SEMA 2013: Ingersoll Rand IQV12 Tools Offer Big Power And Ergonomics

Offering the same torque as many of their air-powered counterparts, IR’s new IQV12 series ratchets, impact guns, and screw drivers will soon be in the hands of enthusiasts and professionals alike. The new IQV12 line of power tools from Ingersoll Rand completely changes the way most of us will look at battery powered, cordless tools. “With our 20-volt line we learned a lot about durability and design. We also learned that there’s a need for access that you couldn’t get with the 20 volt design,” says IR’s Josh Johnson.

Starting with screw drivers and drill drivers as well as power ratchets available in 1/4 and 3/8-inch drive, there are even impact guns in quick change, 1/4 and 3/8-inch drive. These tools can be used under the hood, in the house, or outdoors. Johnson tells us the tools are tough too, “These go through six-foot drop tests onto concrete to ensure they’ll stand up in a shop environment.”

Battery packs have always added weight, and through the years we’ve personally used many cordless tools that were significantly heavier than their air-powered counterparts. “It’s not just about how the tool looks, it’s also about how it feels after a full day of use,” says Johnson.

With the IQV12, ergonomics was a big consideration. The tools are not only lightweight but also comfortable to hold, with many featuring trigger mechanisms that can vary speed, rather than simply being an on/off switch. The rubber over-molding on the tools won’t scratch painted surfaces, or slide away. The grips also stand up to virtually all automotive chemicals, even hand cleaner residue which can be very harsh on rubber coverings.

Modern engine compartments are not getting any larger, and technicians as well as enthusiasts have an increasing need to get their power tools into tight spaces. “It’s all about smart design, ergonomic comfortable controls and grips, and providing a rugged tool that works,” says Johnson.

Even the batteries are designed with tactile feedback so users know the battery is engaged. Battery charging time for the two amp hour batteries is only an hour. Run time is dependent on usage and each tool includes two batteries which are interchangeable across the entire IQV12 line.

The IQV12 line from Ingersoll Rand is ideally suited for situations where air tools aren’t practical, available, or just can’t do the job.

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