DeWalt DWHJHLD Impact Clutch Accessory Holder
With impact Drivers on the rise, tool companies have started to offer accessories that can handle the particular type of abuse meted out by those tools. Thus far, this has meant the development of new, stronger bits, but now DeWalt has come along with a special bit holder that, according to them, increases the life of the bit by as much as five times.
It looks like a good item and it's going to set you back about $20 (including two of their Impact Ready tips - more info on those here). Is it worth it? Depends on how fast you're chewing through bits. In the press release, DeWalt specifically mentions 'commercial jobsites,' so this is really an item for those who give their tools a real workout.
And finally, what's up with the product number on this one (DWHJHLD)? It's like our worst scrabble nightmare come to life.
More information in the press release after the jump...
DEWALT® Launches the Industry's First Impact Clutch™ Accessory Holder that Extends Bit Life by More Than Five Times*
TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 8, 2010) - Today, DEWALT announces the launch of the revolutionary Impact Clutch™ accessory holder (DWHJHLD) that will lead the way to increased fastener and bit life. This patent-pending product is the first of its kind and has been engineered to solve a daily frustration users face in heavy-duty fastening applications on commercial jobsites - bit tip breakage, fastener stripping, and fastener breakage.
"It is not uncommon to see metal framing crews or glaziers drive up to 400-500 screws a day on commercial jobsites," said Stas' Kotula, product manager, DEWALT. "In high torque situations, bits often break before they wear, which is a regular frustration experienced by many of our users. To solve this problem, we developed the industry's first clutch accessory that has been engineered specifically to help reduce bit and fastener damage, increasing the life of the bit. This launch is another proof point of DEWALT's commitment to its end users and of the time and expertise we put into the development of all of our products."
By activating in high torque applications such as interior and exterior brace framing, the DWHJHLD reduces stress on the bit and therefore extends bit tip life by more than five times compared to standard DEWALT bit tip holders.
Ideal for framers, glaziers, electricians and other tradesmen who are tasked with heavy-duty fastening applications, the Impact Clutch accessory holder can be used with both impact drivers and screwguns for versatility. Additionally, the sleeve on the clutch moves forward and backward to engage or disengage the clutch, allowing users to turn the clutch on or off as needed.
The DWHJHLD Impact Clutch accessory comes with two Impact Ready® bit tips, and it will be available at independent distributors in March 2011. The product is expected to retail for approximately $17-$20. For more information, please visit: http://dewalt.com/Home.aspx.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 9, 2010 7:00 AM