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Old 26-11-2017, 05:04   #16
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Re: More cool tools? "Impacta" screwdriver!

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Have gone to battery powered impact driver to save my fingers. Like the Milwaukee 12v tools as they have a bunch of different tools that will run off the set of batteries and charger. Once you have that first set of batteries only need to buy the bare tool to meet other job requirements.
I'm a big fan of the Milwaukee 12v tools as well. Absolutely could not live without my drill/driver and impact units. And get the larger battery...it lasts about 4x as long as the standard one and the tool will stand on it.

But the 12v impact driver is not a substitute for the old manual type. It's great for getting a lot of screws and nuts loose, but for those that are really seized the risk of stripping...or not moving it at all, are high. The benefit of the manual type is that it drives the bit into the fastener, hard, at the precise moment of applying torque to it. It will loosen stuff that the 12v driver will destroy or not budge at all. I call it my "tool of last resort" and it has delivered with some critical fasteners that otherwise would have had to been drilled or ground out.
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dang those ain't cheap.

Cheap tools,....Ohhheeeek like fingernails down a chalk board. You went and hit that one pet peeve button of mine
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Ive got an old Craftsman impact driver which Ive had since I was a kid. Very solid construction, all heavy forged parts. You can wail on it with a big ball peen hammer, no problem. A proper industrial grade tool. 
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dang those ain't cheap.
Good rarely is. I used to get decent consumer-grade tools at big-box type stores. Now I get crap Chinese stuff I don't mind losing overboard or for which I can use it "sacrificially", or contractor-grade tools, which last forever.

By the way, I have several "average" tools, including a couple of power tools, from more than 30-40 years ago, either inherited or acquired for peanuts because they were "dirty" or worn-looking. They are superior to today's consumer-grade and are often as good as the contractor-grade. So scout those garage sales, kids. Old tradesmen are going off to that union shop in the sky every day, and often their families have no idea what they have in the home shop. I do and am prepared to rehab, because the best tools are worth keeping.
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it's the only way I can afford to fix that watermaker
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Re: More cool tools? "Impacta" screwdriver!

The risk of going cheap on an impact driver, is that the driver (or more likely the bits/sockets) will shatter kinda explosively when you really wind up and slam on it. So if you've got a five pound maul and big biceps....safety goggles and bandaids are advised.

If you're sure you'll just be using a carpenter's hammer and whaling at it, then cheaping out is probably still good enough, unless the head of that cheap carpenter's hammer spits off pieces. (Ball peen hammers are designed for high impact, carpenter's hammer's are designed for pounding nails.)

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OK, so far this thread has related to US only. As far as the UK is concerned i got mine in Halfords. Not too expensive and Halfords is known for giving good prices. Like the others on this thread i would not wish to be without it on the boat. Essential.
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Re: More cool tools? "Impacta" screwdriver!

As a general rule as a professional mechanic I learned that cheap tools cost time and will hurt you, and I mean physically, when that cheap crap open ended wrench opens up and slips and your knuckles pay the price, itís just not worth it. A good mechanics tools are heirlooms, really.
Plus a good polished wrench like a Snap On or Proto or even a Craftsman professional series will wipe off spotless with a rag, and I have no idea of what kind of steel it is, but itís as hard as diamonds and will not rust if decent care is given to it.
Your Son will inherit good tools, and when he uses them he will think of you.
That alone is worth not buying junk.
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Also.....

One hammers, another one turns the screwdriver (awesome to impress F assistants)
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