Disadvantages Of Impact Drivers

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Impact Drivers-A Complete Guide
When you think of iconic, must have tools that you will find in every garage, what do you usually think of? Most people will probably say cordless drills, circular saws, hammers, etc., tools like that. What people most people probably would not name, are impact drivers. Although they are not a well-known tool, at least when compared with cordless drills and saws, they are a very useful tool to have around. Impact drivers are small, cordless drill like tools, that are used to either loosen screws and nuts that are unable to be taken out by a traditional screwdriver; on the other hand, they are also used to tighten screws and nuts that need to be tightened with more torque than can be provided by a screwdriver.
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If you have no idea what that means, picture it this way. Imagine if while turning a screw, you started tapping it with a hammer; the screw would go in faster. That is essentially what an impact driver does. An impact driver hammers a screw around 50 times a second, which produces upwards of 5 times more torque than your average cordless drill. So, if you are having issues getting a screw through tough material, then you may want to try swapping out a cordless drill for an impact driver.
Advantages and disadvantages compared to cordless drills
Impact drivers sound very similar in concept to cordless drills, so you may be asking “what is the point of using an impact driver when I can just use a cordless drill to do most of the same jobs?” Well, there are certain advantages and disadvantages when it comes to using an impact driver versus a cordless drill.
• Impact drivers are compact and easier to hold for long periods of time. If you have seen an impact driver before, then you know just how much smaller they are then the average cordless drill. This means impact drivers can be used to squeeze into tight spaces that you might not be able to comfortably maneuver a cordless drill
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Despite their compact design, impact drivers may cost you a pretty penny, especially if you want extras like more batteries.
• You will need impact driver compatible bits. Because of the immense torque that is deliver by an impact driver, regular drill bits get worn down really fast. So you may want to purchase some bits that are meant to work specifically with impact drivers.
• Because they are compact, and not meant to drill holes, impact drivers lack 3-jawed chucks. Basically this means that your impact driver may not be able to hold most of your drill bits; meaning you will have to buy drills bits specifically for your impact driver.
• Impact drivers lack torque control. Torque control is a feature on most cordless drills that lets you choose how much torque is going to be applied when you press the trigger on the drill. When used properly, it helps you stop your drill from damaging screws and the surface you are drilling into. Since they do not have torque control, you will have to be extra careful when using an impact driver, otherwise you will have a lot of stripped screws and damaged surfaces on your hands.
What to look for when buying an impact driver
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