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  • DeWalt DCF899M1

  • DeWalt DCF894B

  • Porter Cable PCC740LA

  • Makita XWT08Z

  • Craftsman CMCF900M1

DeWalt DCF899M1

It’s easy to disregard reviewers that refer to the DEWALT DCF899M1 as a beast until you look at the specs. Weighing in at seven pounds and with a ridiculous torque of over 700-inch pounds, calling this impact wrench a beast starts to seem appropriate. With over 3,000 reviews sitting at more than a 90% rating, that’s a lot of folks happy with this tool.

Reviewers noted that the tool is notably heavy, though the pay-off was a tool that didn't have any issues, even with very large, rusted bolts. Basically, if you’re looking for an impact driver to use for larger jobs, like changing tires, this is the impact wrench you want. The only downside is that you are going to pay a bit more for that extra torque.

Pros

  • High-torque

  • Kit includes battery

Cons

  • Heavy

  • Detent pin is tight

DeWalt DCF894B

The DEWALT DCF894B hits the size and power sweet spot with 330-inch pounds torque and a weight of just 3.5 lbs. That’s enough power to deal with most big jobs without being a particularly heavy tool. Some reviewers noted that the DCF894B was not able to remove all lug nuts, particularly if they are rusty. Most reviewers felt this impact wrench was able to do the vast majority of work they were expecting it to do. Like most DEWALT tools, the DCF894B has a solid warranty, offering a 90-day money-back guarantee along with a three-year limited warranty.

Pros

  • Decent power

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • May not remove rusty lug nuts

Porter Cable PCC740LA

If you’re changing sockets often, the PORTER-CABLE has a ½ inch hog ring for quick and easy socket switches. There is a bit of a trade-off here in terms of weight, with the PCC740LA being near twice the weight of other similar-sized and powered impact wrenches. Most of the reviewers identified as folks doing DIY car repair on their own vehicles and stated that, for their use, the PORTER-CABLE felt like a good value for the purchase. Specifically, reviewers noted that the battery drained quicker than expected and recommended an extra battery to help finish off a job.

Pros

  • Great value

Cons

  • Heavy

  • Goes through battery quickly

Makita XWT08Z

With the largest torque of any of the impact wrenches listed, the Makita clocks in with 740 foot-pounds. This torque has a cost, as this impact wrench weighs more than the other products we discovered. Without a battery, the Makita XWT08Z is almost eight pounds. Most of the reviewers for this Makita were very satisfied, pointing to its capable handling of rusty lug nuts and recommending this impact wrench on larger fasteners. The few unhappy reviews noted a burning or smoking issue—likely from the motor—and were several years old. Makita offers a three-year limited warranty if you have any issues.

Pros

  • High-torque

Cons

  • Too heavy

  • No battery included

Craftsman CMCF900M1

If the most you expect from your impact wrench is a bit of backyard mechanics, then the CRAFTSMAN CMC900M1 might be what you’re looking for. For most reviewers, the CRAFTSMAN completed small jobs around the house and chores for automobile maintenance with ease.

One reviewer noted that not all the 20V CRAFTSMAN batteries work on this impact wrench and that only the CMCB204 series is compatible. Several reviewers noted the size is a bit big if you need to get into tighter spots to work on bolts, which is particularly tricky inside engine bays. Otherwise, most reviewers felt it was a good tool for a great value.

Pros

  • Ring for quick changes

Cons

  • Battery compatibility limited

  • Heavy

  • Too Large

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Rebecca Boniface

Rebecca Boniface

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Rebecca Boniface is a certified PADI dive instructor, full-time nomad, and DIY enthusiast.

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