There was a time when we, as humans, used manual drills. These drills were from decades ago and were either shaped like a weird “S” or were straight up and down with a large gear handle attached to the side. Either way you look at it, they weren’t electric and weren’t automatic in any which way. You could probably find these old style drills if you poke around an antique shop long enough.
During the same time, we used these things called screwdrivers. I’m sure you know what they look like, so I won’t go into that. Screwdrivers are manually operated, just like the drills where. It wasn’t until the battery powered cordless drill came onto the scene did we move away from the screwdriver and towards something much easier on the wrist (not to say we don’t use screwdrivers anymore). Today, if I can use the power driver, I’ll use it. Ain’t no way I’m sitting there twisting a screwdriver for a half hour if I could use a tool that would take three seconds to accomplish the same task.
Pondering these types of tools got me thinking about other things. What else could I take advantage of that would make life easier? By far, the most popular tool I use, almost on a daily basis, is my DeWalt cordless drill. I use it for both drilling things and screwing and unscrewing things. The tool is always an arm’s reach away.
A while back, I picked up a really cheap set of power nut drivers. If you’ve never seen these things, they look like screwdriver bits with sockets attached to the ends. Basically, you pick the appropriate size for the job, stick the end in the cordless drill chuck, tighten and begin doing what you need to do. The problem is, you oftentimes end up not having the properly sized nut driver. When you purchase the set, you’ll likely end up with twelve or fourteen pieces. Standard? Metric? Who knows. It’s almost as if you need to buy an entire nut driver set that mirrors a socket set. Hmmm…
Check this out.
Do you see what I have installed in my cordless drill? That’s what’s called a “socket adapter.” Instead of chasing down nut drivers that come in all sizes and shapes, I decided it may be more efficient to simply buy an adapter that I could attach any of my 200 new sockets to. I can use extensions, adapters and anything I would use a regular socket wrench for – right here with this adapter. And what’s even better is that the small package I purchased for only around $5 came with an adapter for all three socket sizes. They’re impact grade, which means the steel is strong. The drives include 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. Here, take a look:
I feel like I had one of those genius moments around the time I bought this kit. I’ve been using nut drivers forever and now that I have the freedom to choose any socket from my new set to use, it’s just damn liberating.
Now, I knew you’d want to read the labels and packaging for this kit, so I took photos of both sides. If you want to enlarge either photo, right-click on the image and choose “Open Image in New Window.” Enjoy!