Comparison Video Summary:
This is a fantastic video comparison where they break down the best tools in each of the three categories of best overall impact driver, best hydraulic impact driver, best 12v impact driver, and best DIY impact driver. If you want to see a breakdown over the overall standings go to their head to head review pages here, here, here, and here.
Comparison Video Breakdown:
(0:17) – Best Overall 18v Impact Driver: Makita XDT16 – Most compact and highest speed under load; is the size of a 12v tool and has lots of settings;
(2:25) – Runner Up Best Overall 18v Impact Driver: Milwaukee Gen3 Fuel – Highest fastening torque, very compact, one-key bluetooth app control, 4 speeds custom settings, second highest for nut busting torque similar in size to the 12v models;
(3:22) – Best Hydraulic Impact Driver (oil based tools that pulse and are quieter than the impact drivers above): Makita XST01 – Lightest and fastest speed under load, has the quick-shift self-tap mode,programmable, 2x torque of the Milwaukee Surge ;
(4:37) – Best 12V Impact Driver: Milwaukee M12 2553 – Highest fastening torque and speed, shortest traditional 12V tool, 3 speeds and drilling mode,
(5:58) – Best DIY Impact Driver: Hercules 20V Max – Highest speed under load (feels like a DeWalt DC825), only has as 90 day warranty,
(7:02) – Discussion re: work behind the testing, expectations, and weighting of the tests and outcomes ;
(8:31) – Discussion of speed under load, which indicated speed and power, and ability to work;
(10:49) – Discussion of fastening torques as measured by the digital torque wrench;
(13:05) – Breakaway torque discussion, as measured in 25 in/lb increments, and noise output testing;
(16:47) – Weight of impact driver discussion, verified max no load speed with a tachometer,
(18:17) – Comparison of feature sets, including brush-less motor, mode options, one handed bit insertion, speed modes, flashlight modes;
(20:03) – Value comparison, what you get for the money;
(21:05) – Analysis of data discussion.