Decks have undergone an evolution in recent years, from being part of the backyard to part of a home’s primary living space. Along with this change has come the expanded use of preferred decking materials like composites and hardwoods. Stainless steel deck screws, long recognized as the fastener of choice for high-end decks, have also witnessed expanded use.
Stainless steel, however, is softer than hardened steel and often requires pre-drilling. In the past, pre-drilling was time consuming and laborious. Not anymore! With Clever Tool, pre-drilling and countersinking can be done in one step, with one tool. And our Powerbolic drill bits with special fluting cut through decking more than twice as fast as standard wood bits. Plus, the bits are replaceable.
For deck builders working with composites, Smart-Bit offers an additional benefit – it eliminates mushrooming. That’s smart!
Clever Tool comes in two standard sizes for decking – #8 Trim and #10 Flat – and two larger sizes with longer bits, great for boardwalks and timber applications – #12 Flat and #14 Flat. The #14 Flat tool comes with two drill bits for a 40mm deep hole and one bit for a 75mm deep hole. The Clever tool package contains one (1) complete tool, two (2) extra replacement bits and one (1) hex wrench.
CLEVER TOOL SPECIFICATIONS
SIZE HEAD DRILL BIT COUNTERSINK COUNTERSINK HOLE DEPTH*
DIAMETER DIAMETER ANGLE
Gauge (mm) mm (inch) mm (inch) degrees mm (inch)
#8 (4.5mm) Trim 3.2 (1/8”) 6.6 (17/64”) 60 30.0 (1-1/8”)
#10 (5.0mm) Flat 3.6 (9/64”) 9.2 (23/64”) 90 30.0 (1-1/8”)
#12 (5.5mm) Flat 4.0 (5/32”) 11 (7/16”) 82 40.0 (1-9/16”)
#14 (6.0mm) Flat 4.8 (3/16”) 12.2 (31/64”) 82 40.0 / 75.0 (1-9/16” / 3”)
*Overall hole depth including countersink portion. When installing decking it is general practice to not pre-drill the underlying (joist) material, as this is usually treated lumber and does not require pre-drilling. The 1-1/8″ overall hole depth of the #8 Trim and #10 Flat sizes provides sufficient depth for installing deck lumber up to 5/4″ nominal size.
*#14 Clever Tool comes with two (2) 40 mm bits and one (1) 75 mm bit.
CLEVER TOOL BIT REPLACEMENT BIT
The Smart-Bit replacement bits package contains five (5) replacement bits.