If you have never used a rapid load holder when using your drill, then I think you will find these to be of great use if you decide to buy one. I guess we all know one of the biggest pains in the neck is having to change drills and other accessories when doing jobs.
It can be annoying and worst of all it can eat up your time.
The keyless chuck for me was a great invention as that greatly reduced the changing of bits etc. It also meant you didn’t have to worry about losing your chuck key. Then along came these rapid load sets and that has made this changing process even quicker.
Quick & Easy Accessory Changes For Your Drill
You can use a set like the ones pictured above from Dewalt on any 38 or 1/2″ drills. These types of sets carry a number of different accessories, and you normally see these in the handy small fold over cases.
The one shown above is a drilling and driving set and works with both corded and cordless drills. Each set will contain the most commonly used sizes which of course makes perfect sense.
You get a main “hex” holder which prevents any risk of slipping and then a set of drill bits and driver bits. Changing is easy as you simply take one drill bit out of the attachment and pop another one in. They are then held their with a ball/groove system that is pressure activated. It is a clever and highly effective technology.
What Types Are Available?
You can simply buy the “rapid load holder” itself if you already have some hex shank accessories. Something like the one pictured here which is the DEWALT DWA2509 IMPACT READY Rapid Load Holder is a popular choice for many people.
This product will hold any 1/4″ hex shank accessory. Like many of these products it then uses a magnet to ensure there is no wobble once your attachment is inserted. They do work really well and allow for extremely fast changing of drill bits and other accessories.
The important thing to note though is that you do need to have the hex shank accessories in the first place. Otherwise you are probably better off buying a set that includes the holder and comes with a range of accessories, such as the one I showed you in the first image above.
You can buy small driver sets like this one for under $10 and you get 6 screwdriver bits that can then be used by the rapid loader. In my opinion you are probably better off getting a larger set as they offer better value for money.
These are ok for use in and around the home, but if you are doing a lot of jobs, then you will want to take full advantage of changing accessories quickly.
To achieve that you need to get a set that has other different types of accessories. I did a bit of searching around and the ideal kit for someone like me, who does a lot of different jobs is something like this one.
This one is a 35 piece set and it comes with a range of really useful accessories. As you can see you get drill bits, driver bits, larger wood drill bits and some nice impact bits for doing bolts and nuts with.
It is a good all round set and for around $25, I think is better value than spending money on smaller kits.
You can of course buy different hex shaped accessories as kits and then buy a stand alone rapid holder, but I like the idea of keeping the manufacturer the same.
Dewalt do a wide range of these type of products and they are top quality. If you have never used these before you will be pretty amazed at just how fast changing drill bits and accessories can be.
Benefits of Rapid Load Sets
These are really all about speed, and having the capability of being able to change accessories quickly. The hex shanking locking system also then helps prevent bits from slipping, and that is always a very good thing.
These types of holders will fit any 3/8″ or 1/2″ drills.
They are certainly something that any contractor should consider buying, though I would also recommend these to any serious DIY person who likes to do work around the home.