1 pointOh and finally...I think... That impact driver is almost certainly powerful enough to change the tires on your sedan, can’t be as certain on the Tacoma. On paper Tacoma wheel lugs don’t get torqued any tighter than a passenger car but many models of trucks get torqued tighter and not everyone looks up or follows specs all that closely. If changing tires is something you expect will be a frequent thing for you, yes you should look into getting an impact wrench making 200+ ftlbs. If you think more involved work on your vehicles is in your future, you may want to even consider Makita’s 1000ftlb+ impact wrench, or wait for their upcoming 500ftlb “mid-torque” model due probably later this year.
1 pointHello and nice to have you on the forum. Always nice having people who want to learn the trades and about tools. . Do I have to charge the 18v battery at least 12hrs before initial use? - No, if you have a battery that is low, it will take about an hour to charge depending upon the amp. No need to charge that far in advance. Now it's always good practice to put your batteries on the charger over night if you have been using them all day so they are ready for the next day and your not waiting around, but that isn't required. Why is there a scratch on the model plate? See pic. I called dealer and she said it came from manufacturer. Some said it's probably a show model and some said it's a refurbished. I am not sure where you bought it from but my guess is it's a refurb model. I haven't seen a new tool have that issue. But again, anything can happen. But I think it is a refurb model. Hopefully the company you bought it from wasn't advertising it as a new model. I was recommended to go with a 1/2 impact drill just in case I work on changing my car tires. But would I need to convert down to 1/4 to use thr bits I have around the house? Also, would 1/4 be enough for taking tires off my seden and Toyota Tacoma? The model you have is an impact driver which is a 1/4" chuck and is really designed for fasteners such as screws and lag screws. For changing wheels you would really want to go with an Impact Wrench which has a different head and is designed for sockets and high torque applications. Yes, you can get an adapter for an Impact Driver but for automotive use, an impact wrench is a batter tool. I hope this helps and if you have more questions or need more clarification, let us know.
1 pointHere's the conclusion I've come to about the Miller vs Lincon debate. The difference is that one is red and one is blue. That being said if anyone says their blue is better than my Miller killer I will end them. As far as beginner welders go..... This following information is based partially off experience, and partially what I was told when I was in your situation. Harbor freight: flux core welder is very affordable and runs extremely impressively for its price when ran with Lincoln wire. Tweco welders: these are generally rebranded esabs. The local BMW carbon fiber plant construction and maintenance boys run them and love them. No issues. Same for the guys on the server farms. The fabricator 181i is definitely worth taking a look at. It is one of the most affordable options and it is a multi process machine with a lot of options. You can run (DC) TIG scratch start, pedal is available, MIG or (DC) SMAW off this unit. Being a Tweco (makes most replacement parts for the big guys) parts are extremely available. This is the route I would recommend but it comes down to your budget. Lincoln: I have ran many of these small units and the low power MIG Lincoln's performance over the analogous Miller's are what make me a team red guy. Big box stores each offer a version of the 140 wire feed welder. They have different model numbers, but that only is so the stores don't have to price match each other. Same unit. These are affordable and are great for small (read sheet metal, 1/4" may be advertised but it is a stretch.) welding projects and run off 110 options. There is also another model number for the industrial suppliers and this welder has different drive rollers than the big box stores. I would buy from a local welding supplier as I like to keep my money local. They are over a hundred dollars more though. I went with the 180 dual as it allows me to run off of either a 110 or 220 power source. The power MIG 210 is the latest and greatest from them in the entry power range multi process machine. Like I said before you can get an optioned out Tweco for the same price as the bare bones package of this and those are industry tested and approved while the Lincoln is too new for much feedback. I'm partial to running Lincoln arc welders as it is a very versatile process and it is a skill I believe everyone should try their hand at. Cheap arc welders are available but I would recommend doing it out doors or getting some sort of fume hood/extractor and that is a substantial investment. Lincoln is fairly limited as far as promotions go. You can usually get a free (awesome model) helmet and gloves off them. Other than that I've never seen a price other than what Lincoln mandates. Never seen a sale on them either. Miller: I'm not a fan of the auto set feature. These are very prevalent in the industry as promotions seem more common and they do make solid equipment. The company I work for got a buy one get one free deal on some 110v units from them. The larger 220v units run good enough for me. Very good welders just not my color. Might be worth taking a look at if you can get a deal on them. Shop around and compare prices. What's your budget like and what process are you looking for? If you want one recommendation for one welder with no other information than you want a beginner welder I say go with either a Tweco fabricator 181i or 221i. If you just want to lay beads for minimal cash go to Harbor Freight.