Power drills and impact drivers might look the same at first glance. Both power tools have a motor, a chuck, and a trigger. They have a handle, a forward/reverse switch, and most of the time, an LED light.
But when you look closer, you’ll see some subtle differences. Impact drivers are lighter and more compact than power drills. Their motor housing and chucks are also shorter than those of power drills. But the differences go beyond the exterior.
Power drills, particularly cordless drills, can be used in many ways. You can drill pilot holes with it before you drive the screw. This is useful for delicate workpieces that might split when you directly insert a screw into it without drilling a pilot hole.
Attach a hole saw to your cordless drill so you can cut round holes, such as drains, doorknobs, and more. You can use it to install and remove screws using a screw bit. You can also use it to mix concrete, paint, and grout using a mixing bit. Attach a sanding drum to the drill to smooth out rough edges.
Impact drivers, on the other hand, are made to drive a wide array of fasteners in thick or tough wood. Long timber screws, drywall screws, decking screws… You name it, impact drivers can fasten it.
But apart from fastening screws, impact drivers can also loosen nuts by using nut drivers. Impact drivers might not seem as versatile as cordless drills, but what they lack in versatility, they make up in brute strength.