BATTLE OF THE IMPACT WRENCHES

Real Tool Reviews tests the EarthQuake XT 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench side-by-side against the Snap-On MG725

The professional-grade EarthQuake XT Impact Wrench is a big hit with customers. Features range from the lightweight design for reduced fatigue to its through-the-handle exhaust that keeps debris away from the operator. However, when it really comes down to the nuts and bolts of EarthQuake XT’s performance, some question whether this tool performs as well as it claims, especially compared to its Snap-On counterpart priced significantly higher.

In a recent product comparison video produced by Real Tools Review, the EarthQuake 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench goes head to head (or this case—anvil to anvil) with the ½ in. Snap-On MG725. Brace for impact because the results may surprise you…

Snap shot EarthQuake XT Side by Side Snap On MG725

The review starts off with basic feature comparisons.

Features

Weight with a fitting installed
XT: 4 lbs, 7 oz.
MG725: 5 lbs., 1 oz.

Height (top of impact to bottom of fitting)
XT: 9-1/2 in.
MG725:  9-1/2 in.

Width
XT:  2-3/4 in.
MG725: 2-3/4 in.

Length
XT: 7-1/4 in.
MG725: 7-3/4 in.

Speed/Power Modes
XT: 3 speed/power modes that work in forward and reverse; large dial for easy switching between modes
MG725: 3 speed/power modes that work in forward, reverse operates in max torque mode only; small dial knob for switching between modes

Triggers
XT and MG725 both have variable speed triggers

Housings
XT: Metal and composite housing
MG725: all metal housing but with rubber overmold grip and top pad

Fittings
XT and MG725 both have 3/8 in. air fittings with ¼ in. NPT threads
(Can turn line pressure down lower compared to ¼ in. air fitting)

Anvils
Both XT and MG725 have friction ring anvils
(Enables attachment of standard sockets without falling off during use or depressing a pin to detach – ideal for automotive use)

The basic shape and dimensions of both impact wrenches are relatively similar but the EarthQuake XT is a bit more compact. Additionally, the EarthQuake impact wrench weighs in a half-pound lighter, which can make a huge difference in terms of reduced fatigue when using an impact wrench for an extended period of time.

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Speed/power mode dials on XT and MG725

EarthQuake XT has the advantage with three speed/power modes in reverse compared to Snap-On’s single max torque only reverse mode. EarthQuake XT’s speed/power mode dial is also larger and easier to operate compared to the small knob on the Snap-On model, especially with gloved or greasy hands.

EarthQuake XT’s metal and composite design has an advantage over brands with rubber on the housing because certain chemicals (e.g. brake cleaner) can swell rubber. Snap-On does offer a protective boot at an additional cost which can help prevent scratches and other potential surface damage. It also has a flat rubber top to prevent the impact wrench from falling over when set down as well as a rubber sleeve on the handle to protect the hand from freezing when compressed air flows through the tool.

After the features, the review moves on to the much-anticipated torque testing, running three separate scenarios: maximum reverse torque, forward working torque and dynamic torque (forward and reverse).

Impact Wrench Reverse Testing Impact Wrench Forward Testing
Testing reverse and forward working torque

Torque Tests

Maximum reverse working torque
XT: 1,000 ft. lbs.
MG725: 1,002 ft. lbs.

Forward working torque
XT: 869 ft. lbs.
MG725: 860 ft. lbs.

Impact Wrench Dynamic Torque Testing
Testing the dynamic torque forward—how hard each impact can hit at its peak torque with each impact of the anvil

Dynamic torque forward, lowest power
XT: 275 ft. lbs.
MG725: 332 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque forward, medium power
XT: 325 ft. lbs.
MG725: 399 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque forward, maximum power
XT: 450 ft. lbs.
MG725: 421 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque reverse, lowest power
XT: 301 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs. (max setting only)

Dynamic torque reverse, medium power
XT: 346 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs.  (max setting only)

Dynamic torque reverse, maximum power
XT: 465 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs. (max setting only)

Performance Results

Comparison 2

Overall, the three tests reveal both impact wrenches perform within very close torque ranges of each other with the EarthQuake having a higher dynamic forward torque of 450 ft. lbs., almost 30 ft. lbs. more than the Snap-On MG725.

While both impact wrenches generate identical maximum dynamic torque in reverse (465 ft. lbs.), EarthQuake XT offers more control with three settings—using the maximum setting only (as with the Snap-On impact wrench) could potentially snap the head off a bolt.

Snap-On does offer a two-year warranty on their impact wrench straight out of the box. EarthQuake XT comes with an initial 90-day warranty and the option of adding a one or two-year extended warranty for a nominal additional cost.

Where the EarthQuake XT really outperforms its Snap-On counterpart is on price—the Snap-On MG 725 sells for nearly 3-1/2 times higher than the 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench.

Check out the video and see for yourself how EarthQuake XT delivers groundbreaking innovation with seismic results.

EarthQuake XT 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench
item#62891

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light

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This Rotating Magnet LED Work Light stays put on metal surfaces via a powerful magnetic base and provides 180 lumens, making it ideal for automotive repairs, shop work and hobbies. It’s also a great emergency back-up light.

Other features include an easy on/off switch and a 360-degree swivel head that enables you to direct the beam exactly where you want it. The work light is powered by three AA batteries providing between 3 to 6 hours of run time—batteries are included.

Customers really love this work light:

Handy light to have around. Bright and easy to use in tight and difficult places. – COS Mac, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Great little light with magnet bottom and rotating head puts the light just where you need it. – Don, Bewood, NC

I use the magnetic rotating light to work on farm machinery in tight places, within the engine area, under the vehicle, and in buildings that have no lighting. This light puts out a lot of light. – Rocking Double B Ranch, Russellville, MO

I got this to help provide a small spotlight when working under the hood. It is great for that. It also helps when checking the air pressure in the dark … – Dave, Antioch, CA

Great value for this product, lots of light and the magnet holds good when I clean our pellet stove. Very good quality, will purchase more. – Lil SKI, Plattsburgh New York

Pick up one or more of the Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light
item#62955

Swivel Lens Headlamp

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This lightweight headlamp allows the user to work hands free without neck strain while the swivel lens can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down to light up any project. The headlamp also features an easy on/off button and is waterproof for use outdoors.

For plumbing, electrical work or a myriad of other projects, the Swivel Lens Headlamp is indispensable! Here’s what other customers have said about it:

I do a lot of work that virtually requires 3 hands. This headlamp has already paid for itself, and I was surprised to get it at a reduced sale price. The headstrap with the crown strap makes wearing it comfortable. Lamp is also adjustable on a swivel. I had my doubts about a product at such a low price, since some headlamps cost over $40.00. I have absolutely no complaints for a great buy at much less than $5.00. – Rondo, Texarcana, AR

Allows you to work hands free and shine the light where needed.  – Cel, San Antonio

I love this product. Can’t beat the price. I use it for cleaning litter boxes and taking care of cats at night. – animallover, San Jose, CA

You can pick up the Swivel Lens Headlamp at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Swivel Lens Headlamp
item#45807

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair

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Now you’ll always have guaranteed seating at sporting events, concerts, picnics and other outdoor activities with the Foldable Aluminum Sport Chair available at Harbor Freight Tools. Lightweight yet durable enough to support up to 250 lbs., this foldable chair features three side pockets, bottle holder and a folding side table.

Chances are you’ll want to pick up more than one after seeing what other customers had to say about them:

The wife and I love this chair … I bought four of them. Very comfortable and very well built. Would suggest them to anyone. – paw paw, Pasadena, TX

This folding chair is much better than I anticipated. Very solidly built and well designed. Will use it primarily as a fishing chair, for which it is well suited. – Bill, Lancaster, SC

A few years ago, I purchased a “director’s chair”, as it was advertised, that is designed about the same as your sports chair. The primary difference between the two is the weight. The chair from HF was about 10 pounds lighter, and just as comfortable. I purchased 2 more as gifts for 2 of my sons at their request. The one I recently purchased is for me, since my wife seems to have adopted my first one. They are comfortable around the campfire or anywhere else when we are outdoors. The fold-up side table is great for beverages. Will probably buy another in the near future. Great product. – Bob O, Harbor Beach, MI

No sagging when I sit down on it. I weigh 210 lbs. I can get up from it with no problems. The side table can fold up if you want. It’s perfect for my camping and fishing trips. It doesn’t take up much room when it’s folded flat. The price here was less than the stores that had similar models … M.B., Albany, NY

I have a difficult time trying to get in and out of the conventional folding chairs with or without arms. This is the FIRST chair that not only is it easy to sit or get out of, it is also the ONLY one I have found which supports my back for hours on end at car shows. I highly recommend this chair. The folding pop-up table along with the storage holder on the other arm makes it ideal for anyone who wants to have a “hands free” seating arrangement. – Chief, Gastonia, NC

Whether you’re off to an event, going on a road trip or enjoying that much-needed staycation on your front porch or patio, you can’t go wrong with the Foldable Aluminum Sport Chair available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair
item#62314

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit

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Tackle all sorts of painting projects with the Kraus & Becker Airless Paint Sprayer Kit—decks, exterior walls, ceilings, doors and frames—this paint sprayer kit does it all.

The paint sprayer kit features a 3000 psi piston pump for high pressure and better coverage, easy twist knob pressure control, stainless steel paint pick-up (simple to clean and won’t rust or corrode), lightweight design for less fatigue, built-in filter for quick flushing and cleaning, No. 517 nozzle for 12–16 inch fan width and the ability to pump straight from 1-gallon cans or 5-gallon buckets making clean up a breeze!

Customers give this paint sprayer kit high marks with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars after 600+ reviews:

I have 2 expensive Titan sprayers that don’t work so I bought this cheap one and it works great. Never again will I spend thousands on “high end” sprayers when I can get this one … Dan, Dewey, AZ

I am in the process of painting my house. I was able to paint the main color on 3 sides of the house in about 3 hours. I just painted all of the soffits in about the same amount of time. It works great and was worth the money. – Bryon115, Gainesville, FL

For the price, you can’t beat this item. Got in a jam when my sprayer failed during a job. Bought this item, finished the job and it worked just as well as my regular sprayer. Would highly recommend this sprayer. – Frank, Redlands, CA

This paint sprayer works pretty darn good. Took me about 2 min to get used to this one, once I did it sprayed great. Definitely worth the price, works just as good as $1,000 sprayers. – Mark, Butte, MT

We needed an airless paint sprayer on short notice, no time to shop around, not much money. The painter worked right out of the box, did a great job and was a snap to clean up. Super value! – Granite Guy, Monroe, WA

I bought this airless sprayer to enable my grandson to finish a commercial job he was doing. After seeing the great finish and coverage it did I decided that I would use it to repaint my 1993 Dutchmen motorhome. I put in nearly 60 hours of prep sanding and removing the old decals from the fiberglass. We painted the motorhome in January in a homemade 40′ long paint booth in my back yard. Everyone that sees it says it looks great. I had priced a commercial paint job—they were all $5000 or more. – Jeff, Farmington, NM

Being a retired painting contractor, who has literally sprayed thousands of gallons of paint, I found the Airless Sprayer (from Harbor Freight) to perform exactly as advertised. Buy it, you’ll like it … and the price can’t be beat. – Rich, Tennessee

You can pick up the Airless Paint Sprayer Kit at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Airless Paint Sprayer Kit
item#60600

3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher

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Now you can tackle three yard tasks with only one tool, the Portland 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher available at Harbor Freight.

Featuring a lightweight and balanced design, you’ll experience less fatigue compared to other brands when blowing leaves and other debris. Once you have the leaves in a pile, simply convert to vacuum mode and turn those leaves into valuable mulch!

The 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher has two speed settings and a 12:1 mulch ratio.

Customers are raving about this powerful tool:

My Black & Decker died and this replacement has a few more safety features that are good to have because the unit will not start if any of the attachments are not properly attached. – leafman, Earie, PA

It was more than I expected. Cleaned up my front yard in less than an hour while filling two yard trash bags … – Ramfan1m, Lake Placid, FL

Great product, works well and is built with great quality. – Mils, Winter park, FL

I have a ton of oak leaves and pine needles in my yard and this mulcher handles it with ease … – Big Ed, Pinetop, AZ

Pick up the 3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

3-in-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher
item#: 62337