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Old 11-06-13, 01:18 PM   #1
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When I moved into my house just over two years ago I purchased a Dewalt drill and impact wrench combo kit that was on sale. I use the drill all the time for drilling and to drive screws. About two weeks ago I used the impact wrench to drive some deck screws in to a bracket I made to help seal and keep the new bathroom vent in place. Do I feel stupid having waited this long to use it.

The impact wrench worked so well and took so much less work to set the screw through the three boards (2 were pre drilled) that I have now used the impact wrench 4 other times.

The moral of the story is if you have an impact wrench use it. If you do not have one try one out and you will realize why a drill is called a drill and not a screw driver.

DEWALT DCK265L 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill/Impact Combo Kit - amazon.com

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Old 11-06-13, 01:31 PM   #2
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I got two of these PORTER-CABLE 1 18-Volt 1/4 Drive Cordless Impact Driver for my solar project.
Shop PORTER-CABLE 1 18-Volt 1/4 Drive Cordless Impact Driver at Lowes.com
It drove lots of 5” lag bolts into the trusses easily. It was a life saver.
I agree these are great tools. (I got this on closeout + 10% off it was a great deal.)

Porter-Cable PCL180IDK-2 1/4-Inch Hex Lithium Impact Driver Kit - amazon.com

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Old 11-06-13, 01:35 PM   #3
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Count me in as another who agrees. I have the white Makita 18V lithium model and absolutely love it. I use my drill as a drill and my impact for driving in everything screw related. So much more control, so much easier and faster. The only downside is its noisy (all impacts are) which really isn't a big deal when you consider all the benefits.

Makita LXDT04CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit - amazon.com

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Old 11-06-13, 03:59 PM   #4
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I use the makita impact drill at work every day. I love it.

I have a 1/2" 19V craftsman impact that i use around the house and the garage. Works awesome.
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Old 11-06-13, 08:15 PM   #5
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Count me in too. Got a Nextec drill and compact impact driver last xmas. Love them both so much I just bought the bigger impact driver.

Craftsman 30285 Compact Lithium-ion Drill/driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit

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Old 11-07-13, 08:40 AM   #6
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The more tools the better, but except for small jobs, air drive or corded is used.
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All things being equal my 18V drill will drive screws much faster than my 18V impact. That said though the impact is used when I have a helper that has normal human wrists... My mother uses an impact to drill, drive and assemble. For someone that can't handle a big, powerful screwdriver the impact is a perfect tool for them.
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Old 11-08-13, 08:27 PM   #8
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I have rigid brand and it works great but too loud so I don't use it
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Even the Makita 12v Max impact does a darn good job. I had the drill/quick release impact combo that I loved, but when I found the dedicated 3/8" impact, I had to have it! Long story short... I fully agree.
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Guess I better buy an impact driver.

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