How many of you have stripped out Philips head screws? If you work on stuff at all, then you all have and if you say no, you are lying! Well, let me tell you that since getting introduced to the impact driver as a kid, I have not stripped a screw or found a frozen screw that I could not get out yet!
This super cheap but highly effective tool is something that everyone should have but to me, it seems like only about 25% of my friends have one of these. An impact driver is a screwdriver that turns hammer blows into rotational torque. A good whack of the hammer can create 200 ft/lbs of torque, enough to bust lose the nastiest rusted Honda brake rotor screw or even a screw that some idiot used Loctite red on in an overzealous manner.
The impact of the hammer blow forces the driver bit into the screw and keeps it from jumping out of place and stripping out. It really works. I have even gotten screws out that other knuckleheads have stripped! The impact driver has never failed me not even once!
This Craftsman Impact driver has been in my family for years, I think since the 70’s possibly. I remember getting it at the Sears store with my dad because I was stripping the case screws on my Honda XR75 and one of our friend’s dad told us we could get them out with one of these. It cost something like $7 back then and I just looked up that the exact same thing can still be had at your local Sears store for $19.99 with the lifetime Craftsman guarantee! At this price, there is no excuse for you not to have one.
My Dad’s old claw hammer pictured with our old impact driver is probably almost as old as me and now lives in my toolbox too! I remember he got it when I was a little kid because our old wood-handled hammer developed a loose head and this was one of the newer once -piece hammers with a fancy cushiony handle!
My impact driver will also work with any 3/8″ square drive so it can be be used to bust stuck bolts, allen heads and anything that can take a 3/8″ drive. This makes it handy at the track where you might not have access to power or compressed air.
So my daughter was working on her boyfriend’s FR-S changing a broken power lock module. The Phillips head screws were super tight and she was starting to strip them out. So it was time to teach her about Impact Drivers! The screws were set in place at the factory using Loctite red. There would be no way a normal screwdriver would get those out! The impact driver made short work of them!