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+1 for Makita.

The Makita DTW 285 is a great combination of Power, Price and Compact size. Better still it limits the maximum power setting for releasing tension only - around 400Nm.

Milwaukee has a great track record but unless you work with Wind Turbines  or Rail Rolling stock, 1400+ Nm is just bonkers and can do a load of damage unless you are careful.

Haith, if you are anywhere Herefordshire/Welsh border, you are more than welcome to have a play with my Makita, to see if it suits you needs..

Andrew

 

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10 hours ago, saab4249 said:

+1 for Makita.

The Makita DTW 285 is a great combination of Power, Price and Compact size. Better still it limits the maximum power setting for releasing tension only - around 400Nm.

Milwaukee has a great track record but unless you work with Wind Turbines  or Rail Rolling stock, 1400+ Nm is just bonkers and can do a load of damage unless you are careful.

Haith, if you are anywhere Herefordshire/Welsh border, you are more than welcome to have a play with my Makita, to see if it suits you needs..

Andrew

 

Thanks Andrew. Much appreciated. I’m not too far away (Builth Wells) direction. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve had makita before and still use one of their drills. Sadly the old NiCad batteries I had (maybe 9 batteries) have all died. Will look into the 285

Wonder why Milwaukee make such hugely powerful wrenches. 1400Nm is massive you’re right. That’s 140kg swung on a meter arm if my college maths is right. Snap most bolts clean in half. Think it’s overkill for my needs. Something compact and mildly potent will do it for me

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Hi Haith, Builth is cant be much much more than half an hour or so from here - Eardisley, so no problem if you want to try..

The 18v LXT Lithium batteries for the 285 Impact gun are fine providing they are charged prior to any long term storage. Most of my LXT batteries are Non Genuine Makita, same goes for Chargers. From memory around £25 for a 5Ah battery with a 5 year warranty...  

In a past life, I spent some years in product development with power tools, at that time the number of Power tool Brands who actually manufactured battery cells was remarkable few; no more than 3 or 4 worldwide, its badge engineering on a grand scale, that's why I was happy with non original.

I still maintain contact with the  Construction Management sector, and the ever increasing output of drills and impact tools is a major challenge with construction fixings being overloaded leading to premature failure or compromising substrates.

Not that long ago all we had was1.2 & 1.4AH and we were happy. Now we have some heading for 36V -10Ah!

Andrew

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