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The last part of the famous one liner is very fitting to my latest shop tool, I've been "Jonesing" a while for one of these newer lightweight/compact/powerfull battery impact drivers for a while, admission cost of aprox. $200 had kept me at bay, kept soldiering on with my large corded Dewalt impact wrench, but at 20yrs, 7lbs and leaking oil, is now semi-retired, just for bigger jobs.

This new Dewalt 12V cordless 3/8 Impact Wrench is perfect for doing general work on scooter and will tackle cvt pulleys, axle nuts, etc. easily, it also has modes to use on low torque installations, safe for small fasteners, at just 2lbs with battery it could go with on road trips, tried on my truck 125ft/lbs wheel nuts, no issue removing, this is the previous generation of this tool, so it was on sale for $99(-$60) at Lowes "on line", free delivery to local store. BTW, I do recommend using impact sockets on high torque items for safety.

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Dewalt makes great tools. I have a Harbor Freight Chicago Electric 1/2 inch corded impact wrench. Just to use in the garage, cheap and meets my simple needs.
 

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There’s definitely a voltage “upping “ sales war going on for the last 20 years. I remember when our 9.6 volt makita’s were the most powerful. Now 12 volts is considered low, but brushless is awesome. I would never buy another brush motor cordless hand tool after experiencing how superior brushless is.

Or as Dyson likes to advertise-Digital Motor.

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Isn't this something for the "non-scooter topic" sub forum? I know you can USE this on a scooter if you really have to, but come on...
 

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at just 2lbs with battery it could go with on road trip
will tackle cvt pulleys, axle nuts, etc. easily
Quoting myself, I could easily replace my drive belt or remove a flat tire on the side the road in a emergengy, whitout need of big breaker bars, holding tools, etc. Just carry the required sockets. Is always easier to transport the wheel to repair shop down the road, than the whole scooter :rolleyes:


Isn't this something for the "non-scooter topic" sub forum? I know you can USE this on a scooter if you really have to, but come on...
Maybe so, but I got this tool specifically to include in my road kit for a long road trip next year with several scooters and bikes. I'll start a thread on that trip on a closer date, hope that's ok :unsure:
 

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Kind of a rather BIG item to pack for a road trip. Unless you pull a cargo trailer. I've known riders who do carry all the tools they need to do major maintenance on the road, but they also pull a trailer. Something like this takes up a lot of packing space. My air compressor is the biggest tool I carry and it's less than a quarter the size of this and I think it takes up a lot of storage.
I don't pack for everything that could possibly happen, but for what is likely to happen. Anything more than that is worth calling the roadside assistance for. Besides, I travel solo and would have no way to even transport just a wheel without calling the roadside assistance anyway, unless I walked. But every rider has a different tolerance for the risks they take.
 
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Mine would fit easily into my panniers or underseat, if required. Runs off my camper battery pack, or bike's own battery.
Had it now since my Silverwing, so 10 years, and it's half the price now, :( and still available.
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I ride sometimes with Werner who has a 1996 BMW R1100RT. He always runs with a huge assortment of tools so I usually travel light when I'm with him.
 

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Kind of a rather BIG item to pack for a road trip. Unless you pull a cargo trailer.
What ??? , it weights aprox. 2.1lbs, is 9 in. tall x 5.1 in. wide, about 1.5 lbs lighter than a full face helmet and takes 1/3 the space, you must have the wrong tool in mind, is the one on the right. Even the Dewalt bag with tool, batteries and sockets, etc, would fit in a full face helmet space, NP, both my scooters will hold 2 helmets under seat + other stuff, plenty of room.

BTW what kind of air compressor you have :unsure:


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Calling roadside assist in UK these days is a lottery. Known to wait 8 hrs+. And that's near 'civilsation'
My sister called them a few months ago, after two hours they called back and said had no one available ?? o_O
 
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I have an early Slime mini compressor. So maybe 1/3 the size of that impact driver. As to storage space, I am still thinking in terms of my Burgman 650 which also would hold 2 FF helmets and had a top case. I don't care for side cases on my scooters so go instead with dry bags once the top case and under seat storage are full.
 

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Thanks for the review Z. Been thinking about getting one for same use cases you mention.
 

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I have an early Slime mini compressor.
Thanks, plenty on evilbay, if all goes as planned we going to spread tools amonst group on planned ride, to lessen individual load, most are going solo, so plenty capacity, a chase vehicle has also been considered :unsure:
 

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Mine would fit easily into my panniers or underseat, if required. Runs off my camper battery pack, or bike's own battery.
Had it now since my Silverwing, so 10 years, and it's half the price now, :( and still available.
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Calling roadside assist in UK these days is a lottery. Known to wait 8 hrs+. And that's near 'civilsation'
This tool is the worst kind, completely effective, cheap and "not sexy" :)
 

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I just take my wife along in case I have problems on a ride; she can push, go get gas or flag down a ride. And, she fits on the back seat fine. But, I'm all for taking along tools, what ever you may need.
 
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an impact is very helpful for 3 problematic nuts. 2 cvt and the rear wheel. otherwise, it isnt "really" needed

im always worried to get stuck on the highway with a ripped belt. I carry the old belt to swap but my impact wrench is not strong at all all for this task. I have been looking at the 20v craftsman wrench. maybe in the summer. not cheap.

im always curious on the ft lb written vs whats really needed. I should be torquing the cvt nuts but because the dang cvt holder tool bend from excessive strain, I wind using the corded impact wrench and who knows what that comes out to. very few torque those nuts.
 

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an impact is very helpful for 3 problematic nuts. 2 cvt and the rear wheel. otherwise, it isnt "really" needed

im always worried to get stuck on the highway with a ripped belt. I carry the old belt to swap but my impact wrench is not strong at all all for this task. I have been looking at the 20v craftsman wrench. maybe in the summer. not cheap.

im always curious on the ft lb written vs whats really needed. I should be torquing the cvt nuts but because the dang cvt holder tool bend from excessive strain, I wind using the corded impact wrench and who knows what that comes out to. very few torque those nuts.
This impact wrench is capable of doing big items, but is so light, that is suitable for faster general disassembly and it's no torque mode is great for running down even small fasteners. Like installing all those CVT cover bolts quickly.

I carry a spare belt in all my scooters, tucked away in scooter body, not in storage compartment, not because they fail a lot, peace of mind, chances of dealer having a belt are NIL !!

Been a lifelong certified mechanic on several vehicle types, I really believe in torquing fasteners properly, but marking fasteners (Torque Stripe) is a generally acceptable alternative if no torque wrench is available, I'll get you in ballpark/close enough. It is good enough 🤔, thousands of scooter tinkerers or diy'ers will say 👍.
 
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.............................................. I really believe in torquing fasteners properly, but marking fasteners (Torque Stripe) is a generally acceptable alternative if no torque wrench is available, It will get you in ballpark/close enough. It is good enough 🤔, thousands of scooter tinkerers or diy'ers will say 👍.
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When were torque wrenches first used? I'll guess WW2 made them more or less "necessary" requirement - I have seen reference to their use on RR Merlin engines.
But several "antique" / Classic bike workshop manuals I have from the 40's, to the late 60's make no mention of torque figures.
Typical is this.... We learned what was "tight", and what was "too tight". Lot's of those machines still running, and worth a small fortune today
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Seems torque wrenches became DIY tools in the 60's and 70's with the advent of the first (what we termed) "monkey metal".
(I do have 2 torque wrenches now, a "beam" and a "clicker" - They come out their boxes on occasion).
 

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Just playing around on my latest engine build with 11.2:1 compression I am using ARP Head bolts that are stronger than stock replacements. They require a special 'Moly" lube on the threads and the washers. I tightened down two bolts, one with lube and one without. The torque was 105 Pounds/feet. The dry one took 1 1/2 turns after finger tight, the Moly one took 2 1/4 turns. So the clamping force is substantially more on the Moly lubed one.
 
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