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Forum topic by NiteWalker posted 04-08-2014 02:26 AM 778 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NiteWalker

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04-08-2014 02:26 AM

So what are some good impact driver bits that last?

I’ve come across milwaukee’s shockwve set quite a bit during a google search.

I’ll mainly be using #1 and 2 square drive, #1 and 2 phillips, a few torx and sockets.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 02:31 AM

Apex magnetic sockets work well for me in the 3/8” drive
category.

Wera is held in high regard for your other concerns and I’ve used
them with out complaint.

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distrbd

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 02:33 AM

My #1 choice is Miwaukee,I also have a few Dewalt bits ,they are not as durable.

-- Ken from Ontario

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 02:34 AM

Thanks, I’ll look into the wera bits.
I’d rather buy individually than a set honestly.

As for sockets, I have a decent socket set; I really only need 1/4 and 3/8” adapters. Those are easy enough to find.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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woodchuckerNJ

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 02:44 AM

I just use normal bits, and have not had any issues.
What’s the big deal with the impacts??
Why would I need it when a normal bit works fine?

-- Jeff NJ

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 02:50 AM

Jeff, normal bits don’t really hold up with an impact driver.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Manitario

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 02:57 AM

I’ve stopped trying to make driver bits last; I’ve used cheap ones and expensive ones, they both tend to wear out. I treat them like sandpaper ie. an expendable shop supply.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 04-08-2014 03:07 AM

I just bought a set of DeWalt Impact bits, but haven’t put them to the test yet.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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rad457

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#8 posted 04-08-2014 03:09 AM

the lee valley Robertson’s hold up real good in the impact.

-- Andre of Alberta. Are you Kidding me?

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BentheViking

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#9 posted 04-08-2014 03:09 AM

when i got an impact driver in the fall i picked up this set from amazon. it is a decent set because of all the non bits it has, but all the bits are just various #2 phillips

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Vertigo

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#10 posted 04-08-2014 03:19 AM

The Philips tips on the Milwaukees I find don’t fit that great in deck screws. They can out a lot. I’m partial to the dewalts for the price. Makita makes nice bits too

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 04-08-2014 03:59 AM

Thanks for the input guys.

I think I’m going with this set for my sockets, and apex bits for the rest. Wera’s a nice I’m sure, but $$$.
I think the apex bits will fit my needs perfectly. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 04-08-2014 11:43 AM

Nite Walker, here’s name for you to keep in mind for any future needs: Wiha. Be prepared for sticker shock, but if you want something that lasts they have to be in the top 5.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Sunstealer73

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#13 posted 04-08-2014 10:29 PM

The Makita Impact Gold bits are holding up well for me. The bit holder is nice too, it countersinks drywall screws perfectly.

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dawsonbob

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#14 posted 04-09-2014 01:11 AM

DeWalt didn’t work for me. I bought a set of Bosch impact ready bits and they’ve been great for over a year.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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NiteWalker

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#15 posted 04-09-2014 01:43 AM

The apex bits are pretty hard to find.
The one place I’ve found them requires a $35 minimum order.
Since I have a bunch of mcfeely’s square drive bits, and since square drive is what I use most of the time, I’ll give those a shot. I ordered a set of 5 apex acr phillips from mcfeely’s too. That will take care of the few times I use phillips screws.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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