Impact wrenches (all types: pneumatic, manual, electric) WORK.
CY: That's my experience.
They are safer than leverage when it comes to loosening nuts/bolts.
than can easily over-tighten.
CY: Same, here.
In the "bad old days" the professionals used a "Cross" wrench. This
seemed to work a lot better than the wrench than was provided by the
CY: Ah, yes, the X-wrench, as I improperly call em.
Because the "cross wrench" worked a little like an impact wrench!
CY: We must be talking about different things.
You mean this?
Impact wrenches are very good at breaking loose a nut/bolt. Once a
nut/bold is loose the pneumatic are very effective at spinning a
off. A manual impact wrench acts like any other wrench. An
impact wrench is likely to be on the slow side until the nut/bolt is
CY: Yep, they start slow, and then pick up speed.