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Review: Quickly convert your drill to a 1/4-Inch quick change chuck power bit holder

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1/4-inch quick change drill adapter

Owning multiple drills and drivers uses extra storage space…and adds to overall cost. But having the right drill accessories costs less, uses less space, yet creates a very convenient all-in-one drill / driver.

What are these adapters for?
The brands listed offer dedicated quick change power bit adapters to convert your ⅜-inch or ½-inch power and cordless drills to accept ¼-inch hex power bits.

This gives you the same flexibility and work efficiency of a ¼-inch drill driver without buying another drill.

What’s a power bit (aka ball detent)?
The deep groove at the end of the shank is engaged by a metal ball or wire from a chuck to lock the bit in place.

Quick-change hex bit drill chuck adapters

Differences between various quick change drill adapters

There are several types of quick change adapters and drill chuck conversion tools aimed at a specific purpose.

This article focuses on quick change bit adapters with a heavy-duty shank, which are different than quick change extensions, which vary in length, or chuck conversion tools, which do the opposite and convert a ¼-inch quick-change to a drill chuck.

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Insty-Bit Insty-Lok

I keep the Insty-Bit Insty-Lok (80138) in my personal tool collection. The tolerances are just right in keeping a bit held securely, while the operation of bit insertion and one-handed removal is super smooth and effortless.

Combine the well machined design with 100% metal parts; in my view Insty-Bit is providing all that a user can ask for in assuring a top quality drill accessory.

Insty-Bit 80138 quick change bit holder

Snappy Industrial Quick Change

A very close second to the Insty-Bit, is the Snappy Industrial Quick Change Chuck (40011), which is also made from 100% metal parts. Both products seem very similar in many ways, and I’d be happy with either.

The operation of smooth bit insertion and removal – lets you know the quality of craftsmanship.

Snappy says “Our namesake is the “snap” that’s heard when a drill bit, driver bit or other tool is pushed into our patented quick change chuck.” This is true, there’s a definitive sound to let you now the power bit is locked in.

Snappy 40011 quick change bit holder

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