The best $100 I ever spent

By Evan Spence 4 Min Read

Do you have those little voices in the back of your head that say “You really need to buy that”? I do, in fact, they are more than likely the bigger voice in my head … anyway, this isn’t a therapy session, this is me telling you, our wonderful audience, about the best thing I have ever bought for my 4WD. And I’m just as surprised as you are, that this little battler is still tightening and loosening bolts five-years after buying it.

What’s the story?

The single best thing I’ve ever bought, is a cheap Ozito 18V impact gun. It was $99 from that big hardware mob you buy snags from on a Saturday morning. I already had a 4.5a battery/charger, so I listened to the voices and let some moths out of my wallet. At first, I thought, “what a waste of money, I’ll never use it, I’m not a mechanic and what’s wrong with using a ratchet like a normal human”. WRONG WRONG WRONG. The other day I even found myself walking around the house looking for things to tighten up. “Hmm, those stairs are a little wonky”… they weren’t.

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Is the Ozito Impact gun any good?

It will undo wheel nuts, I stripped a spare axle housing with it the other day, and I used it to put a bull bar on my FJ Cruiser this last weekend. I installed new suspension in my Suzuki, and the thing still had two bars of battery life left! I haven’t fired up the air compressor we have in the workshop since buying this, and at least once a week someone will ask if they can borrow it.

As someone with a back that resembles a nearly finished game of Jenga, it’s made it possible to work on my vehicles again. And that’s what I like about this the most. It takes so much stress off my body while working on cars.

Should you spend more?

I’m not sure how I lived without it, genuinely. And it’s not even a particularly good unit by any stretch. It’s good enough though, and now I know I will always have one in my life. I’ve since bought a brushless drill, an angle grinder, lawn edger (killed this one spectacularly after it disrespected my wishes) and pole pruner. Might even grab a chainsaw too (I did – it goes alright) … once you have the battery, the world is your cordless oyster. This is a huge statement, but 18V cordless tools are up there with cable ties and beer in terms of great inventions.

Safe to say, this has been tested

Ozito verdict

The Ozito 18V impact gun isn’t a professional tool, those with Snap-On or Milwaukee, would be laughing their heads off right now. But, this is entry-level tool, has stood up to my abuse, and makes my life so much easier. Thus, it’s the best $100 I’ve spent on my 4×4.

So that’s my story, but I’d love to hear what you think the best $100 you’ve ever spent on your vehicle is?



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