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The stuff we throw away at work...

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...makes me want to murder someone sometimes. I've seen a lot of great stuff get tossed at work but today takes the cake. Brand new, still in the baggie...IR W7150-K2...and it is an absolute BEAST!!! Came with two 20v 3.0Ah batteries, and fully charged this thing will twist your arm if you're not careful. Any time I get an impact at work I test it out on the frame anchors by my bench. Normally an impact will loosen the nut, then tighten it with decent force. This thing tightened the nut enough to whip my arm, if I wasn't strong it could have caused me some serious pain. It's a beautiful impact for sure, and powerful as all get-out. If I take my phone into the shop tomorrow I'll snap some photos of it. Frickin' brand new, clean as a whistle, nothing wrong with it.

 

 

Screw it, it's brand new and in perfect shape...lets. throw it away.

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If an impact wrench twists your arm, then doesn't that make it a poor impact wrench?

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No, not at all. I just wasn’t ready for the power and let it get away a little bit. Even an impact with good kickback control will still have a little snap to it when the nut stops. It’s defintiely a quality tool, the moron using it was the problem.

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11 hours ago, Kato said:

No, not at all. I just wasn’t ready for the power and let it get away a little bit. Even an impact with good kickback control will still have a little snap to it when the nut stops. It’s defintiely a quality tool, the moron using it was the problem.

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Ah gotcha. I just misread that. Looks nice. They let you take home things that are thrown out like that?

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Nope, can't take anything home. Until it's out of the building in the scrap bins, the compactor, etc., it still belongs to the company. Luckily though we can use stuff in the shop, which means we save a ton of money for the company by using the tools and stuff that gets tossed. Gotta blame the vendors and manufacturers for that, we just do what they tell us. They want a product back, we ship it back. They want it destroyed in field, we destroy it. It's sad but it's a fact of life for companies these days. I don't complain, probably 95% of the tools we use in the shop came from returns and they're perfectly good. Best part is when I break a tool I can just walk over to the scrap bins and toss it in and I never have to worry about any lost money.

 

 

I used the impact yesterday for some stuff, pulling wheels and wheel hubs off of a stockchaser and doing lugs on a forklift...very, very nice gun. A ton of power, a great amount of control. Didn't experience any kick at all, and the brake stops when you let go of the trigger. Variable-speed trigger takes a little getting used to, never had one on an impact before, seems kinda weird at first. But, it's a great impact. Paired with the Sunex impact sockets I have it's a fantastic tool to use.

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I'm confused. I thought you had said that you were told to trash it?  How are you still using it in the shop if they told you to toss it because it was "dangerous"?

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Yeah variable speed is the best. My holdup to getting an ir is that it's not a whole battery system. For a tire shop or somewhere that exclusively runs impacts it'd be the way to go though.

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could do a "stuff we keep" thread for my work. It is quite an accomplishment for my boss to throw something away.

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9 hours ago, khariV said:

I'm confused. I thought you had said that you were told to trash it?  How are you still using it in the shop if they told you to toss it because it was "dangerous"?

 

 

Nobody said it was dangerous. We are allowed to go through the stuff that gets returned and anything good we use in the shop. Saves the company money in the long run. If something is supposed to get destroyed in field whoever makes that decision wouldn't know because they don't ask for it back.

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Been using the impact for all kinds of stuff, it's a really great gun. Takes bolts out of reach truck drive wheels, which are torqued to 170 ft/lbs, super easy. I used it yesterday on a rack kit, to repair a damaged frame. Used the impact to sink a couple of 3/4" Titans into the floor, did it like the floor was made of butter. All of the other impacts we use for that kind of stuff struggle sometimes, sometimes you have to drive the Titan in, then pull it out and drive it back in again...do that a couple of times to get them to sink in all the way. The IR did it like butter, I couldn't feel any resistance at all. I was actually worried that the guys drilled the holes too big but I cranked on the Titans with a wrench to see if they were loose or would easily loosen,  they were tight as tight can get.

 

Also grabbed another almost new Flexzilla Pro compact impact, which makes the total of those 5 or 6 by now. Still had the box, high-flow swivel connector, papers, etc.. Don't know what it is about them, people use them and then return them. Never anything wrong with them except being dirty from use...wait, I take that back, one had a busted trigger, but the other 4 or 5 I've pulled have worked perfectly so far. It's all good to me because now most of the guys in the shop have their own. Nice when you get free tools

 

 

And once again I'm stunned by what we throw away. Just pulled out of the scrap bin yesterday, almost brand new, probably used once, Lincoln Powerluber 1884. 20v Lithium grease gun. I saw the gun in the bin and I think my eyes bugged out, I instantly grabbed my hook to pull it out. Pulled the case out of the garbage, and managed to pull the extra battery out of the scrap bin with a magnet. Perfect condition, not a scratch and barely any signs of use. Had grease in it so it must have been used, but I'll be danged if I can find any problems with it. One battery was close to full charge, the other wasn't. Charged them both to make sure they'd take a charge and that the charger was working. Put a grease cartridge in it and it pumped perfectly. Didn't have the typical sticker on it explaining why it was returned so I don't know what the excuse was, but I don't care. I have one of the 18V PowerLubers that I use a ton, but gave it to one of the guys, I'll use this one now. I'll get pics Monday if I remember to take my phone out on the floor

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Taken with my phone so if they come out sideways I’ll fix them when I get home

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