Top 15 Best Impact Drivers in 2019

best Impact driversBest Impact drivers are an excellent addition to the everyday woodworker’s tool inventory. Here’s a general idea about this wireless mechanical tool, what to expect from it and in which areas it varies from and improve on the conventional wireless drill machines.

Let’s sort out the differences between traditional cordless drills and impact drivers, so that woodworkers everywhere get a general idea about its usefulness in different situations and how and why it is so popular at present.

An impact driver combines much higher rotational torque than traditional drills, with fast paced rotational tapping. That is in essence, nudging the fastener along while keeping the screw tip in place without spinning out of the slots.

To understand this better, picture a wrench placed securely onto a bolt, and a hammer tapping it to give it some additional power as it turns the bolt. So, the tool essentially does what you intuitively do when you drive a long screw and the going starts to get tough.

If you were to be using a conventional cordless drill machine, You’d have to stop the constant drilling, and start bumping the trigger and letting go to give the screw a bit more fastening strength.

This approach works to an extent, but the human reflex is only able to do about one bump per second, while an impact driver can deliver about 50 bumps per second (we have also  written a comprehesive guide about the finish and brad nailers ).

WHAT ARE IMPACT DRIVERS

An impact driver is a woodworking power tool that delivers a strong, sudden rotational and downward force, often used by mechanics to loosen large screws/bolts and nuts that are corrosively “frozen” or over-torqued.

But, generally these tools are most often usedin situations where screws have to be tightened with torque greater than a screwdriver can reasonably provide.

HOW DOES  IMPACT DRIVERS WORK?

BOSCH PS41-2A 12-VOLT IMPACT DRIVER-4Best impact drivers consist of a heavy outer sleeve. This sleeve surrounds an inner core that is splined to it. The spline is curved so that when the user strikes the outer sleeve with a hammer, its downward force works on the spline to produce turning force on the core and any socket or work bit attached to it.

The tool translates the heavy rotational inertia of the sleeve to the lighter core to generate large amounts of torque.At the same time, the striking blow from the hammer forces the impact driver down into the screw reducing or eliminating the tendency of the screw to slip out of its rotational axis or slotting.Cordless impact drivers should not to be confused with the powered impact wrench.

As for modern, cordless, automated impact drivers, they combine much higher rotational torque than traditional drills, with fast paced rotational tapping which serves to nudge the fastener along while keeping the screw tip in place without spinning out of the slots automatically without requiring the additional power from manual hammering.

TYPES OF IMPACT DRIVERS

Basically, impact drivers come in three different variations: Manual impact drivers, which require additional manual force from hammering that enables it to serve its purpose.Then there are the more rudimentary powered impact wrenches, which basically functions on a similar principle, relying on manual hammering for efficiency. But the product that, you should know more about and not to mention, is far superior than its two other counterparts is the automatic cordless impact drivers which requires no manual force but rather has a core mechanism built for serving that very purpose to provide maximum convenience and efficiency for woodworkers.

 MATERIAL AND COMPONENTS

best impact driversThe components within an automated impact driver consists of an outer sleeve, a curved spline encircled by this outer sleeve, a hammering mechanism and a torque producing mechanical core built within the curved spline and the impact head at the forefront of the tool that is changeable for flexibility for various types of nuts, screws and bolts.

Most drivers do not provide a clutch, which is their primary downside. The trade-off is length and weight. A keyless chuck adds a bit of mass and more importantly, length to a drill, which can make it an unwieldy fit in tight spaces.

Whereas, drivers are noticeably shorter, so you can get them into places where your cordless drill can’t fit in. There are impact drivers available on the market with a clutch, but they are quite a bit more expensive, and much longer than those without.The current generation designs do not allow the clutch to be used when the impact driver is engaged.

When it comes to changing bits, the hex chucks on impact drivers are highly convenient and easy to use. All you need to do is,just slide the outer ring forward, drop in the bit, let it slide back and it will be locked in its place.

THE FOURMAIN COMPONENTS OF AN IMPACT DRIVER

Making an informed buying decision about a particular unit comes down to understanding the 5 critical components of animpact driver.

This will give you a better understanding of each element, how is fits into the overall performance of your system.

THE SLEEVE

This is basically the functional body of the tool. It functions as a hard covering for physical protection of the internal mechanisms, the core and also as the base for the curved spline and the functioning head that is used to attach the various drill bits and/or screw heads.

THE SPLINE

Splines are ridges or teethon a drive shaft that mesh with grooves in a mating piece and transfer torque to it, maintaining the angular correspondence between them. This element of the driver acts as the main force generator for the tool.

MECHANICAL CORE

In automated drivers, the core consists of a motor, a rotating mass for inertia and a hammer mechanism/anvil as the output shaft for delivering the generated force.

In operation, the rotating mass is accelerated by the motor, storing energy, then suddenly connected to the output shaft (the anvil), creating a high-torque impact. The hammer mechanism is designed in such a way that, after delivering the impact, the hammer is again allowed to spin freely, and does not stay locked.With this design, the only reaction force applied to the body of the tool is the motor accelerating the hammer, and thus the operator feels very little torque, even though a very high peak torque is delivered to the socket.

This is similar to a conventional hammer, where the user applies a small, constant force to swing the hammer, which generates a very large impulse when the hammer strikes an object. (we have also  written a comprehesive guide about the Best Brad Nailers)

The hammer design requires a certain minimum torque before the hammer is allowed to spin separately from the anvil, causing the tool to stop hammering and instead smoothly drive the fastener if only low torque is needed, rapidly installing/removing the fastener.

THE IMPACT HEAD

This component is the actual point of force delivery for these tools. This part of the tool acts as the output point and as a socket for attaching various types of necessary drill bits and/or screws, nuts and bolts.

Various methods are used to attach the socket or accessory to the anvil, such as a spring-loaded pin that snaps into a matching hole in the socket, preventing the socket being removed until an object is used to depress the pin, a hog ring which holds the socket by friction or by snapping into indents machined into the socket, and a through-hole, where a pin is inserted completely through the socket and anvil, locking the socket on.

ADVANTAGES OF BEST IMPACT DRIVERS

Let’s see how impact drivers are better than your typical drill machines. A few major advantages that sets these toolsapart from typical drill machines is that, these always support multiple types of screw heads attachments which are generally difficult to manage otherwise.

This attribute is beneficial for Phillips screws which are prone to sliding out. It is also excellent for use with the Robertson square socket head screws. These tools also have increased performance and improved runtime compared to their drill machine counterparts.

They are also small in shape and size which allows easier access to smaller corners and convenient operation for delicate or difficult constructions. Its hexagonal, slide-in, quick action chuck also enables a convenient and easy way of attaching drill bits and/or screws, nuts and bolts.

So, these tools are a good addition to a woodworking shop. Though, in total honesty, given the lack of a clutch on most models, and the inability to support round shank drill bits, drivers are not a substitute for a traditional cordless drill. Therefore, combo kits that include both an impact driver and a drill/driver using the same 12V lithium ion batteries offer a great spectrum of capabilities for woodworkers, and a great value as well.

BEST IMPACT DRIVERS IN 2019 
1. MAKITA XDT131
2. DEWALT DCF887B 20V 
3. MAKITA DT03R1 12V CXT LI-ION 
4. DEWALT DCF887D2
5. HILTI2081459 12V 
6. MILWAUKEE 2453-22 M12
 7. PORTER-CABLE PCCK640LB 20V IMPACT DRIVER KIT 
 8. BLACK+DECKER BDCI20C 20V LI-ION IMPACT DRIVER
9. BOSCH PS41-2A 12-VOLT IMPACT DRIVER 
10. HITACHI KC10DFL2 12V DRIVER DRILL & IMPACT DRIVER 
11. RIDGID R86037 18V GEN5X
12. MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL 2462-22 M12
13. MAKITA XDT042 18V CXT LI-ION
14.  MR. ORANGE 20V LITHIUM-ION
15. GREENWORKS37032C

 

1. MAKITA XDT131

The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver is a part of Makita’s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion series, the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style battery. The XDT131model delivers power and speed in a compact size for a full range of driving and fastening tasks.

DESIGN AND BUILD

At only 5-7/16-inch-long and 3.3 pounds, the XDT042 has a compact and ergonomic design with less weight for reduced operator fatigue, and a rubberized soft grip for increased comfort on the job.

Powered by high-tech BL Brushless motorwith a variable speed feature, this tool’s output power varies within dynamic ranges of 0-2,300 RPM and 0-3,200 IPM that delivers 1,500 inch-pound of Max Torque. This highly advanced, electronically controlled brushless motor is also capable of efficiently using energy to match torque and RPM requirements to the changing demands of the application

For powering the impact driver, this kit includes two 18V max CXT Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries for improved balance and ergonomics over pod-style batteries. For longer run time, all 18V max CXT cordless tools are also compatible with the 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery.

Makita’s entire line-up of impact drivers including the XDT042 is engineered with a proprietary hammer and anvil impact mechanism that is manufactured using the best raw materials with the highest quality steel, as well as a unique heat-hardening process for maximum fastening and driving power. It also eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life.

Also a built-in Rapid Optimum Charger feature communicates with the battery’s built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature.

This kit also includes: A Makita A-98348 50 Pc Impactx Driver Bit Set and a Makita B-35097 Impact Gold Ultra-Magnetic Torsion Insert Bit Holder for added functionality and versatility.

The driver bit set contains Precision machined tipped bits for the driver all of which are constructed from Performance-optimized S2 steel, Calibrated heat treating process for added durability, Manganese phosphate surface for advanced corrosion resistance and Optimal geometry for an ideal fit and improved cohesive strength with the impact head.

The torsion insert bit holder is made ofRare earth Neodymium magnet which is 2x stronger than average magnets featuring aTwo-piece design specifically engineered to allow the torsion technology to fully activate. This insert but holder is exclusively engineered and ideal using with high-torque impact drivers.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 18V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 3X more runtime than usual due to their above average capacities of 4.0Ah in place of conventional 2.0-2.1Ah of the CXT series batteries.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

The XDT042 is engineered for a wide range of driving and fastening applications. The combination of power and performance in a compact size makes the XDT042 ideal for any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered compact cordless impact driver all by its self.

The kit setup of 50 bits and insert bit holder included with the driver is more than a dream come true for any professional. The possibilities are literally endless.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

A built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the job areas for applications in dark spaces and close quarters. Also Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) is engineered into the tool’s design for improved dust and water resistance for operation in harsh conditions.

The highly efficient BL Brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per charge.

MAKITA XDT131-9 PROS

  • XPT ensures safety from extreme environmental conditions
  • Superior battery capacity
  • Designed to minimize user’s fatigue
  • Industry leading Rapid Optimum Charger technology for charging efficiency
  • State of the art BL brushless Motor provides a plethora of additional perks along with mechanical excellence

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head
  • Absence of ring or Tri-beam LEDs

 

2. DEWALT DCF887B 20V

DEWALT’s impact driver is compact for fitting in tight spaces and increasing productivity. Three LED lights make it ideal for working in the dark. The Precision drive in speed 1 feature allows for precision applications and added control.

DESIGN AND BUILD

The DEWALT DCF887B Impact Driver is a Bare tool that features a DEWALT built brushless motor. This impact driver has 3-speed settings for optimized application and versatility

This unit has a compact and lightweight design to fit into tight areas and comes equipped with a belt clip for easy carrying. It allows for one-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and accepts 1″ bit tips.

Despite being a very compact tool, the impact driver is capable of driving a huge 1825 in./lbs. of torque at a rate of 2800 RPM and a maximum of 3800 impacts/min. when powered by compatible 20V Li-ion batteries. It also features Precision Drive in speed 1 that enables it to complete precision applications with added control.

Point to remember is that this is a bare tool item and is compatible with 2.0Ah/20V Li-ion batteriesthat has to be bought separately.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 20V max Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 2X more runtime than usual.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is also equipped with three LED lights with 20 second delay, after trigger release to provide visibility without shadows.

PROS

  • Ultra-portable design
  • Impressive and long-lasting battery
  • Brushless motor allowing for longer runtimes
  • LEDs for operating in dark environments
  • 3-speed settings for versatility with Precision Drive for added control

CONS

  • No included batteries
  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head

3. MAKITA DT03R1 12V CXT LI-ION

The Makita 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver delivers power and speed in an ultra-compact size for driving and fastening applications. The kit includes two 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries for improved balance and ergonomics.

DESIGN AND BUILD

The DT03R1 weighs only 2.3 pounds including the 12Vbatteryand yet delivers 970 inch pounds of Max Torque making It an ideal solution for users either seeking a more compact impact driver with less weight or for applications in tight spaces or just looking for a tool that has enough versatility to facilitate both of those needs.

The device is also built with Makita’s proprietary hammer and anvil which are made using the highest quality steel and heat hardened to last longer under duress.

For powering the impact driver, this kit includes two 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries for improved balance and ergonomics over pod-style batteries. For longer run time, all 12V max CXT cordless tools are also compatible with the 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 12V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 3X more runtime than usual due to their above average capacities of 4.0Ah in place of conventional 2.0-2.1Ah of the CXT series batteries.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

For added convenience the batteries include an on-board L.E.D. charge level indicator. The 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion batteries used for the tool are engineered with a Battery Protection Circuit that protects against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating. It’s part of the expanding 12V max CXT series, combining performance with superior ergonomics in a compact size.

 MAKITA DT03R1 12V CXT LI-ION CORDLESS IMPACT DRIVER KIT-4PROS

  • Sensors ensure safety from extreme electrical or temp. conditions
  • Superior battery capacity
  • Designed to minimize user’s fatigue
  • Power indicators on the battery
  • Ergonomically designed handle with rubberized soft grip provides increased comfort
  • Compact and ergonomic design at only 6″ long
  • 12V slide battery design enables the tool to stand on its own for user convenience

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head
  • Absence of ring or Tri-beam LEDs
  • Brushless motor is not available

4. DEWALT DCF887D2

DEWALT’s DCF887D2 XR impact driver is compact for fitting in tight spaces and increasing productivity. Three LED lights make it ideal for working in the dark. The Precision drive in speed 1 feature allows for precision applications and added control.

DESIGN AND BUILD

This unit has a compact and lightweight design to fit into tight areas and comes equipped with a belt clip for easy carrying.

The DEWALT DCF887D2 Impact Driver features a DEWALT built brushless motor. This impact driver has 3-speed settings for optimized application and versatility. It also features Precision Drive in speed 1 that enables it to complete precision applications with added control.

It also allows for one-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and accepts 1″ bit tips. This unit is highly powerful and has a massive runtime due to its 2-battery setup. It sits on a base that can fit in 2 12VLi-ion batteries.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 12V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 2X more runtime than usual.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is also equipped with three LED lights with 20 second delay, after trigger release to provide visibility without shadows.

PROS

  • Ultra-portable design
  • Impressive and long-lasting battery
  • Brushless motor allowing for longer runtimes
  • LEDs for operating in dark environments

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head

5. HILTI2081459 12V

The HILTI SID 2-A BULK 2081459 is a Subcompact cordless impact driver powered by 12V Li-ion battery with 1/4” hexagonal chuck for light-duty applications. It is built with a compact and lightweight design to fit into even the tightest of areas easily while performing intricate woodworking applications.

DESIGN AND BUILD

Weighing only a mere 2.02 pounds and measuring only 6.2 inches in length, this power tool from HILTI’s Sid-2A product line is a very portable, lightweight and versatile power tool for advanced woodworking.

Powered by a 12-volt Lithium-Ion battery, the 2081459 SID 2-a bulk is capable of applying 973 Lbs. of torque per square inch of surface area at a staggering rate of 3,410 impacts per minute (max).

The tool’s trigger uses a standard Variable speed switching module with an additional feature called Rapid switch reaction to maximize the sensitivity of the trigger for enabling users to have complete control of all drilling and /or driving operations.

The 1/4-in quick-release hex chuck is ideal for 1-handed bit changes, facilitating the versatility of the tool. Also for making your intricate woodworking safe from unintentional damage or disfigurement, it is equipped with a soft grip handle for extended comfort and balance and bumpers on the sides for protecting your work surface and prevent slipping.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 12V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 2X more runtime than usual.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard sensors ensures multiple safeguards for the motor for safe operating of the tool.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is also equipped with two bright LED lights at the base for illuminating dark and shadowy workspaces.Cordless Power Care – CPC, is  also one of its additional features that incorporates voltage, current and temperature sensors for protecting the motor from any sort of damage.

PROS

  • Ultra-portable design
  • Base LEDs for operating in dark environments
  • Ideal illumination thanks to double LEDs incorporated in the base of the tool
  • Voltage, current and temperature sensors for efficient motor protection
  • Rapid switch reaction for full control of the drilling or driving operation

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head
  • Absence of advanced brushless motor

6. MILWAUKEE 2453-22 M12

The MILWAUKEE 2453-22 M12 FUEL has a brushless motor built in with a RedLink system. This user friendly and fatigue reducing power tool has a significantly superior design and build that allows the tool to perform for long periods of time at maximum efficiency without tiring the arms of the user.

DESIGN AND BUILD

This new driver from Milwaukee has significant improvements over its old designs. Not only is it significantly lighter and well balanced, but it also comes with brushless motor technology built into it and houses significant power owing to its impressive 2.0Ah Li-ion batteries.

The new grip used in this tool is much like a pistol grip which feels better in your hand and also the rubber that surrounds the grip is if much better quality that provides comfort and prevent mishaps due to slipping. Also, compared to the first generation of the Fuel line driverswhich just had a variable trigger the M12 Fuel still has a variable trigger but in addition it has also added a two speed selector on top of the tool.

With speed 1 you get 175 in-lbs. of torque with 0-1,200 RPM which is designed for precision work and for more performance from the tool, just press the button and select speed 2 to get a 1,200 in-lbs. of torque with 2,650 rpm which is great for driving longer screws or penetrating hard or old surfaces.

It also allows for one-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and accepts 1″ bit tips.  It has a single LED work light for working in dim lighting conditions.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 12V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 2X more runtime than usual.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is also equipped with three LED lights with 20 second delay, after trigger release to provide visibility without shadows.

MILWAUKEE 2453-22 M12 FUEL HEX IMPACT DRIVER-2PROS

  • Impressive and long-lasting battery
  • Brushless motor allowing for longer runtimes
  • Comfortable, superior build and design
  • The product is easy to use and easy to handle
  • The product is highly durable

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head

 

 7. PORTER-CABLE PCCK640LB 20V

The PCCK640LB lithium-ion impact driver kit has all the tools and accessories necessary to power through the toughest fastening applications. Compact and lightweight, the tool is designed to eliminate user fatigue without compromising its speed or power.

DESIGN AND BUILD

This model uses the Porter-Cable’s latest lithium-ion battery platform for power tools and is built with a light ergonomic design. Weighing only 3.2 pounds and measuring only 6.2 inches in length, it is a very portable, lightweight and versatile power tool for advanced woodworking.

Powered by a 20-volt Lithium-Ion battery, the PCCK640LB is capable of applying 1450 Lbs. of torque per square inch of surface area with a max rpm of 3000 at a staggering rate of 3,100 impacts per minute (max).

The 1/4-in quick-release hex chuck is ideal for 1-handed bit changes, facilitating the versatility of the tool. Also for making your intricate woodworking safe from unintentional damage or disfigurement, it is equipped witha soft grip handle for extended comfort and control andbumpers on the sidesfor protecting your work surface and prevent slipping.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Despite its ultra-compact design, this tool packs significant power. Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, the threework lights mounted on it allows seamless operation even in the darkestcrooks and crannies.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

A built-in LED light improves visibility, while rubber bumpers on both sides help to protect it from wear and tear. Its ergonomic design, cold-forged internal impact block, and no-slip grip reduce user fatigue and increase ease of use over long periods of time.

PORTER-CABLE PCCK640LB 20VIMPACT DRIVER KITPROS

  •  High-power, long-lasting Li-ion battery
  • Li-ion battery platform technology allowing for longer runtimes
  •  Ergonomic, cold-forged body ensures sustained durability and minimizes user fatigue
  • Compact tool easily fits in tight spaces and reduces fatigue
  • Easy load chuck allows user to insert bit with one hand
  • LED Work light provides additional light in dark work areas

CONS

  •   Allows for attachment of only 1.5” bits
  •  No clutch for the impact head

 8. BLACK+DECKER BDCI20C 20V LI-ION IMPACT DRIVER

The Black and Decker BDCI20C 20V MAX Cordless is a Li-Ion Impact Driver designed with a High Performance Transmission. This impact driver’s compact and lightweight design, along with ease of use means anyone can use it. Whether it’s for getting into those tight spaces and small repairs around the home or the jobsite. It may not be the most powerful impact driver but it is a powerful enough to deliver up to 1375 in-lbs. of torque with the help of its 20-volt motor.

DESIGN AND BUILD

This unit has a compact and lightweight design to increase its maneuverability in enclosed or tight spaces. The tool is equipped with a High Performance Transmission that is capable of delivering up to 1,375 lbs. of maximum torque.

It is designed in a way that its impact head allows loading its 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and accepts 1″ bit tips. This quick release hex chuck makes it easy to change bits quickly and easily.

The tool’s Variable speed trigger feature allows you to match its speed to the application as desired. The driver comes with a built in 20V Li-ion battery and is rechargeable by 20V charger cable included with the unit.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is highly versatile andvery handy for those projects that need less ‘oomph’and has the risk of excessive power damaging the project at hand. You can use the variable speedtrigger for driving a lot of initial force then release your finger slowly from the trigger to the screw in further with more finesse.Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is cheaper by more than half than its competitors but only has the base necessity features of an impact driver.

BLACK+DECKER BDCI20C 20V LI-ION IMPACT DRIVER-2PROS

  •  Ultra-portable design
  •  High-power Li-ion battery
  • Variable speed trigger for added finesse
  • High performance transmission delivers 1375 in-lbs of max torque
  • Quick release 1/4″ hex chuck Compact and lightweight for ease of use

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  •  No clutch for the impact head
  • Lacks a belt clip
  • No LEDs to aid operating in the dark
  • Bare Tool with Screwdriving bit Only! No Battery or Charger! Bulk Pack)

 9. BOSCH PS41-2A 12-VOLT IMPACT DRIVER

The PS41-2A lithium-ion impact driverhas been designed primarily for medium duty tasks, but can punch in a higher weight class as long as the workload is small enough so that it requires nominal runtime to complete. Despite its low power capabilities, the PS41’s small size, low weight, and good build quality can make the tool a valuable asset

DESIGN AND BUILD

Weighing in at only 2 pounds and with the shortest impact head of only 5.4 inches in length, this tool is the most compact driver in its class. Bosch’s PS41 Impact Driver is as powerful as it is compact, with a max torque of 930 in.-lbs. and a no-load bpm of 0-3,100.

The battery is one of the strong points of the PS41. The little 12V unit provides a surprising 1.5Ah of power, giving the driver great endurance.The rapid charger that goes with the battery is equally well built. It brings a dead battery back to a full charge in under 30 minutes.

The 1/4-in quick-release hex chuck is ideal for 1-handed bit changes, facilitating the versatility of the tool. Also for making your intricate woodworking safe from unintentional damage or disfigurement, it is equipped with a soft grip handle for extended comfort and control and bumpers on the sides for protecting your work surface and prevent slipping.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Despite its ultra-compact design, this tool packs significant power. Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, the three work lights mounted on it allows seamless operation even in the darkest crooks and crannies.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

The PS41 includes an LED Light Ring, with three LEDs to illuminate the work area for use in dark spots. It also has a Battery Gauge Indicator, with three lights on the side of the tool for simple charge control.

PROS

  • Extremely compact
  • High-power, long-lasting Li-ion battery
  • Ringed LEDs for efficient work lighting
  • High quality

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head

10. HITACHI KC10DFL2 12V DRIVER DRILL & IMPACT DRIVER

Covered by Hitachi’s Lifetime Lithium Ion tool warranty, the KC10DFL2 is a 12V Combo Kit that includes a DS10DFL2driver drill and a WH10DFL2impact driver along with two (2) 12V Peak Li-Ion batteries, a 5-position flashlight, a quick charger, a carrying case, a7-piece bit set and Phillips head driver bits.

This compact combo kit is ideal for installations, electrical work, HVAC and other trade applications as well as for a wide variety of woodworking and fine finish woodworking applications.

DESIGN AND BUILD

At just 2.2 Lbs. the WH10DFL2 Impact driver tool included in this combo kit is one of the most compact and lightweight tools in its class. It is a cordless impact driver fitted and compatible with not one, but two (2) high efficiency 12V Li-ion batteries.These batteries can be fully charged within just 25 minutes. The charging circuit also has a built in surge and overload safeguard system.

Despite its compact size and relatively smaller battery wattagethe impact driver is capable of delivering 955in/lbs. at 2700RPM and a maximum of 3200 BPM impact rate.To control the precision and power during operations, the tool has a variable speed trigger installed within.

It also allows for one-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and accepts 1″ bit tips. The tool comes with 2 included impact bits, 2 Li-ion batteries. It also has a single LED work light for working in dim lighting conditions.

As for the DS10DFL2 12-Volt Peak Li-ion driver drill, it weighs exactly the same as its impact driver counterpart. But Its lightweight design does not take any toll on its power capabilities.

It has an output rate of 300 in/lbs. of torque with a built in Two-speed gear setting to match the appropriate speed to the application to handle delicate jobs in tight spaces. The impact drill tool is outfitted with a 3/8″ keyless chuck for simple bit replacements and a variety of applications.

This tool includes 2 12V Li-ion batteries, 2 Phillips driver bits, a 7-piece bit set and a separate carrying case for this tool and its accessories. It also has a single LED work light for working in dim lighting conditions.

The highly user friendly and intelligent design of these tools allows them to be electronically safeguarded yet ergonomic and comfortable to use while securing screws and bolts or drilling for various applications. Their free standing design is also weight-balanced for a fatigueless using experience.

FUNCTIONALITY

Both the toolsare lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 12V Li-ion batteries ensure 3X more runtime than usual. Their compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

These versatile power toolsare also equipped with LED lights with 20 second delay, after trigger release to provide visibility with minimal shadows. The impact drill unit also comes with a21+1 clutch with 21 torque settings and a drill mode for ultimate precision and control.

PROS

  • Impressive and long-lasting battery
  • Each unit with 2 separate Batteries each for extended operational runtime
  • Comfortable, safe and ergonomic build and design
  • The combo kit configuration enabling the product to provide unprecedented versatility

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits on the impact driver tool
  • No clutch for the impact head of the impact driver
  • Neither tool has the more convenient LED ring arrangement present in top notch tools in similar category

11. RIDGID R86037 18V GEN5X

Ridgid’sR86037 18V GEN5X impact driver is compact for fitting in tight spaces for increasing productivity in woodworking applications. Three onboard LED lights make it ideal for working in the dark. The Precision drive in speed 1 feature allows for precision applications and added control.

DESIGN AND BUILD

The Ridgid R86037 Impact Driver is a Bare tool that features a brushless motor. This impact driver has 3-speed settings for optimized application and versatility. Its Ridgid Hex-grip overmold grip design maximizes its ergonomic reliability and comfort value.

This unit has a compact and lightweight design to fit into tight areas and comes equipped with a belt clip for easy carrying. It allows for one-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and accepts 1″ bit tips.

Despite being a very compact tool, the impact driver is capable of driving a massive 2,250 in./lbs. of torque at a rate of 2100 RPM when powered by compatible 18V Hyper Li-ion batteries.It also features Precision Drive in speed 1 that enables it to complete precision applications with added control.

Point to remember is that this is a bare tool item and is compatible with 18V Hyper Li-ion batteries that has to be bought separately.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 18V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 2X more runtime than usual.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard tri-beam LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is also equipped with tri-beam LED lights around the impact head to provide visibility without shadows. It also has a unique removable belt hook for both right and left handed users.

PROS

  • Ultra-portable design
  • Impressive 18V/4.0 Ah battery
  • Brushless motor allowing for longer runtimes
  • Tri-beam LEDs for operating in dark environments

CONS

  • No included batteries
  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head

12. MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL 2462-22 M12

The MILWAUKEE 2462-22 M12 has beenoptimized for high speed fastening and delivers unmatched fastening performance in a lightweight, tool belt portable design. This user friendly and fatigue reducing power tool has a significantly superior design and build that allows the tool to perform for long periods of time at maximum efficiency without tiring the arms of the user.

DESIGN AND BUILD

The MILWAUKEE 2462-22 M12 is basically a bare tool and this unit includes all its necessary add-ons with the Impact driver kit setup.

It is built using a high performance motor that delivers a 1000in./Lbs. max. torque at 2,500 RPM and 3000 IPM for increased fastening speed and solid reliable power driving.

The unit’s REDLITHIUM™ Battery Technology helps it to outperform the competition, delivering up to 80% more run time for this tiny powerhouse at the exact same 12V power level.

The new grip used in this tool is much like a pistol grip which feels better in your hand and also the rubber that surrounds the grip is if much better quality that provides comfort and prevent mishaps due to slipping.

It also allows for one-handed loading of the 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and it accepts 1″ bit tips.  It also has a single LED work light built-in for working in dim lighting conditions.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 12V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 2X more runtime than usual.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is also equipped with three LED lights with 20 second delay, after trigger release to provide visibility without shadows. The inclusion of REDLITHIUM™ Battery Technology also enables it to reach the peak of efficient battery utilisation.

PROS

  • Impressive and long-lasting battery
  • Brushless motor allowing for longer runtimes
  • Comfortable, superior build and design
  • Milwaukee impact mechanism delivers 1000 in-lbs of torque. 0-2500 rpm

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head

13. MAKITA XDT042 18V CXT LI-ION

The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver is a part of Makita’s expanding 18V Lithium-Ion series, the world’s largest cordless tool line-up powered by an 18V Lithium-Ion slide-style battery. The XDT042model delivers power and speed in a compact size for a full range of driving and fastening tasks.

DESIGN AND BUILD

At only 5-7/16-inch-long and 3.3 pounds, the XDT042 has a compact and ergonomic design with less weight for reduced operator fatigue, and a rubberized soft grip for increased comfort on the job.

Owing to the Makita-built 4-pole motor with a variable speed feature, this tool’s output power varies within dynamic ranges of 0-2,300 RPM and 0-3,200 IPM that delivers 1,420 inch-pound of Max Torque.

For powering the impact driver, this kit includes two 18V max CXT Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries for improved balance and ergonomics over pod-style batteries. For longer run time, all 18V max CXT cordless tools are also compatible with the 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery.

Makita’s entire line-up of impact drivers including the XDT042 is engineered with a proprietary hammer and anvil impact mechanism that is manufactured using the best raw materials with the highest quality steel, as well as a unique heat-hardening process for maximum fastening and driving power.

Also the built-in Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery’s built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 18V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 3X more runtime than usual due to their above average capacities of 4.0Ah in place of conventional 2.0-2.1Ah of the CXT series batteries.

Its compact size allows for flexibility and versatility in applications for woodwork construction and as an added bonus, onboard LEDs allows seamless operation even in dark corners or if power goes out all of a sudden.

The XDT042 is engineered for a wide range of driving and fastening applications. The combination of power and performance in a compact size makes the XDT042 ideal for any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered compact cordless impact driver.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

For added convenience the batteries include an on-board L.E.D. charge level indicator. The 18V max CXT Lithium-Ion batteries used for the tool are engineered with a Battery Protection Circuit that protects against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating. It’s part of the expanding 18V max CXT series, combining performance with superior ergonomics in a compact size.

For improved tool performance and extended battery life, Makita created Star Protection Computer Controls. Star Protection is communication technology that allows the Star Protection-equipped tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating.

The built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the job areas for applications in dark spaces and close quarters. Also Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™) is engineered into the tool’s design for improved dust and water resistance for operation in harsh conditions.

Rapid Optimum Charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery for faster, more efficient charging.

PROS

  • XPT ensures safety from extreme environmental conditions
  • Superior battery capacity
  • Designed to minimize user’s fatigue
  • Industry leading Rapid Optimum Charger technology for charging efficiency
  • Weighs only 3.3 lbs. with battery for reduced operator fatigue
  • Convenient one-touch 1/4″ hex chuck for quick bit changes
  • Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 1,420 in. lbs. of Max Torque

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head
  • Absence of ring or Tri-beam LEDs
  • Brushless motor is not available

14.  MR. ORANGE 20V LITHIUM-ION

The Mr. Orange 20V impact driver kit was built withthe purpose of introducing an essential yet user friendly and fatigue reducing. This power tool has a significantly superior design and build that allows the tool to perform for long periods of time at maximum efficiency without tiring the arms of the user.

Equally great for both the contractor and the DIY’er, you can use these electric screwdrivers for all your most important work inside a home or outside on a commercial build. From wood to metal to building crafts in the mudroom, our tools have the battery power to do it all efficiently and effectively.

DESIGN AND BUILD

With the aim of creating a home essential tool, this 20V Li-Ion Cordless Driver Kit comes augmented with a Quick Charger, an additional Battery, a pair of Durable Gloves, 2 socket driver bits and a Soft Tool Bag to carry all of it.

This tool is both lightweight at only 2 lbs. and compact at less than 7″ in length. Its design features a Handle covered by soft rubber gives you a comfortable grip feeling and reduces fatigue during long running use of the tool.

Faster impact driving with a no-load speed of up to 2,600 RPM and a 3,200 BPM impact rate is made possible by implementing a highly efficient ventilation setting for heat dissipation when operating, extending both the service life of the tool and ensuring operational safeties in the process.

It also allows for one-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck with easy grip sleeve, and accepts 1″ bit tips.  It has a single LED work light for working in dim lighting conditions.

FUNCTIONALITY

The tool is lightweight and portable, ideal for working anywhere, anytime. Its 20V Li-ion batteries ensure power whenever needed for extended periods of time and a built-in brushless motor facilitates 4X more runtime than usual.

Superior ventilation and safety features ensure long applications of the tool does not cause any long term damage to the tool itself or causes reduction in the overall general efficiency of the tool

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

This versatile power tool is equipped with an LED indicator screen to monitor power status of the battery. A quick charger is included with the kit setup that enables high charge rate for the tool’s batteries capping at a maximum of 60 minutes only.

MR. ORANGE 20V LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS IMPACT DRIVER KIT-4 PROS

  • Sensors ensure safety from extreme electrical or temp. conditions
  • Superior heat ventilation system
  • Designed to minimize user’s fatigue
  • Comfortable, superior build and design
  • Quick Charger – Delivers the perfect current for your 20 Volt max battery, fills an empty battery to 30% in just 20 minutes, delivers a full capacity charge in only 60 minutes, Compared to the average charger, it can improve your efficient power

CONS

  • Allows for attachment of only 1” bits
  • No clutch for the impact head
  • No illumination attachments for working dark spaces
  • Brushless motor is not available

 

15. GREENWORKS37032C

Greenworks introduces an affordable line of cordless power tools with the homeowner and DIYers in mind. Ranging from 24V all the way to the new 80V lineup make for a perfect solution around the home without the messy cords and not sacrifice the power and durability needed to get the job done.

DESIGN AND BUILD

A bit heavier than conventional cordless drivers, weighing at 5.99 pounds, this tool from Greenworks has a higher power rating of 24V and is run exclusively using G24 24 Volt rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

It is capable of delivering 498 in-lbs. of torque at a dynamic 2 speed variations of 0-450 RPM or 0-1700 RPM with the built-inVariable speed trigger. The design of this driver features aCushion over-mold grip for ergonomic facilitation.

This unit has an out of the box, 24 step clutch adjustment feature allowing attachment of bits of 24 different sizes instead of the conventional norm of just a single fixed size seen in almost every other impact driver. It has a Built-in LED light for working on appliances in the dark.

There is also a battery status gauge located on the battery itself for convenience of keeping track of power consumption and remaining power of the battery

FUNCTIONALITY

Greenworks has a proven track record with their cordless lawn maintenance equipment.So now you get to have the best in the world by adding this amazing power tool lineup to your shed. This tool features the same batteries as Greenworks Cordless Lawn Appliances.

If you’re a homeowner who is looking to go cordless and doesn’t want to deal with gas, etc. with their outdoor equipment, take a look at Greenworks. You’ll realize that, now that they offer a drill/driver and impact, you can save yourself a lot of aggravation by owing just one battery line.  Bottom line, this drill/driver and impact won’t disappoint you.  They are solid, feel comfortable and will get the job done.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

A built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the job areas for applications in dark spaces and close quarters for better visibility.

GREENWORKS37032C 24V CORDLESS IMPACT DRIVER-2 PROS

  • 24 step clutch for the impact head
  • Allows for attachment of bits of multiple different shapes and sizes
  • Superior battery capacity

CONS

  • Absence of ring or Tri-beam LEDs
  • Lacks portability compared to similar tools
  • Far too heavy and large in size to use for precision applications

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