IRWIN Tools Introduce Impact Performance Bit Accessories

I use impact drivers almost exclusively now unless I’m drilling holes. The power and ease of driving fasteners with impact drivers has forever changed our industry. However, the intense torque and power comes at a price when it comes to the accessories. I’d destroyed so many bits now that I’ve lost count and almost always assume i’ll lose a bit during the task I’m performing. This issue has fueled some serious competition for impact resistant accessories and IRWIN Tools is one of the power players. Learn all about their new lineup from the press release below. We’ll try to get samples to show off these exciting new accessories.

IRWIN’s New Impact Performance Series Line

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. [May 6, 2013] — As professional tradesmen continually seek power tool accessories that stand up on the toughest jobsites and help them do their jobs better, faster, or easier, IRWIN Tools announces the introduction of the Impact Performance Series™ line of screwdriving bits, nutsetters, socket adapters, and bit holders. While most accessories currently marketed for use in impact drills and drivers are compatible with impact power tools, IRWIN’s new line of Impact Performance Series accessories is engineered specifically for use in impact tools. The launch is the first phase of the introduction of a comprehensive line of accessories designed for use in impact drills and drivers.

Irwin Impact Drivers

Impact Performance Series Screwdriving/Fastener Drive Bits

While most screwdriving bits are simply compatible with impact drills and drivers, IRWIN’s Impact Performance Series fastener drive bits are engineered for maximum durability and long life with impact tools. They’re available in Phillips®, square recess, Torx®, and tamper-resistant Torx® bits. The bits are forged rather than milled, so they fit fasteners more precisely, which reduces stripping and increases the life of the bit itself – IRWIN’s Impact Performance Series bits have three times longer life than standard insert or power bits. They’re manufactured with heavy-duty, cold-forged, high-grade steel that withstands extremely high torque output and have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion and substantially increases the life of the bit.

Impact Performance Series Lobular Nutsetters

IRWIN Impact Performance Series nutsetters are built for maximum durability, performance, and long life with impact tools. They are designed to drive the fastener from the side, rather than forcing the corners to turn, maintaining the shape of the fastener and dramatically reducing breakage and damage from stripping. The lobular
design provides more clearance on the corners of the fastener where paint build-up often occurs. They are available with or without extremely powerful rare earth magnets that hold fasteners securely in place. They have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion and increases the life of the nutsetter.

IRWIN Tools Impact Performance Series

Impact Performance Series Bit Holders

IRWIN Impact Performance Series 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 powerful rare earth magnet that’s four times stronger than standard magnets – both of which hold bits securely in place. They have a black oxide finish that resists corrosion

Impact Performance Series Socket Adapters

IRWIN’s new Impact Performance Series socket adapters also are engineered for maximum durability and long life with impact tools. They 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.

“While cordless impact drivers have been in the market for quite a while, they’ve gotten a lot better in recent years, and are now relevant for many more types of applications,” said Jon Schlosser, Director of Marketing for IRWIN Tools. “Research indicates that professional tradesmen are rapidly shifting to impact technology, with the use of impact drivers increasing dramatically over the past five years. In fact, tradesmen are using impact drivers almost daily, and 30 percent of their time is spent using an impact tool versus rotary or other types of drills or drivers. Most accessories currently marketed for impact use are only compatible with impact drivers, but IRWIN’s new line of Impact Performance Series accessories are built and engineered for optimal performance with impact tools. This first phase of our launch is really only the beginning – as we anticipate continued enhancements to the performance of impact drivers themselves, such as new motor or battery technologies. We’re focused on building our Impact Performance Series line to include all types of accessories for impact drivers.”

IRWIN’s entire line of Impact Performance Series screwdriving bits, nutsetters, socket adapters, and bit holders has a 1/4″ quick-change shank that’s designed to work with all types of impact drivers and rotary drills.

IRWIN’s Impact Performance Series accessories can be found at home centers, hardware stores, and construction and industrial tool suppliers throughout the U.S. and Canada. They can be purchased as singles, in bulk, or as sets. The suggested retail price for screwdriving bits ranges from $0.99 to $5.99, nutsetters from $3.49 to $9.99, socket adapters from $3.49 to $5.99, and bit holders from $3.99 to $6.99. Multiple set configurations are available, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $39.99.


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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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