10 New Brushless Impact Drivers
Modern impact drivers have longer run times, smaller housings, and better features than your old driver.
Fine Homebuilding contributor David Frane recently tested 10 impact drivers from Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi, Hilti, Kobalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Porter-Cable, Ridgid, and Ryobi for a feature in FHB issue #274. All of the drivers have brushless motors. Compared to brushed-motor models, brushless versions have longer runtimes and smaller housings (generally speaking) than their brushed counterparts. Each driver was tested with both compact and high-capacity batteries. In this video, senior editor Patrick McCombe talks about the various features and how they vary by individual model. He also shows Dave’s favorites, so you can shop for a new impact driver with confidence.
For detailed information about all 10 impact drivers featured in this Tool Tech, including driver weight, rpm/ipm, modes, pricing, and more, see the full article, “What’s the Best Impact Driver?” in FHB #274.
Senior editor Patrick McCombe has been testing power tools on behalf of national publications for more than 15 years, and he regularly meets with product manufacturers to try out new introductions. In the Tool Tech series, Patrick reviews the latest tools and materials, discusses building technology, and shows time-tested techniques for better, more-efficient home building. Consider becoming an online member to watch other Tool Tech videos.