Let me start by saying that I love this tool. I use it daily, and I wish it was available 10 years ago.
What is it? The Ingersoll Rand hammerhead 2015MAX is basically a compact (as compact as they come) right angle impact
gun ratchet. It has 180 Ft-lbs of torque, it’s fast, it’s reaction-less, and it gets the job done quickly. If it fits.
How well does it work? Did I mention how much I like this tool? It takes most bolts (on a car) out effortlessly. Today I did a head gasket on a 2003 Honda civic, front brakes on a 2011 Audi Q5 and an Alternator on a 03 Mercury Mountaineer. The hammerhead 2015MAX did not hesitate on any bolt that I was able to use it on and I used it on every one of those vehicles. Will it do suspension work? Yes, it will but it’s not powerful enough to do all the suspension work on something like a 1/2 ton pick up truck. It will be able to get some fasteners undone but for the most part you will want to use an impact gun. It can tighten crank damper bolts on RWD vehicles or longitudinally mounted engines without having to remove the radiator, It can handle most passenger vehicle brake caliper bracket bolts (“most”, so don’t put your 1/2″ swivel sockets away) and even some larger vehicle caliper bracket bolts.
Design. Speed control with the trigger is excellent, with 2 forward speeds and 1 reverse speed. The exhaust is angled outward at a 45* angle in the rear of the tool, the forward and reverse selector is located mid body in a place that makes it easy to change directions (ever back a bolt out and your tool up against the frame and get stuck) and save your butt. Polished finish that looks really nice. As you can see it’s considerably bigger than a standard air ratchet or Milwaukee electric ratchet.
The Ingersoll Rand hammerhead 2015MAX is not a replacement for your air ratchet but more so a supplement. However it fits into a LOT more places than your air impact gun.
Durability? I purchased the hammerhead about 2 years ago. During that time I had it repaired under warranty about 8 months or so into owning and using it almost daily. The problem was low power and sticking/partial trigger. Several months after that maybe 8 or 9 months later (I don’t know the exact time frame) it broke again (last week actually. mid December 2015), this time it broke in half making it completely useless.
Customer Satisfaction/Service? I contacted Ingersoll Rand via email explaining how much I really liked the hammerhead and how dissatisfied I am with its durability. They responded with an apology and a brand new hammerhead. The rep from Ingersoll Rand also explained that they were having issues with the earlier models and have since made proper tweaks to its design to maximize its durability. I was told that I should not have these issues again. That’s what I call excellent customer service. Excellent brand! Stands behind their products.
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