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What is the reverse function on a

cordless impact driver?

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Cordless impact drivers have a reverse function All cordless impact drivers have a reverse function which allows the chuck to turn backwards as well as forwards.
Speed control trigger, forward/reverse switch on a cordless impact driver On most models, you can alternate between forward and reverse by pushing the forward/reverse button on the side of the tool. This button is usually located on both sides of the tool (so it can be pushed with either your index finger or thumb) and just above the speed control trigger.
Pressing the speed control trigger on a cordless impact driver The direction in which you push the button to select reverse may vary depending on the make and model of your tool. On some models of cordless impact driver, pushing the forward/reverse button into the central position locks the tool ‘off’ preventing the chuck from turning.

This is also referred to as spindle lock. For more information, see the section: What is spindle lock on a cordless impact driver?

Wonkee Donkee says "REMEMBER Don’t alternate between forward and reverse while the drill is still turning - wait until it has come to a complete stop."

When to use reverse

Removing screws with the reverse function on a cordless impact driver

Removing screws

If a screw has been driven in using a power tool, it can be difficult to remove it using a manual screwdriver.

A cordless impact driver with a reverse function can be used for this purpose, but you must use the correct screwdriver bit.

Backing a tool out of a work piece avoids damage to the tool and the finished hole

Backing out drill bits

When drilling holes the drill bit can occasionally become jammed and simply pulling it out could cause damage.

Putting the cordless impact driver in reverse means that you can back the drill bit out safely.