Impact drivers have made a huge difference in the way professional trades people go about their work. An impact driver is used in many different industries, from mechanics using them to unfasten rusty old bolts from an exhaust manifold, to a carpenter fixing sash windows in a Victorian property. In fact, almost every industry/trade uses an impact driver nowadays.
An impact driver can be very useful in and around the home to complete many DIY tasks; from fixing shelves, to the assembly of flat pack furniture.
I will take you through some of the best impact drivers available, from the lower end of the market to higher spec. models.
You can find out more detailed, technical information on each drill mentioned here at: http://www.drillsanddrivers.com/impact-drivers/
Milwaukee 3462-20 M12 Impact Driver
Milwaukee have designed a whole range of tools in the “M12” range that intelligently run on the same batteries. They supply over 60 different models that function with the Lithium-Ion batteries. Although available with batteries, you will see a lot of Milwaukee units being sold as “bare”, supplied without a charger and batteries because once you have a few, you simply do not need to keep on adding to your collection of 12v batteries.
The Milwaukee certainly packs a mighty punch. Its powerful motor puts out 1000inch pounds of torque and manages an impressive 2500rpm.
It has a comfortable rubberised grip and comes with a handy clip to fix the Milwaukee 3462-20 to your tool belt.
It also has a powerful LED light to brighten up the darkest of work stations. The drill is covered by a 5-year warranty, which is far more comprehensive than competing models. This is a fantastic little drill and although it weighs a little more than others at 2.3lbs, it does not impact on its performance.
Bosch PS41-2A Impact Driver
The well designed and durable Bosch is supplied by a world leading make in power tools. For years Bosch has consistently bettered themselves model after model and in my opinion, they have done it yet again with the Bosch PS41-2A.
Weighing in at just over 2lbs, this powerful little number is light but still man enough to drive home even the most stubborn of screws.
The set comes complete with two 12v Lithium-Ion batteries, a charger and a smart carry case.
It is powered by a reasonably small motor that produces some incredible statistics. With 930 inch pounds of torque, managing 2600rpm with 3100ipm, it truly is one of the best.
The three LED lights at the front of the unit are very bright, again, better than most.
Priced extremely well, the Bosch PS41-2A impact driver has to be a top contender when considering a new impact driver.
Makita XDT08Z LXT Brushless Impact Driver
Makita first introduced the world of power tools to brushless technology in the early 2000’s. The technology has revolutionized the way manufacturers’ look to produce.
Basically, if a motor is brushless it means it runs at a much lower temperature and therefore, benefitting the longevity of the tool.
Like most manufacturers, Makita has produced a line of tools that all work with the same batteries. I guess it creates brand loyalty because batteries can be very expensive.
The Makita XDT08Z LXT Impact Driver is the only 18v impact driver I have written about in this review. As it is 18v, you obviously get more power. Supplying 1420 inch pounds of torque, 2500rpm and 3200ipm, this is definitely not a drill to be sniffed at.
The drill can be supplied as a bare unit or with 2 x 18v Lithium-Ion batteries and a charger. Obviously, the set with batteries and charger costs a fair bit more!
Like all models I have mentioned, this impact driver comes with a work light to the front of the model.
Although a little more expensive than the other two, you are buying an 18v tool here!
What Shall I Buy??
Well if I am honest, it is personal preference. Choice will depend on whether you want a 12v or an 18v drill. Whichever you chose, you can rest assured that any of the drills listed are fantastic, robust tools