21 Piece Makita Impact GOLD Ultra Magnetic Driver Bit Set Review
Makita Impact Gold 21 Piece Driver Bit Set Review
Disclosure: This Makita Ultra Magnetic Driver Bit Set Review is sponsored by Makita, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure on this Makita Ultra Magnetic Driver Bit Set Review.
Why do you need special bits for Impact Drivers?
As the Impact Driver has become more prevalent in the construction industry, with it’s sudden rotational forces, it’s no wonder that the biggest tool companies are tailoring bits to prevent the major downfalls that an impact driver presents to the job-site.
Stripping bits and screws are a common issue with impact drivers, so a snug fit to fasteners and a flexible bit are the two most effective fixes to these problems. The Makita Impact gold series boasts a ten times longer lasting bit and addresses the above issues, so let’s see how the bits fair.
The Gold bits certainly stand out. With black, brushed metal, and only tints of company colors dominating the landscape of drill accessories the gold bit is almost shocking. It is a distinctive look that is mirrored by the bit carrier’s innovative design.
The set is carried in a skeleton like transformer case that isn’t really a case, but an open clip of bits, called Makita’s Slide-n-Lock case, that become accessible with a soft touch of a VERY ergonomic “open” button.
The placement of the button is reminiscent of the iPhone, since no matter how you hold the bits, the button is easily accessible with your thumb or index finger.
Enough of design though, let’s talk performance!
Using the Makita Impact GOLD Driver Bit Set
The exclusive snap-ring technology on the Makita nutsetters are non-magnetic, and so is the bit holder that carries the bit and the sleeve for the Impact Gold system. My biggest complaint with bit holders is the fact that from time to time you’ll lose your bit to a fastener.
Not in the case of the Makita magnetic bit holder, first off the magnet is ONLY on the sleeve to assist the operator in holding the fastener. Second, the bit is held with a ring system similar to the snap-ring in the nutsetters, and so the bit holder maintains a death grip on these bits.
In fact the hold is almost too much, I struggled for a few minutes trying to pull off a thin square bit out of the bit holder. Next time I’ll definitely reach for a pair of pliers, but needless to say I haven’t lost a bit with this holder and I don’t anticipate losing a bit with this system.
The bit holder also does a great job of assisting the operator with one handed fastening. I only managed to knock screws from the sleeve with some pretty clumsy operation. The one downside to the sleeve is once you lose contact with the fastener and need to re-engage, the inability to see the bit head makes reconnecting difficult.
The bits perform well and the bit holder has some great features that out perform the competition. The bits hold exceptionally well and the combination of the gold colored bits and unique slide-n-lock case make this impact ready bit set stand out from the crowd. Great performance with one handed fastening applications and no chance you’ll lose a bit during operation.
How much and where to buy?
These bits are available at Home Depot and on the independent channel from $20 to $30. You can purchase the set online here.
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