Ten Cool Uses For Your Cordless Impact Driver

Published: 18th May 2012
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Unsure if you'll really use a battery powered impact driver very often if you get one? Or maybe you have got one already but are not working too much with it. Look at these ten ways in which to use your tool to get some work done in no time!

Build a deck
Save yourself some time and energy when you build a deck - use an impact driver . You'll set the screws quickly, and no matter the fastener type you won't strip the screw heads.

Purchase one with a light weight lithium ion battery and your arm won't be sore the next day!

Is this boring?
There's nothing like curing boredom than creating stuff around the house. Like saw dust. Or a hole. A huge hole. Bore some huge holes using some big power.

If you would like to quickly make some huge holes with that auger bit, and you aren't close to a power strip for your plain drill, use a powered impact driver to blast through without killing your battery. Because the power isn't provided just by the motor, even difficult jobs will not affect a battery as fast as a corded drill.

Change your tires
You'll in all probability want a minimum of an 18v version; however if the grease monkey who tightened your wheels was not a wise guy you probably have plenty of torque to remove those lugs in no time.

If they are too tight or rusty or otherwise too tight, use a breaker bar to unstick them, then move over to your impact driver to make short work of the remainder. Then grease everything up, and tighten them right back on.

Bonus tip: for those of you without a real floor jack, speed up the insufficient scissors-jack that comes with the vehicle and use the impact driver rather than the tiny lug wrench.

Rockin' it old school
Yes, you can hang sheet rock with a battery powered impact driver. In fact, the light weight and small size make it straightforward to wield and less tiring, too. Be careful not to get too over excited! Some impact drivers are tough to regulate with a light press. If you think you would possibly have that problem simply grab a drywall screw adapter and go to town.

Pre-drilled holes
With a chuck-adapter or a group of hex-shafted drill bits, you'll rework your driver into a drill. Quickly drill out holes near the edges or ends of the workpiece. Although the battery powered impact driver has the power to sink a screw without the hole, this can prevent splitting and cracking.

Do not lag behind
Driving lag bolts is where these tools show off their power. A cordless drill simply doesn't have the power to set long lags without killing the batteries. You'll still wish to drill a pilot hole to stop the wood from cracking, but luckily you already have the tool for that job, too...

Make certain you've got an impact-rated socket or you might be on the lookout for a brand new set before you know it.

What is so screwy?
Driving screws, after all! This is why most people get a cordless driver to begin with. Quick speed, high torque, no cam out, easy to handle... should we continue? Yes, you now have to be careful about ripping the heads off of some of the less sturdy screws. It's a small price to pay!

If you have ever tried putting a 4" polymer-coated exterior screw into treated wood, above your head, with a drill, and barely got part way before it started to strip... you understand what we are talking about.

Light the way
A lot of the recent impact drivers sport a bright LED at the front. This allows you to work in the rear of the cupboard below the sink without trouble.

Get a driver like the Makita with 'Afterglow' and you'll even see for ten seconds after releasing the trigger - that ought to be long enough to get to that mini-fridge within the garage without anyone seeing!

This is nuts!
We already written a very little about lug nuts, but there are tons of nuts available. And they all need to be tightened. Or loosened.

Anyway, the point is that by using a nut-driver attachment, or by using a socket adapter and socket set, you'll quickly finish any nut-wrenching jobs with minimal effort.

Disassemble
So you've already planned out a deck, however now you have got to take down the existing deck first. There's nothing worse than 15 year old rusty looking screws that are half-buried in wood. You can tell by looking that they don't want to be removed. And you know from past experience that a drill can end up stripping half of them, if you're lucky

On the other hand, impact drivers have the power to loosen them up without stripping those heads - which you already knew if you were being attentive.

Start off straightforward if you're coping with rusty looking fasteners - too much power, too quick, and you'll rip the head off while leaving the remainder of the fastener buried in the wood. And then you've got another type of problem.


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