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Has anyone tried the Dewalt 680 GYROSCOPIC SCREWDRIVER ?
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Thanks for posting on ElectricianTalk. You came to the wrong place. Questions about DeWalt power tools should be posted on our sister (and we mean “sister”) site PlumberTalk.

ElectricianTalk is for professional electricians only. Electricians don’t use DeWalt tools but you will find a few dumb plumbers on PlumberTalk who do since they don’t know any better. Good luck.

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Thanks for posting on ElectricianTalk. You came to the wrong place. Questions about DeWalt power tools should be posted on our sister (and we mean “sister”) site PlumberTalk.

ElectricianTalk is for professional electricians only. Electricians don’t use DeWalt tools but you will find a few dumb plumbers on PlumberTalk who do since they don’t know any better. Good luck.

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Dewalt quit making the old style screwdriver that was 7.4 volt.
I bought a Milwaukee battery screwdriver, but don't like the design.
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Actually, if you find a good one, let us know. I had a small Milwaukee but it crapped out. Then I bought a Bosch 12V with a pivoting head which is cool but kind of bulky.
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Actually, if you find a good one, let us know. I had a small Milwaukee but it crapped out. Then I bought a Bosch 12V with a pivoting head which is cool but kind of bulky.

I feel your pain. I have three of the little Milwaukee drivers, the batteries are all shot.

I do still use the DeWalt 7.2v screwdriver.
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Wonder how gyroscopic control compares to a good variable speed trigger...
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Wouldn’t this be gyroscopic? It’s kinda Dewalt?
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Wonder how gyroscopic control compares to a good variable speed trigger...
I don't think the gyro has anything to do with speed just direction, which seems awkward in a way to me.
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Wouldn’t this be gyroscopic? It’s kinda Dewalt?
No it's much more a fixed rotational device.

The gyro model has a free floating (read annoying) drive action.
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Having used the Bosch, Milwaukee, and 7.2v DeWalt I'll stick with the latter until it dies then I'd go for the Milwaukee and hope they made better batteries.

The size and weight of Lil Red makes it a great tool.

Seems some places still have the 7.2v DeWalt (new old stock).
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I picked up one of these from the clearance rack at Blowes for about twenty bucks. It works but isn’t very powerful. It has a switch to manual so you can tighten up the last half turn by hand. I like the concept because it’s almost the same size as a normal driver. It also has a built in NCVT.
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@Coppersmith gave it a good review in this thread

https://www.electriciantalk.com/f14/...driver-272430/
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I picked up one of these from the clearance rack at Blowes for about twenty bucks. It works but isn’t very powerful. It has a switch to manual so you can tighten up the last half turn by hand. I like the concept because it’s almost the same size as a normal driver. It also has a built in NCVT.
I looked at several stores for that after you posted it the first time just for the size of it.

That's also the good thing about the Milwaukee, it fits in a pocket or pouch easily.

The Bosch is just an awkward size and no easy way to carry.

The DeWalt fits in a hammer loop.
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I have and use the crap out of my 680 and it has been a game changer for me really!
Not only does it change direction by Gyro action but is also speed sensitive based on the speed of your turning it and it is easy to feather the speed as needed for sure.

I have 2 of them and would buy another for sure if one died.

No one has yet to comment on the actual model you ask about.

The other great thing for me about this one is how small the charger is and that I can carry it in my Veto which is pretty handy.
I also have a Compact 18v Dewalt and the same thing applies,the charger is so small that I don't really understand how no other manufacturer has done the same?

So far for me the Yellow has been solid too but I still drive the Red all day long.

No Dewalt huh?

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DeWalt DCF680, pistol grip or straight Pwr screwdriver with clutch
DeWalt DCF682, replaced the model DCF680 in-line design only does not have pistol grip option nor does it have the adjustable clutch of the earlier model.
At one point I went to adjust the 680’s clutch and found that I locked up the clutch. I purchased a new screwdriver but found that the 680 had replaced by the model 682 so maybe DeWalt decided to discontinue the early model because I wasn’t the only one that had clutch problems.
I used DeWalt DCF682 all the time for light-duty and find that I have been neglecting my standard screwdrivers and only use them for torqueing electrical connections. A power screwdriver saves a lot of time for removing those long switch and outlet your screws or while holding a heavy light fixture and removing those screws. It takes a bit of getting used to pushing the trigger and remembering that you had to twist your wrist in the direction that you want to screw to go but once that becomes automatic the driver quickly becomes indispensable. I like the early Panasonic tools and Milwaukee but their price got a bit prohibitive. It’s a good tool for the money just don’t use it like a drywall screw gun.
My review: Big advantages size it’ll fit in your tool pouch, its great for light-duty applications
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I have and use the crap out of my 680 and it has been a game changer for me really!
Not only does it change direction by Gyro action but is also speed sensitive based on the speed of your turning it and it is easy to feather the speed as needed for sure.

I have 2 of them and would buy another for sure if one died.

No one has yet to comment on the actual model you ask about.

The other great thing for me about this one is how small the charger is and that I can carry it in my Veto which is pretty handy.
I also have a Compact 18v Dewalt and the same thing applies,the charger is so small that I don't really understand how no other manufacturer has done the same?

So far for me the Yellow has been solid too but I still drive the Red all day long.

No Dewalt huh?

I wish I was smart enough to Plumb sometimes.
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I picked up one of these from the clearance rack at Blowes for about twenty bucks. It works but isn’t very powerful. It has a switch to manual so you can tighten up the last half turn by hand. I like the concept because it’s almost the same size as a normal driver. It also has a built in NCVT.
For some reason anything with a built in NCVT seems cheesy to me. Example Gardner Bender tools.

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For some reason anything with a built in NCVT seems cheesy to me. Example Gardner Bender tools.

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I have and use the crap out of my 680 and it has been a game changer for me really!
Not only does it change direction by Gyro action but is also speed sensitive based on the speed of your turning it and it is easy to feather the speed as needed for sure.

I have 2 of them and would buy another for sure if one died.

No one has yet to comment on the actual model you ask about.

The other great thing for me about this one is how small the charger is and that I can carry it in my Veto which is pretty handy.
I also have a Compact 18v Dewalt and the same thing applies,the charger is so small that I don't really understand how no other manufacturer has done the same?

So far for me the Yellow has been solid too but I still drive the Red all day long.

No Dewalt huh?

I wish I was smart enough to Plumb sometimes.
There isn't that much to 'plumb' chit flows downhill normally at 1/4" per foot.

To me the 680 looks more like a gimmicky homeowner/handyman thing than a serious driver.

At the companies I've worked for ol'yeller doesn't stand up to abuse. It didn't stand up for me just working on my own properties.
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