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Old 07-07-2019, 03:01 PM   #21
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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

I believe the 4v Milwaukee is the exact price as the DW 680.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:49 PM   #22
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I have the 682 I believe, non pistol grip model and it really is super handy. I keep it in my service pouch and it saves tons of time pulling receptacles/panel covers/ etc. Battery lasts forever and the I think it was only like $60
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I used the hammer lil blue one first and it was nice but like the other guy said it wasn't very powerful. So i bought he dewalt gyroscopic drill and its nice i can screw a drywall screw into stud with it but it takes a longer then just using my impact. my biggest complaint is that sometimes i just wish it was a normal screw gun that i could just pull the trigger and didn't have to twist my wrist to engage it. but its very light and small and the battery's charge quickly.
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Hertz Hound photo of the spiral screwdriver brought a rush of nostalgia, as a kid I would sometimes help my uncle installing hardware using a push drill to make a pilot hole then the spiral screwdriver to drive home a slotted screw.
I remember the 50s Bell System installer amount of 42A terminal block using the same pre-battery automatic tools.
They were pretty good tell your screwdriver blade slipped off the slotted screw and damaged the customers wall. I think I’ll dig one out and play with it though stick to battery-powered tools on the jobsite.
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I used the hammer lil blue one first and it was nice but like the other guy said it wasn't very powerful. So i bought he dewalt gyroscopic drill and its nice i can screw a drywall screw into stud with it but it takes a longer then just using my impact. my biggest complaint is that sometimes i just wish it was a normal screw gun that i could just pull the trigger and didn't have to twist my wrist to engage it. but its very light and small and the battery's charge quickly.

That is exactly what comes off as handy homeowner to me.
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Hertz Hound photo of the spiral screwdriver brought a rush of nostalgia, as a kid I would sometimes help my uncle installing hardware using a push drill to make a pilot hole then the spiral screwdriver to drive home a slotted screw.
I remember the 50s Bell System installer amount of 42A terminal block using the same pre-battery automatic tools.
They were pretty good tell your screwdriver blade slipped off the slotted screw and damaged the customers wall. I think I’ll dig one out and play with it though stick to battery-powered tools on the jobsite.
One of the first tasks I ever did on my Uncle's jobs was put sheetmetal screws in duct work joints.

Bang a starter hole with an awl and drive a #8x1/2" slotted screw....tons o fun..
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That is exactly what comes off as handy homeowner to me.
not sure im understanding what your saying sounds like your calling me a handy homeowner ? because ? i use a dewalt screw gun ?
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Anyone try this? It’s Bosch so it must be amazing. Only elite tradesmen use Bosch.
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Anyone try this? It’s Bosch so it must be amazing. Only elite tradesmen use Bosch.
looks ok i just like the dewalt cuz i can stick it in my tool belt and its light and doesn't take up too much room.
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not sure im understanding what your saying sounds like your calling me a handy homeowner ? because ? i use a dewalt screw gun ?
Mech is a tool snob.
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not sure im understanding what your saying sounds like your calling me a handy homeowner ? because ? i use a dewalt screw gun ?
Nope!

I'm saying the twist to start feature is less than a professional feature in the tool itself.
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Mech is a tool snob.
apparently hey i'm just commenting because its something i actually own and use i don't like using my screw drivers on small stuff, because i have mild carpel tunnel in my wrists. the light weight screw gun made sense but since i have to twist my wrist to engage it it kind of defeated the purpose.
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I use the DeWalt 7.2v screwdriver and like it but it has a real trigger.




I use the tools I like best regardless of brand, YES I am kind of a 'tool snob'.
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Nope!

I'm saying the twist to start feature is less than a professional feature in the tool itself.
i dont know about less then professional but it does seem kind of gimmicky.
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Hertz Hound photo of the spiral screwdriver brought a rush of nostalgia, as a kid I would sometimes help my uncle installing hardware using a push drill to make a pilot hole then the spiral screwdriver to drive home a slotted screw.
I remember the 50s Bell System installer amount of 42A terminal block using the same pre-battery automatic tools.
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I am a big fan of the yankee driver, I used one quite a bit up until just a couple years ago, but I never did get the hang of driving slotted screws with them.

They make one now with a chuck for 1/4" hex shank bits.
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Hertz Hound's link to a photo of the spiral screwdriver brought a rush of nostalgia, as a kid I would sometimes help my uncle installing hardware using a push drill to make a pilot hole then the spiral screwdriver to drive home a slotted screw.
I remember the 50s Bell System installer amount of 42A terminal block using the same pre-battery automatic tools.
They were pretty good tell your screwdriver blade slipped off the slotted screw and damaged the customers wall. I think I’ll dig one out and play with it though stick to battery-powered tools on the jobsite.
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I apologize to all for the multiple post's, I have the bad habit of grabbing a new tool or device or commenting on an Internet site thinking I know how to do it then when I mess up have to go back and read the instruction manual.
I’m enjoying the site and will endeavor to comment or post in the correct locations.
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Nope!

I'm saying the twist to start feature is less than a professional feature in the tool itself.
But just to be clear,you have not actually tried one either,right?

I like the 7.2 too and mine is great but the Gyro fills a niche that you will never appreciate obviously.

I never use it wishing that it was a standard driver,it is not and I like it for smaller stuff and repetitive tasks that it excels at.
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i dont know about less then professional but it does seem kind of gimmicky.
Exactly!

Professionals not looking to play games normally want ease of use and power.
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But just to be clear,you have not actually tried one either,right?

I like the 7.2 too and mine is great but the Gyro fills a niche that you will never appreciate obviously.

I never use it wishing that it was a standard driver,it is not and I like it for smaller stuff and repetitive tasks that it excels at.
I've tried it in a tore display and I'll stick with the 7.2. Many times I've used the 7.2 in odd positions under a counter or in a machine cabinet where flicking your wrist would be awkward at the least.
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