Are Impact Bits Worth It? – (Usage-Durability-Strength)

Impact bits are used in impact drivers for tightening and removing screws. We may have a double to buy a regular bit or impact bit because impact bits are a little bit expensive. So let’s see, is it worth buying an impact bit.

Impact bits are really worth it for their price because impact bits are highly designed for high torque and resistance tasks. Its shaft is designed as a hex shape that can bear more torsion and the tip is made as a harder end as it does not break during the impact mechanism.

Impact driver bits are very useful for driving screws. There are more facts that I need to share with you. So please keep reading on!

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12 Types Drill Bit for Wood

What Is The Impact Mechanism?

An impact mechanism is a mechanism that can be identified in an impact drill. The drill bits engaged with the hex screw head. The rotary and translational motions related to the motor input are applied on the camshaft and it is connected to a hammer through spring when the hammer repeatedly exerts pressure on the anvil, allowing it to vibrate freely.

This can be identified when an impact driver senses when you need additional torque and creates rotational impact force. This action happens rapidly. The translational and rotational motions of the hammer move along the groove on the camshaft.

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How Does Impact Mechanism Help To Increase The Efficiency?

An ability to drive in numerous fasteners quickly is the main advantage of impact drivers. This happens due to the impact mechanism of the impact driver.

Impact drivers perform better when their power is down. The pressure felt on the hand of the operator is minimized. They are also easier to use for longer periods.

All this is due to the impact mechanism. This is because high torque is generated at low RPM. An impact driver works with other tools at 95% efficiency under high torque. Produces torque up to 150Nm. The other tool performs its functions at low torque and high RPM such as drills. So key functions like tightening and loosening screws, nuts and bolts can be done more quickly and efficiently

Normally, corded impact drivers are more efficient when we consider corded vs cordless impact driver performance.

Regular Bits and Impact Bits

Regular Bits and Impact Bits
  • When considering the impact bit, we can see there is a special shape considering the standard bit. Sometimes impact bits are coated with the Ti-N, which increases wear life due to friction.
  • The unique shape increases service life and decreases user fatigue and installation issues.
  • It can be used for higher torque works such as driving into concrete, metal etc.

More than that the regular drill bits and impact drill bits are different few many ways. If you use a normal drill bit for any task, it can break easily. The reason is that it has a much lower ductility than an impact driver bit.

Typical drill bits are usually rounded as well as hex ends. Those cannot be used with normal drill bit currents with rounded ends. However, ordinary drill bits with some hex ends can install many new drivers. If you get a bit with a round scar, it can be identified as a normal drill bit.

A regular drill bit with hex ends. If normal drill bits are used in impact drives and co-tested, the hex end regular drill bits can easily break and break the impact drive itself. Because drill bits are not designed to withstand the stresses of torque. Due to this torque and RPM it can be used as a driver as well as a drill.

Impact driver bits have greater ductility than standard drill bits. Bits with this property are more flexible and allow more pressure to be applied. It is essential because it usually deals with high torque drives. However, these bits are not infinitely flexible and are limited by metal fatigue.

Metal fatigue is when a metal is constantly reshaped to a point where it breaks. This is what happens with impact driver bits.

When the screws are used too many times to tighten them too much, the bit tips are slowly damaged until they reach a point where they are no longer useful. This is an inevitable consequence of using bits.

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How Much Torque Can An Impact Bit Bear?

A force that twists something is can be called torsion and the turning or twisting force that causes torsion is called torque.

Impact drivers generally perform at a higher efficiency than other tools, even at high torque. The ideal torque limit for operating at higher RPM with up to 95% efficiency is 1500 – 1800 in. labs. It can deliver 2X to 3X more torque than a regular drill. The pressure felt on the hand of the activator is minimized.

How Impact Bits Are Made With?

The special hex shape of the drill bits used for impact drills is due to; they can withstand high torques at low RPMs. Normal drill bits are circular but operate at low torque at high RPMs. In addition, the thickness of the shaft of both drill bits also affects the strength.

The impact driver drill bit has a narrower shaft than the regular drill bit. In the narrower shaft, excess stress is removed from the bit’s tip and released into that shaft. It has a larger surface to dissipate the pressure. 

This design is useful to impact drivers to have a much larger torsional strength than a regular drill bit. As a result, it allows the bit to rotate even when the torque is high and the impact exerts a lot of stress on the drive bit.

On the other hand, the regular drill bit has a thicker shaft and it doesn’t allow the stress to be removed from the bit tip. That is the thicker area of the shaft of the regular drill bit concentrated stressed area. Therefore, the regular drill bit will break when using it to drill on tough materials. Therefore this impact drill is made more robust.

How Long Can An Impact Bit Be Used?

There are mainly two reasons for the impact drill bits to break. Those are;

  1. Bit slip
  2. Exceeds the Metallic Fatigue.

There are times when the screw is tightened and the bits slip off the buckle head. If repeated slippage occurs and the quality of the screws is not good, the buckle will be significantly damaged. This means that the “bit slip” will damage the bits themselves. This is something that most users are not aware of.

How to Prevent Bit Slip?

Therefore, before activating the drive, make sure that the bit size for mounting the buckle head is correctly selected and that sufficient force is applied to the buckle to prevent unnecessary slipping. This usually allows these bits to be used for some time.

Impact drive bits have higher ductility than standard drill bits. Bits with these properties are more flexible and allow more pressure to be applied. However, these bits are not infinitely flexible and are limited by metal fatigue.

Metallic Fatigue

Metallic fatigue is the constant reshaping of a metal to a place where it breaks. This is what happens with impact driver bits.

When the screws are used too many times to tighten them too much, the bit tips are slowly damaged until they reach a point where they are no longer useful. This is an inevitable consequence of using bits. But a better quality designed impact drill bit can be used between one and two pigs.

A better quality impact driver bit is usually more expensive but a slightly lower quality impact driver bit is available in the market at a slightly more affordable price.

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Tom Mackenzy

I am Tom, I am really interested in DIY projects. I have my own workshop and I spend my free time with so many projects. So I would like to share my experience with you regarding power tools, woodworking, metalworking, etc.

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