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Old 05-10-2018, 02:08 AM   #1
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Running a corded drill off truck power?

My truck has an inverter built in that has a capacity of 400 watts. Can I run a an impact drill to takes the lug nuts off of a boat trailer?
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I'm no electrician, but if I recall that would be just under 4 amps so check you impact. I guessing NO!
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If you’re talking about, say, a 1/2” impact wrench, those are in the 7-8’ amp range. You would need something closer to 800-1000 watts. You’re probably better off getting a good 20v cordless impact, they’re cheaper than a 1000w inverter.

Edit: Then you can charge the cordless battery with the 400 watt inverter.
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We carry an 18 volt half inch cordless Milwaukie impact wrench which costs about $200. It generates 400 ft-lbs of torque which easily spins the lugs off the Redwood wheels. You can get similar from Harbor Freight for about half the cost.
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The cheapest place to buy an invertor is at a truck stop. Years ago bought a 3000 watt for $159 at a Love's to mount in my work truck, I was able to run several power tools with it.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:06 AM   #6
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Yeah I was thinking pure sine wave inverter when I said you could get a 20v cordless for less. A modified sine wave inverter is definitely cheaper than a 20v cordless and will power corded tools just fine. Sorry ‘bout that.
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don't even try to run a 120 volt impact gun ! it you really need a impact get a 20v dewalt or millwalkee you have enough power to pull off all 4 wheels and install them off a single charge. the biggest draw back is batteries don't last years. If you go down the road of cordless tools stay with lithium batteries they hold a charge longer and don't store them on the charger. Your truck inverter will have enough power to run the battery charger . Option 3 is a medium size 12 volt air compressor with a air tank. Viair has a few option you could consider. Small air compressor will be a waiting game for it to build up air for each lug , the bigger the tank the better. I would say a 5 gallon tank should be enough at 130+psi.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:53 AM   #8
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took the advice

Hooked the boat up flat and all and pulled it the three hundred feet to an appropriate power outlet so could use what I already had in the tool box to change it out.
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We use to carry a battery powered impact wrench, the battery finally died. Checked price of a new battery and found it was cheaper to buy an electric impact wrench from Harbor Freight. We have a 5.5 kw generator in the 36RL 2017.
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