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    Default Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    I think that says it all. I have a brace that I haven't used in way too many years. And I *know* I had a screwdriver bit for it. I just can't seem to locate it after moving a few times and now I find that I need a bit for a project I know is coming up. (Driving a long bronze bolt)
    Problem is I can't find a source for driver bits that work in a brace. You know, with the tapered pyramid shaped end. Any suggestions? Google has failed me. Found some on Ebay but I'd like to find new so I know they aren't worn.
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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    What size do you need?
    There are several listed search> bit brace screwdriver
    These are listed as new
    #123578862336 (3/8)
    #114004128312 (5/16)
    #124001838970 (1/4)

    These look as good as new $5
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Craftsman-s...kAAOSwdhNfu8yG

    Here is another
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CRAFTSMAN-S...4AAOSwVrNf4PBH

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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    You can get square drive bit brace holders now - would that work?
    https://www.fine-tools.com/bohr1.html

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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    Lee Valley has 2 options for driving with a bit brace- 1/4” hex and square socket drive. John

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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    The SDSplus bit holder works in a traditional brace.
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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    I was looking for the actual bit. Would prefer not to use a bit holder. It's just one more thing to wear and wobble and not be perfectly straight. Especially since I'll be driving a 3/8" bolt.
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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    What size do you need?
    There are several listed search> bit brace screwdriver
    These are listed as new
    #123578862336 (3/8)
    #114004128312 (5/16)
    #124001838970 (1/4)

    These look as good as new $5
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Craftsman-s...kAAOSwdhNfu8yG

    Here is another
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CRAFTSMAN-S...4AAOSwVrNf4PBH

    That's interesting, when I did a search on Ebay neither of those came up.
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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    Garret Wade has them

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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    Related: I just bought one of these -- an actual adaptor for a 100 year-old Yankee Driver, from Lee Valley. Really works!



    But their screwdriver for a brace is an adaptor, not an actual screwdriver headed bit.

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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    I don't know how much help this will be, but I found screwdriver bits for a brace in a hardware store several years ago. They were in an old order Amish community in NW Ohio, near Kenton, where they didn't believe in power tools. I scarfed up almost all they had.

    Closer to you, Dave, maybe some phone calls to the Amish areas in PA would bear fruit. I don't know of any sources in this part of VA, where there is a community of old order Mennonites who still drive horses and buggies.

    Driving screws with a brace gives better leverage than a straight screwdriver, but infinitely better feel for torque than power driving. I love it!
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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    Thanks guys. I did find a 1/2" bit which is what I'll need. Of course, I'm sure 6 months from now I'll find my old one...
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    Default Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    Lee Valley, as always, is your friend.

    https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop...ws-and-sockets

    One has a 1/4-inch hex drive fitting, the other has a 3/8-in drive socket, so you can use whatever driver bit or socket you like. $12 or so each.



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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    OF COURSE... Now that I found them online and ordered a couple I found my old ones! But I did order a 1/2" bit that I didn't have so that's a +. This setting up a completely new (and larger) shop after things have been boxed/packed away for a couple of years has been frustrating. But getting there.
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    Default Re: Brace bits.... Need Screwdriver bits

    Car boot sales supplied mine. Incidentally if working on planking try to find a ​joist brace.
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