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  • Do I want an impact driver?
  • Haze
    Full Member

    Yes…bought one recently to compliment my drill/driver, both DeWalt…combination made light work of our new decking, can only think it would have been a lot more laborious getting by with just the drill/driver.

    BigJohn
    Full Member

    Undoing screws is where impact drivers excel. Even rounded off heads that a normal driver won’t budge can be extracted because of the way the bit gets punched in as it turns.
    For inserting small screws that don’t need to be torqued up a lot, stick to your small drill until you’ve developed a sensitive touch with your impact driver.

    olly2097
    Free Member

    My favourite tool. Another life changing moment vote here.

    andylc
    Free Member

    Impact drivers and Dremels. Kit that once you have you wonder how you managed without one before…

    thisisnotaspoon
    Free Member

    IMO, it’s a yes qualified with an if.

    The little hex ones are great if you’re either screwing a literal thousand screws (especially big ones), as they save having to swap bits to drill pilot holes for every single flipping one. Wish I’d had one when building the summerhouse, the T&G roof alone is held on by 700 screws!

    Or if space is limited as they’re about half the depth of a drill due to not having a chuck.  Taking off trim screws under a car, I’d probably not bother unless a lot of them have clearance issues.

    For actual usefulness you need a 3/8 or 1/2″ driver. and those are only useful when you would otherwise need a breaker bar big enough to make Archimedes blush.  And even then for some applications (e.g. rusty lambda sensors) the recommended tool is a ring spanner and an air hammer (something to do with galling the threads).

    wheelsonfire1
    Full Member

    THIS is an impact driver – over 40 years old and still working!IMG_1193

    tjagain
    Full Member

    I have one of them wheels – great tool.  Use it for seized cross heads.  Don’t see the need for an electric one.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    I have one of those too. Bought when I was replacing the cheese-like Philips screws on my GS750 for steel hex screws. That makes it even older than wheels’s example 😀

    wheelsonfire1
    Full Member

    Ah well, I said “over 40 years” – I didn’t specify by how much! I still use it though.

    reluctantwrinkly
    Free Member

    Impact drivers don’t normally have torque control so it is easy to drive the screw too deep and to get consistency of head depth, I get a feeling they are usually used for first fix operations. I have that cheap erbauer one and it is fine

    trail_rat
    Free Member

    and to get consistency of head depth

    You use a shrouded bit

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