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    Best impact screwdriver?

    So I had an impact screwdriver a few years ago and it was complete garbage.

    Well my machinist recently showed me how amazing they can be... but he bought his in the 70s.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good impact screwdriver?
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    what brand did you have?

    I have two craftsman impact drivers. One I have had for 20+ years, the other I bought 10 years ago. Both work fine for what I need them to do, and while I don't think I have ever stripped a screw with one, I don't think I ever expected them to get out a stripped screw either.

    I hear Garrett Wade and Vessel both make realyl nice ones, better than my craftsman workhorse, but I have never had occasion to use one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaTacL1sm View Post
    So I had an impact screwdriver a few years ago and it was complete garbage.

    Well my machinist recently showed me how amazing they can be... but he bought his in the 70s.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good impact screwdriver?
    The one on top is a Shokdriver from Japan which is good. The next one is Craftsman which works probably just as well, but I never seem to use it. The other two are Snap-on which I prefer. They are nicely built, can get a good grip on them and don't have the knurling (which only really matters if you use them for work... a lot). I wouldn't buy one of those offshore ones that come in the little blue tin case. I had one, but tossed it in favour of the Snap-on. I don't usually recommend Snap-on, because of the price and last time I checked, they weren't as generous with the warranty. Some of their stuff is worthwhile. I prefer their torque wrenches and ratchets. Probably most out there will do the job with good quality bits... which can be a pain to find because there is so much shit out there. However... you can definitely tell the difference in quality of the drivers. The 3rd one down which is as old as dirt has a lot of miles on it and still good as new.


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    PS.... I'm sure you know this, but being able to get a good grip on them is important. Easier to preload the the driver before you whack it.
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    Thanks!
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    A bit of a crossover from the JIS thread but Vessell make a "megadora impacta" that has a tang through design and rotates 12 degrees when hit. Not used them but may be better for any stuck Jap screws.


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    The only impact driver I've ever used is my Buffalo, which I bought at the local hardware store in the spring of 1980. It's identical to the one pictured, and still going strong.

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    Mine is identical to that but 20 years older, was it 11 or 17$ I can't remember

    B| and my eyes must be getting tired
    because for a moment there I read the title of this thread as Breast Implant Screwdriver and thought I better get right onto that one
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    Mine is a mid 70's Buffalo. Has taken a real pounding over the years and still works as new.

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    I've had one like that below since the early '80s. It has served me well.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/MAC-Tools-I...gAAOSwIkNcS57O

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