Shopping for a cordless impact driver can be overwhelming simply because there are literally dozens and dozens of models to choose from. Each manufacturer has their own line of models, so how to you know which model will be a good choice for you?
How do you weed out the models that just aren’t right for you so that you then have a more manageable list of candidates to choose from? Well, choosing a model that is a perfect fit for you is a whole lot easier than you may think. All you have to do is follow the simple guideline listed below;
What do you plan to use the tool for?
This is the single most important factor when choosing a tool model. You want to make sure that you select the right tool for the job. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to impact driver models. So, choose a model that is best suited for your needs first and then shop around for the best price.
For some people, such as an electrician or cabinetmaker, a 9.6v or 10.8v compact model would be a good choice because it allows for more flexibility and maneuverability, allowing you to work well in tight spaces.
If you are one of these people who prefers to do your own repairs around the house, nothing that would fall into the heavy-duty category, just odds and ends repairs and projects, something where you won’t be using the tool for hours and hours on end, a 10.8v or 12v model will work best. You’ll have enough power for the quick repairs, without the tool being too heavy or too bulky.
For the heavy-duty jobs, such as a construction worker or a contractor would undertake, you need power, durability, and batteries that can go the distance, a 14.4v, 18v, or 24v model would be more suited to help you conquer those large jobs. An 18v or 24v is the ultimate tool for your needs, but some professionals prefer the lighter, smaller size of the 14.4v model. It’s a good compromise since you still get adequate power and battery life, just in a more compact and lighter tool.
You want to choose a model where the batteries are easy to change, but will also last several charging cycles. The best type of battery are the l-Ion batteries because they are durable. NiMH batteries are a good second choice. Nicads work well, but have a short life cycle. They just can’t handle many charging cycles.
How does the impact driver feel to you?
You always want to choose a model that feels comfortable in your hand. When using the tool, you’re likely going to be doing the same task multiple times, so you want to choose a model that feels comfortable and when you gently press the trigger, you not only get a quick response, the desired response you were looking for, but a comfortable one.
Other criteria to consider when choosing a impact driver model are brand name and price. Some accessories, such as a battery charger, will work with several tools from the same manufacturer. The cost of the model is relevant to the tasks the tool was designed for. By knowing exactly what types of tasks you need the tool for and the model you need, you won’t waste money on a model you don’t need. You can also shop for the best deal.