Craftsman 1/2" Impact Wrench - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Nov 28, 2014 | 568 views

If you are trying to loosen or tighten a bolt or nut the the impact just stops more than likely there is a problem in the hammer (clutch) mechanism (items# 24 through 30), there could be broken part causing the mechanism to jam, the hammer (clutch) needs to hit and then slip to let the motor turn as they are directly coupled (no gears). On the flip side in the motor there are vanes (blades)
(item# 17) that need to have free movement and could also cause a condition were the motor could have low power or cause a locked condition.

Follow this link for the owner/parts manual:

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Jan 22, 2015 | 1,016 views

buy a better gun the cheap ones dont have any power

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Jun 27, 2013 | 324 views

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Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Apr 28, 2013 | 231 views

I found these posts when looking for a repair kit or parts for my Sears 756 CP. Appears I need the fastest moving most common to fail NLA part. Had this gun since new. Used for years in the shop then put it in the bottom of the tool box when the valve went out years ago.

In a clean up round I pulled it out to make the decision fix or recycle. One of those not wanting to throw out a perfectly good impact I started looking for parts. I did order a valve from a 744 and will be trying it. Since the shaft is shorter I was going to use the shaft from the 756 and cut it to make up the difference. Do not know yet if this will work.

In the mean time I started looking through one of the spare hardware drawers and came across a oil metering valve seat from a rotary engine. It fits rather snugly on the actuator shaft from the 756 and with a washer works. It is basically a jet encased in rubber.

This 756 is back up and impacting well. So if any one is still looking for the throttle valve for your 756 I can provide you with something that will work. Do not know what the life expectancy will be though. Since this will not be the everyday gun should last for a while.

Mazda part numbers that should work N236-14-633A - N326-14-633

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Aug 15, 2012 | 374 views

there is a neoprene O ring in the trigger area ,that breaks down ,it needs a service by an air tool repairer ,it is not expensive. dont use wd40 or the like if dont have airtool oil use auto transmission fluid and this wont happen too often

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Jun 06, 2012 | 1,439 views

check the specs and make sure your not pushing it harder than it was built for.
replace the brushes

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Apr 15, 2012 | 91 views

how much oil did you put in? you are only supposed to put a few drops in the air hose coupler.

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Aug 21, 2011 | 1,203 views

  • There are no chucks with these newer impact wrenches. See that little ring on the tip of the socket shaft? That is a lock ring and that is what holds your sockets in place. You will want to keep a few 1/2 impact wrench lock rings around. There is a tool they make to aid in removing and replacing those rings but it is not necessary. You can use a small flathead screwdriver and walk the old one off and the same for replacing it. All you need to do is snap a socket on there real good and let'er rip.

Regards, Tony

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Apr 30, 2011 | 466 views

Just put 3-5 drops of air tool oil down the air inlet coupler and then run the gun for 5 seconds. Do this everyday that you run the gun for best results.

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Feb 26, 2011 | 671 views

if you dont use hand tools often you should never trust the torque from impact wrench you should always recheck with tension wrench for correct torque specs
or at least hand tools such as breaker bar, spanner, ratchet
depending on what your doing up and diameter of bolt or studd for what application

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Feb 06, 2011 | 562 views

fill it wit oil hold in triger and flick between forard and reverse should free up the vains inside

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Feb 02, 2011 | 509 views

I just bought one of these also. Manual says oil goes into "the air inlet" which I'm thinking is where you attach the hose. That way the oil is sprayed throughout the interior of the gun once you run air through it.
Question for you: I can't get an impact socket onto this gun, almost seems like the square hole is too small. (yes, both are 1/2" drive). How do you get a socket on this stupid thing?
(man that sounds like I'm an idiot, but I've spent a half hour leaning all my body wight, wiggling, etc. and can't get a damn socket on)

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Feb 02, 2011 | 16,141 views

has it been oiled was it oiled when you took it apart things to check for also does it have a adjustable torque on it

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Sep 18, 2010 | 460 views

fill down the air pipe wit penatrating oil hold trigger and keep movin forward and reverse wen in frees up fill wit airtool oil

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Aug 10, 2010 | 1,209 views

I have the same problem, brand new impact wrench, brand new impact sockets, but can't get a socket onto the gun. Leaned on it with all my weight, wiggled, nothing. and yes they are both 1/2" drive. WTH?

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Jun 20, 2010 | 4,445 views will show you what they have

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on May 31, 2010 | 95 views

Try turning your line air pressure up to at least 90 pounds
Most lug nuts are tightened to 85 pounds or higher

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Mar 30, 2010 | 388 views

The air motor is probably shot. Turn the socket a few revolutions by hand, and see if it frees up and starts working. A couple of firm raps on the workbench might help. Otherwise take it apart and see whats up. You'll probably find worn vanes or a vane stuck in the rotor. There will be several vanes, and they must slide in and out of the rotor easily. If you arte lucky you'll just have to clean out, lubricate, and reassemble.

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Oct 02, 2010 | 495 views

If your local Sears store can't help you, try looking to see if you have a Snap-On, Corn-well, or Matco tool distributor in your area. Many air tools are manufactured by companies who make tools for different distributors. I work in a shop, and have found that many of the tool trucks have parts that'll work on other brands of tools besides their own.

Craftsman 1/2"... | Answered on Dec 13, 2009 | 277 views

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