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I got one of these drivers to replace my older driver. It clearly has more than enough torque, which is good in some cases but for some routine things around the house it is too much. Even on the lowest torque limit (#1 on the clutch), it can strip out holes in wood and plastic especially in repairs where the holes and screws may be old and fragile. My older Makita has this soft touch that comes in handy - is there any way to further reduce the torque on such DeWalt 18V drivers at which the clutch starts to slip and thus limits the torque?

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Most models have two selections, one for the clutch (which in effect regulates the torque applied) and the other is the gear selection ( usually a setting of 1, 2 & 3, with 1 being for driving screws and 3 for drilling purposes). In addition to those selections, the trigger controls the overall speed of the motor. These are all the control you have over the drill, granted the Dewalt tool is a bit torquey, but it is meant to be a construction tool.

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