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It's Powerful, But Not Without Serious Issues
November 6, 2018
I'll start with everything I like. First of all it's considerably lighter than an all-metal impact like the IR 231 C. And yet, it's still very durable. I have dropped mine from 5 feet many times, and other than a few scratches, everything still fits together tight, including the plastic buttons and knob on the back. It's definitely powerful too as everyone else has mentioned. And while the unmuffled version is slightly louder than your average impact, it's certainly not excessive.
In addition, the trigger control is quite good. It isn't a light switch like my old Aircat, which is useful when trying to run fasteners down more gingerly. The direction change buttons are intuitive and very solid for being plastic. The knob on the back is also handy for throttling back the power in lower-torque applications. It has solid detents that prevents unintentional changes to the power level.
However, this tool is not without some serious ergonomic issues. When in reverse, the left direction change button will dig into my hand at the base of my thumb when pulling the trigger. This has caused a very noticeable blister and significant discomfort, mainly when using a torque stick.
Further, the plastic body, while making it lighter, has thrown off the balance considerably. With no sockets mounted at all, it does feel noticeably front-heavy, as the hammers and metal housing are sitting way at the front of the tool. Worse still, with a deep socket or torque stick mounted on the front, it's very unbalanced, and uncomfortable to hold for even short durations.
When you're working in a shop all day long, wielding this front-heavy, blister-creating beast will get old real fast. The job is hard enough on your body as it is. If you have the opportunity, I recommend trying this gun before you buy it. Perhaps you won't experience the same issues I had.
And while I got mine for an excellent price, it still isn't worth the extra strain on my wrist. I'll be looking for a better-balanced replacement in the future and relegating my 2235ti to occasional home use, serving as a back-up.