Snap-on – VS – Harbor Freight ( MG725 / Earthquake XT ) 1/2″ Impact Wrenches

Snap-on - VS - Harbor Freight ( MG725 / Earthquake XT ) 1/2" Impact Wrenches



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Following up on our Earthquake XT video, a lot of you have requested that we feature a head-to-head test with the Snap-on MG725. This is the exact impact wrench that is in the Harbor Freight advertising, and we bought one brand new to run them side by side!

Check out the features & FULL TORQUE TESTING!!

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40 thoughts on “Snap-on – VS – Harbor Freight ( MG725 / Earthquake XT ) 1/2″ Impact Wrenches

  • Great video I think you did a good job. Have you thought about doing a side by side with Ingersoll though. I've been a fan of Ingersoll for ever, it was my first impact back in the 70's and stuck with them through out my career as a field tech on const. equip.

  • I own the xt dropped it many times at 3'+housing is a little beat, but performance seems the same with out the tools you have to test torque also running 3/8" fittings and airline I say it's worth buying

  • Is it true that China and Taiwan , after American and German companies, and others…. engineer design and build these products….that they come in and reverse engineer this stuff and steal these designs? This is what I've heard..

  • earthquake wins this in every category. Why do people continue buying Snap On junk and getting ripped off? Buy Milkwaukee if you want premium, if not buy harbor freight/husky. Watch reviews on each item because going with one company on everything is crazy, nobody is best at everything.

  • Having bought 6 or 7 tools from Harbor Freight, not one has lasted a years with little use. But I can tell you I wouldn't pay the Snap On price either.

  • Basically what I’m seeing is two tools of equal function but one costing 1 forth of the price, so that means I can equipped 4 stations with tooling and have 4 people working bringing in 4 times the money, instead of just 1.

  • I've had one of the older, smaller Earthquakes for around 7-8yrs. It is AMAZINGLY strong to this day. Has never failed me.

  • I have an earthquake xt
    I use it everyday. It is good and can put up with alot. I use it at work on semi tractors. However the Snap on is a very good product. I used one and it is heavier but the grip is way better

  • Snap On air tools have always been weak and not very high quality. Compare the Harbor Freight to Ingersoll Rand or Mac and you'll have a better idea

  • Only difference I see between HF tools compared to Snap on, Mac or Matco tools is that your pretty much paying the price to these American factory worker's pension n high income compared to the Chinese lower income employees. Kinda sucks but unless your making a high dollar wage as a mechanic who can really afford to pay $200 for a set of screw drivers compared to $20 at HF??

  • Really good job on this video. Measuring the tools actual output in a scientific way is a great method to remove misconceptions.
    The XT has a better separation between the torque settings which could save some broken fasteners. For the average home use, factoring in price, it seems more than adequate. If you are a professional then there MAY be an advantage to the higher priced tool.

  • That’s just absurd, same tools with same capability but one is 3x more $$$. No one in their right mind will buy snap on.

  • I used to be in automotive some years ago I had some mac impacts and some Snap-on impacts I have better luck with Harbor Freight tools and husky brand from Home Depot less expensive just as good a lot of times better than snap on Mac Matco for that matter

  • The less "stuff" we can buy from General Chin's Tool Emporium the better. We need to ween ourselves off cheap products produced by hostile foreign countries. God help us if they ever control the world….

  • Warranty doesn't seem like a good idea when you could just buy four HF tools for that price and have 3 spares on hand if one breaks.

  • Great video. The shame is that the China Earthquake model is a shameful copy of an Ingersoll Rand model. So you're comparison is a US Snap On design vs. the Ingersoll Rand design. Thus, you neglect to mention the pros and cons of buying the IR model instead of the ROC copy.

  • I love the Earthquake but I have warrantied it 3 times now for a failed trigger. Basically it loses all feedback at the trigger and when pressed you just hear hissing air and no tool functionality. This is with frequent tool lubrication. Just my feedback. I still recommend buying the earthquake but highly recommended the 2 year warranty.

  • Yeah but how are they built? What materials they use inside? This is why i love when AVE does his reviews because he take the things apart and explains everything and if it’s going to last.

  • I bought the earthquake when it first came out, $80 w/ 20% off coupon, and it's all metal, don't know if that's good or bad. It got me through a lot of work that I could not do by hand, like pressing the ball joints on my F250, and it's still holding up well after all these years.

  • I like the Earthquake XT a lot better over the snap-on. To me they are equally in power and torque. So why pay more if they are pretty much equals. Tools get dirty and messy all the time. I don't mind cleaning my tools a after each use to keep them clean and new. That rubber boot cover is dumb to me.

  • Earthquake might perform exactly like snap on but the biggest difference is what will last longer. One of the employees at my shop has snapon 1/2 air impact that he bought used for 120 he has been using the gun for over 10 years now and it still has never broke and we use it every day. I had the earthquake from harbor freight and it broke every 2 months I also piled it daily as well. Now I have the same snap on gun as my employe and I love it. plus I had a huge discount I got it for 250 brand new, for anyone else its 650. It all depends if your gonna use ur impact 10hours a day every day I recommend snap on. But if you just want a impact for ur house any cheap brand should be good.

  • I remember when IR came out with the first composite guns. This earthquake reminds me of that gun looks wise. The only difference would be the forward/reverse button as the, IR's was totally on the back side by side.

  • I thought it was a great informational video. I like the xt. I personally have the battery operated one, a step down model from the new one that just came out with. I think it 200 more torque than the one I have. New model should be 1600 or 1400, not sure which. The one I own has 1200 ft lb of torque. Which was advertise higher than the air compress model. I didn't want to buy a air compressor, I was a little cheap and the cost, I believe at the time was cheaper than air one. Other than the great video

  • I wouldnt knock the earthquake…got one at the shop that has every kinda person come to it n use it and its been dropped,thrown, straight abused and its got wack….never been oiled either. And is still going strong…very impressed with the gun.

  • Snapon May be more expensive but it is better than harbor freight let me explain harbor freight has a 90 day replacement warranty snapon has a life time replacement warranty so how is harbor freight better than snapon other than the price I’d rather pay more for a higher quality tool than pay less for a tool that could break 1 day or 20 days down the road and have to waist time going to harbor freight to get a new one only to have it breaking again I’ve used harbor freight in the past and replaced 1 tool three times in a week and ended up spending between fuel and time the same amount that snapon cost

  • Ive been turning wrenches for 8 years now. Deisel in the army and the past 5 has been industrial machinery. Ive put a massive amount of work hours into the metric ratcheting wrench set I bought . they are still tough and useful. I stay away from their electronics and tools that have complex mechanisms like pneumatics, spring loaded, and etc…

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