How to Tighten a Dewalt Power Tools Clutch

DeWalt, a division of the Black & Decker Company, manufactures a number of different power tools machinel models, most of which include a tools clutch. The controlling mechanism is a rotating collar between the keyless chuck and the body of the tools. Through adjusting the setting of the clutch, you can alter the amount of torque transferred to the chuck. When driving screws, this is particularly useful,  tighten the DeWalt power tools as you can clutch to the proper setting so that the head of the screw is flush with the surface of the board.

Step 1. Hold  the tools body with one hand, and rotate the clutch (a collar with incremented numbers around the collar) on the top of the drill so that the desired setting is in line with the pointer.  Higher numbers mean more torque, while lower numbered settings will have less torque.

Step 2. Drive a screw into the board or other material. Release the cordless drill’s trigger when the clutch begins to slip.

Step 3. If it is above or below the surface of the board, inspect the head of screw to see . If the head is protruding from the surface, increase the clutch setting one or two numbers, and go on  driving the screw. If the head of the screw went too deep into the material, reduce the clutch setting.

Step 4. Repeat step 2 with another screw. Continue testing and adjusting the clutch until the screws are being consistently driven to the proper depth.

Tips & Warnings

When using a power tools, be sure to wear appropriate safety equipment, including safety glasses to protect your eyes.

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