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    What Power Tools Do You Use for Tight Spaces?

    Hey,

    I'm an inventor in WA state, and I'm working on a new 7.2V driver designed to go where no other power tool can. I'm hoping to get some feedback from the HVAC crowd, and see what kinds of drills / drivers you like best for tight spaces and if you use right angle attachments, etc. Thanks so much!

    Joel

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    Small pistol grip style power screwdriver that is SHORT in both dimensions. A tool holder like a 1/4" drive impact you see at a big box store would be best for tool fitting. LONG battery life (prefer LI-on, not Nicad or NmHD), and easily and quickly charged... changeable battery.

    Does that help...
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    For tight spaces something like the cordless ratchet that Milwaukee makes. Except it will have a hex chuck like and impact.


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    Milwaukee M12 drill driver is one of my favorite tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrammel View Post
    Milwaukee M12 drill driver is one of my favorite tools.
    Mine also. Use it every day along with the flashlight.


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    My definition of "tight" would require a gearwrench or rachet wrench w/motor in it to power it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billygoat22 View Post
    My definition of "tight" would require a gearwrench or rachet wrench w/motor in it to power it.

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    There's a ratchet that has a crank on the end of the handle to quickly screw in the nut, then it can be used like a regular ratchet to tighten the nut.

    For a power operated version, there's a Drill 90 gadget, but it needs much more room than the ratchet.

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    Milwaukee right angle driver - the regular version and the heavy duty version, along with a Hitachi 3.6V power screwdriver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrammel View Post
    Milwaukee M12 drill driver is one of my favorite tools.
    Milwaukee m12 everything here. I don't go anywhere without my m12 bag full of tools

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    Craftsman nextec right angle impact driver with a spare battery. Love it. Not very expensive, and have used it daily for a couple of years now.

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