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Old 03-24-2010, 08:01 PM   #16
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During a tough winter, my roof rake, but in general I have to go with the cordless drill. I also recently bought an impact driver. No more stripped out screw heads for me. It seems like all the decent screws use the square bit these days and you have got to have an impact for those. Why the torx heads didn't catch on, I'll never know.

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Old 03-25-2010, 12:45 AM   #17
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Tools are like children: They're all favorites!

However, my true favorite tool is pictured below. Unfortunately, neither it nor I are getting any younger.....
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:33 AM   #19
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The old guys can appreciate this one. Bifocal safety goggles. I really need them when working close and kicking up dust.
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Ive noticed a few people on here mention an impact driver as their favorite tool. Preferred over cordless drill. Can you guys explain what the benefits of an impact driver are over a cordless drill. Ive used them in the store but never on jobs so I didnt see the benefits right away
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:08 PM   #21
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When driving screws they drive them down fast where there is little resistacne and slow down as the resistance increases and enable you to stop once you've set the screw without over turning and stripping out the head. I'm new to mine but haven't found any benefit to drilling with an impact wrench.
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When driving screws they drive them down fast where there is little resistacne and slow down as the resistance increases and enable you to stop once you've set the screw without over turning and stripping out the head. I'm new to mine but haven't found any benefit to drilling with an impact wrench.
Try drilling through a 200 year old 10 inch wide chestnut joist. With regular drill = 12 minutes of drilling. With impact driver = 6 minutes of drilling.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:36 PM   #23
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They also weigh less. When driving screws all day putting up drywall a 1lb - 2lb difference in tools will make a huge difference.
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The one I need right now. Whichever that may be.

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Fluke has recalled 33,000 VoltAlerts
http://consumeraffairs.com/recalls04/2010/fluke.html

Even if the VoltAlerts had worked perfectly a much better Non-Contact Voltage Tester is IMO the Greenlee GT-16 Adjustable Voltage Detector

Being Adjustable buys two advantages:
* Works down to 5 Volts for work on low voltage ckts e.g. yard lights
* Sensitivity can be turned down to isolate a hot conductor in a crowded box

http://www.toolup.com/greenlee/gt-16...aid=317985355#
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Ive noticed a few people on here mention an impact driver as their favorite tool. Preferred over cordless drill. Can you guys explain what the benefits of an impact driver are over a cordless drill. Ive used them in the store but never on jobs so I didnt see the benefits right away

Borrow one or just buy one and return it if you dont like it. But try driving a 3inch screw or lag bolt using an impact and then using your drill. You will immediately appreciate the tool.

It will save your hand and wrist a lot of torque and pressure and you will drive things much faster.

Best tool i've ever used. Two of my friends bought ones for their respective cordless sets within a week of using mine.
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I find sometimes the best tool for me is a piece of duct tape for my mouth so my kids don't learn any new words as I'm working on a project...
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I find sometimes the best tool for me is a piece of duct tape for my mouth so my kids don't learn any new words as I'm working on a project...


I have a friend who is a mechanic. His kids call foul language 'Chevy' language. Cause that's what Dad says when he's working on the Chevy.

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