If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. But if they haven’t started loosening you need an impact to get them loose or they will just strip out with a regular screwdriver. The 12-volt Hitachi DS10DFL is the most comfortable to use of the drills we tested but can’t beat the Porter-Cable’s overall combination of features, so it’s our runner-up choice in case our main pick is unavailable. A: This guide from Wonkee Donkee shows all the dos and don’ts when it comes to keeping the impact driver safe from damage. Unlike the Bosch, the handle tapers all the way down, making for a perfect fit in the hand.
Based on features, value, and brand strength, I chose a combo kit from DeWALT for my shop and an impact driver from Porter Cable for use around the house as it will see a bit lighter use. In some cases, the Craftsman 20-Volt Drill Driver 20-Volt kit is priced a bit under lower voltage drill drivers from other manufacturers. The Powerbuilt 648002 1/2-Inch Drive Impact Driver Kit is incredibly cheap at only $11.99 and is very usable and good for automobile and motorcycle DIYs. However, take note that this is a bare tool only – the battery must be bought separately.
While the Chinese can make decent knockoffs of hand tools, they really use the cheapest materials possible in their rechargeable batteries and they just don’t last in my experience. If you use your tools all day, and/or tend to be rough on them, you might lean toward the DeWALT. This one has a 3/8 in drive impact socket and is very portable and light weight. The article concludes that this impact driver offers more torque than most drivers of its kind and in the same price range. I bought a Porter Cable combo kit, which had the drill/driver and the impact wrench.
With small bits (up to 1/4 in. or so), they act like a drill—but at nearly twice the rpm of most cordless drills. Heck, even being semi-pro myself in the equipment repair business, my main use of impact wrenches is to remove mower blades and things of that nature without having to brace rotating parts from rotating. It has up to 3,200 IPM or impacts per minute and has 1,400 in lbs max torque, which is a good range for an impact driver. When it comes to changing bits, the hex chucks on impact drivers are impressive.
For $99 this tool is still at the sweet spot and if you’ve already invested in the NEXTEC 12V lineup then you’ll have extra batteries on hand. Pick up a set of hex-shaft accessories for about $25 (drill bits, driver bits, socket adapters). A poorly made tool will break under use, whereas one that is well made will be rugged enough to last for years of service.
The chatter of the impact mechanism does not transfer much to the operator, and you do not need to put much pressure on the screw to drive it, as you would with a drill/driver. Turns out, after dismantling the swing-set I spent the next 3 hours assembling a 15 foot trampoline, so the time saving of the Craftsman was appreciated. These battery styles allow for a grip that is thinner and more contoured to fit the hand. Also having a decent and useful LED work light, the DEWALT DCF885C2 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion 1/4-Inch 1.5 Ah Impact Driver Kit is yet another awesome kit that comes with a very versatile and compact charger with a neat design.