Snap-On CT9015 Brushless 18V 1/2″ Impact Wrench Features
We purchased this Snap-On CT9015 Brushless 1/2″ impact wrench a few months ago, so after several delays, we finally received the brand new impact wrench. On the surface it looks just like the Snap-On CT9010 3/8″ Impact Wrench we reviewed several months ago. According to the Snap-On website, this new CT9015 is supposed to deliver up to 900 ft-lbs of loosening torque. We wonder if this may be a typo…we shall see.
CT9015 Out of the Box
We purchased the Snap-On CT9015 as a tool-only, meaning we did not buy the kit with batteries and charger. Still, the CT9015 by itself still cost us more than $400. This runs on the 18-volt battery platform and includes a brushless motor. A variable speed trigger controls the speed from 0-1,760 RPM, and up to 3,500 IPM (impacts per minute). A button on the rear of the tool controls the 3 different modes in forward, and 3 modes in reverse. Three LED lights confirm which mode and which direction are selected. Forward modes show in Red (tightening), while the reverse shows in Green (loosening).
Once we put the Snap-On CT9015 on the test bench, it is pretty obvious that the website is drastically wrong. This 18V 1/2″ mid-torque impact wrench only musters 350 ft-lbs of loosening torque. Our 3-year old Milwaukee M12 FUEL Stubby impact wrench was able to tackle 400 ft-lbs. Our thoughts are that Snap-On needs to fix their website before some mechanic gets totally ticked off for ordering an impact wrench with lackluster performance.
We’re hoping that the third time’s a charm and that the new Snap-On CT9050 1/2″ Impact Wrench will be all that, and more.
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