wondering if I should get an impact driver. I keep looking at the Sears driver, looks pretty good.
so this is the hand-held tool that is hit on the end with various masses of hammers.
is this only useful for drive types where the driver sits inside the fastener? like phillips head screws, hex bolts (“allen” type)? I figure socket drives are absolutely not for use with an impact driver. My understanding is that there is an amplification of the force that is converted both into in-line force and rotational force against the fastener walls. I figure also that with enough blows on a stuck fastener, the inside of the fastener can very well strip, and then would need perhaps drilling out.
is there an air-tool version?
UPDATE 1: see below for question about how fast the tool works
UPDATE 2: the thread derailed into impact wrenches and air compressors. the impact wrench discussion is helpful. however, I didn’t want to encourage launching yet another “air compressor and impact wrench” discussion because there is already tons of that to read on the internet. I think we can have a better discussion on this forum at some point - but again, I’m not encouraging bloating up this thread for it.