Field Test of Porter-Cable’s 1/2″ Impact Wrench
by Larry Walton
First Impressions and Features
My first impression of this tool is that it’s big and a bit bulky. This is not compared to other corded impact wrenches but because all of my recent experience with impact wrenches has been with air powered or small cordless units.
Right away you can see this tool means business. It has the look and feel of quality and heavy duty build. You can imagine that it would be very welcome when you don’t have air available from an industrial grade air compressor and when you have a job that requires a lot more power than you can get out of your cordless impact driver.
The power cord seems to be heavy duty with quality insulation material. It has the extra insulation and protection you expect to see on a professional tool where the cord goes into the handle. It has a hook-and-loop retaining strap to keep the cord under control in the tool box. It does not have a ground prong.
According to Porter-Cable, “This Impact Wrench features a 7.5 Amp motor that delivers 240 ft-lbs of max torque for heavy-duty applications, as well as up to 2,700 impacts-per-minute (IPM) and up to 2,200 revolutions-per-minute (RPM) that offer fast application speeds for optimal productivity. A forward/reverse rocker trigger switch provides an easy transition between fastening and loosening applications. Cast metal gear housing helps dissipate heat buildup for added durability during heavy-duty applications. The Impact Wrench comes with a hog ring anvil which allows for fast and easy accessory changes.”
It weighs about 7 pounds. The grip is plenty big and has a softer material on the back for comfort and traction.