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NYCbianchi 10-08-2012 10:46 AM

Recommend the best socket size for a new impact driver?
I'm slowly building up my tool set, and I'm considering an impact driver. I will probably stay within the DeWalt 20V family so that I have interchangeable batteries; I'm looking at buying one of these.

I really have no idea what socket size is the most common / useful. 1/2" clearly seems too big but what about 1/4" vs. 3/8"? This is just for general purpose use, screwing in woodscrews and whatnot. What is the most common / popular size for bits?

joecaption 10-08-2012 10:53 AM

Confusing question.
If all your going to be doing with it is lighter work like screws then the 1/4 will work fine as far as the driver size.
All driver bits come in 1/4".
You can buy a set of adapters that will let you run 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2 sockets.

NYCbianchi 10-08-2012 10:56 AM

Thanks Joe. I think you answered my question with "all driver bits come in 1/4" " -- I felt like there was a really commone size but I wasn't sure what it was...

woodworkbykirk 10-08-2012 02:58 PM

so your looking at nut drivers for your impact... i use them all the time for deck work and bolting beams.

impact drivers have a 1/4 chuck, where as impact wrenches will have a 1/2" chuck. but for the impact driver you'll want a 1/2" adapter that fits into your driver, so you can use larger sockets. the other reason that if your trying to use 1/4 sockets the adapter will strip out very easily especially when the anvil kicks in on the drill. i highly recommend the milwaukee shock wave bits and drivers, they last much longer than the dewalt ones available

PaliBob 10-08-2012 06:26 PM

2 Attachment(s)
  • Impact Drivers All have 1/4" sockets (Female}
  • Impact Wrenches are commonly 3/8" or 1/2" (Male)
  • Hex adapters are available for 1/4,3/8 and 1/2" sockets
Here is a source for a Hex Adapter


woodworkbykirk 10-08-2012 08:44 PM

thats what i meant....

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