A Quick Review Of The Top Rated Impact Drivers
Professional contractors and amateur craftsmen have found a great value in the relatively new 12 volt impact drivers. For their small size and ease of use they pack a tremendous amount of power for driving all kinds of screw fasteners.
Deck builders especially appreciate these tools. Because the impact driver does not transfer reverse torque back to the hand and wrist of the operator they can be used all day without causing pain or discomfort.
These tough little tools will easily drive the heads of lag bolts into the wood surface which gives them a firm hold and helps to keep them tight. It is no longer necessary to drill pilot holes for many screws even up to those tough 3 inch or longer which will quickly bog down a power drill and twist the operators hand and wrist with each drive.
We have chosen 4 of the top rated impact drivers to review here. All four of these tools have received top rated customer reviews at Amazon which is very rare for most power tools.
The first on our list is the DEWALT Bare-Tool DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver. Dewalt has long been a favorite of contractors for their tough tools and it would seem they have retained their reputation with this line of impact drivers.Credit: Amazon
This tool is an 18V model which gives it lots of extra torque in a light weight, compact tool. While somewhat heavier than the 12V models is is still weights in at only 4.6 pounds with the battery installed. The battery is not included in this model so be sure to consider that if you purchase this tool. A feature which will give this tool a long service is the easily replaceable brushes.
The DC825B is a 3/4” model which adds more usable tool versatility. It offers 1,330 in-lbs of torque at 0-2,400 rpm/0-2,700 ipm to add faster application speed. All the features of the 12V model including magnesium gear case with more useful tool choices. There is a large choice of tool kits available for all of the DeWalt models.
You Can Learn A Lot From Customers Comments
With high praise such s this from Marc, a contractor who returned to Amazon to leave a comment, this tool should please any professional. “I actually got this tool when I bought the 6-tool set that comes in a contractor bag. I really bought the set for the reciprocating saw, the circular saw, the grinder, and the "normal" drill. My attitude toward the impact driver was more or less, "eh, that thing looks pretty wimpy". Well, that was two months ago, before I completely re-framed half of a house. This is now the most used tool I own. I can drive 3 1/2" screws into studs and headers all day long, one handed. “
Check Amazon to read the entire comment and many others who have praised this impact driver.
Next is the Makita Bare-Tool BTD141Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver which has received over 38 5 star ratings from previous customers. High praise indeed from Credit: Amazonprofessionals whose livelihood depends on their tools.
At barely 3 pounds and a short 5 3/4” overall this tough little tool will make it easy to work all day even while reaching overhead. The worklight on this tool is a much appreciated feature. I lights as soon as the trigger is pulled and stays on for about 10 seconds once released to allow you to see your finished work in those cramped dark work spaces.
William has this to say in his review at Amazon. “It's smaller and lighter than the full size Makita drill, but drives and drills as well or better than its big brother and takes the same battery packs. Highly recommended!”.
If you are searching for a kit this one may be of interest to you. DEWALT DCK211S2 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver / Impact Driver Combo Kit. This includes a Drill driver, impact driver, two lithium-ion battery packs, charger, two belt clips, and bag. This tool has received over 58 five star reviews on Amazon.
Kits Provide More Versatility
Because we went into some detail above on the DeWalt driver we will only add here that the design of the Dewalt drivers and drills puts the battery at the bottom of the handle instead of in it which adds balance and tends to be more comfortable to work with. You will want to check the special pricing on these units. Because Amazon prices them lower than the manufacturers Credit: Amazonrecommendation you will need to add the kit to the check out cart to find the final price. Yo do not have to complete the purchase if you do not like the price.
With Amazons liberal return and satisfaction policies you can feel comfortable making your tool choices there while most of the time saving money and even finding free shipping on many models.
While we are in the kit mode this would be a good time to look at Rockwell's offer. The Rockwell RK1001K2 12-Volt LithiumTech 2-Tool Combo Kit contains one 12-Volt LCredit: AmazonithiumTech Impact Driver (RK2512), one 12-Volt LithiumTech Drill/Driver (RK2510), two batteries, one 30-minute charger, one 2-inch driver bit, and carrying bag.
Both tools use LithiumTech batteries. The impact driver has variable speed with a reverse and brake. It has a 1/4” quick-change hex drive. The drill driver has 15+1 clutch settings and sports a handy 3/8” chuck which offers lots of capacity over the 1/4” models.
A top impact driver tool review should not neglect the Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver which has received over 23 five star reviews. Again this is usually an indication of high customer satisfaction.
Bosch lists the following features.
Compact-Shortest Head Length, small enough to reach into tight areas and corners.
Light Weight - Lightest Weight, great for over the head continuous work
930 in lbs of Torque / 2,600 RPM for Fast Drilling
3-LED Light Ring - Light to illuminate working area
Fuel Gauge - Easier Battery management for continued work.
Here is a snippet from E. Redifer's review at Amazon. “Well, time goes on, and this new Bosch is much improved and much better than my Milwaukee. I picked up the combo pack, because I'm setting up a new workspace and needed a new pair. So before I took these over to work, I decided to do my own direct comparo - bottom line; both the new PS41-2 and the PS21-2 significantly outperform my old Milwaukee units. “
Customer reviews are one of the best benefits of using Amazon as your tool source. When previous customers think enough about a particular feature or feel compelled to list any shortcomings and take the time out of busy lives to stop back and leave a comment it offers peace of mind when purchasing tools that your business depends on.
Amazon Has Lots Of Information To Help You Make the Proper Choice
Before choosing the impact driver that best fits your needs whether it is one of the hand 12V models or the more aggressive 18V be sure to spend a little time reviewing the manufacturers notes and the customer reviews. Not only can you find which models are the most popular but you can often pick up tips and tricks that experienced contractors and craftspeople are willing to share.