Ingersoll Rand 285B-6 Air Impact Wrench Review

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Review of Ingersoll Rand 285B-6

Editor Rating: 4.5/5

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Features
Price

Review Summary

One of the best one-inch impact tools in its class, Ingersoll Rand’s 285B-6 is designed for comfortable two-handed use to deliver up to 1,475 foot-pounds of torque to anywhere you need it. It is designed for the heaviest jobs there are, and isn’t a tool for your typical weekend warrior who mostly wants to change out the tires on the family SUV. It costs a lot of money and is in purely objective terms really heavy. But, it’s designed to manage that weight so that when you really need this kind of power with the sort of control its construction offers that you can bring both to bear where it matters the most.

Ingersoll Rand 285B-6 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Lots of torque
  • Ergonomic design
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Heavy

Specifications

Brand name: Ingersoll Rand

Model: 285B-6

Type: Impact wrench

Power type: Pneumatic

Dimensions: 15.3 x 6.3 x 12.8 inches

Weight: 28 lbs.

Ingersoll Rand 285B-6

Easy two-handed operation

There’s no beating around the bush that the 285B-6 is a heavy beast. It is not an impact tool for the light-hearted. But it is designed so that when you need it, it’s not going to break your wrists and hands through vibrations and fatigue. Designed with ergonomics in mind, it has a comfortable swept-back body and a D-shaped trigger that allows the user to get behind it and apply the one-inch impact tool to where it needs to deliver its 1,475 foot-pounds of pressure.

Extreme jobs no problem

For only the hardest jobs, get only the hardest tools. Designed for the absolute extreme end of maintenance and auto jobs, Ingersoll Rand’s 285B-6 is designed for the jobs no other impact tool can handle. From nuts rusted right in place to the biggest pieces of machinery, where other impact tools want to knock off and go home, the 285B-6 is just getting revved up for work.

Ingersoll Rand 285B-6 back view

Motor of many vanes

One of the secrets to the 285B-6’s power is the construction of its motor that relies on six vanes to crank out a lot of power from a pretty restricted space. The motor is also designed for super easy installation and eventual removal of threaded fasteners. That means simplified maintenance from a motor designed to really crank out torque power.

FAQ

How long is this covered by a warranty?

It is covered by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty from Ingersoll Rand.

What airflow is required to operate this wrench?

90-120 psi with 37 CFM (cubic feet per minute).

What kind of torque power does this impact wrench deliver?

1,475 foot-pounds.

Final Verdict

Unless you have the biggest, angriest jobs requiring the biggest, angriest impact tool then this is probably not for you. Priced well out of range for home hobbyists, it is intended for professionals who have work requiring a heavy, powerful impact tool for the biggest pieces of machinery. The 285-B is a heavy-duty one-inch pneumatic impact tool that costs some serious coin. For what it is, it’s a comfortable piece of equipment that while heavy is designed to go easy enough on your body that you won’t regret being born after using it. Where the payoff comes, however, is in a job well done.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!