WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER


A lot of dialog on the question "what is an impact driver" are open on the internet today, and so many people seeking this insight are getting fed with the wrong information without knowing it. Some say an impact driver is just another regular cordless drill with a better clutch, others say it's another name for a hammer drill, yet some smart ones say it's not a hammer drill but they don't know what the hell the powerful tool is. Well, it's all good, the air is about to be cleared on this subject because BDCP, your stand up guy, has got your back. Now let's set straight the information.

SO WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER REALLY?

The impact driver is a high-tech device used in power-driving of hard tasks, like strong-bolts, tough screws and any hard part of a machine that wouldn't easily be driven by a regular cordless drill. This means an impact driver is not a regular cordless drill.

Imagine trying to run a screw down a very strong material using a cordless drill. Moments into the task you notice your drill is meeting resistance and slightly changing its sound while your finger is steady on the trigger. This means your cordless drill is asking for help and the task at hand is somewhat bigger than what it was made for. Just as forcing a little boy to have chocolates when he is crying and telling you he is filled, would be futile, continued attempt to run the screw into that strong material using a cordless drill, would not yield any result and could even get your cordless drill damaged. Impact drivers are specifically made for tasks like this. In their competence, impact drivers run hard screws down a hard material in seconds and you wouldn't even feel any toughness. This is as a result of the technical structure of an impact driver.
It's not just enough to know what to say when someone asks "what is an impact driver", it is good you know how an impact driver actually does its job.


TECHNICAL STRUCTURE OF AN IMPACT DRIVER

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER : Technical Structure Of An Impact Driver

When something gets heavily stuck on a work surface or the need to break a concrete surface arises in a manual workshop, what does the technician do? He doesn't get out a Philips screwdriver and a hammer to break-in the resistance. This would only leave him with a sprained wrist. He gets his concrete chisel and his mallet, and then "breaks the shit out of the resistance". He positions the concrete-chisel directly on the targeted spot and by impacting series of strong blows upon the concrete-chisel, using the mallet, this goal is accomplished. This is exactly what happens when you use an impact driver.

The impact driver is specifically designed for heavy tasks requiring strong torque and beastly handling. A task like this could as well be carried out manually by impacting series of hits with a hitting tool, but how many strikes can the fastest human being make in 0.5second, maybe 1 or 0. But the impact driver, being an ultra-high-tech device, makes up to 27 impacts in 0.5second (that is 3200 Impacts-Per-Minute) driving the bolt, screw or whatever it is, deep into the targeted spot or right out of the needed spot in a short while. One may say "but that's what a cordless drill would do", may I tell you that the average cordless drill delivers about 400" pound of torque, some other cordless drills, though they are very good drills too, deliver 115" pound of torque. What would 400" pound of torque do for a bolt that got stuck half-way through? Yea, nothing. But an average impact driver delivers about 1420" pound of torque, this torque is so strong and rapid, you will never catch an interval between 2 consecutive strikes. All you hear is a long continuous strike sound, (long like the hum of an electric clipper), completing all tough tasks in quick paces.
Impact drivers are beastly tools with beastly principles, they simply feature a motor-driven hammer that repeatedly strikes an anvil that drives the output shaft. As the load increases, they switch from spinning to a rapid-fire impact striking mode, in which every impact turns the screw farther, while the motor continues to spin and bring in cooling air.

With all these said, the next time you engage in a little dialog and someone goes like... "what is an impact driver?" you know how to point-beat that question. 🙂


BEST IMPACT DRIVERS

  1. Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit
  2. DEWALT Bare-Tool DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver
  3. Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
  4. Black & Decker BDCI20C 20V MAX Lithium Impact Driver
  5. Hitachi WH10DFL 12 Volt Peak Impact Driver  2 Li-Ion Batteries
  6. Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 1/4-Inch Hex Impact Driver Kit with 2 Batteries, Charger and Case

Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER : Makita

The Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver (model XDT042)is a compact and ergonomic designed tool, that gives work perfection to hard tasks. It delivers power and speed in appropriate proportions for a full range of driving and fastening tasks, giving the operator full control of the operation. It features a Makita-built 4-pole motor with variable speed. The XDT042 is incredibly less weight and it's designed to reduce operator fatigue. It features a rubberized soft grip for increased comfort on the job, a built-in LED light to illuminate the job area for applications in dark spaces and close quarters, and it comes in its kit box for good preservation and maximum safety.

The Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver is ideal for both professional contractor and a regular DIYer and would deliver power and performance to create work satisfaction. read more...


 

 

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

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER : DeWALT

The Dewalt DC825B is a powerful Compact sized impact driver with less weight to allow access into tight areas. This impact driver is very easy to control. Given its comfortability, anti-slip grip and durable well-balanced body, the Dewalt DC825B ¼" 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver is an ideal choice for tackling a broad range of fastening applications. It features the convenient and replaceable brushes that allow for increased serviceability and extended tool life, a heavy-duty impact mechanism to run tough tasks without causing kickback, and a durable magnesium gear case + an all-metal transmission to ensure durability. Its high-power frameless motor, variable-speed trigger, and ergonomic design all contribute to it easy handling. You would be surprised how well the Dewalt DC825B handles mechanical tasks usually relegated to a pneumatic impact driver. But even more impressive is how well the DeWalt works for driving screws. Smooth and flawless.

This Dewalt DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver is produced in Thailand and comes with a verified 3 Year Limited Warranty. read more...


 

Black & Decker BDCI20C 20V MAX Lithium Impact Driver

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER : Black & Decker

The Black & Decker BDCI20C is an easy-to-use, compact & lightweight tool which makes completing jobs and projects around the house less exhaustive. The impact driver completely supplies every inch of torque you need for your heavy tasks, you no more need to push into the back of a drill when driving into oak or some of the 85-year-old framing timber used in build some houses. This impact driver is designed with fine Ratchets and speed handles, to complete tasks in a clean and timely manner. Another good feature is that you can insert and remove the hex bit quickly, this is very desirable in impact drivers as it saves time and energy during operation. The Black & Decker 20V cordless drill/driver may not have enough power for some of the more extensive larger projects that you may want to run, but this Black & Decker BDCI20C 20V MAX Lithium Impact Driver has no issue with these larger projects, easily driving long heavy screws into thick heavy woods in a short while. read more...


Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 1/4-Inch Hex Impact Driver Kit

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER : Bosch
The Bosch 12-Volt Max Impact Driver is built with a compact Body for tight areas and overhead continuous works. It offers the precision of variable speed, a light body, and a very short head length. For this short head length, it is useful for many tight applications, such as cabinet installation. The impact driver packs a punch with a high torque of 930" lbs, for coverage of 80% of impact driving applications. It features 3 LED-light mounted around the head of the driver to illuminate a low-light work area, it also features an ergonomic-soft-handle to provide extended comfort and control, and bumpers on the sides of the tool to protect the work surface and prevent slippage while working. read more...


Hitachi WH10DFL 12 Volt Peak Impact Driver

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER : Hitachi
The Hitachi WH10DFL Cordless 12-Volt Micro Impact Driver is a powerful compact tool that runs on a 12V Lithium Ion Battery series. This impact driver has the power to drive stubborn screws and bolts and can do so in tight quarters. Supplying a very high torque, hyper-multiple RPM and many bpm, this WH10DFL is fit for virtually any type of job. Another remarkable thing about this impact driver is the light weight, it truly is a light marvel, the battery life is good, and they charge fast and rapidly. The Hitachi WH10DFL Lithium-Ion Cordless 12-Volt Micro Impact Driver comes with a lifetime Lithium-Ion tool warranty and a 2-year Lithium-Ion battery warranty.
Hitachi-Power-Tools® provides professional grade power tools for a variety of applications, including woodwork, metalwork, concrete drilling, cutting and fastening. Hitachi is a leader in power tool research and development and has achieved a lot in the power tool industry. read more...


Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

WHAT IS AN IMPACT DRIVER : Milwaukee

The Milwaukee 2691-22 M18 lithium-ion cordless kit is a two(2) tools combo kit that comes with a carrying case. Having a good voltage of 18V, this impact driver is good and outperforms a lot of other available impact drivers. It features great innovations that include; the Milwaukee 4-pole frameless motor, lightweight durability, built-in LED lights, battery fuel gauges and variable speed triggers. You would be very impressed with the weight, durability, and performance of this set. The torque in the impact driver is eye-popping. No buyer's remorse for this tool when purchased. If you desire power, precision and superior performance in an ultra efficient package, then you can't afford to buy anything but the heavy duty Milwaukee 2691-22 M18 lithium-ion cordless two(2) tool combo kit. Backed by the confidence, the M18 2-tool combo kit is another good choice of tool arsenal for the enduring professional. read more...

 

 

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