Cordless Impact Drivers
Impact drivers are high torque tools. They’re primarily used when driving in screws or tightening nuts – also known as nut setting. Although they look like a drill, there are a couple of differences. Despite being smaller and lighter than many drill driver bodies, an impact driver has much higher torque.
Sometimes this torque cannot be controlled as easily as a clutched drill, in which case you might find yourself tearing your hair out as you tear up a delicate operation.
That said, impact drivers are increasingly popular and being used in place of cordless drills. We’ve considered a few of the best below.
Dewalt DCF887M1 XR Brushless Lithium-Ion Impact Driver 18 V
DeWalt is a familiar and fastidious maker of power tools. Their black and yellow kit can be found on sites and in garages around the world. Their DCF887M1 impact driver is a highly torqued driver capable of precise screwing work too.
This DeWalt impact driver combines the power of an impact driver with the fine control of a drill. It has a brushless motor which can deliver up to 205Nm of torque – and has three motor speeds to choose from. These include Precision Drive which is ideal for fine control in screwdriving applications – which reduces the chance of damage occurring to the material or the fastener in question.
Dewalt Driver Features
- Three speeds to choose from, for precision work and heavy loads
- Lightweight yet incredibly durable – it is a DeWalt
- Part of the DeWalt XR range and includes a multi-battery charger
The impact driver weighs 1.34kg in total and has a ring of three LEDs built into the front, offering a light ‘halo’ for working in dark spaces.
Battery life on the DeWalt is obscenely good, it is best used, and this model ships with, a 4.0Ah battery. The batteries in question are lithium-ion and are part of the DeWalt XR battery charging range.
This impact driver has a magnetic bit holder for easy changing, and it fits a size of 6.35mm (or a 1/4 of an inch if you’re working in imperial).
The impact rate tops out at 3,800 bpm and the no-load speed can be set to a maximum of 3,250 rpm, with the other speed settings clocking 2,800 rpm and 1,000 rpm respectively.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
Dewalt Impact Conclusions
DeWalt make resilient and powerful tools. I like that this impact driver has true versatility and can be used in place of a cordless drill. Although the speed settings are not as continuous as a drill body, for a cordless impact driver is still delivers the right amount of precision for me.
The durability is another thing to speak of, despite the brushless motor which must be replaced wholesale, DeWalt is used to designing tools that can take a bit of a beating. No change here.
DeWalt’s Technical Specifications
- Bit Holder: 6.35mm (1/4in)
- No Load Speed: 0-1,000/0-2,800/0-3,250/min
- Impact Rate: 0-3,800/bpm
- Max. Torque: 205Nm
- Capacity: Bolt M12
- Weight: 1.34kg
- 1 x 18V 4.0Ah Li-ion Battery
- 1 x Belt Hook
- 1 x Magnetic Bit Holder
- 1 x Multi-Voltage XR Charger
- 1 x Toolbox
Makita DTD152 Impact Driver
Makita, like DeWalt, is one of our favourite brands of tool ‘ere on handytoolshome. The DTD152 impact driver is a highly versatile power tool. Capable of delivering 165Nm of torque across a range of screw and bolt sizes.
The overall size of the Makita is amazing, just 137mm in length. At the danger end are two LEDs which illuminate the working area – perfect for reaching those isolated lugs. You can work with machine screws from sizes M4 to M8 and standard bolts from M5 to M16.
The lithium-ion battery is 5.0Ah, which is necessary for delivering the 165Nm of torque. You can use a smaller ampere-hour battery from other parts of the Makita range, but it just won’t last as long.
Makita Impact Driver Features
- Super compact at only 137mm long
- Delivers 165Nm of torque across two different speed settings
- Not super versatile in use as a screwdriving tool
When working the impact driver has an electric brake, which will detect when you’re pushing too hard for the thing. This includes a battery protection circuit to prevent surges and shocks running back through the device.
It also has a mechanically deployed variable two-speed control. This is easily adjusted whilst working with a trigger mechanism. The bit replacement system is one touch and magnetic, it’ll take what you give it with ease.
Makita’s attention to detail and quality extends to the handle – soft grip and capable of reducing and soaking up the vibrations that come with such masses of torque.
Inside the gears are all metal too – I can think of nothing worse than a plastic gearbox in an impact driver.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
Conclusions on the Makita
I like the strength and range of versatility as an impact driver on the DTD152, but I don’t think it is versatile enough to use as a cordless drill replacer. If you were pushed, yes it does the trick, but the variable speed controls don’t quite allow for fine enough control.
As an impact driver on its own however, the Makita is superb. With a range of screws and bolts being compatible, in addition to coarse threads. I like the solid design and the way the handle absorbs what you’re getting stuck into with glee.
Makita Technical Specifications
- Driving Shank – 6.35 mm (1/4″ Hexagonal)
- Machine Screw – M4 – M8
- Standard Bolt – M5 – M16
- Coarse Theard – 22 mm – 125 mm
- Beats Per Minute – 3,500 ipm
- No-Load Speed – 2,900 rpm
- Torque – 165Nm
- Includes – belt hook, 5.0Ah BL1850 battery, DC18RC Charger
Ryobi R18IDP-120S 18V ONE+ Impact Driver
Ryobi’s impact driver has three times the power of a drill, even their own cordless drill. The impact mechanism dishes out up to 170Nm of torque, for easily driving in long screws and nuts. It has a place in the ONE+ range, which means you can use the batteries with dozens of home and garden power tools.
This is a starter kit, which means you’re being inducted into the Ryobi ONE+ range, I do think that the 2.0Ah battery is a bit of a low-ball inclusion. An impact driver works best with something above 4.0Ah in my opinion. Otherwise, the battery will quickly drain.
- Part of the ONE+ range of Ryobi power tools
- Up to 170Nm of torque in back forward and reverse
- An impact rate of 3200 ipm
- Variable speed control and trigger brake
Beyond battery life, the Ryobi performs admirably. While initially a home-focused power tool, the brand are increasingly popular in site usage. They’re a relatively good mix of cheap and quality.
The Ryobi has a keyless bit change, and takes 6.35mm hex drives. This is a 1/4″ bit in imperial.
You can adjust the speed with a maximum impact rate of 3200 ipm. The driver also runs in reverse and has a brake to let you have total control over the tool.
With a battery fitted the impact driver weighs only 2kg. The overall insulation is not as finely finished as the DeWalt and Makita drills, it lets out a bit more sound power and pressure. Vibration rates are also not as good. This does reflect the lower volume of usage Ryobi expect from the impact driver.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
This is a good but not a great impact driver. This is a heavy-duty tool, but it is better suited to moderate usage than the bigger brands. For home usage, some extensive renovations, for example, this would be a great tool to use. Especially as it is compatible with a range of home and garden power tools in the ONE+ range.
Ryobi’s Technical Specifications
- Power – 18 V
- Battery (Supplied) – 2.0Ah
- Battery Type – Lithium-ion
- Chuck Capacity – 6.36 mm / 1/4 inch
- Impact Rate – 3200 ipm
- Maximum Torque – 170 Nm
VonHaus Max 20 V Cordless Impact Driver
VonHaus’ cordless impact driver delivers a middling amount of torque, but makes up for in the versatility of the tool as a drilling body.
Powered with a 3.0Ah lithium-ion battery, the Max impact driver delivers 120Nm of torque, up to 3000 rpm and 3000 ipm. These speeds and torques can be controlled through the variable speed trigger to achieve the desired action.
VonHaus Max Features
- 3.0 Ah lithium-ion battery which is part of the shareable D series
- 120Nm of torque combined with 3000 ipm
- Forward and reverse switch on the rotational direction
- 50 minute charge time
The battery is compatible with other tools in the VonHaus 20V Lithium-Ion D series. It has additional features like a storage bag and multi-battery charger to go with it too.
Being cordless means you can get into all kinds of spaces with the Max impact driver, it also has LED work lights fitted on the front to keep your workspace safely illuminated.
The aluminium gear has been chosen to maximise strength and also price competitiveness. The motor is described as VonHaus as being ‘high spec’, which is pure marketing talk. The tool is ok, I wouldn’t describe something which can deliver 120Nm as ‘high spec’ though.
This is a fairly low-cost iteration of an impact driver. I think the best thing about this driver is that its low-ish torque make it handy for those who will also need a drill body a bit of the time.
The quick charge time belies the fact the battery won’t last too long in the first place, unless you upgrade the 2.0Ah (or 3.0Ah depending on which version you initially opt for) up to a 4.0Ah or greater.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
BLACK+DECKER 18V Cordless Impact Driver
Black + Decker’s 18 V cordless impact driver a super torqued bit of kit. Reaching up to 210Nm of torque, you won’t find many cordless impact drivers with a higher rating.
The 18 V iteration of Black + Decker’s impact driver has a solid metal gear casing, increasing the durability of the tool for a long time. As an established brand, you’ll find it easier to source parts and spares for this if you happen to need them.
The insane torque makes the B+D the ideal tool for driving in large bolts and screws without having to first make a pilot hole. The power in the little thing also makes it ideal for removing those screws which have become rusty and fixed in place through damage. If working in metal you can drive self-tapping screws straight into the material.
You’ll find the quick-release hex chuck to simply change the bits without any extra tools or keys.
You can modify the absolute amount of torque being dished out, with 155Nm a happy medium for long and prolonged usage. The handle is anti-slip and soft, it does some good in dampening vibrations but if you’ve got this cranked all the way up – expect some juddering.
- Outstanding 210Nm of torque, counterbalanced with 155Nm to keep yourself sane
- Variable speed up to 3000 rpm
- Power of Black + Decker’s Power Tool System for battery sharing
- A magnetic bit holder means less fiddling
The battery is part of the Black+Decker Cordless Power Tool System. You can find three types of Li-Ion batteries in the range, suitable for different tasks – 1.5 Ah, 2.0 Ah and 4.0 Ah. Lithium-Ion batteries do not fade over time and there is virtually no power discharge. So you’ll have minimum down time.
BLACK+DECKER 18V Conclusions
The B+D is a great little impact driver. It has obscene torque when going full power, but can be tempered down for more moderate usage. It has a good battery support system, and quick charger. This could be useful for a DIY fan or a light professional usage – despite the torque this is still a home and DIY tool at heart.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
NoCry 20V Cordless Impact Driver Kit
NoCry’s 20V impact driver comes not only as a body, but a full-on kit with a stash of extra goodies included. The driver has 160Nm of torque and a maximum speed of 3,000 rpm.
The compact handheld impact driver comes with a 20 V battery, belt clip, super quick charger and a carry case. Made from durable materials, this impact driver is designed to handle a few bumps and bruises – suitable for working on-site, or just if you manage to drop it whilst working in awkward positions.
Three bright LEDs produce a ‘no shadow’ work area, for setting to task drilling and screwing through wood, plastics, bricks, concrete and metal.
- Fast battery charging and cross-tool compatibility
- 160Nm of torque and a rapid 3,000 rpm
- Long warranty for reassurance
- Built to last those accidental drops and knocks
NoCry’s battery is a 3.0Ah lithium-ion beast, the charger pumps out 2.0Ah, meaning you can be fully charged up within an hour and a half. The 3.0Ah battery will go for 40 minutes at full tilt. There are handy LED charge indicators that will let you know when it is time to plug it in. Whatsmore the battery is compatible will all other 20 V NoCry power tools.
As NoCry are a slightly unknown brand, it is reassuring that they offer a four-year limited warranty. Within 30 days, if you’re not happy with the product you can get a full refund or – choose another one of their products.
The impact driver delivers rapid percussive hits to the chuck, the action directly delivers torque to the object in question and not out to your body. For processing lots of screwing and drilling work, this impact driver is a comfortable and efficient choice.
You might be wary of approaching a brand like NoCry, but their build quality and long warranty should assuage those concerns. With a beefy torque rating and fast, variable speed range, you can drill hard and long. The design also reduces vibration and channels power away from your hands and wrists.
Coming with a decent accessory pack, the NoCry starter kit is a great option for those starting out and unable to reach the lofty goals of a Makita DTD just yet.
NoCry 20V Technical Specifications
- Maximum torque – 160 Nm
- No-load speed range – 0-3000 rpm
- Impact rate – 0-3000 ipm
- Chuck diameter – 6.35mm (1/4 inch) female hex
- Compatible batteries – NoCry 20V 1.5, 3.0 and 4.0 Ah Li-Ion batteries
- Compatible charger – NoCry 20V Fast Charger (220-240V AC, 50 Hz)
- Optimal ambient operating and storing temperature – Above 0°C
- Total weight – 1.8 kg (with battery)
- Package contents: 1 x NoCry impact driver, 1 x 3.0 Ah rechargeable battery, 1 x fast charger, 1 x belt clip, 1 x carry case
GOXAWEE Impact Wrench 20 V
The GOXAWEE (pronounced, I don’t know) is a 20 V impact wrench (still an impact driver) which has the highest of all torques in this review – 300Nm. Before you leap off to buy one, what else is going for it?
The GOXAWEE comes with a 4.0Ah lithium-ion battery, the motor is brushless and runs on two different speed settings. When it comes to the chuck you can swap between a 12.7mm and 6.35mm – yes 1/4 and a 1/2 inch.
The torque can be moved between 280Nm and 300Nm, this will easily loosen any nut, bolt or screw on a bike or motorbike – and certain engineering projects. Bewarned, although this is some heavy torque, this will still not remove lugs on cars.
The brushless motor has a long service life, and availability for repairs. The 4.0Ah lithium battery is not only good, but essential for running such a powerful device. The battery does take some time to charge – up to two and a half hours. For removing nuts and tightening them you’re going to want a fresh battery, so it is advisable to pick up a spare.
Despite that super high torque, the impacts per minute (IPM) is quite low, at 2,200 ipm. This though, combined with the high initial torque is not really an issue. GOXAWEE have a brake stop feature, which helps to remove stuck or damaged bolts and screws safely and efficiently.
- Super high torque – up to 300Nm
- Variable speed control and two preset speed ranges
- Long battery life (but also long charge times)
- LED lighting and comfortable handle for prolonged use
The two-speed adjustments provide either 0 to 1,900 rpm or 0 to 2,400 rpm. When fitted with a 6.35mm chuck the driver will handle hex bits and is suitable for drilling. The speed is variable in relation to how much you press the trigger. Low speed is matched with a lower IPM, either 0 to 1,500 or 0 to 2,200 ipm.
I like the option to switch between these different sizes of chuck. It adds a greater level of versatility. The positioning of the rotation switch is good, easily swap between forwards and backwards to wiggle out those tough screws.
The design is geared towards absorbing vibrations and focusing power. The pistol-style handle is comfortable and well-balanced. There’s also LED lighting for working in dark areas.
The Goxawee combines three different tools in one, and it does them all very well. You have an impact wrench, capable of dishing out super high torque. An electric screwdriver – with the torque of an impact wrench. And a cordless drill.
All this is wrapped up in a durable and well-built casing, with additional features such as LED lights and a long battery life the Goxawee is a powerful dark horse if you’re shopping for a cordless impact driver.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
TECCPO Cordless Drill and Impact Driver
Teccpo have the perfect Christman or birthday gift idea for you – a cordless drill and impact driver double whammy starter kit. In one hand you can have a 180Nm impact driver, and in the other a 60Nm hammer drill driver. Also included is a thirty-five piece accessory kit.
The Impact Driver Features
- 4-pole motor with 180Nm of torque tucked away
- 4,000 ipm to loosen most of the tough stuff you’ll ever meet (except cars!)
- Full metal gearbox and soft-grip handle
The impact driver is a 4-pole copper motored body, which can deliver the aforementioned 180Nm of force, in addition to 4,000 ipm. This range of force should be able to meet a range of job site applications. The gearbox is made completely from metal, and has a hexagonal chuck to take drill bits too.
The speed is adjusted through the trigger, going up to 2,900 rpm, and offers fine longevity, versatility, compatibility and tightness when used on tightening and fastening tasks.
The Cordless Hammer Drill Features
- Hammer drill with 4-pole motor and 60Nm of force
- 27,000 ipm and two-speed transmission to control RPM
- Batteries compatible with TECCPO range and super fast to charge
- 21+3 clutch
The 60Nm hammer drill driver also has a 4-pole motor, which can apply 60Nm of force, but a whopping 27,000 ipm for really fast drilling. There is a two-speed transmission, for speeds of either 0 to 450 rpm or 0 to 1,700 rpm. The 21+3 position clutch has a 1/2″ keyless chuck. This hammer drill is at home working with wood, metal, concrete or plastic.
You can share the batteries between these devices. Both are supplied with a 2.0Ah lithium-ion battery. The 4Ah Fastcharger requires only half an hour for a full charge – compare that with the Silverstorm below – and you can rapidly reach 25% battery in just five minutes. The charger has an LED status indicator to keep you aware of how much you have in the tank.
TECCPO Bundle Conclusions
This is a double whammy of a starter kit. The speeds and the statistics speak for themselves, and the build quality is very admirable. They’re a young company who have come from South Africa to the rest of the world. The super-fast battery charging is something that will attract many new customers I’m sure. Being compatible across their range of 18 V tools doesn’t hurt either.
I’m slightly put off by the copper motor, this does have heat-dissipating advantages but can be less durable. At least as they are brush motors you should be able to replace them. All in all this is an attractive pack and potentially a great future brand.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!
Silverstorm 652640 – 10.8V Impact Driver
Silverstorm have a cute little impact driver. With only 10.8 V of power, this is one of the smaller impact drivers out there. Despite the low power, the driver can still pull 100Nm of torque. It has a 1.3Ah lithium-ion battery and intelligent charger.
This impact driver is suitable for smaller jobs, it has a 6.35mm quick releasing hex bit holder. The body is built with an anti-vibration soft-grip handle and LED light for working in the dark.
You can control the speed by pressing the trigger down to different depths. When fully pressed the Silverstorm can manage 2,400 rpm. The gears are fully metal, and the electric brake system means you’ll be able to pull out tough little buggers quite easily, without worrying about longevity.
The battery life is not great, and charging takes a very long time – around three to five hours if you are charging them from flat. With that in mind, you would definitely need some spares, these are available and reasonably priced. But the annoyance of forgetting to charge enough to have a back up is something to consider.
- A ¼” (6.35mm) quick-release hex bit holder
- All-metal gearing inside
- 1.3Ah Lithium-ion battery
- Has aa variable speed trigger
- The handle is designed to be vibration-reducing
The Silverstorm is a petite impact driver. The benefits of a small tool are ultimately outweighed by the snail-like charge times – you’d need to carry quite a few around to have adequate back up for a whole days work.
This is a lightweight tool, possibly suited to a DIY user, but with competitors offering more power for not that much more and without shareable batteries, the Silverstorm seems a bit archaic to me.CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST PRICE!