Would you put a set of wagon wheels on a Top Fuel dragster? Watch your favorite high-definition action movie on an old projection TV?
Didn’t think so. Then why would you use a mediocre old bit on your new high-performance impact driver?
Impact driver technology has made significant improvements in recent years, but the technology that goes into bits—where the figurative rubber meets the road—has not progressed at the same rate. It is not uncommon to buy an impact driver engineered to make you more productive, only to end up running back to the truck for a replacement when your current accessories strip out.
To improve the quality of impact accessories, we must understand the key issues that affect your tools:
• Torque transfer is the transfer of rotational energy from the tool to the bit’s tip. The torque output of your tool fluctuates during use—with negative fluctuations causing your bit to come unseated from the fastener, and positive fluctuations sometimes leading to bit breakage.
• Torque delivery is the conveyance of the bit’s rotation to the fastener—where the rubber meets the road. More often than not, this is where bits fall short of expectations. An improper fit, poor machining or subpar material can quickly lead to a stripped screw or bit.
To improve overall tool and accessory performance, the engineers at Bosch developed the Impact Tough line of screw driving bits, double-ended bits, nut setters, sockets and bit holders (available on LowesForPros.com and in select stores nationwide).
Impact Tough bits were designed with unique Xtended Torsion Zones to absorb torque fluctuations and provide for stable torque transfer from tool to fastener. These torsion zones improve performance and help the bits have up to 10 times the usable life of standard impact bits.
These bits have been precision engineered and manufactured from superior materials to deliver a better fit to ensure optimal torque delivery with reduced slippage and minimal cam-out damage for a longer-lasting bit.
The engineering also team made a few non-performance enhancing improvements:
• Impact Tough bits are laser engraved with type/sizing information, rather than being stamped, to provide a much higher contrast between lettering and bit for drastically improved readability. Most bits are stamped with an indication of their size or type, but these stamps are usually hard to read under even the best conditions.
• Impact Tough bits feature a high-visibility sleeve that helps make them easier to find from a distance. Regardless of whether they’ve been dropped on the floor, rolled to the back of your tool box or fallen to the bottom of your tool bag, with these high-visibility sleeves you’ll spend less time dangerously fumbling with your hands feeling around for a camouflaged, dark bit.
So remember, not all accessories are created equal. It’s easy to think of a bit as just a commodity until you use one that was engineered with you in mind. If you are investing in better tools for improved productivity, be sure to make similar investments in accessories that can keep pace with your tools and—more importantly—keep pace with you and your crew.
This content is sponsored by Bosch Power Tools.
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