I just went out and bought myself a tool that I have been coveting for a while. I should really say “tool” since what it is is one of those kits that have a cordless drill and an impact driver in it.
I could have saved myself a few bucks by going with an off-brand Ni-Cad set, but I have rarely been happy with cheap power tools I have bought. So I bit the bullet and bought an 18v lithium set from a name brand company. To be honest I’m not entirely sure that I shouldn’t have stepped up to 20v, but that will have to be a conversation for another day.
Anyway, when I was doing the research as I always do I checked out a bunch of sites like drillimpactcombo.com to get more information about sets like this. That is when I finally got sold on the idea of buying a combo set rather than just a drill.
The drill is a pretty impressive unit. It has a half inch chuck like a really powerful corded tool would have, and three settings – one for drilling, one for driving, and an actual honest-to-god impact setting.
On a side note, when I mention the power of corded drills, I remember the first time I ever used a cordless drill. At the time I thought to myself “this will never have the torque I need to do this job”. Then I used it and it caught the first time. I literally could not believe how much torque it had. The drill actually ripped out of my hand. Lesson learned.
So, the set is cordless, variable speed and has metal chucks which was important to me. The drill has all the power I could ever need. But the true revelation to me was that little impact driver. The speed and power with which it will drive a fastener is amazing. It is just a little thing that fits easily in your hand. Because it impacts, it doesn’t have the rip the tool from your hand torque of the drill, but will actually drive a fastener that the drill just won’t. “Why have I not bought one of these before?” I thought.
Then came the time that I was working on my truck and ran into a phillips screw that I just could not get. I knew that if I tried for much longer I was just going to strip it and then I would be in for a world of trouble. So I grabbed the new impact just on the thought that it might, possibly work in that situation and lo and behold it spun the screw out so fast I nearly lost it.
Before that it had never occurred to me that I might use the tool on anything but a wood screw. A blind spot on my part. Since then I have tried it on other automotive fasteners, but it really won’t take out stuck bolts like a pneumatic impact might. But for small fasteners the ease of use trumps all.
Speaking of impact, another thing that really impressed me was using a cordless drill to drill a hole in cement. Again its ability to perform this task came as revelation to me.
I have rarely used a cordless drill since I started using cordless tools, and I am sure I will use them even less now.