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Old 12-19-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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What can you do with an impact driver that you can't do with a good cordless drill? My local big box store has a porter-cable on 1/2 price, which makes it affordable, and really tempting, but I don't know what to do with it.

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Old 12-19-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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I wondered the same thing until I used one. I think it's the best thing for driving screws. I have a Makita and love it.

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Screwing into harder wood, lag bolts and long screws will all work better with a small impact drill over that of a driver drill. The clutch allows positive force on the screw while not stripping the head. After using it you will find much less use for the driver except for drilling.
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Maybe I'll get it then. It's a 12v with ni-cd batteries and a charger for $45 -- I know it isn't the latest and greatest battery technology, but most of my renovations are complete. And I'm noticing more and more how heavy my drill is, and this thing is small.
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Maybe I'll get it then. It's a 12v with ni-cd batteries and a charger for $45 -- I know it isn't the latest and greatest battery technology, but most of my renovations are complete. And I'm noticing more and more how heavy my drill is, and this thing is small.
Hey Pyper,

That's only 12 cents a day. LOL!!! Do you ever drive tap-con's? If so, the impact driver is great for that. Besides, your arm will get all arthritic lugging a big cordless drill around. For 12 cents a day you can practice preventative medicine.

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And I took back a piece of base molding today without a receipt and got a $25 store credit, so that plus $20 and it's mine. I think I'll pick it up in the morning. They had two today, and no one was in the store.
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Pyper,
I have a couple of 18v ryobi impact drivers along with a dewalt 18v. The ryobis work fine. The dewalt is a bit more heavy duty. Once you use one, you won't use a drill except to drill. The ID's are a lot of fun. You don't have to press as hard and they are very controllable. The last ryobi I bought came with two batteries, a charger, and a nice cordura toolbag for $99.00.
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And I took back a piece of base molding today without a receipt and got a $25 store credit, so that plus $20 and it's mine. I think I'll pick it up in the morning. They had two today, and no one was in the store.
Sweet!!

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Accessories/Parts Included2) PC12B NiCd Batteries; (1) PCMVC 1-Hour Charger; Soft Sided Carrying Case; (1) PH#2 Screw BitBattery Voltage:12Case Included:YesCharge Time (Hours):1.0Charger Included:YesColor/Finish:Gray and BlackDrive Size:1/4" HexImpacts Per Minute:2800.0Material:PlasticMaximum Torque:1400.0Number of Batteries Included for Tool:2Tool Weight (lbs.):3.9Variable Speed:Yes
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:22 AM   #9
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You might not be too far off with the 12v, its a smaller battery, yes but it is also lighter weight. Everything is a trade off but I love my impact driver!
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Impact drivers, in general, can provide greater torque than their non-impact versions.
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Run a few thousand deck screws without camming out a phillips head and you will understand.
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I added an Impact Driver to my set last year and was astonished. I never use my drill to do anything but drill now. I swear by mine and will not go without one now.
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Dang. I went back and they had sold them both.

I guess I'll wait until my next big project. Sounds like I should have got one before I put down the subfloor on my last project though! Oh well.
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I use my 14.4V Li-Ion Panasonic Impact Driver most of the time
but for pocket screws the 14.4V Panasonic Drill/Driver rules
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anyone else try those Dewalt "impact ready" bits. I got a set recently with the pivot drivers in it.......really nice so far. Haven't used it enough to see how well the bits hold up but i think they are going to last a lot longer then the normal ones

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