Impact vs. Drill Drivers What Works Best?

We’ve sold 32 percent more combi drills than impact drivers in the past year, which shows the adaptability of the combi drill.A drill and an impact driver are two different power tools. In this article, we’ll go over the differences between impact drivers and drills, as well as their many applications and pros and cons.

  • Size
  • Front end
  • Working mechanisms
  • Torque delivery
  • Torque
  • Noise

Impact Driver vs Drill

Trying to describe the features of each instrument was met with groans and a lot of scratching of heads. Despite their superficial resemblance, the two machines are vastly different.

In terms of physical dimensions, the two power tools are vastly different — I’m referring to the length of the machine from the tool-holding end to the back of the casing.

What is an impact driver?

With the internal workings, impact drivers can be manufactured with a short body, allowing them to fit into narrow locations and reducing their weight significantly. The impact driver’s small size and light weight make it ideal for working in tight spaces like between joists, inside cabinets, or in overhead applications.

What is a drill?

When it comes to drilling and boring, a drill is preferred over an impact driver almost every time. A drill is a motor attached to a chuck via a gearbox in its simplest form. Most drills have a variable speed trigger as a standard feature. A combination drill or a drill driver – in other words, one with or without the ability to strike the material with a hammer, is what we’re discussing in this post.

Impact driver

A 14″ hexagon bit retainer is included with the impact driver.

Fast and easy bit changes are possible thanks to the impact driver’s tool retention system, however it can only handle accessories with a 14″ hexagon. There are impact driver attachments with a 14″ hex shank available from some manufacturers.


Three-Jaw Chuck – Front End DrillA three-jaw chuck is used to secure the power tool attachment to the drill. Round, hexagonal, and even triangular shanks can be held in a three-jaw chuck. The three jaws of the chuck are self-centering, ensuring that the drill bits are held securely and precisely in the chuck’s centre.Drill bits, triangular arbours, paddle stirrers, bit holders, and screwdriver bits can all be held in place by the chuck because of the chuck’s opening and closing movement.If the accessory has a shank that falls into one of the following shapes, the chuck will be able to hold it.

Impact driver vs Drill – Which one do I need?

With this information in mind, one may argue that the choice of impact driver or drill will ultimately be determined by how much time an operator spends drilling or driving.

Combi drill

•       Greater in size and weight.

·       In addition, the chuck is more adaptable because it accommodates various types of attachments.

•       Better for precision operations, such as drilling and boring.

•       High torque applications necessitate two-handed operation.

Impact driver

  • Extremely small and light.

  • Screwdriving is made simple.

  • No kickback while using one hand only.

This may explain why the drill and impact driver collaboration is so common on construction sites, as one use often precedes another.To be an efficient and effective worker in a tradesman’s field, you need have both at your disposal.

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