Drill Vs Impact Driver: PTR Head 2 Head Video
For the first ever PTR Head 2 Head, we tackle one of the more frequent questions to come our way in the drill vs impact driver conversation – which one is better at driving screws?
I’ve got some pretty strong opinions about that. So does Clint. Realistically, the impact driver is the better tool for the job. It’s more compact, and it’s more than just a matter of being easier to handle and lighter. It also puts the pressure you’re applying closer to the fastener head so you stay engaged with the fastener head better.
There’s torque to consider, though it’s not as big of a deal with smaller screws. Impact drivers will be in the 1800 – 2000 inch-pounds of torque area while only the best drills will make it past 1000 inch-pounds, maxing out at 1200. On top of that, it simply drives faster. Impact drivers run in the 3000 RPM range compared to the 2000 RPM range for drills. When it comes to driving drywall or decking screws, the impact driver should win every time.
But we all know there’s very little entertainment value in what’s on paper, so we set up a quick head to head test. More than just drill vs impact driver, it’s also Clint vs Kenny. Clint grabbed the impact driver and I went with the drill. Can technique on my part overcome the faster driving of the impact driver (not to mention some twitchiness on Clint’s part)? Check out the video to see what happened!
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PTR Head 2 Head: Drill Vs Impact Driver Tool Notes
- Milwaukee 2757-20 M18 Fuel Impact Driver with One-Key
- Speed: 0 – 550/0 – 2000 RPM
- Blow Rate: 32,000 BPM (hammer drill mode)
- Max Torque: 1800 in. lbs.
- Weight: 2.10 lbs
- Length: 5.25″
- Milwaukee 2706-20 M18 Fuel Hammer Drill with One-Key
- Speed: 0 – 3000 RPM
- Impact Rate: 0 – 3700 IPM
- Max Torque: 1200 in. lbs.
- Weight: 3.40 lbs
- Length: 7.60″
Read our review on the Milwaukee M18 Fuel One-Key Combo Kit here.