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    Lightbulb Cordless bit driver

    Looking for one that has, or can be used with a 12v car charger. I prefer NiCad so I can rebuild the battery pack myself, but that's not a deal killer!

    Any thoughts!

    I'd be happy to come out and wipe off your dirty glass. One question however, do you also pay someone to come out and wipe your dirty ...

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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    Have you tried emailing any of the manufacturers, such as DeWalt, Black & Decker, etc?


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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    We only have one guy who uses an electric driver. Every time I hear the bit skipping out of the head, stripping it out, I become even more glad there is only one of them. =^..^=

    If you'd like a serious answer to your request:
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    3) if you're going to ask about jams include the jam code.
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    blackcat: Master Of The Obvious =^..^=

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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    I've always preferred a ratcheting driver with a well shaped handle, well magnetized, and bits that fit the screws well.

    Not a fan of electric drivers, for the reason Blackcat mentioned.

    i only used one on a Canon C60 whiteboard years ago, as it had about a bazillion screws to take out and put back in.

    So, just when is this "old enough to know better" thing supposed to kick in?

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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat4866 View Post
    We only have one guy who uses an electric driver. Every time I hear the bit skipping out of the head, stripping it out, I become even more glad there is only one of them. =^..^=
    I use a Dewalt dc600 which can be pruchased with only one battery. It has a variable torque and I usually have it set to one Newton for the typical M3 screws, only ruined one screw in about four years.

    Buy cheap get crap.

    When you think you have made a procedure idiot proof your company employs a better idiot.

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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    Most of our techs use these:

    Hitachi Power Tools Australia

    They aren't too bad to use either. They can also be used like a standard (all though very fat) screwdriver in that the motor locks.

    Please don't ask me for firmware or service manuals as refusal often offends.

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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat4866 View Post
    We only have one guy who uses an electric driver. Every time I hear the bit skipping out of the head, stripping it out, I become even more glad there is only one of them. =^..^=
    It's actually for two specific purposes. I'm not going to use it to take screws out. Riso Comcolor and x1 have a transport belt that mechanically raises and lowers. To remove it you have to overdrive it. Also I can use it to auger certain developer units. I keep forgetting to charge my drill and I need something I can charge in the car.

    I'd be happy to come out and wipe off your dirty glass. One question however, do you also pay someone to come out and wipe your dirty ...

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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    Quote Originally Posted by blackcat4866 View Post
    We only have one guy who uses an electric driver. Every time I hear the bit skipping out of the head, stripping it out, I become even more glad there is only one of them. =^..^=
    The problem is not the tool! It is the "tool" that is using the tool.

    If they are used properly, they are great things. In the wrong hands they are a liability.
    I work with a guy that as soon as he picks it up, he winds the clutch to the drill position. Then proceeds to strip either the heads of the screws or the threads themselves. The sound of him cutting a new thread make my blood run cold.
    Also you need to make sure you replace the "bit" regularly.


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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    Several of our techs are using a 4volt Ryobi Cordless Driver. On has a small invertor plugged into his cigarette lighter and plugs the charger into that. They work great have variable torque settings and last for days.


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    Re: Cordless bit driver

    Quote Originally Posted by DavePo View Post
    last for days.
    Is that the charge or the Cordless Driver?


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