Buy Quality Driver Bits

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This review was created as part of a paid affiliate program with the Home Depot.

My first order of business with this and every product review is a disclaimer: I am not a professional contractor. I am a farmer and a fine furniture maker. When it comes to construction and renovation projects, I’m a DIYer and weekend warrior. That said, I doubt many professional contractors will be reading my tool reviews. My goal in reviewing tools and products is to provide honest feedback based on my own use and experience with these tools to other regular folks like me- wanting to get their hands dirty, try new things, and get the best value for their hard earned dollars.

One of the best bits (sorry I can never resist a good pun) of advice my contractor friend Nick has given me is to invest in quality driver bits. I can’t tell you how many Dollar bin multi- tip-packs I’ve gone through over the past few years without really thinking anything of their durability or effectiveness. I invest in quality tools and fasteners, I buy good blades for my saws… so I don’t know why it just never occurred to me that there could be a difference in bits. Now that I’ve seen the light, I’m never going back. These little bits are certainly more expensive on an item-by-item basis compared to the multi-packs, but you are definitely getting what you paid for in both. I like that these Makita bits are gold- they stand out a whole lot better than the grey and black ones I’ve been using in the bottom of my tool bag and when I drop them in the dirt. They are also magnetic, which is a huge plus, since I’m always working at weird angles and trying to do everything one-handed.

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Nick has also been working on converting me to Robertson drive screws, which has reduced the amount of cursing at stripped out heads and broken bits significantly over the past few months- so, Pro-Tip, if you’re not already using them, you should be.

Assorted Pack:

https://homedepot.sjv.io/c/1254293/456723/8154?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FMakita-Impact-GOLD-Assorted-2-1-2-in-Steel-Double-Ended-Power-Bits-3-Piece-B-49622%2F206284601

Phillips:

 https://homedepot.sjv.io/c/1254293/456723/8154?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FMakita-Impact-GOLD-1-2-1-2-in-Philips-Double-Ended-Power-Bit-3-Piece-B-39578%2F204705982

Torx:

https://homedepot.sjv.io/c/1254293/456723/8154?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FMakita-Impact-GOLD-Assorted-2-1-2-in-Steel-Torx-Double-Ended-Power-Bits-3-Piece-B-49616%2F206284600

Robertson:

https://homedepot.sjv.io/c/1254293/456723/8154?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FMakita-Impact-GOLD-Assorted-2-1-2-in-Steel-Square-Double-Ended-Power-Bits-3-Piece-B-49600%2F206284599

Manufacturer messaging:

·      Engineered to last up to 60-times longer than standard insert bits

·      Precision-fit tip engineered to prevent “cam-out” stripping

·      Xtreme Torsion Technology is engineered to allow the torsion section of the bit to flex under load, taking pressure off the bit tip for increased durability in high torque applications

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Posted on July 27, 2018 and filed under Tool Reviews.