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The Craftsman Hand Impact Driver has helped me on numerous occasions to remove stuck screws and bolts. You just combine the 1/2″ driver with an impact socket or included screwdriver bit, then hit the end of the driver with a hammer to break lose the fastener.  I used mine for removing motorcycle case and tailgate fasteners.

The hand impact driver needs no air or electricity to operate, just a hammer.  It’s great at removing automotive and motorcycle fasteners that have a Phillips head, but there is a learning curve because you have to twist the head of the tool in the direction that you want it to turn.

Street pricing is about $23 for a set that includes #2, #3, and #4 Phillips and slotted bits.

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8 Responses to Craftsman Hand Impact Driver

  1. _Jon says:

    I used to have one that had an internal angle. You would twist the knurling and it would force the head to go clock or counter-clock wise when the driver was struck. That helped a lot.

    They need to make one with a hand-shield.

    Better yet, someone should make one that uses the little .22 caliber rounds from a nail driver….

  2. John E. says:

    This is a must have in any handyman’s toolbag.

  3. Joe says:

    I’ve had one of these in my arsenal ever since I was a wet behind the ears motorcycle mechanic working on late ’60s Honda CB350s and such (damned Phillips head screws). Thankfully, it’s moved from it’s front-of-the-top-drawer location and doesn’t get used much anymore, but it sure is a great tool when needed!

  4. PutnamEco says:

    I’ve had one of these for next to forever, also. We used to argue over whether this version was better than the Vessel version. It seems the Vessel has since been upgraded, while the Craftsman has remained the same.


  5. cw says:

    My friend calls this the ‘you-hit-it-and-it-turns’. It’s an apt name, since it pretty much has always bailed me out of whatever phillips-bit-based trouble I’ve gotten myself into. Especially helpful for the import cars that use phillips screws to hold the rear brake discs on (WTF were they thinking?!).

  6. shopmonger says:

    I have had one from HF for years and only use it a few times a year but it never fails me……….. Got it for like $5. These are another great tool to get you out of a bad situation….
    I have also used it with impact sockets..

  7. kyle says:

    I now think this would be more use ful than I thought when I started reading this but i still prefer to use the impact wrench whenever i can to remove bolts

  8. Rick says:

    I just got one of these to take the brake drums off an old 8N Ford tractor. I’m confused by the “tighten/loosen” marks with arrows. Do I turn the handle or the bit in the direction the arrow points?

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