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Old 03-13-2020, 10:25 AM
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Default I use a MAkita on screws in fuse etc.

BUT do NOT use when putting screws in the rollbar of the RV 7 canopy.

A moments distraction while doing so caused a crack to occur.

Suggestion...…. do not use on plexiglass!

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Old 03-15-2020, 03:36 PM
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A couple of years ago I purchased a Black and Decker gyro-based screwdriver which uses very similar technology. It was on clearance at Lowes - I think I paid $25 for it. It's a good little gadget - definitely not hard to get used to the gyro control.

After using it for a couple of years I think I still prefer a full-sized battery-operated drill with a good adjustable clutch so I can use two hands on the drill to ensure proper alignment on the screw head. Of course when access is tight that little B&D unit sure comes in handy!
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Old 04-05-2020, 05:58 PM
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I didn't see it mentioned, the DeWalt driver has a clutch that works great.

I have had the DeWalt for 4+ years. When I got my -12 last year I bought a second just for the hangar. The clutch is real handy for tightening panel and cowl screws without stripping the heads or over tightening.

There are 2 different (but look very similar) models of the DeWalt driver. They both have the same gyro action and use the same battery.

DCF682N1, does NOT fold and does NOT have a clutch.

DCF680N1 / DCF680N2, folds, has clutch. N1 = 1 battery, N2 = 2 batteries
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Old 04-05-2020, 06:19 PM
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I didn't see it mentioned, the DeWalt driver has a clutch that works great.

I have had the DeWalt for 4+ years. When I got my -12 last year I bought a second just for the hangar. The clutch is real handy for tightening panel and cowl screws without stripping the heads or over tightening.

There are 2 different (but look very similar) models of the DeWalt driver. They both have the same gyro action and use the same battery.

DCF682N1, does NOT fold and does NOT have a clutch.

DCF680N1 / DCF680N2, folds, has clutch. N1 = 1 battery, N2 = 2 batteries
Have the unit with 2 batteries.
Nothing short of a wonderful tool.
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Old 04-06-2020, 04:36 AM
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Thanks a lot, now I have to buy another tool I didn't know I needed.

Not sure which is worse, owning a boat or building a plane...
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Hmm, might have to add that to my sig.
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Old 04-28-2020, 04:01 PM
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Default Electric Screwdriver.

I am a huge fan of the Dewalt screwdriver. Purchasing quality bits as suggested is also very important.
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Old 04-28-2020, 08:19 PM
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Add to it some flexible shafts like these.

They make getting to the screws next to the side skins, in front of the spar, and a number of other places so much easier!
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Old 04-28-2020, 10:35 PM
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That DeWalt electric gyroscopic screwdriver rocks. Have been using mine for a couple of years. My favorite tool. I’ve even bought a couple as gifts for other airplane builders. Highly recommended. And just to be proactive: No I won’t buy one for you. They were very special airplane builders hah.
Good that you added that last line Greg because I was already typing in my head my birthday is coming up...
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