Mary Shaw

My company builds decks framed with light-gauge steel, and we drive about 5,000 self-tapping screws per month using Makita 18-volt brushless impact drivers to assemble the framing and secure the decking.

My veteran carpenters can consistently sink these screws at full throttle and release the trigger at just the right time so they don’t overdrive and break the screws. But my less-experienced carpenters don’t always react in time, causing some screws to snap.

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