I’m taking a break from prepping the rest of my Milwaukee 2015 new product symposium coverage, and wanted to ask everyone a question. Well, not “everyone,” but anyone who uses screwdrivers bits in a cordless drill, screwdriver, or impact driver on a regular basis.
I was working on a post about Milwaukee’s next generation Shockwave impact-rated screwdriver bits when I came across a slotted style screwdriver bit. Or at least I think this is a slotted bit. Maybe it’s a Robertson (square) bit? It’s hard to say, as the slotted bits have a hollow ground profile.
This one is definitely a slotted bit. The one above, I’m almost certain now is a Robertson bit.
Back to the point…
What I am curious about is this – what style of screwdriver bits do you use with your powered drill or impact driver?
I’ve used Phillips (of course), Torx, Robertson, and that’s about it. I own 1-inch hex bits, but mainly use them in manual hand screwdrivers. Slotted? Sometimes, but only in a hand screwdriver as well.
I can’t think of an application where I would use a slotted screwdriver bit, or slotted screws, or a slotted screwdriver bit with multi-style Phillips + slotted or Torx + slotted fasteners. But brands make slotted screwdriver bits and impact-rated bits, so surely they’re in demand.
I guess I could understand using slotted bits in a low-speed screwdriver to install light switch plates, outlet covers, and things like that. But that’s with a low-speed screwdriver or drill/driver. Is there anyone out there that uses impact-compatible slotted bits?
Phillips, Pozidriv, hex, torx, slotted, Robertson, nutdrivers, and so forth – what styles of bits do you use?
And if you’re feeling generous with your answers, please consider telling us a little about the screwdriver bit styles that you do NOT use.