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Tool Review: Ingersoll Rand W7152 and W7252 1/2” Impact Wrench

Aug. 9, 2019
The power and profile of this cordless impact make it “the best cordless” impact this reviewer has tested.

The Ingersoll Rand W7152 1/2” cordless impact wrench delivers 1500 ft-lbs of 'nut-busting' torque and utilizes an IQv Intelligent Control System to change modes from MAX torque to “hand tight." The tool is 7.6 lbs and has an impact and chemical-resistant housing with patented steel reinforced frame. The impact includes a shadowless LED light ring with task light mode and four light settings with dim options. The Ingersoll Rand W7252 offers a 2" drive extension of this tool. These impacts are also available in kits, which include one or two batteries, a charger and tool bag, Nos. K12 and K22.

The Review

As one of the first to review the newly released Ingersoll Rand W7152 1/2” cordless impact wrench, Eric Moore of DeMary Truck in Columbus, Ohio, had little to base his review on. At the time, he wasn't allowed to know the name of the tool or what torque power it was rated at.

Even so, just by working with the “super secret” tool, he came out impressed. The tool has taken its spot as the highest rated cordless impact wrench Moore has reviewed.

“This [Ingersoll Rand] impact is hands down the best cordless tool we have tested so far,” Moore says. “It has torque that is surprising, and the battery life is astounding. Using this tool, there were only a few times where it needed [to be] supplemented with an air driven impact.”

Besides torque power, Moore says the angled nose, of about 15 degrees, and a short profile allow for better access in some tight spots.

Additionally, the impact offers a shadowless ring of LED lights to illuminate work areas.

Technicians at DeMary Truck used this cordless impact for a variety of jobs, including removal of wheel nuts on light and medium duty vehicles, suspension service and exhaust repairs.

“We couldn’t kill it,” Moore says of the tool’s ability to get jobs done.

The only job Moore says he needed a supplemental air-driven tool for was removing the struts and shocks on a vehicle.

“The [W7152] was doing a fantastic job, but we chose to use the air impact to save the tool from overheating, or damaging the battery by using it for such a high drain task with little to no time in between uses for it to cool off,” explains Moore.

Moore notes that when squeezing the impact’s trigger, when placed on a fastener for example, the tool doesn’t torque the user’s wrist, as he’s noticed other comparable impact wrenches tend to do.

Another difference between this and other wrenches on the market is the use of pictograms to denote torque setting, rather than numbered settings.

The W7152 Moore reviewed came in a kit, No. K22, including two batteries, a charger and soft sided carry bag.

“No cord, no hose, high torque means less wasted movement that equals time savings,” Moore says of the tool.

About the Author

Vesna Brajkovic | Associate Editor - Vehicle Repair Group

Vesna Brajkovic is associate editor for the Vehicle Repair Group.

Brajkovic has covered the transportation industry for a number of trade publications, with a focus on the vehicle maintenance and automotive aftermarket industries since 2016. Prior to that, she covered the global aviation industry as assistant editor for Endeavor Business Media's AviationPros.com, and held a number of editorial positions at an award-winning community newspaper.

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