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Review: 1/4-Inch Quick Change Power Bit Adapters

If your tool fastening preference is using hex power bits, and you want an easy to use one-handed quick change chuck adapter, then you’re in luck. We tracked down and tested two great products from companies that make high-quality adapters that fit right into your existing drill chuck.

Yes, there are many quick change tool adapters available but I classify those as universal quick change adapters and extensions, which we’ll explain and cover in an upcoming article.

Further Reading:  Milwaukee and DeWALT Right Angle Hex Adapters Compared

What exactly are these adapters for?

1/4-inch Quick Change Drill Adapter
The brands listed offer dedicated quick change power bit adapters that easily convert your 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch power and cordless drills to accept 1/4-inch hex power bits. This gives you the same flexibility and work efficiency of a 1/4-inch drill driver without buying another drill.

What’s a power bit (aka ball detent)?

Phillips Power Groove Bit
A metal ball inside the quick change chuck securely engages the deep groove at the end of the shank when the bit is installed. The collar on the quick change chuck needs to be moved forward or backward to release the locking effect on the shank.

NOTE: The quick change power bit holders in this guide are NOT impact rated by the manufacturers. For use in standard power drills only.
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Insty-Bit 80138 quick change bit holder
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Insty-Bit Insty-Lok (80138)

I keep this quick change adapter in my personal tool collection. The tolerances are just right in keeping a bit held securely, while the operation of bit insertion and removal is super smooth and effortless.

Combined with the solid build quality, Insty-Bit is providing all that a user can ask for in a tool.

**Made in USA

Bit Insert: Push Bit In Auto Locks
Bit Removal: Slide Collar Forward to Unlock and Eject Remove Bit

Specifications:

  • Total Length: 2.28″
  • Head Length: 1.25″
  • Head Diameter: .95″
  • Shaft Diameter: 11/32″
  • Material: Steel
  • Finish: Black oxide

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Snappy 40011 quick change bit holder
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Snappy Industrial Quick Change Chuck (40011)

A very, very close second to the Insty-Bit. The products seem very similar in many ways, and I’d be happy with either.

This tool has silky smooth bit insertion and removal.

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.

**Made in USA

Bit Insert: Push Bit In Auto Locks
Bit Removal: Slide Collar Back and Hold Remove Bit

Specifications:

  • Total Length: 2.2″
  • Head Length: .9″
  • Head Diameter: .92″
  • Shaft Diameter: 11/32″
  • Material: Steel
  • Finish: Black oxide

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