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Old 04-20-2010, 09:22 AM   #16
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Small impact driver vs. driver/drill


I recently bought the Dealt 18V impact driver and drill combo set and love it. As already stated the impact driver is phenominal at both driving lags and screws in, but I revcently used it to pull lags and screws out of an old wodden play system. A lot of the lagbolts and screws had rusted but the torque on the driver got them out very easily.

I anticipate using the drill a lot when I put up the new play system.

The set with two lithium batteries and the fast charger just came down in price at HD - it was $279 but recently dropped to $199 which is a great deal for what you get IMO
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:54 PM   #17
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I have that Makita set - love it! The drill/drive is useful for driving screws when you have a concern about overdriving them, say if you were driving into a soft material or the screw itself was a soft metal. You can turn down the torque so you don't strip out the material. For example, I was putting a piano hinge on a piece of redwood. Tons of 1/2" #6 screws in soft wood. I set the torque on the drill at about 4 and went to town. The screws set nicely, pulling the metal to wood - then the clutch would immediatly engage when the screw was seated.

I could do the same with the impact driver, just by feathering the trigger. You get to the point where you can actually get one impact at a time. But you are dependent on your own skill every time to get it perfect, and let's face it - yer a clown just like the rest of us!

You can drill with the impact just fine, but when it hits the impact point I find it much slower going than with a drill. I've never tried them side by side.
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:49 PM   #18
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After using the Impact gun for a few weeks I have come to a conclusion, it is EXCELLENT!

As PaulCP said, you get a feel for it and use your skill to know when to stop driving. One thing I used it for a lot is screwing electrical devices into plastic boxes, I didn't strip a single one. A few minutes later I used the little thing to drive a 3" wood screw thru 2 2x4's with ease. Then I used it to hang large elctrical panels, it drove the #12 by 1 1/2" long screws into the plywood back board with ease. The only thing I've used my 18V drill/driver for since I got the little 10.8V impact driver is for the 3/4" auger bit and for hammerdrilling anchor holes, I did everything else with the little gun.

I wouldn't give it up or exchange it for the driver/drill for any amount of money.

It's nice having such a tiny gun that has so much power, but will also work with finesse.
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