DEWALT Impact Clutch™ Accessory Holder (DWHJHLD)
The folks at DEWALT recently sent me their new Impact Clutch™ Accessory Holder (DWHJHLD) to try. Over the last year I’ve tested numerous impact drivers from all the major brands and they all have one problem. They consistently break bit tips and strip fasteners due to the high torque / impact delivered to the fasteners. So the idea of an impact clutch really got my attention!
Five Times Bit Life
According to DEWALT the new Impact Clutch will result in tips lasting five times longer. In addition it will result in fewer stripped fasteners resulting in improved productivity.
“It is not uncommon to see metal framing crews or glaziers drive up to 400–500 screws a day on commercial jobsites,” said Stas’ Kotula, product manager, DEWALT. “In high torque situations, bits often break before they wear, which is a regular frustration experienced by many of our users. To solve this problem, we developed the industry’s first clutch accessory that has been engineered specifically to help reduce bit and fastener damage, increasing the life of the bit. This launch is another proof point of DEWALT’s commitment to its end users and of the time and expertise we put into the development of all of our products.”
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks using this new Impact Clutch™ Accessory Holder and I REALLY like it! It has totally taken my impact drivers to a whole new level of performance that I’ve been missing out on. If you’re like me I use my impact driver for almost every task that requires driving screws, lags and heavy bolt/nut connections. However, until this product came along I was having a hard time with stripped screws and damaged bits. If you own an Impact Driver you REALLY should get yourself one of these.
They are retailing for $17 to $20 and should be available at your local lumber yard or big box store.
Below is a short video that DEWALT produced for us that I wanted to share. The video contains a few demonstrations that really are worth watching.