Impact Drivers


Ryobi P237 Cordless 18V Impact Driver Review

The Ryobi P237 is a three-speed impact driver that boasts 1,800-inch lbs. of torque. The driver is quite powerful, yet handy. It’s also easy to control, thanks to the rear-located switch. The three-speed selector on the back, in fact, adds a bit of length to the tool. But that should not be a problem as it’s there for a purpose. In this Ryobi cordless 18V impact driver review, we’ll take a much more detailed look at the driver and find out whether it walks the talk.

Pros

Cons

  • More power and control than its immediate predecessor
  • Built fairly well
  • LED light is powerful and useful
  • Solid amount of torque
  • Power is a bit lacking in comparison to other impact driver brands.
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Makita XDT12Z 18V Brushless 4-Speed Impact Driver Review

The best impact driver for you typically depends on our experience, what you use the tool for, and how much you use it. This Makita 18V impact driver review can help you determine if this is the right impact driver to add to your tool box.

Makita XDT12Z 18V Brushless 4-Speed Impact Driver

This cordless, 18 V, compact impact driveris faster than the previous cordless model. It is also the smallest of Makita’s compact impact drivers. Even though it is the smallest model to date, it is packed with the most features. It has a brushless motor that has four speed settings. It features innovative modes like the Quick Shift Mode that finds the right combination of speed and torque for the most secure fastening, and the Tightening mode that reduces speeds just before completion to reduce stripping.

Pros

Cons

  • There is a 3-year warranty that covers the tool
  • It’s a compact tool with a lot of power
  • lightweight impact driver weighing just over three pounds with the battery attached
  • Features four speeds that allow you to use all different sizes of screws in different types of materials
  • The special Tightening Mode slows down the speeds of the driver before the end of the screw preventing stripping and material damage
  • Nothing really worth mentioning. Overall, pretty solid tool.
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Bosch 25618-02 18V Lithium-Ion 1/4-Hex Cordless Impact Driver Review

Bosch is famous all over the world for their wide range of quality products such as security systems, household appliances, and power tools. Therefore, it came across as no surprise to see the solid build and powerful performance capabilities of its latest offering, the Bosch 25618-02, a powerful driver built for driving screws into place through any object. No doubt, this 18 volt cordless impact driver has a shorter run time it is extremely well built and is the must have tool for most jobs.

Suitable for both amateurs and professionals
Thanks to its ease of use, and the performance it provides, it does not come across as a surprise to note that it is the preferred choice for both do it yourself enthusiasts as well as professionals. As it is user friendly, it makes screw driving and other jobs simple for first time users. It is the ideal tool for operations such as serial screw driving, metal fastening, lag bolt driving etc. This model is slightly costlier than its previous version, the 25618-01 but is light in weight and boasts of a compact shape, allowing users to maneuver it comfortably, even in small places. It is no doubt a solid performer. My sole wish is that it had the same powerful batteries as the 25618-01 had, which lasts twice that of this new model.

Pros

Cons

  • Compact design that’s light in weight
  • High performance motor with metal gears
  • High RPM ratings 2800
  • Impact rate of 3200 BPM
  • Slim cell batteries don’t last as long as comparable models
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Ridgid GEN5X R86035SB 18v Lithium-Ion 1/4 In Cordless Impact Driver Review

The Ridgid impact driver is a device commonly used by carpenters and contractors to reduce the effort they have to use in screwing and unscrewing. The device creates a sudden downward rotational force. To unscrew, it works for large screws and over-torqued, or frozen nuts. It can also be reversed to replace a screwdriver when excessive force is needed.

The device comprises of two main parts, an internal hammer attached to a spring. When the drill is pressed, it pushes the internal hammer which in turn pushes the spring. When the spring is released, it presses the energy onto the hammer while twisting it. This high-level force while rotating enables the screw to be bolted or removed.

The internal force generated in the impact drill when screwing is what makes it different from the standard drills which require a manual downward force to be applied while screwing.

Pros

Cons

  • Multiple Torque speed settings
  • Tri-Beam LED lights
  • Fast charging battery, 3-year limited warranty and lifetime service
  • Ergonomic design & Belt Hook
  • One hand quick bit load bit holder
  • The batteries can get expensive to replace
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Porter-Cable PCCK647LB 20V Max Impact Driver Review

The Porter-Cable PCCK647LB is a potent brushless impact driver that offers 50 percent more runtime than its immediate predecessor. The motor is quite powerful, offering 1,400 in-pounds of torque for major fastening applications. And the 2,700 RPM offers speedy fastening too. There are quite a few other aspects about this tool that need a more detailed look. Keep reading as this impact driver review would help you decide if this is the best impact driver money can buy.

Pros

Cons

  • Compact, yet powerful and speedy
  • Solid wireless run time
  • Inserting and removing the bits is easy
  • Practical LED light
  • Light and handy
  • Single speed only
  • Not the strongest body
  • Power delivery could be better
  • The bundled-in charger isn’t that great
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Milwaukee 2753-20 M18 Fuel 1/4 Hex Impact Driver Review

The first generation of Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Drivers was a massive hit. It was time for the company to build on this success with a new product. This is no easy task given the great expectations. Fortunately, their engineers managed to come up with a pretty compelling package.

The Milwaukee 2753-20 M18 Fuel 1/4 Hex Impact Driver does not disappoint. All of the good features remained and nifty innovations were added. In a nutshell, the new driver is more powerful while being smaller in size. This winning combination helps in many real world scenarios.

Pros

Cons

  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • More Ergonomic Design
  • 3,000 RPM & 3,700 IPM max
  • 1,800 in-lbs of Torque.
  • The reverse button can stick
  • Bit holder can wear out quick (nobody really uses this feature anyways).
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Dewalt DCF885C1 1/4 inch Impact Driver Review

The Dewalt 1/4 inch impact driver is the ideal buy for a first-time user because of its compact build, which gives it a lightweight body. An impact driver is a must-have tool for anyone who engages in DIY projects or Contractors. A cordless impact driver like the DCF885C1 20V Max is preferable for most people because it makes it easier to use in different places without having to worry about dragging around a long cable. Dewalt is one of the top brands to consider when picking an impact driver and this particular product delivers the power and efficiency it promises.

Pros

Cons

  • A lot of power per charge (1,400lbs of torque)
  • Compact to fit into tight areas
  • It weights only 2.8lbs
  • 3 LED lights to help light up the area you’re working in.
  • Some say the battery doesn’t last too long. However, this depends on what you’re using it for.
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