Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Independence Ohio
Any tool in the wrong hands can be abused, whether it is an air tool or a hand tool. Anybody who could inadvertently put 300 lb ft of torque on a lug nut is not very mechanically inclined, and probably should stay away from ALL tools of any kind.
Twice a year, I have to swap snow tires on two cars. I do use my impact to re-install the lugs on the cars. But I am reasonable about it. I put the impact on its lowest of three settings, and I don't sit there letting the gun pound on the lugs. I just get them snug, so that I can put the car back on the ground. Then, after the car is done, I go around with the torque wrench and finish tightening them to the proper torque.
It is often cold when I do this swap, so I want to get done quick. I can get each side done in 5 minutes with the impact.
I don't re-install with the impact on the Wing only because you don't really gain anything in that tight space, and it's only one wheel.
FWIW, checking torque while removing a bolt is not a valid test of how much torque was put on a bolt. It always takes significantly more torque to remove a bolt than to install it.
2002 Illusion Blue GL1800
Last edited by LarryM; 02-14-2017 at 06:23 AM.