Professional-grade power tools make complicated projects go more smoothly, bringing better results quicker and with less effort. When you're faced with many stubborn nuts and fasteners to tighten or loosen, an air impact wrench or ratchet is an invaluable part of your toolbox.
Impact ratchets and air wrenches make short work of even the stiffest rusted bolts and can be used in everything from small-scale DIY projects to major construction work and automotive repairs. Learn more about these tools below to find the best fit for your needs.
How is an Air Wrench Different from a Drill?
A normal drill might be a mainstay of any home toolbox, but an air wrench takes power and utility a step further. Rather than delivering a consistent high-speed rotation, an air impact wrench produces short bursts of intense torque with easily controllable power.
This action means air wrenches are much more efficient at loosening fasteners and bolts and there's less risk of damaging the nut or the tool itself.
The short power pulses also mean you have more control over tightening and loosening without overshooting, applying just the right amount of power you need to get the job done.
Air Impact Wrenches vs. Electric Impact Wrenches vs. Air Ratchets
Standard electric impact wrenches are highly convenient and perfectly suited to smaller tasks, but when you've got a large job to do, there's no substitute for an air-powered wrench.
Driven by a standard air compressor, pneumatic air wrenches produce reliable turning power over a long period, without overheating or running out of juice.
Since the heavy work is done by the separate compressor instead of a built-in electric motor, air wrenches are lighter weight and easier to handle. If you need to work with a tool for hours, air wrenches are much less fatiguing.
Air ratchets are smaller than air wrenches and offer slightly less torque but provide more precise control. We carry air ratchet tools with a variety of impact RPM (revolutions per minute) and pressure PSI (pounds per square inch).
What to Look for in Air Ratchets and Air Wrenches
We stock a full range of air ratchet wrenches to suit any task you're tackling. Look for the following tools and features in our selection:
- Models with built-in shock absorbers to reduce the strain on your wrist and shoulders.
- Compact ratchets shaped like a screwdriver, ideal for working in tight spaces or with recessed fasteners.
- Larger pistol-grip air impact wrenches with padded handles that are powerful and comfortable enough for all-day work under the toughest conditions.
- Variable speed and torque control to suit different jobs and situations. Easily increase the power for a particularly difficult nut, then decrease it once it's freed up for closer control and increased safety.
We also stock full ratchet and wrench kits with a selection of heads and attachments, making a single tool useful from the start of a project right through to the end.
Air Ratchets and Wrenches from Top Brands
At Ace, we understand how important high-quality tools are for your projects, so we only stock wrenches from the most trusted brands including Briggs & Stratton, Craftsman and Campbell Hausfeld. And with prices to suit all budgets and simple online ordering, we can get your project up and running in no time.
If you need any help in choosing the most suitable air ratchet or air wrench model for your next assembly job, drop by or call your local Ace store, and our friendly staff will be happy to give you expert advice.