Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Porter-Cable PCE211 7.5Amp 1/2" Drive Impact Wrench

Loosening and tightening lug nuts on any vehicle gets old mighty fast if all you have is a lug nut wrench. A 4-way cross wrench makes the task a little easier but never fun.

So if your plan is to rotate the tires on your C3 Corvette, for example, and all you have is a conventional wrench, arm yourself with patience. Lots of patience. But, on the positive side, it will be a bit of a workout.

However, if you prefer to workout at the gym, get one of these.
Porter-Cable (PCE211) 1/2"-Drive Impact Wrench. A 110-volt, 7.5 Amp., 450 ft/lbs torque powerhouse.

I ordered mine from the eBay seller linked in this article since they had the lowest price and offered free shipping. I know that having a battery-powered impact wrench is far more convenient and Porter-Cable makes one. The PCC740LA.

But at two times the price of the corded one, it was just too rich for my blood. Besides, it's not like I'll be using this thing every day, so I'll deal with an extension cord.

It is worth mentioning that the Porter-Cable PCE211 is a bit on the heavy side coming in at almost 8 lbs., but that's not a deal-breaker for me either.

And if you don't already have impact wrench sockets, you'll need (at least) a 1/2"-drive 3/4" impact socket in order to remove your Corvette's lug nuts. But even if you have to go out and buy one, please DON'T use a regular chrome-plated socket with an impact wrench as it can shatter with the obvious and disastrous consequences.

I made a short video of my Porter Cable impact wrench loosening, then tightening, one of the lug nuts on my 1976 Stingray. I believe the video tells the story quite well.

After you snug the lug nuts with the impact wrench (don't overdo it), you'll want to torque them to the recommended specs. I use 100 ft/lb for mine. The main purpose of using the impact driver is to expedite removing the lugnuts.

So there you have it.

I know many people feel that the only impact wrench that can loosen lug nuts is a pneumatic impact wrench. But that's not true as my video shows.

Pneumatic wrenches are a LOT lighter and smaller, of course, since they don't require a bulky and heavy motor, but you need a bulky, heavy AND noisy compressor for them to run, so you have to decide which one is better for you.

Thanks for following my '76 Corvette blog!

Product Links... (#sponsored)

Porter-Cable (PCE211) 1/2"-Drive Impact Wrench
Porter-Cable (PCC740LA) 20V Max 1/2"-Drive Cordless Impact Wrench
Powerbuilt SAE 1/2"-Drive 3/4" Deep 6-Point Impact Socket

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