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  • #219503
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    What do you use for impact driver bits?

    I’ve tried Milwaukee, Dewalt, Hitachi, etc. They all have their flaws and I haven’t been totally happy with any of them.

    Jon P.
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    #219512
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    I got a few bosch impact ready bit sets from the rewards list back in the day. They’ve held up well so far. I also have dewalt impact ready bit sets- they’re ok. There was a nice thread about impact ready bit sets vs standard bits somewhere around here that had some great information about the two.

    To summarize what i remember: impact bits are softer so they can absorb and “give” a little bit under high torque. however, most of the time you are not in a situation where you are using maximum torque so the bits are not always required. Since they are softer, they are prone to break and wear out quicker.

    Standard bits on the other hand are made a little harder and so under normal load (non-impact related) they will hold up longer because they can tolerate more abuse before the wear down.

    Now thats just from memory and i could be wrong on some parts but thats the jist of what i recall. Does anyone where where that thread went?

    #219517
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I didn’t know Bosch had impact bits..never seen them locally.

    Jon P.
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    #219518
    thedude306
    Moderator
    Foam Lake, SK

    Have have Wera and they are holding up ok but are far from perfect. But I think Nyx is right. There is a thread on here somewhere with a link to some testing and it basically said that you might be better off with regular bits over those designed for “impact”

    here’s the article

    http://www.protoolreviews.com/news/impact-rated-bits-dispelling-myths/11446/

    Brad T
    Self employed Pro since 2014!!

    #219525

    I have used Milwaukee and Bosch. Happy with both. Irwin just announced a new line of impact drivers bits you may want to check out too.

    http://www.irwin.com/promotions-events/impact-performance-series

    #219526
    svensshutters
    Pro
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Bosch makes the Impact Tough sets. I haven’t seen any locally so I have been using Dewalt and Milwaukee bits. Can’t say I have much of an opinion.

    #219533
    TonyG
    Pro
    Colorado Springs, CO

    I use the Dewalt ones. They seem to work ok for me. However, I don’t use them as often as some.

    #219534
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Maybe they are all less than perfect…after all, the manufacturer wants us to keep buying them.

    My issue is that the Dewalts fall out of the bit holder(stay with the screw)
    The Milwaukees just snap and the nut drivers crack in half too
    Hitachis are fairly good, but I can’t buy a decent Set anywhere. You get several flat head bits and no torx.

    I primarily use square drive and torx with the occasional Phillips.

    Jon P.
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    #219537
    bethepro
    Keymaster
    Mt Prospect, IL

    Bosch makes the Impact Tough sets. I haven’t seen any locally so I have been using Dewalt and Milwaukee bits. Can’t say I have much of an opinion.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-SBID21-Impact-Insert-21-Piece/dp/B004XPD5D2/ref=sr_1_fkmr3_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1416495303&sr=1-1-fkmr3&keywords=bosch+impact+rated+bits

    They are as local as your mailbox.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    Email us at bethepro@bethepro.com

    #219550
    thedude306
    Moderator
    Foam Lake, SK

    I have the set Jim posted and they are holding up very well. It drives me CRAZY though that you need the adapter to use them. I wish they would make a set without the adapter.

    Brad T
    Self employed Pro since 2014!!

    #219556
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I have the set Jim posted and they are holding up very well. It drives me CRAZY though that you need the adapter to use them. I wish they would make a set without the adapter.

    I have that set too. Bought them after John S. posted a link in a thread a while back at when they were on sale even less than they are now. They are a great deal and the box is one of the best most compact ones out there. The magnetic feature is nice too.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #219560
    Nyx
    Pro
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Have have Wera and they are holding up ok but are far from perfect. But I think Nyx is right. There is a thread on here somewhere with a link to some testing and it basically said that you might be better off with regular bits over those designed for “impact”

    here’s the article

    http://www.protoolreviews.com/news/impact-rated-bits-dispelling-myths/11446/

    yeah, that looks like the link to the article.

    Here is the closest picture of the bit set i have that i could find on the web.

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    #219565

    I use all different brands of tips . I buy the sets that are on sale with drill bits . Impact ones and non-impact ones break overtime . Besides that I lose so many drivers with the tips in them don’t pay to buy top dollar ones .

    Always willing to learn .

    #219575
    asevereid
    Pro
    Kamloops, BC

    I use the Wera bits and like ’em.

    Lurking Hit and Run poster.

    #219576
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    That little Bosch set used to be on the reward list, I didn’t get one but that’s where JohnS got his. I remember how he was really impressed with the case having a magnet

    To summarize what i remember: impact bits are softer so they can absorb and “give” a little bit under high torque.

    I wasn’t aware impact ‘bits’ were made like that but it makes sense since impact sockets are.

    I’ve still been using up the BIG box of Dewalts I bought a long time ago, As far as the bit adapters/holders go I bought a Bostitch on an impulse the last time and so far I really like it. I needed something to hold the 1″ bits

    #219590
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-SBID21-Impact-Insert-21-Piece/dp/B004XPD5D2/ref=sr_1_fkmr3_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1416495303&sr=1-1-fkmr3&keywords=bosch+impact+rated+bits

    They are as local as your mailbox.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    Thanks Jim! I’ll take a look. You’re quite the salesman!

    Jon P.
    Timber Carpentry & Construction
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    #219595
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I use the Wera bits and like ‘em.

    I was thinking of going German as well. I’ve never had issues with anything marked Made in Germany.

    Jon P.
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    #219612
    redwood
    Pro

    Even though it’s quicker to change bits with the extension and 1″ bits, I much prefer 2″ bits. I don’t change them enough to warrent the extension time savings. If that was a better system, why wouldn’t they build it into the impacts.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
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    #219631
    RyanF
    Pro

    I don’t like insert bits either. I much prefer hex shanks that I can either put directly in an impact, or insert into a quick change when I’m switch back and forth with hex shank drill bits.

    #219635
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Even though it’s quicker to change bits with the extension and 1″ bits, I much prefer 2″ bits. I don’t change them enough to warrent the extension time savings. If that was a better system, why wouldn’t they build it into the impacts.

    Yeah I agree, I originally bought those 1″ for use in a drill. That’s why I bought the quick release adapter, But now trying to use them up I’ve been using it in an impact. Once they’re gone it’s back to the 2″ for the impact, It is really stupid to use an adapter in an impact LOL

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