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Steel Vision 85-piece Impact Torsion Bit Set $24.99

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$5 off and good reviews for a good size set of impact bits.

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High Torque Torsion Bits

Magnetic Screwdriver Bit and Screw Holder

Drywall Screw Holder with Depth Guide

Includes a Variety of 2", 3" and 6" Screwdriver Bits

Includes Nut Setters, Adapters, and common Screwdriver Bits

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Anyone have any experience with these? I'm liking what all comes in this set, but I don't know about their quality.
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Anyone have any experience with these? I'm liking what all comes in this set, but I don't know about their quality.
Get a better bit set from Home Depot or Lowes. You aren't saving much money here. Sure, you have more bits, but you're getting generic quality.
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Get a better bit set from Home Depot or Lowes. You aren't saving much money here. Sure, you have more bits, but you're getting generic quality.
And Costco's fantastic return policy.
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And Costco's fantastic return policy.
The last thing I want to do is have to run to a store to return a bit set because I bought junk. Even quality impact rated bit sets can often be had for sale. They are on this site often.
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The last thing I want to do is have to run to a store to return a bit set because I bought junk. Even quality impact rated bit sets can often be had for sale. They are on this site often.
With small impact bits, you will break them. They are consumables. That's why you have so many multipacks for bits like #2 Philips that get used most frequently.

When I used to work as an auto tech, I would frequently go through T20, T25 bits, and to a lesser extent T30. I tried multiple lines of Snap-on and Matco bits with no improvement in longevity. I ended up just using the Harbor Freight sets that came in the blue case. I would stock up on them when they were on sale for $5. I still have plenty of those sets with the three bits mentioned above missing.
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Spend a couple extra bucks and get the 60 piece set of the makita xps bits. Hands down the best on the market(besides Wera)
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With small impact bits, you will break them. They are consumables. That's why you have so many multipacks for bits like #2 Philips that get used most frequently.

When I used to work as an auto tech, I would frequently go through T20, T25 bits, and to a lesser extent T30. I tried multiple lines of Snap-on and Matco bits with no improvement in longevity. I ended up just using the Harbor Freight sets that came in the blue case. I would stock up on them when they were on sale for $5. I still have plenty of those sets with the three bits mentioned above missing.
Well saying that bits are equal from brand to brand is flat out incorrect. Besides that, yes, bits will eventually break when used with impacts. That's why there are multi-packs and even some variety bit packs include multiples of some bits for this very reason. That doesn't mean the better brands don't last longer though. In this case, the deal is not for an impact rated set. In this case quality bits will last you a long time if used correctly. Low quality bits made from soft steel, such as these Steel Vision bits simply aren't worth buying.
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Well saying that bits are equal from brand to brand is flat out incorrect. Besides that, yes, bits will eventually break when used with impacts. That's why there are multi-packs and even some variety bit packs include multiples of some bits for this very reason. That doesn't mean the better brands don't last longer though. In this case, the deal is not for an impact rated set. In this case quality bits will last you a long time if used correctly. Low quality bits made from soft steel, such as these Steel Vision bits simply aren't worth buying.
I don't know if these are any good. The product name / description seems to claim impact rating with "Impact Torsion Bit Set" though.
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I don't know if these are any good. The product name / description seems to claim impact rating with "Impact Torsion Bit Set" though.
Interesting. I missed that part. Thank you for the heads up.
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I'm definitely open to trying these out. Looks like a really nice comprehensive set.
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Well saying that bits are equal from brand to brand is flat out incorrect. Besides that, yes, bits will eventually break when used with impacts. That's why there are multi-packs and even some variety bit packs include multiples of some bits for this very reason. That doesn't mean the better brands don't last longer though. In this case, the deal is not for an impact rated set. In this case quality bits will last you a long time if used correctly. Low quality bits made from soft steel, such as these Steel Vision bits simply aren't worth buying.
So much misinformation. First, I pointed out three brands of T20, and T25 bits. I pointed out that the cheap harbor freight bits in the blue case aren't any worse than the bits Snap-on and Matco sold. Those bits cost more for one than the complete HF set. Snap on and Matco also don't warranty those bits, because they are consumables.

It's actually hard bits that that break easier. All impact rated products are made with softer steel than their non impact rated counterparts. The higher quality bits are made of alloys that have a higher tensile strength, but that's usually bits designed for carpentry. Those bits are however too short for many applications that are used in auto repair, where you need a certain amount of clearance between the driver and fastener. There might be some dollar store bit somewhere that's worse, but the standard 3" torc bits all appear to be from the same Chinese supplier.

The set listed by the OP is a completely normal generic set, that has many options. If you purchase this set, you would suppliment this with many bits in the types and sizes you use most often.
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So much misinformation. First, I pointed out three brands of T20, and T25 bits. I pointed out that the cheap harbor freight bits in the blue case aren't any worse than the bits Snap-on and Matco sold. Those bits cost more for one than the complete HF set. Snap on and Matco also don't warranty those bits, because they are consumables.

It's actually hard bits that that break easier. All impact rated products are made with softer steel than their non impact rated counterparts. The higher quality bits are made of alloys that have a higher tensile strength, but that's usually bits designed for carpentry. Those bits are however too short for many applications that are used in auto repair, where you need a certain amount of clearance between the driver and fastener. There might be some dollar store bit somewhere that's worse, but the standard 3" torc bits all appear to be from the same Chinese supplier.

The set listed by the OP is a completely normal generic set, that has many options. If you purchase this set, you would suppliment this with many bits in the types and sizes you use most often.
Haha! Impact bits are softer?! No. You're funny though! Keep spending your money they way you'd like. I'm trying to prevent others from wasting their money.
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Haha! Impact bits are softer?! No. You're funny though! Keep spending your money they way you'd like. I'm trying to prevent others from wasting their money.
Ever hear the phrase it's better to let people think you're dumb than to open your mouth and remove all doubt? That works on internet posts as well. Ever wonder why you're warned not to use non-impact sockets with an impact? Hint, it's not because they're softer. It's because they're hard and can shatter when they fail.

You could have taken 5 seconds to search and not embarrass yourself. At least you have the anonymity of the internet to help you.

"The real difference between impact sockets and chrome hand sockets happens during when the sockets are heat treated to different hardness levels. Impact sockets are typically made out of a medium carbon alloy steel that is heat treated to a low hardness range. "
https://agradetools.com/impact-so...d-sockets/

"Impact sockets are made with a softer steel that can handle impacts better. They are thicker because the steel is in fact softer and easier to bend (but not necessarily break)."
https://mechanics.stackexchange.c...ly%20break).


"Additionally, the tool maker says one difference you can't see between these two types of sockets has to do with the way each has been heat treated and/or the composition of the metal used.

The impact socket made out of medium carbon alloy steel is heat treated to a low hardness range which has been optimized for impact use. This means that under heavy, continuous use, an impact socket will withstand the impact blows and will wear rather than break, Snap-on says."
https://www.truckpartsandservice....me-sockets

Your turn Mr. Metallurgical Expert
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Quote from Mattacks :
Ever hear the phrase it's better to let people think you're dumb than to open your mouth and remove all doubt? That works on internet posts as well. Ever wonder why you're warned not to use non-impact sockets with an impact? Hint, it's not because they're softer. It's because they're hard and can shatter when they fail.

You could have taken 5 seconds to search and not embarrass yourself. At least you have the anonymity of the internet to help you.

"The real difference between impact sockets and chrome hand sockets happens during when the sockets are heat treated to different hardness levels. Impact sockets are typically made out of a medium carbon alloy steel that is heat treated to a low hardness range. "
https://agradetools.com/impact-so...d-sockets/ [agradetools.com]

"Impact sockets are made with a softer steel that can handle impacts better. They are thicker because the steel is in fact softer and easier to bend (but not necessarily break)."
https://mechanics.stackexchange.c...ly%20break [stackexchange.com]).


"Additionally, the tool maker says one difference you can't see between these two types of sockets has to do with the way each has been heat treated and/or the composition of the metal used.

The impact socket made out of medium carbon alloy steel is heat treated to a low hardness range which has been optimized for impact use. This means that under heavy, continuous use, an impact socket will withstand the impact blows and will wear rather than break, Snap-on says."
https://www.truckpartsandservice....me-sockets [truckpartsandservice.com]

Your turn Mr. Metallurgical Expert
You're right. I should have just stop responding to the dumb things you typed, but I didn't want other people to believe your nonsense.

You obviously don't understand metallurgy. Ductility isn't the same thing as soft. You didn't once mention the word ductile in any form and that's a clear sign you don't understand what you are talking about. Citing websites with no reputation doesn't help your case.

Impact bits have to have harder tool surfaces or they wouldn't survive the impacts. Some impact bits have ductile "torque zones" but the bit faces are still hardened. If you think the entire impact bit is softer than regular bits, which you obviously do, again shows that you have no idea what you are talking about.

Impact sockets can't be directly compared to impact bits. Impact sockets can be made of more ductile metal than impact bits, but they are thicker to make up for that.

Stick with your Google engineering. You're great at finding useless information!
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