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What Makes The Impact Driver Such A Popular Tool?

By Edited Mar 9, 2016 1 1

Choosing The Best Impact Driver

Most popular impact drivers

The impact driver has become one of the most used tools for carpentry, deck building, cabinet installation, installing brackets such as TV wall mounts and any other general construction job or repair where heavy duty power is needed to drive or remove large screws type fasteners.

DEWALT Bare-Tool DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver
ALT Bare-Tool DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver

These light weight powerful power tools have taken on those tough, repetitive jobs that always put too much strain on portable electric drills either causing them to overheat, rapidly lose their battery power and quickly tire out the person using the tool.

Heavy duty electric drills which were the tool of choice for many years for driving screws and other fasteners have quickly taken a back seat to the relatively new impact driver. The technology behind their design makes it easy to see why they are so much better for those jobs.

Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver
Makita Bare-Tool BTD141Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver

Electric drills are direct drive. They apply steady torque in a continuous motion and if there is resistance while driving the fastener the drill transmits a twisting motion to the hand and wrist of the operator. Using a drill for this purpose over long periods with all this reverse torque transmitted to the operators hand and wrist can quickly tire or injure the operator. When using a drill to drive fasteners while on a ladder or other unstable position when it is necessary to reach overhead or out to the side can be a seriously dangerous operation.

Many Professionals Choose An Impact Driver Over An Electric Drill

Powerful portable electric drills tend to be large, heavy and rather cumbersome to work with especially in tight places. The impact driver has overcome all of these faults.
Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver

Makita Bare-Tool BTD141Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver

First the impact driver does not operate in a single motion. Rather the tool administers a series of rapid blows against the drive shaft that is not unlike using a wrench or pry bar and striking it with a hammer to loosen or tighten stubborn bolts. This action does not place any reverse torque back to the operator which makes them very easy to use even on the most stubborn fasteners.

Some of the features appreciated by users are:

   1. They are light weight
   2. Designed to fit the hand
   3. Small size for use in tight quarters
   4. Led lights around the chuck for working in dark areas
   5. Easy to reach forward/reverse switch
   6. Hex chucks which will accommodate a wide variety of tools.
Rockwell RK1001K2 12-Volt LithiumTech 2-Tool Combo Kit

Rockwell RK1001K2 12-Volt LithiumTech 2-Tool Combo Kit

One of the first things you notice when researching these tools on Amazon is that the popular models all have 4 or 5 star ratings and very few negative comments. This is unusual for any tool. Craftspersons and professional carpenters are fussy about their tools and not hesitant normally to register a complaint. You will find that the popular models all have the highest ratings and comments.

Review The Top Impact Drivers On Amazon

If you are considering an impact driver you would do well to visit Amazon and search the top models to review each tools list of features and also a quick glance at customers comments will help you decide Just which of these remarkable tools are right for your tool kit.

For A review of the top rated impact drivers on amazon read my Infobarrel article, A Quick Review Of The Top Rated Impact Drivers



Dec 6, 2011 8:29pm
Clear and well written reviews make it easy to understand the use of these tools and how to choose the correct tool for my needs. thanks for the great article. Karen stavert
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