I finally ponied up and bought an impact driver and, honestly, its not for me. I got a Bosch freak for cheap and it's just too fast. You have to feather the trigger and it's just too much work not to strip out before it starts impacting. My Bosch 12v stuff is still my go to for most uses but if I need to drive a 10 inch lag screw into a log, I know I can.
Impact drivers have their place. In construction, I can drive in 12" timber screws, deck screws, hold down bolts into framing effortlessly. If you're using an impact driver for the first time after being used to a drill, you'll notice the screw drives in much faster and your hand might not keep up as fast. That's where you might end up stripping screw heads. Keep more hand pressure on a impact driver. As mentioned, you have to know when to stop, more true if your driver doesn't have a variable torque setting. The impact driver will keep driving the screw until you either strip or break the head or bit, break the screw, or strip out the wood if you aren't careful. If I'm doing delicate construction work, like hanging door hinges or drywall anchors, I use the drill with the torque setting. Door jambs these days are soft pine and impacts can strip the wood. I installed j rails and windows with a drill, but I also had hex heads. If the putty wasn't squished enough, I would bump up the torque and go around again.
Post by wisconsinjoe on Oct 25, 2021 7:20:44 GMT -8
I like that hex head idea to avoid stripping out phillips or square drive holes. I did use stainless steel square drive screws (#10 one inch). But I used a 12 volt DeWalt impact driver. A bit of a learning curve, but it didn't booger up the heads. And yes, I broke off a couple of screw heads.