Mastercraft 12V Lithium-Ion Right Angle Impact Wrench
NO RATCHET, onlu buy it on sale.
I have this tool since last year, overall very good quality, durability and adequate torqure for this size tool, relavent juice battery. Only thing bug me is there's no ratchet, this is really inconvinient when not enough torque, you have switch to hand tool to brake loose. also this one compare to other brand is a little bit big. That's why I would not suggest buy this one at full price, but when on sale, it's ok to have this one.
May 6, 2012
My new favorite tool.
I bought this tool to use in an automotive shop. Mainly I wanted something to quickly remove small nuts and bolts without having an air line hooked up. I have had it for about 3 months now and I am surprised at how much I use it. I barely have touched my CP 3/8 impact and Mac 1/4 Air Ratchet since I got this. Its powerful enough to take off most bolts up to 13mm and when its not I just crack them loose first with a hand ratchet. But its sensitive enough that I can cinch down valve cover bolts quickly and then torque them properly by hand.
My favorite things about it are the shape and the speed. Because of its angle I can reach it down into areas in an engine bay where a pistol shaped driver won't fit. And its so fast that it makes it the better choice over a similarly shaped air ratchet.
The battery lasts a very long time (three days of use) and charges very quickly.
My main issues with it are as follows. Its a bit thick, so it is not as comfortable as it could be in the hand. I got used to that so I don't really mind. The forward/reverse selector switch is very loose so it sometimes goes into the middle locked position which can be annoying. I have the 12v Li cordless drill which takes the same batteries. They have the same part number and everything. So I am constantly switching between the three. However there is a barely noticeable difference in the locking tab of the drill batteries, so when they are plugged into this driver, they tend to come out after a couple of minutes of use. Minor annoyance if you intend to hot swap a lot of these batteries.
I have only had this for about 3 months so I am not sure about durability. Something keeps telling me that it is destined to break down, simply because of the price and the brand. I have nothing against Mastercraft, but lets face it, its not Snap On, De Walt or even Makita. But it has not had any problems yet, and I use it a lot.
Its a steal when its on for $89.
February 2, 2012