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Forum topic by Florida Gramps posted 08-24-2018 07:15 PM 802 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Florida Gramps

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08-24-2018 07:15 PM

My multiple questions show my ignorance. I have a Bosch 12 volt drill which I have always used at max clutch setting. DUH!! Now I understand that I should dial it down to avoid overdriving pocket screws so I will play with the settings and see what seems to work best. Any suggestion on a clutch setting?

-- Florida Gramps


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Steve

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#1 posted 08-24-2018 07:47 PM

get a couple test pieces and try all the settings till you find the one that works.

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WhyMe

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#2 posted 08-24-2018 07:57 PM

That’s a moving target with different wood types and pocket screw lengths.

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Asaump

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#3 posted 08-24-2018 07:57 PM

I don’t have a Bosch but use a Craftsman. I always use a low clutch setting when driving pocket screws. Just enough to pull the joint together with bit of snugness. Don’t always use the same setting. But I almost always use glue in my joint too.

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Firewood

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#4 posted 08-24-2018 08:00 PM

Remember, different woods may (will) need different clutch settings. Just start low and step it up till you find the sweet spot.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 08-26-2018 04:16 AM

I prefer an impact driver for this. As the screw nears its full depth, quick short bursts on the trigger give you the nuance necessary to avoid breaking the screws while seating them solidly.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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