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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.

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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.

Should.

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!

Like this video? It’s only the beginning! Let us know what you’d like to see in an upcoming PTR Head 2 Head in the comments below.

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PTR Head 2 Head: Drill Vs Impact Driver Tool Notes

Impact DriverMilwaukee One-Key review

  • 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″

Drill

  • 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.

 

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Hey, until EVERY maker (okay, I really don’t care how long it takes Bosch, Milwaukee, Hilti, etc, only care about DeWalt in this particular matter) comes out with the silent/oil/hydraulic drive impacts, a cordless drill will ALWAYS have a place for when it comes to driving screws. Because speed isn’t everything. Not having a pounding headache at the end of a day driving slide screws inside cabinets is worth a heckuva lot more than 1/2 second saved. And we won’t get into the impracticality of impacts with low power screw needs. Sure, its fun to drive, without predrilling, a 1/4″… Read more »

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You guys have way too much fun in your job! Can I get a job at PTR?

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The reason the impact drive keeps bouncing out is because you are using phillips screws. I dont know anyone that uses phillips (if they do they are not in the industry) for impact so for an accurate test you should use the proper screws (square or torx until they come out with something better).
By using phillips you are also just asking for trouble in bouncing out and stabbing your hand with the tip.