My favorite impact driver

A comparatively small tool that can handle big jobs, an impact driver utilizes an innovative clutching mechanism to generate a revolving force and create more torque compared to an ordinary cordless drill. This makes the impact driver suitable for handling demanding jobs such as removing lug nuts from a truck or doing deck construction.

Impact drivers are available from an array of manufacturers, but my favorites are the ones below. Please note that I am not getting paid for these reviews, as I have used them here in my tool shop in Illinois.



The Makita XDT111


While doing my research, I read somewhere that in terms of torque, anything from 1,500-inch pounds is what professional, high-end impact drivers come with. Well, guess what? The Makita XDT111 offers a broad range of fastening applications at just a bit below that level, at 1,460-inch pounds.

And if that’s not enough, this model comes with variable speeds from 0 to 2.000 RPM and 0 to 3,500 RPM while the industry standard for fast impact drivers is pegged at 2,000 and higher. How’s that for versatility and pure driving power?

A smaller model may be handy and less pricey, but at less than $100 on Amazon, this impact driver is absolutely the best for me. It is equipped with a 4-pole motor that boasts a 4-brush design to ensure the delivery of 26 percent (!) more RPM without compensating on the torque.

If you are searching for a power tool in this category that is guaranteed to last for years, this is the one. It has an all-metal gear housing designed for toughness. And if that’s not enough, this unit only weighs in at just 3.9 pounds even with the lithium-ion battery installed.

Best of all, this impact driver is cordless, and coupled with its ergonomic, compact design, bravo! The Makita XDT111 is a real steal!



The Bosch PS41-2A


One time, I had to take my Makita impact driver for repairs, peccato! However, I needed the same type of tool to work on a relatively large order. Fortunately, my next-door neighbor, who is also into tools though he doesn’t run a business, was kind enough to lend me his Bosch PS41-2A. I fell in love instantly. Not with my neighbor, of course, Santo Cielo, but with the power tool I borrowed.

I got to thinking that I should get one of that for use as a backup in case my trusty Makita decides it needs a visit to the repairman again. Anyway, the Bosch PS41-2A was lightweight at just 4.8 pounds. The compact head length allowed me to reach into the tight areas and corners I had to work on for my project.

I could even do continuous head work with the compact design. At 930 in. Lbs of Torque, the tool was no match for my trusty Makita, but fortunately, the project didn’t require that high a torque level anyway.

I loved that the cordless tool offered 2,600 RPM, which more than made up for what it lacked in torque with higher speed. I also liked that it came with its battery level indicator so I could do my work with the remaining power before I needed to recharge the lithium-ion battery.


Well, those are my favorites thus far. If you can provide other great models on the market, I would be happy to feature them here in future posts. Grazie!