Mltech wrote in to tell us how much he loves his DeWalt 18V cordless impact driver. He writes: “It drives dech screws up to 4″ in length with almost no effort and VERY quickly. It’s an awesome timesaver.”
We love impact drivers as well, though we always seem to end up with the smaller ones as they’re lighter and still drive screws like a banshee.
We have a 12V model from Bosch in testing right now — look for a post here soon — and it’ll drive a carriage bolt clean through a 2×4 in either orientation. (Not that you need to do that often, but hey — it does demonstrate the power we’re talking about.) Even most 12V models drive over 1,000 in-lbs of torque, which is plenty for the majority of jobs.
They’re also cheaper. The DeWalt streets for around $350.