Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker



Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker

it does what you need with little fanfare

Product Description

The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker meets the requirements. It makes espresso. It steams milk. It froths. It can do single or double shots. It can use pods. It includes a scoop and a tamper. At an entry level price.

Although there is more that one could want, it’s not clear what more one really needs.

Product Features

  • Pressurized portafilter
  • 15 bars of pressure
  • Brews 1 or 2 cups
  • Brews from ground espresso or from pods
  • 53-ounce removable reservoir
  • Steam nozzle
  • Frothing cup
  • Tamping tool
  • Cup warming tray

Simple operation and traditional methods

The entry level machines get the job done, and as an introductory or less frequently used machine, the Cuisinart EM-100 is a perfectly good espresso maker.

In general these entry level machines are not flawless. Some claim they don’t make good enough espresso. Some claim they aren’t made sturdy enough, or they don’t last. And they are probably right. But they’re probably good enough for a starter, with the understanding that in a year or two you might be either wanting to move up to a better machine, or you might be replacing it because it just quit working. Either way, the entry machines get you in the game, and I can recommend any of them, so long as you accept the caveats.

My preference is the DeLonghi EC155, but the Cuisinart might be more available in your ares, or might be more stylish, or might match your other Cuisinart appliances… and to be fair the only reason I find the DeLonghi to be better is because it’s cheaper. There. I said it.

This biggest caveat is that you can’t expect these to last forever. Maybe they will, but probably they won’t. However, at the $100 to $150 price point, if it drops dead in a year or two, it’s not the end of the world. I’m not saying it will. I had a $60 machine that lasted a long time. 4 years. But I’ve also tossed a far more expensive machine that died less than a month after the 1 year warranty expired. And it’s not one machine vs another. They’re all just prone to failure.

But with all that said… the Cuisinart EM-100 is easy to recommend.

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Saeco RI9376/04 Aroma Espresso Machine



Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine

…developed for real espresso lovers who value simple operation and the traditional method

Product Description

The Saeco Aroma Stainless Espresso Machine was developed for real espresso lovers who value simple operation and the traditional method of preparing true Italian espresso.

The pressurized portafilter, steam and water wand, and cup-warming surface allow you to craft a variety of espresso drinks and other hot beverages. The chassis is all metal with a durable stylish stainless steel surface.

Create Mild or Intense Espresso Flavor – The Saeco Aroma allows you to enjoy the widest spectrum of taste, whether you like intense or mild espresso. The minimal position produces a lighter crema and body structure, while the maximum position creates a thicker crema and body structure. You can even adjust the espresso’s strength while brewing.

Product Features

  • Traditional style machine and controls
  • Make espresso, cappuccino and latte at home
  • Stainless steel boiler
  • 15 bar pump
  • Pressurized portafilter
  • Steam and hot water wand
  • Simple control panel
  • Removable water tank can be filled while in use
  • cup warming surface
  • 8 x 10 x 11.75 inches

Simple operation and traditional methods

Any of the high end machines will do a decent job of heating up quickly, holding temperature, brewing quality espresso, and holding up to daily use.

The big question however is this: Pressurized Portafilter?

The Saeco Aroma has a pressurized portafilter. This is a galvanizing feature that the purists hate, but that most people don’t even really notice or think about. On the one hand, a classic solid brass portafilter (basically the ground coffee holder and filter basket assembly) can produce the best results. When used by the most experienced barista. When properly tempered to operating temperature. But a pressurized portafilter attempts to overcome variations in coffee grinding, tamping, and temperature preparation by building pressure to a minimum level before allowing the brewed espresso to escape.

This has two effects. First, the filter baskets tend to clog and require cleaning, which can be a royal pain in the rear as they are tiny pinholes and are hard to clear. Second, the used espresso puck that should be dry and just tap out can be a wet soupy mess.

Here’s what I have found over the years. If the portafilter is a wet soupy mess, then your coffee is probably not ground correctly; it’s probably too coarse. And if the filter basket is clogging, then you probably either have your grind too fine, or you’re leaving the machine sit uncleaned for extended periods between uses. Figure out your grind and empty and rinse after each use, and your problem will probably be solved.

So for me, not working at the espresso machine 8 hours a day to perfect my technique, I find the pressurized portafilter to be perfectly “acceptable”. Just make sure you are ok with a pressurized portafilter before you buy one this machine (or any of theese mid level ones). They all do ok. They all have mostly raving reviews. They all have some bad reviews for failures. Make sure you but one that is “sold and fulfilled by Amazon” so you get good customer service at least long enough to get a working machine. Any of these are good machines.

For me, however, I’d probably pick up the Saeco Aroma espresso machine. It may be a boxier, less modern design, than the Gaggia machines, but it’s built durable, and the Saeco design has been around for years and is proven reliable. Plus Saeco let’s you adjust the brew strength (even mid pull).

If you prefer one of Gaggia machines, I can easily recommend them as well, as there really are no losers in this group. But for me it’s the Saeco all the way.

List Price: $350.00 USD
Release date January 28, 2008.
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Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine



Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

Consumers Best Buy!

Product Description

The Gaggia Classic is a best sellers for several reasons. Commercial quality: Rugged construction Solid materials. High performance: Forged brass components to stabilize temperature with a three-way solenoid valve and independent expansion valve.

With a little practice, The Gaggia Classic turns anyone into a “Barista” in their own home.

Designed in Italy by Gaggia, one of the most respected names in the espresso industry, the Classic uses standard 58 mm filters to provide ample room for brewing rich, full espresso.

A higher power 17-1/2-bar pump, an independent expansion valve, and a three-way solenoid valve is also included, providing immediate pressure release from the group head once an espresso pull is completed. This allows the portafilter to be removed and the next shot to be prepared instantly.

Other convenient features include a hot-water dispenser for tea, a frothing wand for crema, and a cup warmer. It’s 72-ounce water reservoir is removable for easy filling or cleaning.

Product Features

  • chrome-plated 58mm brass brew group and portafilter
  • huge 72 oz removable water tank
  • 17 1/2 bar pump
  • High-wattage boiler
  • single or double shot, or two simultaneous
  • frothing steamer
  • Includes single, double, and pod filters
  • tamper and scoop
  • 8 x 9.5 by 14.25 inches

Is the Gaggia Classic Tres Classique?

Any of the high end machines will do a decent job of heating up quickly, holding temperature, brewing quality espresso, and holding up to daily use.

The big question however is this: Pressurized Portafilter?

The Gaggia Baby Class has a pressurized portafilter. This is a galvanizing feature that the purists hate, but that most people don’t even really notice or think about. On the one hand, a classic solid brass portafilter (basically the ground coffee holder and filter basket assembly) can produce the best results. When used by the most experienced barista. When properly tempered to operating temperature. But a pressurized portafilter attempts to overcome variations in coffee grinding, tamping, and temperature preparation by building pressure to a minimum level before allowing the brewed espresso to escape.

This has two effects. First, the filter baskets tend to clog and require cleaning, which can be a royal pain in the rear as they are tiny pinholes and are hard to clear. Second, the used espresso puck that should be dry and just tap out can be a wet soupy mess.

Here’s what I have found over the years. If the portafilter is a wet soupy mess, then your coffee is probably not ground correctly; it’s probably too coarse. And if the filter basket is clogging, then you probably either have your grind too fine, or you’re leaving the machine sit uncleaned for extended periods between uses. Figure out your grind and empty and rinse after each use, and your problem will probably be solved.

So for me, not working at the espresso machine 8 hours a day to perfect my technique, I find the pressurized portafilter to be perfectly “acceptable”. Just make sure you are ok with a pressurized portafilter before you buy one this machine (or any of theese mid level ones).

Gaggia has three machines are more or less interchangeable to me. They all do ok. They all have mostly raving reviews. They all have some bad reviews for failures. Make sure you but one that is “sold and fulfilled by Amazon” so you get good customer service at least long enough to get a working machine. Any of these are good machines.

For me, however, I’d probably pick up the Saeco Aroma espresso machine. It may be a boxier, less modern design, but it’s built durable, and the Saeco design has been around for years and is proven reliable. And the Saeco let’s you adjust the brew strength (even mid pull). But that said, if you prefer the Gaggia Classic, I can easily recommend it as well. There really are no losers in this group.

List Price: $399.00 USD
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Gaggia 12300 Baby Class Manual Espresso Machine



Gaggia Baby Class Manual Espresso Machine

…adding a new degree of elegance

Product Description

With it’s brushed stainless chassis and sleek brewing controls, the Baby Class adds a new degree of elegance to Gaggia’s original design.

The Baby Class includes all the quality components that have made Gaggia a classic name in espresso machines. The chrome-plated brass brew group, heavy 58mm commercial style portafilter, and three-way solenoid valve are practically Gaggia trademarks.

The Baby Class also has a built-in Turbo Frother to frothing and steaming easy.

Whe it call comes together it’s clear that the Gaggia Baby Class has a perfect balance of style and performance.

Product Features

  • chrome-plated 58mm brass brew group and portafilter
  • 15-bar pump
  • High-wattage boiler
  • Push-button controls

  • 60-ounce removable water tank
  • single or double shot, or two simultaneous
  • frothing steamer
  • Includes single, double, and pod filters
  • tamper and scoop
  • 10.4 by 9.6 by 15.6 inches

Is the Gaggia Baby Class all Class?

Any of the high end machines will do a decent job of heating up quickly, holding temperature, brewing quality espresso, and holding up to daily use.

The big question however is this: Pressurized Portafilter?

The Gaggia Baby Class has a pressurized portafilter. This is a galvanizing feature that the purists hate, but that most people don’t even really notice or think about. On the one hand, a classic solid brass portafilter (basically the ground coffee holder and filter basket assembly) can produce the best results. When used by the most experienced barista. When properly tempered to operating temperature. But a pressurized portafilter attempts to overcome variations in coffee grinding, tamping, and temperature preparation by building pressure to a minimum level before allowing the brewed espresso to escape.

This has two effects. First, the filter baskets tend to clog and require cleaning, which can be a royal pain in the rear as they are tiny pinholes and are hard to clear. Second, the used espresso puck that should be dry and just tap out can be a wet soupy mess.

Here’s what I have found over the years. If the portafilter is a wet soupy mess, then your coffee is probably not ground correctly; it’s probably too coarse. And if the filter basket is clogging, then you probably either have your grind too fine, or you’re leaving the machine sit uncleaned for extended periods between uses. Figure out your grind and empty and rinse after each use, and your problem will probably be solved.

So for me, not working at the espresso machine 8 hours a day to perfect my technique, I find the pressurized portafilter to be perfectly “acceptable”. Just make sure you are ok with a pressurized portafilter before you buy one this machine (or any of theese mid level ones).

Gaggia has three machines are more or less interchangeable to me. They all do ok. They all have mostly raving reviews. They all have some bad reviews for failures. Make sure you but one that is “sold and fulfilled by Amazon” so you get good customer service at least long enough to get a working machine. Any of these are good machines.

For me, however, I’d probably pick up the Saeco Aroma espresso machine. It may be a boxier, less modern design, but it’s built durable. The Saeco design has been around for years and is proven reliable. And the Saeco let’s you adjust the brew strength (even mid pull). But that said, if you prefer the Gaggia Baby Class, I can easily recommend it as well.

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Gaggia 12101 New Baby Manual Espresso Machine



Gaggia New Baby Manual Espresso Machine

The original high end home espresso machine…

Product Description

This is the original high-end home espresso machine. The Gaggia New Baby has been redesigned with new style elements to complement a long list of features, but the basic design is a tried and true classic.

With the New Baby you can consistently create, high quality espresso. The commercial-grade components, chrome-plated brass brew group, pressurized portafilter, high-wattage boiler and built-in Turbo Frother.

The newest addition to the Gaggia Baby is its polished stainless steel front panel, adding an extra touch of class to one of Gaggia’s most famous espresso machines.

Product Features

  • chrome-plated 58mm brass brew group and portafilter
  • 15-bar pump
  • High-wattage boiler
  • Push-button controls

  • 64-ounce removable water tank
  • single or double shot
  • frothing steamer
  • Includes single, double, and pod filters
  • tamper and scoop
  • 10.4 by 9.6 by 15.6 inches

Is the Gaggia New Baby fit to be your new baby?

Any of the high end machines will do a decent job of heating up quickly, holding temperature, brewing quality espresso, and holding up to daily use.

The big question however is this: Pressurized Portafilter?

The Gaggia New Baby has a pressurized portafilter. This is a galvanizing feature that the purists hate, but that most people don’t even really notice or think about. On the one hand, a classic solid brass portafilter (basically the ground coffee holder and filter basket assembly) can produce the best results. When used by the most experienced barista. When properly tempered to operating temperature. But a pressurized portafilter attempts to overcome variations in coffee grinding, tamping, and temperature preparation by building pressure to a minimum level before allowing the brewed espresso to escape.

This has two effects. First, the filter baskets tend to clog and require cleaning, which can be a royal pain in the rear as they are tiny pinholes and are hard to clear. Second, the used espresso puck that should be dry and just tap out can be a wet soupy mess.

Here’s what I have found over the years. If the portafilter is a wet soupy mess, then your coffee is probably not ground correctly; it’s probably too coarse. And if the filter basket is clogging, then you probably either have your grind too fine, or you’re leaving the machine sit uncleaned for extended periods between uses. Figure out your grind and empty and rinse after each use, and your problem will probably be solved.

So for me, not working at the espresso machine 8 hours a day to perfect my technique, I find the pressurized portafilter to be perfectly “acceptable”. Just make sure you are ok with a pressurized portafilter before you buy one this machine (or any of theese mid level ones).

Gaggia has three machines are more or less interchangeable to me. They all do ok. They all have mostly raving reviews. They all have some bad reviews for failures. Make sure you but one that is “sold and fulfilled by Amazon” so you get good customer service at least long enough to get a working machine. Any of these are good machines.

For me, however, I’d probably pick up the Saeco Aroma espresso machine. It may be a boxier, less modern design, but it’s built durable. The Saeco design has been around for years and is proven reliable. And the Saeco let’s you adjust the brew strength (even mid pull). But that said, if you prefer the Gaggia New Baby, I can easily recommend it as well.


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Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine



Breville Infuser Espresso Machine

Just like a Cadillac, bring your own grinder…

Product Description

The Breville is designed for the consumer. The ultimate consumer. The informed consumer.

Espresso making is notorious for being both an art and a science, requiring you to carefully adjust each of the inputs (grind size, grind amount, etc.). But even complete beginners and aspiring baristas can pull a perfect shot from the Breville Barista Express.

For beginners, it comes with pressurized portafilters that regulate pressure and help optimize the extraction.

For more experienced baristas, it single-wall, non-pressurized portafilters that give you more room to experiment with different grind sizes, grind amounts, and tamping pressure.

As either a crash-course or a continuation study, the Barista Express gives you free rein to explore the art of espresso, without suffering some horrible pre-mastery period of mediocre espresso, and without suffering some horrible realization that you’ve outgrown the machine as your talent and experience have developed.

Product Features

  • Espresso pressure gauge – allows you to monitors espresso extraction pressure
  • Auto purge function – if you know what this is, then you know you’ll love this
  • Clean me light when cleaning cycle required. Cleaning kit included!
  • The dry puck feature – removes excess water from spent grounds for easy disposal
  • Dedicated instant hot water spout – warm the cup and make americanos – or tea or hot choclolate
  • Pressurized portafilter baskets for beginners and learning
  • Commercial grade portafilter baskets for advanced espresso mastery
  • 54mm tamper
  • Hands-free grinding cradle
  • 54mm stainless steel portafilter
  • 61 oz. removable water tank
  • Volume control – 1 and 2 cup presets, manual override, and reprogrammable settings
  • Removable drip tray

Is the Breville Infuser Right For You?

No room for dilettantes or half in half out wishy washiness here. So you really want the best results? You’re willing to invest the time and effort into learning how to achieve them? You don’t mind the chance of an expensive machine breaking and requiring expensive repairs or replacement? Great!

Generally, the Breville is considered the Cadillac of home espresso machines. You want the best, you don’t want to think too much about it, just get the Coupe de Ville with all the options. Easy Peasy.

The two breville machines are more or less equivalent, with the Bariata infuser not having a built in dosing grinder.

If you already have a grinder, or you want a great grinder for both espresso and regular coffee, then this is the machine for you.

If you don’t have a grinder, or don’t need a grinder except for espresso, then consider the Breville Barista Express, as the built in grinder enhances freshness with single serving grinding.

List Price: $479.17 USD
New From: $449.00 In Stock
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Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine



Breville Barista Express Overview

Just like a Cadillac, but with a grinder…

Product Description

The Breville is designed for the consumer. The ultimate consumer. The informed consumer. For the ultimate espresso drinker, freshness is key. Ground coffee starts to lose its flavor almost immediately. Even a few minutes can make a difference. By integrating the burr grinder and doser, the Breville puts freshness first. Push the button. Grind the beans. Pack the bowl. And pull the shot. All in under a minute. All in your own home.

Espresso making is notorious for being both an art and a science, requiring you to carefully adjust each of the inputs (grind size, grind amount, etc.). But even complete beginners and aspiring baristas can pull a perfect shot from the Breville Barista Express.

For beginners, it comes with pressurized portafilters that regulate pressure and help optimize the extraction.

For more experienced baristas, it single-wall, non-pressurized portafilters that give you more room to experiment with different grind sizes, grind amounts, and tamping pressure.

As either a crash-course or a continuation study, the Barista Express gives you free rein to explore the art of espresso, without suffering some horrible pre-mastery period of mediocre espresso, and without suffering some horrible realization that you’ve outgrown the machine as your talent and experience have developed.

Product Features

  • Espresso pressure gauge – allows you to monitors espresso extraction pressure
  • Auto purge function – if you know what this is, then you know you’ll love this
  • Clean me light when cleaning cycle required. Cleaning kit included!
  • Pressurized portafilter baskets for beginners and learning
  • Commercial grade portafilter baskets for advanced espresso mastery
  • Integrated conical burr grinder and half-pound bean hopper
  • Grind size and grind amount selector dials
  • Filter size button
  • 54mm tamper
  • Hands-free grinding cradle
  • 54mm stainless steel portafilter
  • 67 oz. removable water tank
  • Volume control – 1 and 2 cup presets, manual override, and reprogrammable settings
  • Removable drip tray

Is the Breville Barista Express Right For You?

No room for dilettantes or half in half out wishy washiness here. So you really want the best results? You’re willing to invest the time and effort into learning how to achieve them? You don’t mind the chance of an expensive machine breaking and requiring expensive repairs or replacement? Great!

Generally, the Breville is considered the Cadillac of home espresso machines. You want the best, you don’t want to think too much about it, just get the Coupe de Ville with all the options. Easy Peasy.

The two breville machines are more or less equivalent, with the Bariata Express having a built in dosing grinder. If you have no particular use for a grinder apart from your espresso machine, then the built in one makes sense. But if you need a grinder for regular coffee, or press pot coffee, then go with the Breville Infuser and pick up a good conical burr grinder separately.

List Price: $583.93 USD
New From: $549.00 In Stock

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Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine



Rancilio Silva Summary

The Hot Italian Model…

Product Description

The Rancilio Silva is a traditional style semi-automatic espresso machine that is built to last. A strong sexy housing is constructed with a steel chassis and stainless steel body panels. The Silva’s commercial grade group head offers heat stability and superb extraction quality. A commercial grade 58mm porta filter produces superb extraction. These are the same porta filters used on Rancilio commercial machines, and it shows in the results the machine produces.

Although a single boiler, the Silvia has the largest volume capacity of any home machine in its class at 12oz. The chrome plated brass boiler produces outstanding steaming power and a fast recovery between shots.

The water reservoir holds 2 quarts and can be removed or it it can be filled from the top at anytime during operation.

The Rancilio Silvia steam wand articulates allowing for a complete range of motion for steaming perfect latte quality milk. It’s made from stainless steel for long life and easy cleaning.

Precise steam power control is provided by a commercially designed steam knob.

This Silvia includes a coffee scoop (7 grams), a plastic tamper and two filter baskets (single shot and double shot).

Product Features

  • commercial grade portafilter
  • Commercial grade group head for heat stability and quality extraction
  • Steam wand articulates and commercial control offers precise steam pressure.
  • Classic italian design
  • Pod and capsule adaptor kit available (optional)

Should you buy the Rancilio Silva?

The Racilia Silvia, however, compares to the Breville like a quirky british or italian car does to the staunch Cadillac. It takes a little more finesse and experience to drive, but if you spend the time learning it’s quirks and honing your skills, it will reward you with the ride of your life. The Rancilia has a solid brass portafilter and is the closest to the commercial expresso machines in operation. But this also means it demands the most from you as the operator too ;-)

Different strokes suit different folks, so consider which most suits your personality and you’ll know which is the right machine for you without .

List Price: $715.00 USD
New From: $699.00 In Stock
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GreenWorks 25312 G-MAX 40V Cordless 19″ Mower Review




The Greenworks 25312 is the BEST VALUE in a cordless mower

Expensive… but the 25312 GMAX 40V is worth the price

Product Description

It’s not often that one of the most expensive products is the best value in it’s class, but Greenworks has done the seemingly impossible.

They deliver the 19″ 3-in-1 mower complete with two batteries, so you can mow with one while the other charges.

But the real value starts to build when you add on some of the Greenworks TOOL ONLY Gmax 40v tools. 3, 4 our 5 tools all using the same battery set, and you really start get some synergy.

Add a trimmer, a blower, and a hedge trimmer, and all of a sudden you have a whole army of tools at a price well below the cost of gas powered equivalents, with none of the maintenance headaches.

I was leery of the battery life… not in minutes, but in years. But even if I have to replace a battery after a few years, at $80 it’s a lot cheaper than taking a fleet of cantankerous two stroke gas engines in for a tune up.

If you’re used to a gas mower, it’ll seem wheezy and under powered. But it’s not really! first, it’s quiet because you only hear the blades and electric motor, not the old BWAAAHHHRRRRR of the Briggs and Stratton gas engine. Second, it cleverly only delivers the power it needs for the load you are putting on it. Cut light dry grass, it barely makes any effort. Get into some heavier stuff, and it ups the power automatically. Just like the governor on the old mower, but cooler and more high tech.

As a lifetime mechanic, I don’t WANT to like an electric mower. But i just can’t help myself. This thing is really cool and surprisingly, it gets the job done.

Greenworks Features

  • High Performance G-MAX 40V Lithium-Ion Battery delivers fade-free power with no memory loss after charging, Compatible Only with GW G-MAX Battery, Model 29462 and 29472
  • Includes TWO 4AH batteries. Use one while charging the other.
  • Robust 19″ steel cutting deck for faster more efficient results and highest performance when mulching and rear bagging
  • 6-position height adjustment feature offers cutting height range from 1 1/4″ to 3 1/8″ for the best cut in all environments
  • 3-in-1 feature offers versatile options with rear bagging, mulching and side discharge capabilities for multiple use
  • SLarge 8″ rear wheels and 7″ front wheels for easy control and maneuvering

Should I buy?

All parties surprisingly agree on the Greenworks GMAX line. It’s not just a product, it’s part of great SET of tools all sharing a common battery and charger.

Its hard to find negatives other than that the GMAX 40v products take different batteries than the prior 40V tools. But not to worry, if you’re already invested in the old 40v Greenworks tools, just match them with the right model mower or other tools and you’re still in business. The old 40v tools still work great, they just take longer to charge.


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Impact Driver and Air Ratchet Wrench Buyers Guide

Impact torque wrenches and electric drivers were only a few years ago considered to be completely different categories of tools. However, the recent advancements in electric motor and battery technology have rocketed electric drivers up to similar levels of performance as some of the air impact torque wrenches.

There are now more manufacturers than ever in the tool market which is great for the consumer as they each battle it out to be the most competitive and make the best tool in their specific category. The designs and performance of each are completely varied meaning that there is a product out there to suit every individual and all required applications.

Tools nowadays are also seeing levels of reliability that are simply amazing. The materials that are being used to construct internal mechanisms are high durability metals that simply do not fail even under high loads at high speeds.

There are several categories of impact wrench and drivers. The first thing that any consumer must do when looking for a new wrench or driver is decide which category of tool they require based on the usage and required operation.

Categories of Air Ratchets and Impact Drivers

We’ve separated the market into several peer groups based on common form factors and uses.

Each group has a different range in terms of size of the tools, maximum power output, usability and price.

Some of the models require varying sizes of air compressors which then has a knock on effect in the requirement to buy a larger and more expensive compressor. However, the electric drivers simply require plugging into a battery or mains charger and getting on their way.

The highest levels of torque are achieved from the heavy duty air impact wrenches whilst the wrenches in the form of a ratchet and the cordless electric are generally low power in comparison but are of course smaller and lighter which increases their usability.

Drivers and torque wrenches are seen in many different industries such as worksite construction, auto mechanics, plumbing, electricians as well as all light applications around the home by the domestic user/

3/8 Inch Air Ratchet Driver

A 3/8 inch connector is the smallest connection size that would be considered by the majority of serious tool users and construction sites. The 3/8 inch coupler would allow for the tool to be connected to traditional air pressure hoses that are found on construction sites and in auto mechanic garages.

The air ratchet driver is a relatively low power output yet small an nimble device. They are therefore best suited to auto-mechanics for removing spark plugs under the hood of cars and trucks as well as plumbers that require a medium level of torque to fasten water connection pipes.

The entrants into this category are fairly limited. The 3/8 inch air ratchet category of tool is essentially a cross between the air ratchet and the 3/8 inch impact air wrench.

Quick Recommendations for the Best 3/8 Inch Air Ratchet Driver

Recommended as a lightweight products for auto-mechanics and plumbers: the Ingersoll-Rand Hammerhead

Air Wrench in the form of a Ratchet

Air powered tools that take the form of a ratchet are extremely innovative and allow for workers to benefit from the power delivered by having an air connection whilst also taking huge benefits from the fact that their tool is the exact shape and size that they require it to be for the jobs.

The product is by far and away the best type of product for removing spark plugs under the hood of automobiles and larger engine vehicles due to the relatively low power required and the limited working space that is available.

Therefore, the best application for this product is in an auto-mechanic garage. It does however, also offer great benefits to plumbers who require similarly low torque tightening power in usually cramped spaces.

Quick Recommendations for the Best Air Wrench in the form of a Ratchet

The best for daily use: Ingersoll-Rand 109

The best budget model: Power Force PF700

Best butterfly model: Jet 401

3/8 Air Impact Driver

The category of 3/8 inch air impact driver is perhaps the most commonly found size of tool on construction sites. They are large enough and powerful enough to deliver the required torque to make mince meat of most nuts and bolts, yet small enough to be operated easily and with the minimum of fuss.

As such, auto-mechanics love these tools as they sit nicely in the garage and pack a punch that allows them to pull their weight when they need it. They are also big news in the manufacturing industry such as in factories that mass produce items for similar reasons of being small yet powerful when it matters.

Quick Recommendations for the Best 3/8 Inch Air Impact Driver

The best for constant daily use: Ingersoll-Rand 2115

The best for light use: Porter Cable 382

The best for those on a budget: Ingersoll-Rand 212

1/2 Air Impact Driver

The best application for 1/2 air impact drivers is use on busy construction sites where steel worker require high powered tools that do no weigh as much as a small car so that they can handle at huge heights un the side of half finished buildings. Some 1/2 inch air impact tools are more than capable of reaching maximum torques of well over 1,000 foot-pounds which allows for them to easily deliver the goods on most jobs.

Half inch tool also tend to be built to a higher level of reliability than those of a 3/8 inch connector which increases their application of use. They also have a better mix of head speed and torque allowing for high speed as well as high powered jobs rather than one of the other.

Quick Recommendations for the Best 1/2 Inch Air Impact Driver

Best for daily use: Ingersoll-Rand 2135

Best all-rounder: Air Cat 1000

Best Extreme budget: Campbell Hausfeld TL050299AV

Heavy Duty Air Impact Driver

Heavy duty air impact drivers are generally connected to 3/4 inch or 1 inch air socket couplers. This allows for the maximum airflow through the device and the greatest powers and torques.

The best performing heavy duty air impact wrench can deliver a huge maximum torque of over 1,500 foot-pounds. This kind of torque is incredible but it is not required every where. For example, it is highly unlikely that any fastenings in an auto garage will require tools that are capable of such high toques.

However, large and busy construction sites and in particular steel workers will almost certainly require this kind of power at their finger tips. Those in the heavy manufacturing industry such as ship builders will also need levels of torque in this range.

Quick Recommendations for the Best Heavy Duty Air Impact Driver

Best 3/4 inch for daily use: Ingersoll-Rand 2141

Best 1 inch for daily use: Chicago Pneumatic CP77756

Best budget: Ingersoll-Rand 261

Electric Impact Driver

Electric impact wrenches are more often than not 7 Amp motors that can deliver a range of torque ranging between the few hundreds to the almost 1,000 foot-pounds. They are by nature lightweight devices and simply need plugging into a wall socket. This means that for domestic use, they are the perfect choice.

However, many construction site prefer to limit the application and use of electric mains sockets as they cause a significant safety risk.
They are also relatively light weight for the kind of jobs that are required on sites.

What they are brilliant for is fitting out commercial and domestic buildings after the first construction fitting has been completed. This means that the ring mains and plumbing is all inserted and therefore electric tools can be used to build internal walls and install the second fittings.

Quick Recommendations for the Best Electric Air Impact Driver

The best for daily use: DeWalt DW292K

The best for those on a budget: Milwaukee 9072-20

The best looking and cheapest: Kawasaki Clever

Cordless Electric Impact Driver

Cordless electric drivers are by far the most astonishing of all the tools reviewed on trusted tool advisor. They manage to deliver air powered levels of torque for extreme low prices and in devices that are as small as an average size foot.

They weigh between 4 and 9 pounds and are all single handed operation. They can deliver torque levels that compare with the smallest air powered ranges making them a real contender.

Advances in battery technology mean that drivers can be given the very best in terms of power. Lithium-Ion are the two buzz words in battery technology and they mean that when fully charged and inserted into an electric driver, they will last for a full day delivering full power.

These are great for the home user and as an emergency product to put in the car in the occasion of a flat tyre.

Quick Recommendations for the Best Cordless Electric Air Impact Driver

Best for Daily use: Makita 253

Best for light use: Bosch 22612

Best for those on a budget: DeWalt DC821KA

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Looking for a cordless electric driver? Which one is right for you?

Without doubt, the most exciting category of wrench driver at the moment are those that are powered from electric motors with out the need for cords and cables. The huge recent advancements in battery technology has meant that the cordless driver that used to be a tool that was laughed at, is now starting to be taken seriously by professionals in the construction and auto-mechanic industry.

For the users, this is great news. Cordless electric drivers require almost zero set up time and the lack of a cable or air pressure hose mean that they can be used anywhere and everywhere. The cordless models are currently slightly down on power than electric drivers that have a cord plugged into the mains however, they have reached a maximum torque output that is more than capable of performing most jobs that you throw at them.

We will now reveal the three best tools for different user requirements.

The Best for Daily Use

There is competition for the best daily use model between the Makita 253 and the Milwaukee 0779-22 of which both tools are similarly specified. The Makita is a 3/8 inch socket connection whilst the Milwaukee is a 1/2 inch tool that costs 20% more. We advise that unless you specifically require a 1/2 inch tool, you will be better off all around with the Makita 253.

The Best Budget Model

The best budget model goes to the DeWalt DC821KA which is priced at a competitive $248. The DeWalt does not lack in power for the money savings and will be able to get the job done performing as well as the more expensive tools in the market. The high quality of DeWalt’s manufacturing will ensure that it is worksite toughened and ready for action.

The Best for Light Use

The best cordless driver for light use is the Bosch 22612. It has a low power output in terms of maximum torque, however, what it lacks in power it makes up for in absolute head speed where this tool runs away with the fastest title. It is good for low impact jobs and therefore puts it in the category of light use.

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The light-use Bosch 22612 Cordless Impact Wrench Kit



Bosch BOS22612 Summary

A great product for professional electricians and those that enjoy home improvement work

Product Description

The Bosch 22612 is the cheapest cordless electric driver in the range and a price that is a third of some of the others. The connector is a half inch socket allowing for larger connections to be applied. The 22612 is the lowest power electric cordless driver in the range by it does not lack at all in head speed. The maximum torque produced is 84 foot-pounds whilst the head speed is a massive 2,800 RPM. This makes is excellent at low power jobs that are required quickly.

The Bosch motor is power with a 12-volt battery and finds its best applications around the house performing tasks like construction wooden frames furniture and work in the car. The 22612 features an innovative hammer-and-anvil system that maximises the impacts that can be achieved in hammer mode. The number of impacts that can be delivered per minute is 3,200. The handle shaft is manufactured from a soft-grip material that absorbs impact and reduces fatigue for extended jobs.

The high-performance motor with an all-metal gears spins the chuck fast to bust loose rusted lug nuts or fretted bolts. The 22612 weighs in at just 3.7 pounds and measuring just 6.5 inches in length allowing for single hand operation and tight space working conditions. Maintenance of the Bosch is also made easy as it has externally accessible brushes that lead to easy brush replacement. There is a multiple-position swivel LED light that is great for illuminating the work area for increase ease of driving in low light like attics and basements.

Bosch BOS22612 Specifications

  • Variable fats headspeed 0- 2,800 rpm
  • 84 Foot-Pounds of torque
  • 3,200 bpm impact rate
  • 30-minute charger with indicator display
  • Aluminum gear housing; rubber front; thermal sensor in battery for 50-Percent more life
  • Includes two 2 amp-hour batteries with a 30-minute charge time
  • Weighs 3.7-Pound with battery and stands 6-1/2-Inch in length

The Consensus of the 22612 by Bosch

The Bosch 22612 is a great piece of equipment for light and domestic users. It is good for those in industries where they would not normally use such tools but on occasion could make use of a high speed driver such as electricians. It is the best electric cordless that has a 1/2 inch connector and is designed for light use.

It has been given high reviews from users that mention that they have been able to perform high power jobs such as changing car tyres on the road side. This also makes the 22612 a great product for leaving in the car for emergencies. Although the 22612 is down on power when compared directly with others in its category, the price is extremely low and attractive and tool is built to a high durability.

If you would prefer to own a tool that has a 3/8 inch socket head, the Makita WT01W is the perfect tool for the job. Like the Bosch, it is low priced but performs well for the money.


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Meet the DEWALT DC821KA Electric Impact Wrench



DEWALT DC821KA Summary

it may be yellow but it can pack a mean punch

Product Description

The DeWalt DC821KA is a middle range electric driver tool that offers good mid range performance for the is price. It is a great addition to the budding do it yourself home domestic user and the light industrial user. The head speed range is a massively impressive 0 – 2,100 RPM delivering maximum power at all speeds. The DC821KA can deliver up to 3,000 impacts per minute in hammer mode meaning that in drilling mode you shall not come across problems that DC821KA can’t deal with.

The DeWalt is a good tool for a whole range of project from big deck building project to working with plumbing or electrical fixtures. This product is also built to a high quality that ensures it will be reliable and durable. The heavy-duty DeWalt will therefore make your job easier and quicker. It is also a lightweight device that is easy to handle. The DC821KA is built with a convenient, variable-speed reversing switch and an electric brake allowing for better control allowing control in a wide variety of situations. The transmission mechanism is made from sturdy metal and the DeWalt-built motor including replaceable brushes make for east maintenance ensuring a long tool life. The XRP extended-run battery technology will also mean that a dead battery never brings your work to a standstill.

Deatails about the DEWALT DC821KA

  • Heavy-duty DEWALT-built motor provides long life
  • High head speed of up to 2,100 rpm
  • Durable all-metal gear case and transmission provide jobsite-ready durability
  • 160 ft-lbs of max torque provides plenty of power
  • variable speed trigger and electric brake provide extreme control
  • Textured anti-slip comfort grip provides maximum comfort and control

Our Recommendation on the DC821KA

This tool is a middle of the range tool but will definitely not look out of place on a construction where heavy duty tools are required and used daily. The metal transmission mechanisms mean that the tool will have the reliability that any construction worker looks for in a product. It is the best budget tool in the 1/2 inch connector range. The price is a snip at $250 and should definitely be considered when looking for a high performing 1/2 inch.

Another 1/2 inch connector cordless electric tool is the Milwaukee 2663-22 which packs almost double the torque of the DeWalt. However, this model lacks in features and has a hefty price tag. The Bosch 22612 is another 1/2 inch cordless electric tool that is the best cordless for light use.

List Price: $412.46 USD
New From: $412.46 In Stock

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Reviewing the Milwaukee 2663-22 Cordless Wrench with Friction Ring



List Price: $379.00 USD
New From: $362.11 In Stock
Used from: $299.95 In Stock


Milwaukee MLW2663-22 Summary

Pound for foot-pound of torque the best in the cordless

Product summary

The Milwaukee 2663-22 deliver pound for foot-pound the highest torque available in an electric cordless device for the money it costs. It delivers a massive 450 foot-pounds of torque which is enough to comfortably see you through any job where you require a high power yet portable machine. This tool is so powerful that it even beats some of the air powered devices which are traditionally thought to be unbeatable in terms of power.

The 2663-22 is ideal for mechanical, automotive, and industrial jobs. It is powered by the Milwaukee M18, 18-Volt lithium-ion battery which is able to spin the head at just below 2,000 RPM. The connector plug is a 1/2-Inch. Milwaukee have also installed an innovative friction ring that provides industry-leading power in a small size. The weight of the 2663-22 is 6.7 pounds and it stands 9 inches tool making is a middle size cordless tool but also gives it excellent power to weight ratio. It’s practical for use for a range of applications from tightening and loosening nuts and bolts to completing general construction and maintenance jobs.

Milwaukee MLW2663-22 Specifications

  • Milwaukee-designed impact mechanism
  • Most powerful cordless electric delivering 450 foot-pounds of torque
  • Compact size and weight reduces user fatigue
  • Overload protection prevents damage to the tool and battery in abusive situations
  • Friction ring allows quick, easy socket changes to increase productivity

The Conclusion for the Milwaukee 2663-22

There is no doubt that this tool can cut the mustard in the cordless electric market. It is certainly the most powerful tool available that requires no wires or air compressor connection. The head speed is also fast and the body of the tool is fairly light and small in stature. It has been proven in automobile garages to have enough power to easily remove wheels without requiring the operator to lug around a huge great big air compressor tool.

The Lithium-Ion battery is at the cutting edge of electrical storage and battery technology and will ensure that it lasts the distance. Converting from your old cordless to this is an easy step to make as you will instantly benefit from added power and torque.

The features of the MW2663-22 are however limited when compared against the big brother in the Milwaukee range. The 0779-22 is a tool that offer less torque but greater features and functionality including a more durable drive system.

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Milwaukee’s big brother – the 0779-22 Cordless Wrench



Milwaukee 077922 Summary

the big boy cordless that packs a mean punch

Product Description

The Milwaukee 0779-22 is a 1/2 inch impact wrench that delivers the goods in terms of power output. The maximum torque that this thing is capable of is 325 foot-pound which makes it the most powerful cordless electric driver available. This is achieved by using a massive 28V Lithium-Ion battery which is revolutionary in a tool of this type

Milwaukee manage to combine high torque with a head speed of 1,450 rpm and an impressive 2,450 impacts per minute which can make any job take no longer than a matter of seconds. The 28V battery also has the guts to run all day on a single charge increasing run time and making perfect for long days on the construction site. The 1/2 inch connection allows it to drill bigger holes and remove larger nuts. The powerful Milwaukee 28V motor makes breaking loose ‘stuck’ nuts a breeze.

The tool is also extremely heavy-duty and hard wearing thanks to the mechanism being made from hardened magnesium. The handle and externals are covered with comfortable non-slip, soft-grip material that reduces vibration to the operator and fatigue. The drive control system incorporates a forward/reverse shuttle which is conveniently located above the variable speed switch for fast, easy access. The tool weighs in at one of the heaviest in its class at 9 pounds and stands tall at just over 12 inches.

The Features of the Milwaukee 0779-22

  • Revolutionary 28 Volt Lithium-Ion Technology
  • 325 foot-pounds of maximum torque
  • Fast head speed of 1,450 rpm and delivers 2,450 blows per minute
  • Heavy-duty durability designed for hard wear
  • Ergonomic design with soft-grip non-slip handle

Our Conclusion on the Milwaukee 0779-22

This tool is a heaven sent miracle to those construction workers that require a heavy duty yet portable impact wrench driver. Being able to deliver 325 foot-pounds of torque doesn’t just happen by accident. The engineering that has gone into developing the 0779-22 is remarkable. This tool has the power to out drive any other cordless driver ensuring that you don’t become a cropper to costly delays.

Not only is the Milwaukee 0779-22 the most powerful in the range, it is the most pricey. It does however weigh in as the best 1/2 inch cordless torque wrench that is available and as such certain has its applications in the construction industry.

If you love the Milwaukee 0779-22 but simply cannot stomach the price tag, check out the DeWalt DC821KA. It costs $150 less than the Milwaukee and is a worthy advisory in the cordless market.

List Price: $456.83 USD
New From: $456.83 In Stock
Used from: $445.00 In Stock

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Makita WT01W Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Wrench

Makita MAKWT01W Summary

Makita quality with a budget price tag

Product Description

The Makita designed and built WTo1W is the baby brother in the Makita cordless electric driver tool range. It is built to the same high quality standards that we have come to expect from Makita. The power source is a single 12 volt lithium-ion battery which is the best type of battery around currently. This battery can produce a torque of 74 foot-pounds in this product. This power is achieved at a maxmimum head speed of 2,400 RPM and whilst delivering 3,200 Impacts per minute.

The WT01W is one of the lightest electric drivers in its class at a weight of just 2.2 pounds. It also include Makita’s handy LED work area illuminator which allows for the tool to be used tight spaces whilst giving full sight of what the operator is doing.

Makita MAKWT01W Specifications

  • 74 foot-pounds of Maximum Torque in an ultra compact size
  • Variable speed of 0 – 2,300 RPM for a wide range of fastening applications
  • Ultra compact design at only 6-3/8″ long
  • Weighs only 2.1 lbs. for reduced operator fatigue
  • Built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the work area
  • Makita built with the highest quality steel and heat hardened to last longer

The General Consensus on the Makita WT01W

This product should be judge on its price range and class. It will not change the world and is not an all rounder for every day use. It will however be extremely reliable and get most jobs done with limited fuss or hassle. The 74 foot-pounds of torque is not massive but enough for most drilling and screwing jobs around the house the connection is a 3/4 inch male socket so will fit on to existing attachments.

If you are looking for a good all round tool that will be capable of delivering that little bit extra, the big brother is the one to go for. Makita’s BTW253 will deliver double the torque of the WT01W.

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Makita BTW253 Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Wrench



Makita BTW253 Summary

the cordless electric driver that will not let you down

Product Description

Makita make a good range of electric driver tools. The BTW235 is the jewel in the Makita crown. It has the highest price tag which may deter some straight away but this tool does live up to the price tag and fully justifies itself with its high performance. The power to driver the motor is delivered from two Lithium-Ion 18 volt battery which is capable of driving the electric motor to a huge 154 foot-pounds of torque. This may seem low but for a tool that can be picked up and used absolutely anywhere without the requirement for air compressors or cables, it is astonishing.

The compact motor provides 2,100 RPM and 3,200 IPM for the added muscle required to pull through all tough jobs. The device includes a built in LED light for increased job site visibility. The body of the tool is a compact and lightweight design. The hanfle has been designed to a high ergonomic standard that reduced operator fatigue during use.

The Lithium-Ion battery optimum charging system produces 430 percent total lifetime on a single charge which ensures that iyou will not be left with a half finished job. Our Makita have taken this tool to large construction tests and applied shock tests to ensure that it meets durability requirements. The BTW253 weighs just 3.4 pounds and is small enough to fit into any tool box easily.

Makita BTW253 Key Details

  • 4-pole variable speed motor provides superior fastening power
  • 155 foot-pounds of Max Torque
  • Compact, ergonomic design
  • Built-in LED to illuminates work area
  • Lithium-Ion battery and Energy Star rated
  • 30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger

The Overall Recommendation on the BTW253

This is an absolutely amazing product. It is by far and away the best product available for those looking to own an electric powered cordless tool. The power output and functional features are incredible for a tool of this size. The Lithium-Ion battery ensures that you will not be caught short.

The bodywork and design of the machine have all been done with you the user in mind. The soft grip handle works hard to dampen the effects of recoil being induced into the hand and wrists of the operator. It is a durable and reliable product that is great for heavy and everyday users.

The only limiting factor for this product is the price as almost $350. The Makita WT01W is the best budget cordless electric driver from the same manufacturer at less than half the price.


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Which Corded Electric Impact Wrench is Best for You?

The industry for electric impact driver is growing rapidly with many people moving away from the requirements for having large air compressor units to being able to have an electric device that will simply plug into the mains. That is coupled with the huge performance increases that have been seen in the output of small electric motors in recent times. Maximum torques of getting on for 350 foot-pounds was unheard of from an electric motor going back a few years.

Another benefit of an electric driver over an air pressure powered device is that it requires less setting up prior to work beginning. IT simply needs plugging in to circuit mains and off you go.

The Best for Daily Use

The best electric cord tool for those that are intended to use the device on a daily basis and therefore require higher levels of power and torque, the DeWalt 292K is the perfect choice. It is built with daily heavy use in mind and is tough enough to last through regular knocks and bangs.

The Best Budget Model

Look no further than the Kawasaki Clever if you are searching for a middle range yet low priced electric corded wrench driver. The Clever is styled like a super bike and performs with the same intensity. It competes with the class leaders for torque, power and head speed whilst being on average a quarter of the price.

The Best Middle Range Model

This category has two winner and both are from the same manufacturer. The Milwaukee 9070 range feature two products, the 20 and the 22. The difference is very small so take note. The 22 has a slightly newer drive motor system and made more durable and tougher. The 20 is slightly lighter so it horses for courses as far as this middle of the range electric drivers goes. The Milwaukee 9070-20 and the Milwaukee 9070-22 are both good middle of the range.

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Kawasaki Electric Roadside Impact Wrench Kit Model 841337



Kawasaki Summary

Just the thing for out on the road

Product Description

Kawasaki is better known for making high end sports bikes and winning MotoGP races than they are for producing tools. However, they have produced the Kawasaki Clever which is a 12 Volt DC Electric Roadside Impact Wrench. It is by far the best looking of all electric powered torque wrenches with a sleek sport body work design. However, looking good doesn’t get jobs done so how does it perform?

The answer is simply good enough. It may not be a mean muscle machine but it is capable of delivering 280 foot-pounds of torque which will get you through most tire changes and tire rotations. And once the lugs are loose, the speed is fantastic at 3,600 RPM with no load attached. That means that for low torque screwing jobs, this electric tool will by far and away be the quickest of all tools in it category. It can deliver the required torque to secure car wheels on and is therefore good for road side activities. A weight of under 6 pounds makes it one of the lightest in its class and a length on 10 inches puts it in the middle of the size chart for electric tools. While the 12V DC cord makes it clumsy in the workshop, that’s not really the intended use.

Kawasaki Important Specifications

  • 280 foot-pounds max. torque
  • 80 Watt motor
  • 12V DC Vehicle power outlet
  • 3,600 RPM no-load speed
  • Reversible speed drive

What we think of the Kawasaki

This Kawasaki Clever generally receives begrudging good words from professionals that require medium powered electric tools and from those that require a quality product for domestic use. Nobody wants to like it, but it actually works quite well.

There are of course hoards of electric drivers in the market but this one has the distinction of working off your vehicle’s power. Plus, it’s the most sporty looking of the lot! The black and green body work looks like it would well have come straight off of a super bike.

The price is extremely low and the Kawasaki Clever manages to compete with the big boys in the industry for the power and maximum torque produced. It is all round a good tool that will work when you need it most and has the umph required for most jobs.

If you’re looking for a tool for general use around the house, then the products from Milwaukee and DeWalt are of course worth consideration but will also cost more.

For a builder that requires constant and all day use, check out the DeWALT DW-292K or the Milwaukee 9070-22.

But if you want the best tool for rotating tires and for roadside repairs, this is the real deal. Especially if you live where the weather is horrible, because nobody wants to screw around with a crappy spare tire lug wrench in the snow or rain or freezing cold. Why is the Kawasaki Clever the best tool to keep in your car? Because the best tool when you need it is the one that you actually have on hand. Go ahead and pick one up today.

List Price: $49.99 USD

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Chicago 1/2 Electric Impact Wrench



Chicago Summary

An average tool for a good price

Product Description

The Chicago tools electric impact wrench is a low end of the market product with a semi-low price and averagely rated features when compared against others in the market. It is a 1/2″ electric impact wrench which produces up to 240 foot-pounds of torque. This is low for the range of electric power drivers but will easily tighten or remove fasteners around the house and garage.

As a tool for construction jobs, this is perhaps not the right choice. The body work is made from toughened PVC which does not make it as durable as others in the market. It, like most electric drivers, has a 7 Amp motor that can spin at 2100 RPM. This head speed is the fastest of the electric drivers reviewed on Trusted Tool Advisor which makes it more suitable for low torque requirement jobs.

The Chicago electric driver also includes a ball detent system to secure your sockets when they are not in use which save them trailing around and casuing damage. The tool can be operated one-handed and the rocker switch allows for easy switching between forward and reverse.

The facts about the Chicago Wrench

  • Fast head speed: 2,100 RPM
  • 7 amp motor drive
  • 240 foot pounds of maximum torque
  • one handed operation
  • easy control system

The Results of the Chicago tool

This product has received mixed reviews since its launch. Heavy users that purchased this device to try and save money found that they had made a mistake as it is not capable of full and heavy constant use. Its fast head speed makes its best application small jobs around the home where screw may require driving in.

For a similarly low priced product that has more guts and will leave you feeling happier about your purchase after a year of use, check out the Kawasaki Clever.

List Price: $59.99 USD
New From: $55.50 In Stock

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