Impact Drivers for DIY and woodworker’s

Best 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.

Best Impact drivers

Best Overall

1. 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.

 

 

 

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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

Best Combo Kit

2. 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 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 1,500 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.

 

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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.

 

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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

Best Value for Money

3. DEWALT DCF887B 20V

 

DEWALTs 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 batteries that has to be bought separately.

 

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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

Best Overall

4. 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 with a soft grip handle for extended comfort and control and bumpers on the sides for protecting your work surface and prevent slipping.

 

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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 KIT

PROS

  •  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

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5. 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.

 

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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

Best for DIY

6. BOSCH PS41-2A  IMPACT DRIVER

930 in-lbs

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. 

 

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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

 

7.  MAKITA DT03R1 12V CXT LI-IONa

 

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-4

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PROS

  • 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

Best for DIY

8. BLACK+DECKER BDCI20Ca

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.

 

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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-2

PROS

  •  Ultra-portable design
  •  High-power Li-ion battery
  • Variable speed trigger for added finesse

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)

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