View Full Version : A very helpful yet cheap tool.

April 26, 2008, 01:14 PM
I bought a cheap tool that has done wonders on small frozen up screws of all types,set screws,small bolts and nuts on guns and all things.It fits these driver sets with all of the different bits and does a great job on those that do not want to move.

It is a "Impact Driver Set" item 93481 sold by Harbor Freight for $5.99.It shocks the fastener as it applies torque by tapping gently on the small fasteners as it turns it.Best of all it works with a multitude of different bits.I have a 100 bit set with all the bits that I have seen and many that I had not also bought cheaply there that works great.The 100 bit set also has a 1/4 in. drive adapter to fit 1/4 inch drive sockets.

I have a 1/2 inch Craftsman Impact Driver that I have used for Aluminum Motorcycle fittings to farm fertilizer distributors for years.I treasure it too.

As a life long mechanic,I made my living with expensive professional lines of tools.It is nice to find something cheap that works great.If it doesn't hold up for 25 years like my Craftsman Driver,it has already paid for itself.I listed where I bought it and the item number so that others could see what I was talking about.There may very well be other makes and brands that are far better.I just know this works,but did not know they came in small sizes for use on small fasteners.


April 26, 2008, 01:23 PM
I've been using one for years.

April 27, 2008, 05:35 PM
Yep, introduced to a hand impact driver in 1967.

Where've you been all my life? :p

April 28, 2008, 11:15 AM
Well I had the 1/2 inch drive for years but I just learned about the one made for the bit sets.I would have had one for years along with you folks who have them if I had known.This is why I am letting folks know.What you had for years never helped me or the rest that did not know.Awful nice of you to let us know now though.


45Marlin carbine
April 28, 2008, 11:22 AM
that is the first 'accesory' to my tool box I bought, second was an oxy-acet outfit.

April 28, 2008, 07:05 PM
Yeah, thanks for sharing. That's a good point. I have one for automotive use, and it never occurred to me to use it on guns. Here's another trick for stubborn fasteners. They used to sell a paste with carbide grit to get a bite in damaged/stripped fasteners, but I haven't seen it in years, but automotive "valve lapping compound" is pretty much the same stuff.

The place the impacts really shine is with stubborn Phillips head fasteners. The impact from the hammer creates shock to bust it loose, but it also pushes the bit into the head of the screw to prevent it from popping out and stripping. Very handy with stubborn stuff. Oh, and helps prevent damage to the fastener, too!