Making an Impact With an Electric Wrench

I recently had to replace ball joints on my old pickup truck, and since that experience and a few others with our vehicles lately, this has become a tool I never want to be without.

I have 3 air compressors around this place, but none of them provides the CFM to run an air impact wrench for very long, so I started looking around for another solution this summer.

The DeWalt 1/2″ electric version – this one’s model DW292 – fits the bill, and has effortlessly loosened everything I’ve thrown at it. Love this tool! No waiting for a compressor to catch up, or wondering if there’s enough air supply, just plug it in and go!


There’s a short learning curve to properly retighten lug nuts and I still double-check them with the old T-wrench, but this things fast, fast, fast. No more loosening lugs with the vehicle sitting on the garage floor, then jacking it up and wrenching them off. Just jack her up, and in a few seconds the lugs are off. Not quite as fast as a NASCAR pit crew, but… 

Wish I’d known these were serious tools years ago. I always thought the electrics were more of a toy than a tool. Sure glad I tried one.

I bought this one via Amazon Prime, along with a set of deep sockets, and as you can probably tell, have no regrets. One tip, though: The little socket retaining pin was stiff and too sharp, making it hard to attach/remove sockets when this one first arrived. A little touchup with a Dremel tool softened the pin’s edges and solved that.

If you work on your own vehicles and don’t have a huge air compressor (or maybe even if you do), buy one of these! It’ll save you a lot of time.

God bless you and yours,

Dave Harnish

Amos 4:13

About Dave Harnish

I've been an appliance repair tech since 1972, with interests in most everything, including Bible study (I'm one of those KJV-only geezers), old Sunbeam Mixmasters, Maytag wringer washers, the outdoors, birds, hunting, metalworking, firewood cutting, and most anything going on outside on our mountain here in N. PA's 'Endless Mountains'.
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