Color:Original version Slip-proof handle provides 26-Degree higher torque than standard screwdrivers when used with oil covered hands. Tang-Thru design incorporates a metal cap that prevents handle damage when striking with a hammer.
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- Uniquely designed screwdriver and impact driver in one
- Fits #2 Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) and US Phillips screws
- Proprietary cam mechanism rotates the shaft 12 degrees with each hammer strike
- Magnetized black coated tip
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- I never knew these JIS drivers existed until I saw a bike mechanic refer to these in a Youtube video. By the way JIS stands for Japanese Industrial Standard but better known as Japanese Phillips.JIS-spec cross-head screws are generally marked with a single raised dot or an “X”. JIS always fit Phillip fasteners, but because of slight design differences, Phillips drivers may not fit JIS fasteners. (unless the tip is ground down a bit). JIS B 1012:1985 screw standard is throughout the Asia market and Japanese imports. The driver has a 57 degree point with a flat tip, parallel wings. As you can see by the photos the difference of the regular Phillips fastener and the JIS is very slight. These work very well with regular Phillips and I tend to go to these when fastening or loosening a Phillips fastener. As you can see by the photos, it makes sense when using a regular Phillips driver on a Phillips fastener as to why it’s so easy to cam out, or in other words slip off the head of the fastener. This can be very frustrating. Try using a JIS on a regular Phillips fastener and you’ll be surprised how much of a torque you can create before you start to cam out.I wish I had known about these sooner!What I like about this particular JIS driver is it is a driver and impact driver all in one. If you have a super tight fastener you might get lucky using this and a hammer. What happens when you hit the top of this driver with a hammer s it turns the driver 12 degrees to the left. It’s very important that when you hit the top of this driver you are holding it very tight. Some people might say you only use this particular driver for removing tight fasteners but I use this for both, why not.I liked this #2 JIS Impacta driver so much I bought the #1 JIS screwdriver. I now plan on getting all the JIS screwdrivers so I can be prepared for any size fastener. I hope this review helped, if it did please give me a helpful vote. Thanks.
- I own a bunch of 90’s Japanese sport/sport-touring bikes. They’re COVERED in JIS screws which leaves you two realities for working with them:- Use a Philip’s screwdriver and strip them to all hell, then dremel them into flathead screws, then eventually remove and replace them with something easier (like allen screws)- Buy a JIS screwdriver and save yourself a million headachesAlso to note, I had partially stripped a screw in a very hard-to-reach spot… It was stuck in there and no normal screwdriver (JIS or otherwise) was grabbing it properly or had enough torque to take it out.Bought this, hit it with a hammer a few times… Boom, screw came out, no stripping no damage. Amazing. The impact function of this thing is awesome.
- While on YouTube looking for suggestions for removing the screws from a Honda brake rotor I stumbled on an article that mentioned “JIS”. Japanese Industrial Standard fasteners used on most if not all Japanese vehicles. A cursory glance would mistake them for Phillips fasteners, but they are definitely not. Many a stripped brake rotor screw will attest to this. In fact this Vessel impact driver removed the rotor screws I had previously messed up with a Phillips #2. Just inserting and giving a light twist with both JIS and Phillips will immediately tell you the JIS is a better fit. A closer examination will show the difference in the two points. Three whacks with a 3lb hammer on the Vessel 980 loosened the damaged screws and the brake rotor came right off. Did all four the same way with the same result. The 12 degree turn when struck was sufficient to remove those 2005 screws. I now use JIS for every project calling for either these or Phillips. Because of the left turn action of the impact driver, a conventional JIS driver would be a better choice for those fasteners needing to be tightened. Just wish I knew about JIS 30 years ago.
- I am extremely impressed with this screwdriver. I expected a flimsy/cheap feeling tool for $13.99 with Prime considering my toolbox is filled with Snap-on, Wiha, and Fluke. To start, the handle feels solid. They grey is a hard plastic, but feels better than most plastics. It’s also hard enough I’m not worried about it distorting or getting damaged easily. The black is the rubber which provides plenty of grip for me. The handle is also thick, which allows for a good amount of torque to be applied easily. And the head of the handle is a metal striking surface, as you should expect.The screwdriver shaft feels very strong as well, I don’t expect it to bend as all my craftsman screwdrivers have done. And because this is only a single direction impact action, there is zero rotational play within the screwdriver like you see with the other ones. Works great. If you have a Japanese bike, car, or just tired of s***ty Phillips screws stripping because god forbid the engineers spec something corrossion resistant when you live next to the ocean, pick one of these up. I’d gladly pay $50 for it, as it is a quality tool.
- The screws on my 50-year-old Honda motorcycle that sat for many, many, years were about as seized/stuck as they come. This got them all off without stripping them. There are a few things to know about this driver before you buy. First, you really have to strike the driver hard to activate the mechanism. I confirmed this by lightly tightening a screw that hadn’t been stuck, and hit it using a small hammer, about as hard as you would drive a nail into wood. It failed to break the screw free. Only by hitting the driver quite hard did it work. In the case of my motorcycle it took several hard hits to break the screws free. If you have not used a Vessel driver, let me say they are good drivers with good JIS tips. The handle feels well made and does not slip in your hand. Given that it was meant to be hit with a hammer though, I would have preferred the handle be longer. The handle is the same length as the non-impact Vessel; You’d think they’d give you an extra inch.. I had enough space to keep from hitting my hand with the hammer, but not a whole lot.