Tools and Equipment
Irwin launches Phase 1 of Impact Performance Series lineup
By Anthony Capkun
July 15, 2013 – Irwin Tools’ Impact Performance Series line of screwdriving bits, nutsetters, socket adapters and bit holders are specifically engineered for use in impact tools. This initial launch is the first phase in a “comprehensive” line of accessories designed for use in impact drills and drivers, says Irwin. Fastener drive bits are available in Phillips, square recess, Torx and tamper-resistant Torx bits. They are forged rather than milled, so they fit fasteners more precisely, boasts Irwin, which reduces stripping and increases the life of the bit itself.
The nutsetters are designed to drive the fastener from the side rather than forcing the corners to turn, maintaining the shape of the fastener and reducing breakage and damage from stripping, explains the company; the lobular design provides more clearance on the corners where paint build-up often occurs. They are available with or without rare earth magnets. The insert bit holders have a C-ring design with an external clip that fits into the retaining ring notch of the insert bit, as well as a rare earth magnet. Lastly, the socket adapters are available with a ball-lock retention design for applications when quick-change is ideal. The body of the socket is forged for additional strength, and they have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion and increases the life of the tool.