I mainly see the 1/4 use on karts. Smaller is better if it lets you get into spots.
I have used them a little on karts. I a bit ‘meh’ about them.
I wouldn’t buy one if it meant not have other tools first. If you are lacking any other basic tools I’d put that as a priority over the impact. It seem like you have been around a good while though.
I don’t use one. I just use hand tools. I had taken a likening to speeders well before battery tools became available. The main problems I see with impacts are:
1 - a lack of feel when starting a fastener, which brings about cross threading, but can be mitigated with common sense.
2 - frying the locking mechanism on nylocks. - the wear eventually with use any way
3 - over tightening - still happens with hand tools if you aren’t ‘woke’ to it - count the ugga duggas with an impact or better yet use the torque clutch.
4 - another battery to worry about.
I also don’t have to pull tires off for impounding or have a fleet to worry about at once like some guys do. Most use I see is removing wheels from hub. Most problems I see are with wheel studs. I have never lost a wheel on a kart I worked on & don’t have cross threaded or pulled/backing out wheel studs. Arguably that can be accomplished with an impact as well.
some hand tools