Hilti 12V Impact Driver Cordless Drill Reviews & Impact Drivers
Speed Under Load
Measurable Torque
Weight
Feature Set
Value
Final Thoughts

Hilti's mixed bag of results includes top half finishes in performance and bottom half rankings in its footprint, weight, and value. It's still more compact than their 22V model and takes a load off of its weight. With a fairly limited 12V line, this is going to most appealing to current Hilti fans who appreciate the direct sales model, service after the sale, and that killer 20-2-1 warranty. 

Overall Score 3.4

Hilti SID 2-A 12V Impact Driver Review


Solid Performance and Service After the Sale Highlight the Hilti SID 2-A

Hilti is one brand that likes to march to beat of its own drum. They make excellent tools backed by a 20-year warranty and use a direct sales model. But they also command a higher price. Compared to other brands, the Hilti SID 2-A 12V impact driver is a mixed bag with a priority on performance.

Hilti 12V Impact Driver Shootout Results

  • 12V Ranking: 5th place out of 9 
  • Speed Under Load: 259 RPM (5th place)
  • Fastening Torque: 431 in-lbs (3rd place)
  • Nut-Busting Torque: 840 in-lbs (4th place)
  • Decibels Under Load: 96 dB(A) (2nd place)
  • Weight: 1.9 pounds bare, 2.5 pounds with battery (8th place)
  • Footprint: 6.2″ head length, 7.0″ height (7th place)
  • Feature Set: No major highlights or drawbacks (tie, 7th place)
  • Value: $119 kit with 1 battery and charger (8th place)

Takeaway

Hilti’s mixed bag of results includes top half finishes in performance and bottom half rankings in its footprint, weight, and value. It’s still more compact than their 22V model and takes a load off of its weight. With a fairly limited 12V line, this is going to most appealing to current Hilti fans who appreciate the direct sales model, service after the sale, and that killer 20-2-1 warranty.

Results as of February 11, 2019. Check out our Best 12V Impact Driver page for the latest updates.

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Performance

Hilti’s SID 2-A 12V impact driver drops in with 2500 RPM and 3410 BPM to go with its 973 in-lbs of torque. Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel aside, these are specs toward the top of the spec charts. What we see in our testing confirms it belongs on the higher performing side of the charts.

Note: To see our testing methods, please check out our Best 18V Impact Driver main page.

Speed Under Load

The first thing we test for is speed under a moderate load. Driving into glued up OSB subfloor Hilti holds onto 259 RPM driving 1/4″ diameter ledger screws. That sets it as the 5th fastest and its lowest performance ranking.

Hilti 12V Impact Driver

Measurable Torque

Fastening and nut-busting torque testing include a steel I-beam, some Grade 8 hardened steel nuts, washers, and bolts, and an impact-rated socket. The Hilti SID 2-A produces 431 in-lbs of fastening torque. It’s a solid 3rd place finish but leaves a large gap to Skil (700 in-lbs) and Milwaukee (804 in-lbs).

Hilti 12V Impact Driver

For nut-busting torque, the Hilti 12V impact driver consistently breaks 840 in-lbs. It slips from 3rd to 4th and Bosch jumps ahead to fill the gap to Skil’s and Milwaukee’s 1680 in-lbs.

Please realize that our torque tests do not and cannot replace how manufacturers test for their specifications. Head over to the testing methods section on our main shootout page to see the details.

Feature Set

Hilti takes the minimalist approach to the feature set with the SID 2-A. It includes a brushed motor with one standard mode, 2 LED worklights at the base of the tool, a belt hook, and a narrow nose that is potentially helpful when driving into smaller spaces.

It also has voltage, current, and temperature sensors built in for motor protection. Rubber side contacts give it a better chance of surviving a fall. The batteries have some rubber armor that protects against impact as well.

However, Hilti’s impact driver is missing a brushless motor, multiple speed modes, one-handed bit changes, and bit ejection. If Hilti decides to continue developing the core of their 12V line, a brushless motor and multiple speeds are easy targets to upgrade.

Ergonomics

There’s some extra length and a larger diameter on the handle that makes it an easier fit for medium to large size hands. It has a more industrial feel to it than other models that are more DIY-friendly. Considering Hilti’s natural habitat is on larger job sites, that’s an understandable design.

Hilti 12V Impact Driver

None of the 12V drivers we’ve tested can be classified as “heavy”, especially against the 18V class. In this class, the Hilti 12V impact driver weighs in at 1.9 lbs bare and 2.5 lbs with its 2.6 Ah pack. It’s the 3rd heaviest driver with the battery attached, but fatigue isn’t really a factor at this weight.

As far as the tool’s footprint goes, it’s definitely more compact than its 22V counterpart, but it could be more compact. Its head length is 6.2″ and a height of 7″, ranking it 7th for the 12V class.

Part of the length seems intentional, though. The extra length and narrow nose can help you drive in tight corners better before having to grab a bit extension.

Hilti 12V Impact Driver

Price

Hilti’s system is more a la carte that most that give you a bare tool and kit option. The bare tool is just $59 and that’s a genuinely excellent price. A single port charger adds $29 and 2.6 Ah batteries are $31 each. So the cost of the most basic kit is $119. Bosch and Milwaukee are significantly higher.

Keep in mind that many of Hilti’s chargers are multi-voltage and you may not need to buy a new one. The C4/36 that many Pros use for their 22V or 36V packs also charges 12V packs. The 4-port C4/36-MC4 is in the same boat.

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The Bottom Line

Hilti’s mixed bag of results includes top half finishes in performance and bottom half rankings in its footprint, weight, and value. It’s still more compact than their 22V model and takes a load off of its weight. With a fairly limited 12V line, this is going to most appealing to current Hilti fans who appreciate the direct sales model, service after the sale, and that killer 20-2-1 warranty.

Hilti 12V Impact Driver Specs

  • Model: Hilti 3536724
  • Power source: 12V
  • No Load Speed: 2500 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 973 in-lbs
  • Impact Rate: 3,410 BPM
  • Bare Weight: 1.9 lbs
  • Weight with Battery: 2.5 lbs
  • Length: 6.2″
  • Height: 7.0″
  • Warranty: 2 years

 

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Seems like a way better value than the DeWalt 12V impact despite the identical rating. Better measurables, better warranty, similar price. I know it’s hard to test for durability, so I won’t rail on you guys for that, but I’d bet on Hilti to beat out the durability of all of the tools that finished ahead of it in measurable specs. All in all, if I needed a tool for daily, regular fastener tasks, this would be my pick, as it seems well designed, comfortable, and if anything like other Hilti products, built to last. If I wanted to go… Read more »