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Usually I get a wood block to hold the blades in place, get out my 1/2" drive ratchet and put a breaker bar extension on it and still have to use my feet to push hard enough to get my blades off. Sometimes even that won't work.

Today, I stopped at Lowe's and picked up one of these: http://www.lowes.com/pd_254285-70-DC...ductId=3441518 I didn't want to get a compressor because I can't take it with me on the road and my garage isn't big enough for more stuff.

I told the guy at Lowe's what I was going to try it on and he laughed and said "good luck, you can bring it back if you want". Let me tell you, I'm so pleased with it. Zip, zip, two blades off holding them with my hand (no wood block). I could barely believe my eyes. I guess the Lowe's guy didn't have experience with the 20v equipment.

I have no doubt this will also take wheel lugs off of my truck.
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20v stuff is just newer and not as popular as 18v but theres no reason why it wouldnt work. The only thing I wouldnt like about that model is its 1/4". Other then that its a good driver.

I just drilled through my truck frame with a 18v dewalt to set up a plow. My carpenter buddy told me no battery powered driver would work and asked if I wanna borrow his electric drill?
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Hahahahaha!!!

Did you see that mentioned recently on that other lawn site?
I did. I was like, "Hmmmm... gots me a walk behind now - gonna need me sum toolz"...


Glad it works. Have to think about getting oen once the funds start rolling in.

Giant Eagle gift cards for that = $12 in free gas too!
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Hahahahaha!!!

Did you see that mentioned recently on that other lawn site?
Heck yeah! LOL

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Giant Eagle gift cards for that = $12 in free gas too!
Crap! I should have thought of that! DANG IT!!!!!
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if you bought that just for changing blades,bring it back and get the same basic unit with a 3/8" or better yet a 1/2" square drive .The weak part is the 1/4" adapter has a groove and they snap right there when your knocking off nuts and bolts .If you want the best tool for running screws into wood or sheet metal ,you couldnt ask for too much better .
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Usually I get a wood block to hold the blades in place, get out my 1/2" drive ratchet and put a breaker bar extension on it and still have to use my feet to push hard enough to get my blades off. Sometimes even that won't work.

Today, I stopped at Lowe's and picked up one of these: http://www.lowes.com/pd_254285-70-DC...ductId=3441518 I didn't want to get a compressor because I can't take it with me on the road and my garage isn't big enough for more stuff.

I told the guy at Lowe's what I was going to try it on and he laughed and said "good luck, you can bring it back if you want". Let me tell you, I'm so pleased with it. Zip, zip, two blades off holding them with my hand (no wood block). I could barely believe my eyes. I guess the Lowe's guy didn't have experience with the 20v equipment.

I have no doubt this will also take wheel lugs off of my truck.
Try using anti-seize on your blade bolts, and I am not sure if that impact will get the blades tight enough... I would tighten them with a breaker bar or ratchet afterwards.
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if you bought that just for changing blades,bring it back and get the same basic unit with a 3/8" or better yet a 1/2" square drive .The weak part is the 1/4" adapter has a groove and they snap right there when your knocking off nuts and bolts .If you want the best tool for running screws into wood or sheet metal ,you couldnt ask for too much better .
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Try using anti-seize on your blade bolts, and I am not sure if that impact will get the blades tight enough... I would tighten them with a breaker bar or ratchet afterwards.
You could tighten them by hand and let the action of the spindle tighten up the bolt. I've done it before and let me tell you I couldn't break that sucker free with all my strength. It really pulled that mutha tight.
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I just checked dewalts site ,it doesnt appear they have the 3/8" and 1/2" drive units out for 20 volt yet ,but they do have them for 18 volt .The 20 volt stuff just came out in September ,I guess they havent finished filling out the line-up yet .
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You could tighten them by hand and let the action of the spindle tighten up the bolt. I've done it before and let me tell you I couldn't break that sucker free with all my strength. It really pulled that mutha tight.
that could also damage the spindle though. I have seen it strip the threads before.
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