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Hilti Impact Wrench: Guarantee will be void if used for scaffolding

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Impact Wrench..

We have all heard about the benefits of using the impact wrench for erecting and dismantling scaffolding and some suggested it was the future for our industry.

But rumors are now surfacing that one of the major manufactures of impact wrenches Hilti will no longer be supplying impact wrench fleet management packages to scaffolding contractors. These packages covered all tool service and repair costs for a fixed monthly charge.

Hilti has confirmed these rumors to one website stating:

“The reason was because that they weren’t intended to be used in the way that scaffolding contractors use them and they were constantly changing and repairing them due to motor burn out due to over torquing.”

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Although Hilti have said the impact wrenches are on sale to all trades but the lifetime service, 2 years no cost and Fleet Management will not be offered for this product when used on scaffolding applications.

The Demise Of The Impact Wench For Scaffolding…?

The question is now will the other large impact wrench manufactures Makita and Panasonic follow suit in removing their service packages for scaffolding contractors ? And could this be the first step in the demise of using impact wrenches for any scaffolding operations ?

By Daniel Norton

Do you use a Hilti Impact wrench ?  How do you think this will affect you ? Let us know in the comments below.

37 COMMENTS

  1. Scaffolding has nothing to do with how strong/ tough you are. We’re a bit more professional these days. If anyone thinks otherwise then they should go spend more time down the gym thinking about how to get even more massive and braindead. Scaffolding is about the end product and being good at what you do. If you are more productive using a wrench, then brilliant as you’ll more than likely have a few extra quid in your paycheque. If more content (like me) with a good old spanner then fair enough.

  2. When Hilti sold me a 22v impact wrench there was no mention of this and I told them what it would be used for are they saying there product is not capable of standing up to the job do I feel conned yes is the answer

  3. Every industry changes, have a look at any trade and you will find tools that make life easier for the user. Scaffolding needed to evolve one way or the other and although the Impact is not 100% for scaffolding its a step forward in the right direction. Hopfully now tool makers will see that thier is a clear market for scaffolding aplications and develope something that suits.

  4. Im a union carpenter in the U.S. and we use wrenches and hand tighten our clamps to 45 ft lbs. I always wondered about using some type of power tool to do it but have never heard of it till now. I work primarily nukes and we use their tools, not our own. Id like to try it sometime if i ever get back to scaffolding in the “real world” I’m kind of old school and would be skeptical, especially with carrying around the extra bulk and weight, however the speed, convenience and accuracy would be a plus. Just like anything else, personal preference is most important. The only thing i see is maybe some kind of liability issue if a knuckle failed. With a wrench you know when its just right.

  5. Im a union carpenter in the U.S. and we use wrenches and hand tighten our clamps to 45 ft lbs. I always wondered about using some type of power tool to do it but have never heard of it till now. I work primarily nukes and we use their tools, not our own. Id like to try it sometime if i ever get back to scaffolding in the “real world” I’m kind of old school and would be skeptical, especially with carrying around the extra bulk and weight, however the speed, convenience and accuracy would be a plus. Just like anything else, personal preference is most important. The only thing i see is maybe some kind of liability issue if a knuckle failed. With a wrench you know when its just right.

  6. It’s true what they say about scaffolding,”it’s a bitchy game”
    If you use a drill your not a real scaff?if you use a spanner you can’t afford a drill?
    WTF???get a grip ffs,it’s all about personal choice,I CHOOSE to use a spanner and make very good money on price and could go out and buy 30 drills and still have change to pay my mortgage and bills.
    Skills pay the bills in this game,not the tools.

  7. It’s all about catching up with the 21st century!!! Hilti gun all the way, even the doubters on my firm love them now! Cant beat them for speed site or on the street! Had no probs with mine, serviced for free every 6months!

  8. I bet anyone to use 1 doing up a load of Hemps and say they wouldn’t get 1!
    Had all that shit (banter) from the lads and now most of them have bought 1 after using mine for 10 minutes!

  9. What’s with all this “if you don’t use your spanner your not a real scaff” grow up. I use a drill to make my life easier. Sample as!! My supervisor has carpal tunnel in his right hand from years of turning a spanner. And will end up having surgery to cut the tendon away. What’s wrong with making my life easier. Ha I suppose I’ll get “if you wanted an easy life you shouldn’t have taken up scaffolding”.

  10. I used a spanner for years an just in the last year bin usin the Mikita impact wrench an my wrists an shoulders dont ache half as much plus u get more done cus no matter wot ya say they r a lot quicker so u earn more money, us price lads do anyway an it’s all about the cash.

  11. all the REAL scaffs use spanners lol? the REAL scaffs dont give a shit how a fitting is done up as long as it is!! theres a tool to make your job easier and you dont use it you slag it instead.
    your thick!

  12. All the other trades av got tools 2 make there life easy y shunt we an 2 all them that say fuck wrenches, wen ur older an cant move ur arms cus there riddled with arthritis u won’t b such big men then

  13. Had the Panasonic for 4 months and will never go back!
    They are a god send on shitty building sites on price!
    Earning more money and no aches.
    First 10 years build you up…
    Next 10 years fuck you up!