Milwaukee V28 Impact selling point?

Posted by on January 26, 2006

When the V28 line of Milwaukee cordless tools first came out, we had a customer come in and wanted to see if the impact had enough power for the lugnuts on his brand new dually. It’s listed as 325 ft-lbs of torque, but what does that mean when you’re using it? We had a battery charged up, so we took it to the parking lot to see what it would do.

Removed the lug
It removed the lug nut just fine. No problems at all there. In fact, it didn’t even seem to think twice about this simple task. The V28′s have more than enough power for pulling off a lug nut.

Installed the lug
It didn’t have any problems when installing the lug, either. It tightened it up in no time flat, and it gave a couple of clicks so we knew it was tight. That was the point he should have stopped.

One more time
The customer pulled the trigger once more – just to make sure it was tight enough. Well, that was one time too many. He managed to shear off the stud with that little pull of the trigger.

Bought the tool
He was impressed with that, and bought it immediately. He didn’t need any more proof that it had some power. The funny part is that relating that story to people in the store, many immediately say “That’s the one I need then”.

How much is too much?
That brings up the question – how much is too much? I don’t personally need to shear the studs off of the wheels of my father’s Jeep to know if something has enough power to put a lug nut on or not. I don’t need the most powerful tool on the market. The jobs I do never require the biggest, baddest, meanest tool in existence. I’m usually just driving a screw, setting an anchor, or changing a tire. Even some of the much lower voltage tools can handle those jobs without much effort. But, being Americans, we feel inclined to buy too much instead of what may only do what we need. I’m sure someone will come out with a 350, 400 or even 500 ft-lb impact at some point, but what’s the use if it breaks everything you’re trying to assemble?

4 Responses to Milwaukee V28 Impact selling point?

  1. auntiegrav

    Can you say “Torque Wrench”?
    Impact tools are for REMOVING THINGS. Not installing them. Too many warped brake rotors out there in the world to testify to that.
    I have a farm. I have old, rusty tractors and wagons that need tires changed on hot days in hay fields where I don’t want to lug out the torch, the oil, the air compressor, or the long pipe and the 3/4 drive strongarm to change a tire underneath a dust-dripping load of chaff.
    No such thing as too much torque to REMOVE things. Always too much torque to put them on. I’ll remember that from changing the $85,000 inertial measurement unit on an F-14 where the required 50 inch-lbs was too much because someone didn’t put the washers on the captive screw in the right order. Check your premises. Check the direction button on the impact wrench.

  2. Brian Mark

    I’d agree, but people see them using impacts on Nascar and think they need to do the same thing. We’ve had several people with drag racing cars and trucks tell us they’re using V28 for their wheels now, so I don’t think the person I wrote about here is alone in using an impact for his personal vehicle.

    When I used to change tires for a living, we had 2 pneumatic impacts. One was a good one for removing the tires, one had the O-rings removed for starting the wheels but it’d never get them tight. It was indeed a torque wrench for that.

    The right tool for the job – what a novel concept! ;-)

  3. InstaG8R

    I,m 220 lbs, and I still couldn’t get that lug nut off when I got to the airport parking lot at 1am in a hard down pour with my wife after flying across the country for Thanksgiving travel. I end up tearing my miniscus disc in my knee. I got to thinking how dangerous it is waiting for AAA on the side of a busy Interstate Highway, especially for my wife (who knows how to change her own oil filters); the longer you stay on the side of a road, the higher the risk of getting hurt or vandalized. So I bought the V28 impact wrench for both cars when they had the buy a tool kit and get another tool free rebate offer in March. Its not about can I or not get the lug off, its how fast can I get going again and reduce the risk of having my family getting hurt and my positions getting vandalized or destroyed… The Milwaukee V28 Impact is a good investment. The battery only needs to be recharged once every 6-9 months, so when you change the time clocks for day light savings time, recharge the battery.

  4. Brian Mark


    Good call on the safety aspects there. I’ve known a few people injured when removing lug nuts, and your comment on sitting on the side of the road really holds some weight in my book. The “Proper” way to install a lug nut is with a torque wrench, but I don’t really know anyone that does that on a regular basis. I haven’t even seen dealers doing that on a consistent basis, let alone the “quick oil change” places or other service stations that rotate tires.

    I suppose it’s still a best practice to double check the lug nuts when you get home using a torque wrench, but in the interest of getting going quickly nothing is going to beat having a cordless impact.

    Great idea with the rebate, too.