Cordless drill drivers are common in the wood shop and the Craftsman 20-Volt Drill Driver is Sears’ latest entry into that venue. Having an Energy Star certified charger, it is also quality designed compact charger and ergonomic design for the impact driver grip. A: The easy bit release of impact driver is more compact but requires a special locking feature, whereas drill drivers use a keyless feature, which not everyone might find convenient, but it all depends. A good impact wrench should absorb a lot of the vibration before it reaches your hands and direct its power onto the fastener rather than you. It also only has a ⅜-inch chuck (the rest of the 18s have ½-inch chucks), which limits it with larger bits.
All reviews on this site are written by readers who have actually used the tool and others like it. Items can be either old or new as long as they are wonderful. Having the 19.2 volts of power certainly doesn’t hurt as the impact driver always seems to have plenty of power. Likes: This tool represents cost-effective driving, especially for homeowners who already own other Nextec tools—Craftsman’s highly successful cordless platform—and don’t need to purchase a battery pack. The Craftsman 20-Volt Drill Driver features a comfortable, ergonomically designed handle.
Yet another review from Pro Tool Reviews gives kudos to the MILWAUKEE M18 1/4 In. Hex I. It can last up to 5 years with proper use, according to the article, and its high build quality makes it a very worthy contender in the world of impact drivers. Unfortunately, seems like every inexpensive cordless tool I pick up any more is made in China regardless of the brand name on the side. In addition, it can also loosen corroded brake caliper screws and has a nonslip handle grip that is comfortable to use. The C3 kit comes with two batteries, a carrying case, one hour charger and several bits for just under $150.
This is the same premise that an impact driver works on. The impacts knock the screw loose a bit while you are trying to turn it free. That’s what I think too, I’m just going to have them for home use and the bulk of my toolbox is already outfitted with Craftsman hand tools from my grandfather. Snap on is the best no questions asked, and if I made money with my tools that’s the brand I would use…but I don’t. The grips feel good to the hand and the LED work light is actually functional in some low-light situations.
Furthermore, this impact driver is able to work on tight spaces due to its compact and lightweight design, so it is a great buy if you want an impact driver that is also compact and easy to fit on narrow spots. This driver/impact driver twosome cost us just $25 more than either tool sold separately. As always, the right tool for the job, if you only need 20 minutes of lightweight casual power, then buying a drill that can motor on for hours is likely going to cost a lot at the check out too. It also has a lifetime warranty, which makes it a very good buy for any DIY impact driver needs.
Equipped with a great battery life, the Craftsman 9-17562 Nextec 12-volt Right-Angle Impact Driver is under 1 year limited warranty. For reasons Isaac Newton could explain, an impact driver actually generates less wrist twist than a standard driver. I was particularly happy to see you use Bosch tools, although they were the 12 volt ones. Woodworkers use drills for a combination of drilling holes and driving fasteners.
Our budget pick, the TEKTON 2905 3/8-Inch Drive Manual Hand Impact Driver Set, 7-Piece has a 3/8 in drive impact socket, very portable and light weight and it can loosen frozen and rusted screws without the worry for damage. However, most of them are priced $150 and above while there are more conveniently priced and cheaper impact drivers out there.
Both the Craftsman 17586 12-Volt Drill/Driver and the Black+Decker BDCDD12C 12-Volt Max Drill are priced so low that purchasing a single battery kit and one additional battery still puts them far below the $100 mark. Keep it safe: Wear safety glasses or workshop goggles and hearing protection when using any power tools, especially impact drivers. The 18-volt Porter-Cable is designed for more power and more torque, so it’s a more efficient tool that strains less than a 12-volt on longer screws and wider diameter holes. Unfortunately, you’ll notice that most of the Craftsman stuff is now made in China.
I’m sure they’re fine for most folks to have in a closet for every once in a while use…but for the hardcore DIY’er I wouldn’t recommend them. Impact drivers have just one range meant mainly for driving, which compromises drilling speed. I have a hefty impact screw driver but the hammer I have is a girly ballpin hammer used for pounding household nails. Using a 5/16 ratchet bit, I quickly pulled out every bolt in record time using the Craftsman.
The chuck on an impact driver makes for quick changes; just slide the collar forward and slip in the bit. When I performed my search for an impact driver, I found quite a few options that seemed like good choices. No way I’d spend big bucks on a professional-grade impact for irregular homeowner type use. The Craftsman would have been perfect for that, instead I struggled with aiming and turning a screwdriver. WIRED A really great time saver, the Craftsman right angle impact driver is definitely worth the money.
It is a lot like driving screws with a low rpm drill except you don’t get the hand torque. It also easily fits in narrow spots so it is very flexible and reliable as an impact driver. The Black & Decker BDCD220IA 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver and Impact Driver with 2 Batteries comes with both a drill driver and an impact driver in one kit, so it is perfect for those who absolutely need both a drill driver and an impact driver all in one place – for those who just cannot live without either of the tools.
Impact drivers with ergonomic designs that reduce shock and user fatigue are good. Impact drivers with certifications and standards such as Energy Star can really help you pick the best one out there. If you are out of budget and would like a smaller impact driver to do the task, you might want to try and buy the TEKTON 2905 3/8-Inch Drive Manual Hand Impact Driver Set, 7-Piece. I’d find it hard to justify buying an impact wrench, period, it’s almost a luxury item for regular maintenance stuff like oil and belt changes. I don’t want to sound lazy, but for someone that mainly uses his hands to type and control a mouse, the Craftsman was extremely handy.
My plan is/was to buy a Porter Cable impact driver set that comes with two lithium-ion batteries and a charger…and then I’d already have the drill and I’d be set. Designed to convert the force of a hammer blow into 200 foot pounds of torque, this Craftsman manual impact driver gets stick fasteners un-stuck, quick. Craftsman is notorious for changing battery styles so you can’t interchange on tools built at different times. This impact driver provides the user with better job application due to its speed.
I used to have a K-Mart around the corner from me (Sears bought them out and they are carrying Craftsman). The nature of an impact wrench lends itself to vibration that can really wear on your wrists and arms over time. Let’s sort out the differences between traditional cordless drills and impact drivers, so that woodworkers everywhere can prepare for this potential dialog in their own home.
These impact tools can also be used for for tightening fasteners, but most users will want to use a more controllable driving method instead. The advantage of having a bare tool is that you can choose the kind of battery you want instead of relying on a manufacturer provided battery that has a quality that you are unsure of. On the other hand, if you are new to batteries or don’t mind at all, you can choose a tool that has already included batteries. The Craftsman weighs a bit over two pounds, but the weight doesn’t get heavy in your hands because of the frequent breaks to either set screws or change bits.