It was time for new batteries for my Panasonic driver and as you know
you might as well buy the whole kit as it isn't much more expensive.
This time I picked up the little 12v impact driver. Sweet!! Anyway the
impact tends to dent the driver bits so I don't want to use my
magnetic bit holders. They are redundant anyway as the driver has it's
own little chuck. I've found that 2" bits work for me but they aren't
magnetized. This isn't a problem for Roberts screws but is a pain with
anything else. Plus I use the magnet to pick up dropped screws etc. I
remember seeing little magnetic rings that slide over the bits in some
catalogue but now can't find them. Anybody remember which one?
Magnetizing the bit alone isn't strong enough for anything but tiny
And a heads up to anyone with one of these impact drivers. Pull the
bit and check it frequently because the pounding will deform the base
to the extent that it's hard to remove from the chuck. This applies
especially to the two part bits with the hard tips. Like the ones
McFeeley sells. (Note to the McFeeley person who monitors this list)
We sell the ring magnets you describe: Part JMR-0001 at $10.95, see page 12
of current catalog, or check the website.
I am surprised by your comment concerning the driver bits and impact
drivers. I have driven lots and lots of screws using a Makita impact gun,
and never had the problem you describe. I can't honestly say that I have
driven them all with one bit though (highly unlikely given the number of
bits in my toolbox), but I haven't even had a hint of the problem, even on
days when that is all I am doing - with big screws. If you have a bit that
has given you problems, I'd appreciate the opportunity to look at it. We'll
even send a replacement or two for your trouble.Just send them to my
Jim Ray, President
McFeely's Square Drive Screws
This shouldn't happen with good quality bits. I use an MP gun (pneumatic
impact driver) every day at work to drive self-drilling screws into steel.
Most of the bits I use are Atex and I haven't had any trouble with them. I
do have one cheapo 1/4" hex to 3/8" square drive adapter from Homier that I
use occasionally--it sticks in the chuck every time.
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