Impact Driver Cordless drill upgrade
I have been shopping around for impact drivers lately and wanted to get some outside thoughts. I am looking for one mainly to perform general woodworking type tasks. The other issue is that my current cordless drills a 19.6v craftsman and 12v dewalt are on their last leg and need to be replaced soon. I was almost sold on the new 18volt makitas or panasonics but the price seemed a little much and maybe that is over kill for me. I ran across the 12v right angle ridgid and thought that might be the ticket. Any thoughts I have poured over the consumer reports review and they seem pretty high on the makitas and pansonics as well. Bottom line is I would like to get the best thing out there to suit my needs.:confused:
Lots of nice little impacts out there.
Once you use an impact you will not want to go back to a standard driver.
The right angle Ridgid is nice, because it can get into tighter spaces...nice for chasing lag screws under deck boards...however, in general, it is less ergonomic. I use my Ryobi 18V anywhere it will work...which is 99% of the time.
If you are looking at the best value you can't beat the Ryobi One+ (lower price line made by same corp as Ridgid, TTI) or the Sears Craftsman C3 line (also made by TTI.) You can buy the C3 1/2" drill (careful...they also sell the 3/8 in a set) and impact driver in a set for $120....less when on sale which I think it is this week. The drill was a best buy in Consumer Reports.
Unfortunately, the Ridgid impact driver is sold with the drill, only in the large set...you'd have to buy the reciprocating saw, drill and circular saw with it...unless you buy the impact wrench alone.
The Makita driver and impact wrench is available in a 18V Lithium set for about $300....using Amazon, NOVTOOLS coupon and free shipping. A bit more expensive but a very impressive set.
Not possible to have an adjustable clutch on an impact.
Not possible to have an adjustable clutch on an impact. The torque is controlled by the number of impacts...how long you hold the wrench on the fastener. Imagine it more like a hammer...knocking a nail home.
Originally Posted by jaco