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So I keep seeing these pictures with the hex extensions that are thin, usually some color other then the usual metal finish, from several inches to maybe 6" long. I'm guessing that the driver bit is part of this and not exchangeable. When I go looking at the local hardware store I don't see anything like these. My interest is because there are times when it's a bit close driving screws in where 2 pieces are very close to each other and the thinner drivers would be far better to use. I have several flexible drive extenders which can work but again they are much thicker. This probably sounds like I missed my meds or should have more coffee but sorry to say I'm wide awake and on my second mug. It took while but I found the video that shows the driver well and I've attached a screen capture of the driver. What are these called and who makes them? It seems the driver is one piece and maybe different bits are available in this style?
 

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They are not thin to get into small spaces - these drivers have thin shafts to flex under load. It’s a performance feature. May be more to it than that but this is primarily a torque issue. Bosch makes them. DeWalt too. I like them.
 

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So I keep seeing these pictures with the hex extensions that are thin, usually some color other then the usual metal finish, from several inches to maybe 6" long. I'm guessing that the driver bit is part of this and not exchangeable. When I go looking at the local hardware store I don't see anything like these. My interest is because there are times when it's a bit close driving screws in where 2 pieces are very close to each other and the thinner drivers would be far better to use. I have several flexible drive extenders which can work but again they are much thicker. This probably sounds like I missed my meds or should have more coffee but sorry to say I'm wide awake and on my second mug. It took while but I found the video that shows the driver well and I've attached a screen capture of the driver. What are these called and who makes them? It seems the driver is one piece and maybe different bits are available in this style?
Here are some at HD https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-Shockwave-Impact-Duty-2-Philips-6-in-Steel-Driver-Bit-48-32-4802/202653583?mtc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-B-D25T-25_7_POWER_TOOL_ACCESSORIES-Multi-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-PowerToolAccessories&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-B-D25T-25_7_POWER_TOOL_ACCESSORIES-Multi-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-PowerToolAccessories-71700000056728358-58700005290277020-92700046897694916&msclkid=5665071778fd101cc4815839c5583b16&gclid=CK663q7vi-sCFViqxQIdM5AIuA&gclsrc=ds&modalType=drawer
 

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Milwaukee makes them too for their impact drivers. there are a number of ways to get in close. Usually if you have a direct line of sight then longer is better and you can get extensions for a bit but they'll have a quick couple on the end. 6 inchers are common and I think I have a 12" in a drawer somewhere. You can also use a 1/4" socket to hold a hex bit and use mechanics extensions which can be still longer and it allows you to use a ratchet to drive the screws with. Handy if they are big and hard to drive but they need to be either square drive (Robertson) or torx drive. In fact I would only use one or the other with any of my methods. To hold the hex bit in the 1/4" socket I use a 1/4" rare earth magnet in it.

In really close quarters I use a little ratchet screwdriver like this one: https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/sho...0-reversible-ratchet-screwdriver?item=88K1110 These little drivers are worth their weight in gold to me. I wore my first one out.
 
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They are impact driver bits. They are available in many lengths. My longest one is about 8 inches. If you use a regular bit on an impact driver, the tip will be destroyed pretty fast, and the shaft could break. I generally buy the DeWalt brand, but several other makers produce them as well. Very handy for reaching into the odd, tight space. You can get them in star, Phillips, and square tips. The square tips are especially useful for installing pocket screws on inside corners.
 

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Stick if they have these then they are well hidden....or I can't see for squat but thanks for the link. Roxanne your link took me exactly where I needed to go. I took that info and found a 5 pack of the 3.5" bits on Amazon for $10.89 and a two pack of 6" on eBay for $11.50. Should be set for a while I hope.Chuck I do indeed have a ratchet set that works well in tight quarters but can be somewhat awkward to use in some circumstances. Thanks for the leads ladies and gents.
 

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Stick if they have these then they are well hidden....or I can't see for squat but thanks for the link. Roxanne your link took me exactly where I needed to go. I took that info and found a 5 pack of the 3.5" bits on Amazon for $10.89 and a two pack of 6" on eBay for $11.50. Should be set for a while I hope.Chuck I do indeed have a ratchet set that works well in tight quarters but can be somewhat awkward to use in some circumstances. Thanks for the leads ladies and gents.
https://apexbits.com/apex-sel-o-fit-screwdriver-bits.aspx
 
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You can go with a 1/4" driver extension and then use any number of different 1/4" bits. The only issue is that the 1/4" extension will be considerably wider at the socket end to accommodate the bits..
https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/sho...e-99-piece-not-so-common-bit-set?item=99W8665
https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/sho...ts/70747-chapman-ratchet-and-screwdriver-sets
https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/sho...man-ratchet-and-screwdriver-sets?item=88K2010

Or go with plan B:

https://www.licensedelectrician.com/Store/RT/Racky_Bits.htm

my experience with drivers has been that those with very narrow/smallish heads (working end of the driver) dont last very long in an impact driver. Primarily designed for drills.
 
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