DeWALT Cleanable Impact Ready Nut Drivers

Excellent holding power, super easy to clean, and faster to use than non-magnetic drivers


DeWALT Cleanable Impact Ready Nut Drivers

One of the problems that occurs when sinking screws into metal studs, ducting, and the like, is that they produce copious amounts of small metal shavings. If you use a magnetic nut driver they stick to the magnet, clogging up the socket. And, the debris is almost impossible to remove. Which is why a lot of guys use non-magnetic drivers, even though they're less convenient.

Setting metal screws produces shaving that clog magnetic nut setters
DeWALT has pretty well solved the problem with its new line of Cleanable Impact Ready Nut Drivers. These drivers come in five common sizes, from 1/4" to 1/2", and have 1/4" hex shanks. You can use them with standard and high hat hex head self-tapping metal screws, and, of course, you can also use them with any hex nuts or bolts. I've been using the 1/4" nut driver in place of my quick change drive bit adapter.

A slider elevates the magnet above the socket so you can wipe the shavings away
It's a simple, but clever solution to an annoying problem — elevate the magnet so that you can wipe it clean of debris. Yes it works, and very well indeed. The industrial strength magnet holds fasteners securely — the magnet in the 5/16" setter can support up to 10 ounces. Which also means it really grabs onto metal debris when drilling. Once the socket in the setter becomes clogged with debris, simply push up the slider to expose the magnet, and then wipe the crap away. As soon as you release the slider the magnet descends to the bottom of the socket again.
These nut setters are part of DeWALT's Impact Ready line of accessories, which means they can withstand a lot of rotational and downward force. The bodies are made of shock resistant tool steel for maximum durability, and are heat treated to resist breakage and wear. The inside corners of the sockets are recessed to reduce stripping the heads of screws and nuts.
For anyone who works with metal screws, these DeWALT Cleanable Impact Ready Nut Drivers are well worth considering. They have excellent holding power, are super easy to clean, and are faster to use than non-magnetic drivers.



  • 5 sizes: 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2"
  • 3" overall length
  • 1/4" hex shank
  • Sliding pusher
  • Industrial strength magnet
  • Recessed corners
Set of*2240IR$24.99

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Carl Duguay, January 2013
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