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#1 posted 02-14-2013 02:48 PM

I’ve stripped many phillips head screws with a regular drill (even one with a clutch), yet until recently I had doubts about the need for an impact driver. I recently go a Bosch 12v impact driver and will say that I’m a convert. For driving screws it is definitely worth it. I got a drill/impact combo, and I can use one to drill pilot holes and the other to drive screws, which really saves time not having to switch bits. Or if I’m just driving a lot of screws (e.g. hanging drywall), I can use one while the second battery is charging. With a 30 min recharge time, I’m never without power.

I would be hesitant to buy a cordless drill used, because I’m guessing that the reason that they’d be getting rid of it is that the batteries are failing, and it would be hard to know that by just looking at the tool or with limited use. With the cost of replacement batteries so high, the economy of buying a new one seems to outweigh the risk of having a used tool with dying batteries. Just my humble opinion.

-- Barry,

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