I see lots of ads on TV for cordless drills. In almost every case, they are
chucked up to a simple #2 Phillips bit. Why is that? Don't they know about
all the quick change extensions? I have used just a bit in a pinch, but
many times, the chuck runs into the wood or something else. Plus there is
no slider to hold the screws until they get started. Do you use an
extension or not? I almost always do.
On those few times where I use a Phillips and am not installing drywall, I
use a 6" shaft. For Drywall I use a 2" dimpler bit.
99% of the screws, toggles or tapcons that I install are 1/4 hex head and I
use a 6" shaft for those also to protect the brackets.
Currently I just chuck them in the chuck. Next drill, if there is one will
have a dedicated quick change for 1/4 hex shaft.
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Almost always use an extension. I have a 4" one with a slider, but
I'm not crazy about it. Usually just use a 2-3" magnetic one with a
smooth shaft. It seems to be better balanced, it hold screws, and it
is quick to change out bits. [I'm still using a lot of Philips heads-
and think the magnet holds them straighter than the square drive.
Makes driving screws in odd places easier.]
I will admit that I have used just a bit, but it was when I could not find
an extension. And I have screwed up several times when just using a bit, as
it seems to make the drill a little jumpy because it is so stubby. Hard to
see if the bit is engaged fully or even decently in the head.
I like the sliders, especially when doing long screws, as you can pull out
the slider, slip in the long screw, and jam it to get it started, and the
tip doesn't run off the head, or the screw doesn't go flying.
It just makes the users of these drills look so inexperienced, and I am
surprised at how many of them are on the home improvement channels shows.
But if you watch those shows, the people aren't that experienced, and the
results aren't that spectacular, and look like they're going to come to
pieces quickly. Especially that stuff they build for outside. Don't know
about your house, but here, just a few freeze/thaw cycles, and all that
particleboard would be back to particles.
I'm with you there. The only time I don't use a bit holder is when I
don't have room to use one.
I was only guessing at a reason they might be absent from advertisements.
I haven't seen a home improvement show in a long, long time. If you know
a trade and you see how badly they screw that part up, it's hard to have
confidence that anything they're doing is correct.
I use a quick change holder and appropriate bit. Often, I have one drill
with drill bit for the pilot holes or a counterbore, the other with the
driver. Rarely use the slider as it is not really needed with a pilot hole
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