Is my impact driver normal?


What is different in a cordless impact driver?

Nowadays people have no limit to their creative imagination when it comes to what they build. Beautiful decks, docks, innovative tree houses, sheds, fences and firewood racks are just a few examples. This kind of work requires a lot of fasteners, especially lag screws. There is only one tool that rotational speed and blows per minute which makes it the best for these big screws. It is the Cordless Impact Driver. They are faster and more consistent than a drill.

Even a few years ago the Cordless Impact Driver was not a favorite among hardware users who needed these tools for day to day activities. They were rarely seen on job sites and on the shelves of hardware stores. Recently however, their popularity is ever increasing leaving you to wonder why. The reasons are very simple; they are lightweight, very compact and provide a higher output of torque. Additionally this higher fastener torque comes with no recoil so that the...

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A manual impact driver with screwdriver bits and adapters

Impact driver guide set with bits

An impact driver is a tool that delivers a strong, sudden rotational and downward force, often used by mechanics to loosen larger screws (bolts) and nuts that are corrosively "frozen" or over-torqued.[1] The direction can also be reversed for situations where screws have to be tightened with torque greater than a screwdriver can reasonably provide.

Manual impact drivers consist of a heavy outer sleeve that surrounds an inner core that is splined to it. The spline is curved so that when the user strikes the outer sleeve with a hammer, its downward force works on the spline to produce turning force on the core and any socket or work bit attached to it. The tool translates the heavy rotational inertia of the sleeve to the lighter core to generate large amounts of torque. At the same time, the striking blow from the hammer forces the impact driver down into the screw...

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Since there is no topic about this type of power tool, I want share my 'limited' experience using it. I already posts some messages related to impact driver in my Rotary hammer thread, and I want to dedicated this thread to impact driver.

To be clear, impact driver is NOT impact drill. Main purpose of the impact driver is for driving screws or bolt. With drilling bits, it also can drill small holes into wood, plastic or steel.

For many years, I was using hand tools, such as screw drivers and wrenches for my home DIYs, Most of us know how hard or exhautive when using screw driver to drive screw into wood, especially the long screws.

In about year 2000, I tried, Black and Decker's cordless screw driver for PC repairing, then I realized how convinient the power tool is. So, I bought Bosch iXO compact screw driver. It works well and really make things easy, driving screw into wall plug for cuitain rail anchoring. It was slow and easy to drive the screw, but much in...

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Carpenter of 10 years i think you have some misconceptions, the three tools you're interested in are very different tools

Let's start with the most basic.

Drill: This will drill holes, or screw in screws, pretty much it's that simple. You swap out bits, anything from drill bits, to driver bits, to spade bits to forstner bits, and the list keeps going from there. A drill has two basic functions. Drill holes and screw things in

Impact drill: Basically teh same functinality as a drill. The main difference is that it performs these tasks easier, as the impact action does teh work for you, so you don't have to push into the drill and apply very much force. Makes screwing in screws a lot easier. It also will have a shorter battery life however because it does more work

that said, can do all the operations a standard drill can. It will only take certain types of bits, basically you're limited to driver bits, adn most recently produced spade bits. This is...

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most of the newer dewalts i've used are somewhat similar to what you're describing, but it's never really bothered me.

the dewalt impacts are heaven, i'm so glad tool company's are coming out with 2 tool combo's now (and that my company actually buys them). makes screwing anything 10 times easier (think 50,000sq ft building worth of roof blocking).

milwalkees drills are similar to the dewalts, but something just feels off with them for me. sounds strange, but almost like there is too much torque or something, i'm not sure.

best drill (before we started getting impacts) i ever used was my company got a few hilti cordlesses on 2 year leases. i'm sure they were twice the cost of any dewalt, but they were the smoothest thing i've ever used, and really made me realize how different cordlesses can...

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The cordless drill/driver is by far the most popular portable power tool of all time, and it's not going to lose that title anytime soon. However, cordless drills are beginning to lose ground to a relatively new type of cordless tool, the impact driver. That's got do-it-yourselfers everywhere asking questions: What's the difference between a drill/driver and an impact driver? How does an impact driver work? And if I own a drill/driver, why would I need an impact driver?

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A cordless drill/driver is a versatile tool that's designed to drill holes and drive screws. Its keyless chuck accepts a wide variety of round- and hex-shank drill bits and screw-driving bits, as well as hole saws, rotary sanders, wire-wheel brushes, and other accessories. All cordless drill/drivers are also equipped with a slip clutch that allows you to adjust the amount of torque for precise,...

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