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Masterforce 1/2″ Brushless Impact Wrench 5736 Review


Masterforce 1/2″ Brushless Impact Wrench Balances Mid-Torque Power and Affordable Pricing

In our series on Masterforce’s brushless cordless power tools, it’s time to turn our attention to the Masterforce 1/2″ Brushless Impact Wrench. This is a mid-torque model with a sub-$200 kit price that’s backed by a 3-year warranty.

Pros

  • Competitive performance and price for serious DIYers
  • 3-speed brushless motor
  • Auto-stop mode helps avoid over-torquing

Cons

  • No major drawbacks

Recommendation

The Masterforce 1/2″ Brushless Impact Wrench is a solid mid-torque model that serves automotive weekend warriors well. There’s enough torque to handle most of what you run into on any passenger vehicle. Its price and performance level give Ryobi a serious run for its money in the competitive Prosumer space. 

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Performance

This Masterforce impact wrench fits in the mid-torque class with 500 ft-lbs of torque. Is that fastening torque or nut-busting? They don’t tell us, but we have our own testing to do.

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It has three speed/torque settings plus an auto-stop mode that stops the motor after 1-2 seconds of impacting. It helps avoid overdriving fasteners when that’s an issue.

Here’s how the standard specs break down:

  • No Load Speed: 0 – 1100/1600/2200 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 1500/2500/3000 BPM
  • Max Torque: 360/440/500 ft-lbs

Torque Testing

Let’s answer that question about fastening and nut-busting torque. We set up on the same torque testing rig we use for impact drivers minus the 1/4″ hex to 1/2″ socket adapter. Keep in mind that it’s not a replacement for a manufacturer’s torque testing methods.

On the fastening torque side, we see an average of 327 ft-lbs of torque giving the tool 5 seconds to hit as hard as it can. Nut-busting torque hits between 480 and 510 ft-lbs. So 500 ft-lbs of breakaway torque is a reasonable number.

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It’s plenty of muscle for most of the automotive tasks you come across, including breaking lugs on passenger vehicles. You can certainly tackle construction fasteners that require a socket as well. However, this is going to be at its best in the hands of automotive enthusiasts rather than Pros.

Key Features

3-Speed Brushless Motor

Brushless motors last longer and give you better performance and runtime. It’s a nice upgrade over Masterforce’s brushed model and you have 3 speeds to work with.

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Auto-Stop Mode

In addition to the 3 standard speed modes, auto-stop mode help avoid damaging fasteners by stopping after 1–2 seconds of impacting.

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You can use it on any speed. Cycle to the speed you want to use and then hold the blister button down until the auto-stop LED lights up.

LED Light

Most LED lights are just fine, but Masterforce does have a slightly different take. A partial trigger pull lights up the LED without turning the 1/2″ drive and it stays on for about 10 seconds after you let go.

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1/2″ Friction Ring Drive

Drive styles are personal preference and I like a friction ring on 1/2″ and smaller drives. Masterforce agrees and goes that direction instead of using a pin detent.

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Additional Features

  • Variable speed trigger
  • Electric brake
  • Compatible with all Masterforce FlexPower chargers and batteries

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Price

You can pick up the Masterforce 1/2″ Brushless Impact Wrench from your local Menard’s or on their website for $179 with a 4.0 Ah battery and charger. Out test kit came with a 5.0 Ah battery.

Here’s where some other retailer-exclusive 1/2″ models fall in line:

  • Ryobi P261: $129
    • 300 ft-lbs
    • Bare tool only
  • Kobalt KIW1524A-03: $169 kit
    • 650 ft-lbs breakaway torque
    • 4.0 Ah battery and charger
    • $249 regular price
  • Masterforce 5736: $179 kit
    • 327 fastening torque, 500 ft-lbs breakaway torque
    • 4.0 Ah battery and charger
    • $199 regular price
  • Ridgid Octane R86011B: $159
    • 485 ft-lbs fastening, 620 ft-lbs breakaway torque
    • Bare tool only

Premium brands like Makita and Milwaukee are quite a bit more expensive as a kit.

Masterforce’s closest competition is Ryobi given its performance and price point. Ridgid and Kobalt give you more power, but their non-sale prices require a bit more from your wallet.

Note: Prices as of 4/22/19.

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The Bottom Line

The Masterforce 1/2″ Brushless Impact Wrench is a solid mid-torque model that serves automotive weekend warriors well. There’s enough torque to handle most of what you run into on any passenger vehicle. Its price and performance level give Ryobi a serious run for its money in the competitive Prosumer space.

Masterforce 1/2″ Brushless Impact Wrench Specifications

  • Model:  Masterforce 2410477
  • Power Source: Masterforce FlexPower 20V battery
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 1100/1600/2200 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 1500/2500/3000 BPM
  • Max Breakaway Torque: 360/440/500 ft-lbs
  • Weight: 3.25 lbs. bare, 4.88 lbs with 5.0 Ah battery
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $179 ($199 regular price)

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