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Winter 2013-2014

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Well-Equipped Shop - Bits for Impact Drivers

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Bits for Impact Drivers

The best tool for tough screwing jobs is an impact driver. It has much more torque than the average cordless drill/driver. The next time you want to run screws into a piece of hardwood without drilling pilot holes, as when fastening a turning blank to a faceplate, reach for an impact driver.

But don’t grab the bit from your cordless drill. The tip will get rounded over or chip pretty fast because it’s not designed to take the constant pounding of an impact driver. Instead, you should reach for a special type of bit that can withstand these brutal conditions. Dedicated impact-driver bits are currently offered by Bosch, Craftsman, DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee. All have 1/4" hex.

 

Sources

Bosch Tools, boschtools.com, 877-267-2499.

Craftsman, craftsman.com, 800-549-4505.

DeWalt, dewalt.com, 800-433-9258.

Makita, makita.com, 800-462-5482.

Milwaukee, milwaukeetool.com, 800-638-9582.