power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

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power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by Econberkeley » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:56 pm

I need a power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver. Is there a such thing?

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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by jeff1949 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:01 pm

I just replace the bit in my drill/driver.

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Post by alfaspider » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:08 pm

Keep in mind that a power tool isn't always appropriate. Using power tools can over-torque and strip fasteners if not done appropriately.

That being said, you can get allen and screwdriver attachments for drills, driver tools, as well as impact wrenches. A drill will have a smooth turning motion while the impact driver/wrench will essentially hammer laterally on the fastener. The impact driver/wrench is better getting fasteners unstuck but isn't appropriate for drilling. The difference between a driver and a wrench is the head- the driver is uses hex head driver tools, while the wrench will use 1/2, 3/8, or 1/4 inch square socket tools- there are adapters as well. Ryobi makes cheap but serviceable stuff, DeWalt and Milwaulkee are better for more intensive use. Make sure you go with a modern lithium battery powered unit. It's also important to note how heavy-duty of a fastener you are going to be using. A giant bolt torqued to 120ft/lbs might demand a 1/2 inch drive impact wrench, while a little phillips screw would be more than fine with one of the micro 12v battery cartridge units.
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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by lthenderson » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:11 pm

I have a complete set of allen wrench and screwdriver bits that fit in my quick change impact driver.

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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:12 pm

Sure. Put a drill bit in their place and drill off the head of philips, torx etc. I've done that many times.
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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by Econberkeley » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:27 pm

I mainly need it for the occasional furniture assembly in my house. I don’t want to get a big one because they will not fit into the tight spaces. I need something light duty and thin. what would you guys recommend?

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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by N10sive » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:52 pm

A socket wrench.

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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by Luke Duke » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:12 pm

The Milwaukee line of M12 power tools is pretty compact.

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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by ianferrel » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:22 pm

If you want it to fit into small-ish spaces, you can get an electric screwdriver that's not much bigger than a large-handled screwdriver.

Something like this (note, I don't vouch for this particular model, just demonstrating the sort of device).

These don't have enough power to do things like screw directly into wood. But if you're just putting screws into pre-drilled and/or pre-threaded holes, should be fine.

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Re: power tool that replaces both allen wrench and screwdriver

Post by Ged » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:35 pm

Luke Duke wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:12 pm
The Milwaukee line of M12 power tools is pretty compact.
I have the M12 power screwdriver. Works great. Not sure it has enough torque for larger size hex socket bolts though.

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