When I hear a cordless drill go "nyert...nyert...nyert...nyert"...

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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 10-06-2011 05:25 PM 1689 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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10-06-2011 05:25 PM

I assume the operator is not thinking.

Using a cordless drill that way makes no sense to me.

1. It takes longer to accomplish the work

2. The clutch settings are being ignored

3. Typically the first thing to fail on a cordless drill is the trigger. Nyerting makes it inoperable four times faster

4. I have never heard a corded drill operated that way

These are observations from a humanly limited, flawed, myopic but aurally sensitive person who uses tools to earn his living.

Am I missing something important?



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 05:35 PM

I don’t buy cordless tools very often. I have a shudder Chinese made Craftsman 19.2 that replaced my 14.4 dewalt, that was stolen. are you talking about short trigger pulls or not letting off the trigger when the clutch engages?

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 09:40 PM

I like my Ryobi cordless tools but the batteries can be a bit pricey. I have 4 but one won’t take a charge.

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 10:02 PM

I have been using Makita cordless tools for years and have found them to be very dependable and well built. My lithium batteries are the same ones I bought about 4 years ago

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 10:20 PM

If you’re talking about the clutch noise, it doesn’t hurt the drill to hear it ratchet for a moment – not a good idea to just let it do that for a long time although I don’t know what type of damage that might do. Sometimes the material varies in density enough to force the operator to change the setting often or just let it ratchet a little bit more – like the tire shop when they’re mounting a tire(wheel). On the other hand if you’re talking about the bit grinding away on a screw (slipping), that is very irritating and eventually ruins the screw and fractures the tip. I see people, Pros and Joes, sometimes doing that on the DIY shows, but I still am not sure about the trigger switch being the first to go. Also not sure if my response in on the intended subject or way off in left field.

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#5 posted 10-06-2011 10:28 PM

I don’t know about affecting the longevity of the tool but henceforth, the sound a cordless drill makes will forever be known as, “nyert”. ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 10-06-2011 11:11 PM

nyert nyert nyerting…...

lmao…I’m nyerting to myself right now…

Seriously though, I have wondered about that. I think it’s a way to not have to trust the clutch setting…feels safer to me anyhow. I used to not nyert nyert and would often strip screws or overdrive them. I noticed that many folks on web videos were nyerting, so I started nyerting as well.

I know, I know….if someone else nyerted off the Golden Gate Bridge would I also? I guess the answer is yes.

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 12:01 AM

Lordy, lordy, I learned something new today, after all. For over 40 years, I’ve “bumped” my drills (corded and cordless) when starting screws, setting screws, and when torquing nuts with a driver. About the only time
I use the clutch is when I’m driving pocket screws. For almost everything else I “bump” (oops, “nyert”).

Now, I find out that when I do that with a cordless drill, I’m “nyerting”. Can I continue “bumping” with a corded drill on the rare occasions when I use one? Has anyone contacted Websters Unabridged Dictionary? They keep track of this sort of thing. – lol

I’ve used cordless drills since I bought my first 9.6v Makita in the early-80’s. In my experience, the batteries quit long before the triggers fail. IIRC, I’ve only had one trigger failure – on a B&D Firestorm I bought at a garage sale in the early 90’s.

As far as working quicker, I find that bumping (or nyerting) when starting a screw is lots quicker than having to pick the SOB off of the floor 3-4 times before it actually starts. If I’m on a ladder it can take 8- 10 tries if I don’t bump or nyert. – lmao

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 12:12 AM

Lee, are you referring to the clutch noise? or pulsing, or bumping the trigger at the start or finish of the screwing process? Either way I have learned a new word!

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 12:26 AM

When it goes nibber nibber nab nab nab it’s had the course.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 12:37 AM

Let me break down the sound for you:

N = the sound of power hitting the gearbox.

Yert = the sound of the drill stopping quickly when the trigger is released.

So if you affix the screw to the bit (magnetic) and place it against the target material and pull the trigger and release when the screw is set or the clutch ratchets, that counts as one nyert, although in situs it sounds this way:

Multiple nyerts occur when the operator pulls,releases,pulls,releases,pulls,releases and accomplishes no more work than the operator who pulls the trigger once as noted above. Multiple nyerts yield premature trigger failure. One expects to replace batteries, but to accelerate the trigger failure date fourfold just to sound like the honyockers in the videos is scarcely justifiable. Perhaps not at all. No, I suppose it’s ok. Just don’t let me catch you doing it. You’ll have to wear the “I’m a Nyerter and I’m OK” shirt for a whole week.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#11 posted 10-07-2011 01:04 AM

Get those shirts printed up, Lee. I’ll take 3-4 in XXL and in different colors. Can I get them with pockets? Run your idea past Duluth Trading. You might be onto something here. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#12 posted 10-07-2011 01:09 AM

I have no idea why a driller might choose to be a nyerter. But, I did find that according to the Urban Dictionary, nyert means:
Verb – To move / change location, often in a sneaky yet spasticated manner.
Noun – A person who can be deemed to be annoying yet provide comic relief to friends and family alike.

It also means “was” in Hungarian.

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#13 posted 10-07-2011 01:44 AM

I’m with ya 100% , Lee…...sad part is watching Tom Silva doing it repeatedly on Ask This Old House using his Festool. Zip …Zip ….Zip ….Zip…makes ya think he’s afraid of screwing or something !

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#14 posted 10-07-2011 03:10 AM

It’s funny, I’m reading this post as I’m listening to a contractor who is doing renos on our house nyert his drill! Thanks Lee for making us aware of this terrible form of tool abuse.

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#15 posted 10-07-2011 03:11 AM

Lee probably needs to make up lots of those T-shirts. As I think about it, I can’t recall many that don’t nyert their drills.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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