a LONG time. Rest assured. There are a lot of companies selling them.
+Brandon Lund Where would one buy said battery now?
Amazon? I don't recommend anyone buy the older craftsman C3 branded tools with the new tool lines out once those old batteries are all done theyre gone.
+Randizle Peregoy They are a little pricey but the Li-Ion battery will make it feel like a brand new tool, plus it will fit all your other C3 stuff. If you are considering a Li-Ion for your impact, don't get the thin battery pack. They don't have enough nut. The big pack is the one you want and this is the one I have in the video. https://amzn.to/2PifP2O Cheers brother.
Perfect review!! Remember searching on YouTube a year ago looking for the C3s capability if any & found none. Now I'm confident that this is the one I need to get. Thanks Brandon! How is the C3 line of tools treating you so far?
Samson Sam I totally love them and for the price you can't go wrong. I have a bunch of the c3 tools and have not had any issues other than the old ni-cad batteries dying, which I'm all set up with lithium now. You can't go wrong with the c3 lineup in my option. It does everything I need it too and I'm pretty hard on tools.
Nice video... What do you think about there dewalt dcf899 20 V ? I kinda like that it has a selector switch for the speed... I do love my craftsman tools tho. In the market for one but i can't decide jaja
Brandon Lund yeah i decided on getting the dewalt only because of the quality n specs.. My injured shoulders arent getting any better so i would love this rather than having to take off lug nuts the old fashioned way lol. Thanks for your reply.
Richard Cisneros the dewalt is the better tool, but it’s also twice as much money. I chose this because I’m not doing this daily as a living so I balance cost with what I’m doing. I’m also working on small cars which fits my needs.
Hey I got the same car. Just make sure you grease your rear brake pads every 15k or they will freeze in place and cause so much heat your calipers lock up. Mines a 2015 with 60k miles but I'm finding out its a common problem. I like your welding videos !!!!!
Eric Johnson your comparing apples to oranges. I agree with your comment but you have to understand that most homeowners aren’t going to spend double what this tool costs if there not doing it daily for a living.
Really appreciate this video. Been looking at the Craftsman impact for a while and finally need to pull the trigger on one for the exact same use as in the video. Found a few other videos and reviews completely trashing the quality of the Craftsman which I found hard to believe since I have always used and heard good things about the brand. Thanks to your video I will be picking one up first thing tomorrow.
jamie211983 go back to where i removed the first tire at normal speed. Now keep playing that part over again 3 more times. I sped up the 3 remaining tires because most people can figure it out after they watch it the first time.
Excellent result on the "no shave November", congrats to all who took part, well done folks. Nuthin like knowing a lil face will light up on Christmas day.
I'd get back home quick Brandon, that lumberjack is chasing your wife round the garden.
First snowflakes falling here, hoping it clears before we do our bike club toy run-good luck to all who do stuff for others.
I'm not suprised it performed well, I think the "budget" cordless tools have benefitted from improvements in battery and motor technology. I have some DIY shed brand cordless tools and they work fine, few years back they were well below average, but worth a look now.
I use a cordless impact driver as a "mini impact wrench" for some jobs on my motorcycles.
Wonder if Brandon knows his channel has been taken over by a Canadian lumberjack?
Jaques Daniels I always enjoy your comments :) I almost don't recognize myself anymore! January 1st we all go back to being clean cut. On a side note, we raised over 1,000 dollars so far with "no shave November" for some local needy familys so their kids can have a good Christmas :)
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