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Noticed one of the old hands doing this recently; using an impact driver (rattler) to to tighten the slotted PZ2 screws in a newly installed board. Never occurred to me that you could but when I (very discreetly) checked them with a conventional screw driver they were all spot on.

Does / has anyone else done this or am I the last one one the bus,'cos it certainly saved some time? Can you actually buy a slotted PZ2 head for an impact and how'd you line up the slot - normally done by feel before you actually apply any torque.

I'll get me ticket now ;)
 
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I would never put that kind of impact on an device or the board. I am in the back seat with you. :)
 

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None of my searches have given up a slotted PZ2 impact bit and a standard PZ2 will chew up pretty quickly leaving the next guy or gal to sort the mashed heads
 

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yes you can get them . I think The sheds do them . I have used them in a Milwaukee impact driver on large roofing joists .
 

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I'm not a fan or user of impact drivers although I know a lot of sparkies nowadays use them for fixings and drilling.
It's definitely not the right tool to tighten terminals for sure.

I have however used a small battery driver (non impact) on a very low clutch setting to just to wind breaker terminals in, and that does save a bit of time on a large DB. I have always done the tightening of terminals with a hand tool after this though.
 

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Not a chance. Something needing 2.5 Nm torque and a machine capable of more then 100Nm placed on it? What could possibly go wrong? Maybe I’ve misunderstood?
 

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And how will the MCB/RCBO/RCD handle the vibrations caused by using this method?
 

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It's the old expression about an open mind and what you let in :) Personally I was one of the last to get an impact. They are too powerful for many of the tasks we perform.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
 
So many times ive come to boards where they've rattled them in. Far too tight almost round out the screws on the Neutral and earth bar when trying to unscrew them. Im not a fan of it
 
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