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curtis
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Good article thanks. Often an overlooked aspect.

Greg
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Hi Thomas, I know this article is a few years old, but it came up in my search for information about impact-ready bits, so here I am lol. Have you revisited this subject? I like how you broke everything down. I was a little confused by the information/data you used. It was always my assumption that impact-ready bits would be softer (and therefore wear down faster) on purpose. Snapping bits is one thing, but I thought the design was more focused on protecting the tool(s). I know that is the case for impact sockets, ie., impact sockets are softer than… Read more »
Clint DeBoer
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It’s not really about protecting the tool, but for better performance with self-tapping applications in steel.

Paul
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Also worth noting are the newer DeWalt “FlexTorq” impact bits. While I’m not normally a fan of DeWalt kit, so this is not coming with a big dose of fanboy-ism, I’m accustomed to Wera impact bits, and the DeWalt bits have been VERY impressive for their price/performance, which I think outshines everything else on the market at this point. The Weras MIGHT last a tiny bit longer, but at several times the price there’s no argument for them, and the DeWalt Robertson FlexTorq bits fit better than anything else, including Wiha’s delicate but precision-machined standard bits.

Clint DeBoer
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Thanks for that feedback!

david
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why did you not test the makita impact gold?

Clint DeBoer
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They didn’t exist at the time we wrote this article.

Ken L
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Favorite bits have been Grabber and Apex, hard to find though.
Vermont American ice bit always drove screws nice but would break when over stressed like the Kolbat bit shown, now not readily available now for some reason.

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