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knotscott

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1515 days ago

I’ve got a hex shank magnetic bit holder stuck in a Hitachi 14.4v impact driver, and so far haven’t figured out a way to get it to release. When I pull the sleeve back to release the bit holder, it doesn’t budge. Anyone else every experience anything like this, and does anyone have any ideas how to free the bit?

TIA!

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nailbanger2

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#1 posted 1515 days ago

Sorry, misread the Q, try what Purplev says.

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1515 days ago

sounds like the impact driver release mechanism is stuck, and not really the bit holder that is the culprit.

does the release mechanism spring backwards at all? or it won’t pull back?

if it does pull back, try using pliers to pull the bit holder out, or apply some rotational force on it to loosen it.

if the release mechanism doesnt pull back at all, then see if something is preventing it from being pulled – something maybe stuck between the rings?

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JDboy

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#3 posted 1515 days ago

We have this kinda trouble with our impact drivers at work quite often. spray with penetrating oil (WD40), apply 1/4 in open end wrench or small cresent and apply force in both forward and revese with driver to break loose. then replace with new holder. The holder is most likely getting worn. The chuck on your drive could be getting warn as well. You sould lube every so often with a light oil or a silicone based penetrating oil

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1515 days ago

Try putting the driver in reverse and unscrewing something a few turns to see if that un-sticks it.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 1515 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions guys. The release mechanism does pull back, it just doesn’t let go of the bit holder. I’ll give these suggestions a try!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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reggiek

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#6 posted 1515 days ago

Just another thought. I have found that if the release mechanism is not frozen it could be that you are applying too much torque for the driver and it is twisting the bit off the tangs and into the metal. The release trick is to get it turned backwards or forwards like mentioned above so that the tangs are back in the slots. I would then recommend either a new chuck or a new driver (you can also solve this by using a quick release insert in the old chuck) as this will continue and tend to get worse.

I had this happen to an old driver I had and now it has a permanent quick release insert in place. Be careful how much torque you put on these smaller drivers. If I want to really torque a screw…I will finish with a solid screwdriver….(after I have driven the screw in as far as the driver will without forcing it).

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knotscott

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#7 posted 1515 days ago

Pulling on the bit hold while reversing the driver worked like a charm….thank you! I threw the bit holder out…hopefully that was the culprit.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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