Well, for a consumer who has never owned one, “What is an Impact Driver?” is a good question. An impact driver is a handheld tool that delivers a strong, sudden rotational and downward force. It can produce a force that can loosen seized nuts and bolts and can help reduce user fatigue. An impact driver can produce torque to fasten a screw or loosen a screw greater than a screwdriver can. It can possibly be the most useful tool you own. Features are important, as well as price, and warranty. Don’t always opt for the cheapest when purchasing an impact driver. Look for a reconditioned tool online. The better brand product may be about the same price factory reconditioned as a lesser quality product is Brand New, so do your few minutes of research before you make a purchase.
What features should I look for in an Impact driver?
- Good name brand
- Lightweight yet durable
- Cordless impact driver
- Lithium-ion battery for longer life than conventional batteries
- Customer positive reviews
- Reliable Warranty
What is an Impact Driver that has been reconditioned?
A reconditioned impact driver is a new one that has generally been returned by a customer to the seller due to some defect. The seller, in lieu of the warranty, will return the tool to the manufacturer where they will usually rebuild ( factory refurbish) the tool for resale to customers again. The original warranty on the new tool allows for the original customer to receive a refund.
Now you can buy those “new” reconditioned tools online with a warranty included at a fraction of the original price.
What is an Impact Driver Brand you recommend?
When asked what is an impact driver brand I recommend I usually recommend the Makita Impact Driver. I like the rugged, yet lightweight features as well as the long lasting lithium-ion battery. It is cordless and weighs very little making it easier to handle.
If you opt for a brand that uses conventional NIcad vs the newer lithium-ion, get ready to buy new batteries more often. The stay life of the charge is reported by most consumers and reports to not last as long, thus making for a less productive impact driver.
Make Sure you look for an impact driver you can actually handle. Even the ladies need a handy tool that gets the job done without making one feel like they’ve been to the gym for a free weights session! Nothing is more aggravating than a tool just a bit too heavy.
Make sure you opt for the best bits as accessories to reduce stress induced by broken bits!