Tool Test: Hammer Drills and Impact Drivers
The tools in these brushless combo kits work hard and run for a long time between charges.
Synopsis: Cordless drills and impact drivers are a mainstay of modern construction and the foundation of any cordless-tool platform. Hoping to get new users hooked on their platform, manufacturers offer competitive prices on two-tool cordless kits that include an impact driver, a hammer drill, and two batteries. Remodeler Jeremy Hess recently tested kits from six major tool manufacturers: Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi, Makita, Milwaukee, and Rockwell. All of these tools have brushless motors, which offer extended run time and smaller housings. Hess put the tools through a series of tests to gauge their performance. He also used them on his jobs for several weeks and shared them with other tradespeople for their input. In addition to profiling each kit, he identifies the best-performing and the best-value kits.
Cordless drills and impact drivers are as common on the job site as tape measures and hammers. Manufacturers are continually improving their tools and…