The 9 Best Drift Punches

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in February of 2019. When you can't manually align multiple rivet or nail holes, a drift punch is what you need. These tools feature an elongated body with a tapered tip that's meant to be slipped — or hammered — into uneven openings, so you can insert a fastener successfully. It's a very specific tool, but it's one that professionals in the metalworking and woodworking professions can't live without. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Astro 1600 Set

2. Klein Tools 3255

3. Tekton 66178

Editor's Notes

March 21, 2019:

In choosing drift punches for this list, durability was the most important factor, which is why virtually all of the products included are made from steel hardened through various methods. We've also included single pins that are available in multiple sizes for individuals who are working on projects of a specific scale, in addition to full sets like the Ram-Pro 2398, which comes with useful extras like chisels and pin punches.

4. ABN Ladyfoot

5. Tekton 66556

6. Drixet Heavy Duty

7. Ram-Pro 2398

8. TruePower Mechanics

9. Mayhew Pro 61811

Taber Koeghan
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