Today we'll be comparing the impact drivers from Milwaukee, DeWALT & Makita!
Ok, so I have tried each of them by simply driving some screws into a block of wood and will be jugding them on power, speed, comfort & ergonomics and price.
First off, we have the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Brushless Impact Driver!
With 135nm of maximum torque, you would expect this one to do well....and it certainly did! You could certainly feel the ease of the screws going in with feel little pressure or resistance
As far as impact drivers go, this was a very speedy little thing (mostly due to the high torque) and has just over 2,700 / 3,550 per min
Comfort & Ergonomics
A secure grip thanks to the rubberised grip with a pistol design and a slight hourglass shape. Also very little vibration when using.
Next up we have the DeWALT 10.8v 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion Impact Driver XR!
Has a maximum torque of 107 nm, explaining the ease of driving the screws in with just as little resistance. Although the torque is slightly less on paper than the Milwaukee, I couldn't really feel any difference so I would say it's very close to being on par with Milwaukee!
Much bigger difference on the speed however. Although its much slower, the speed isn't too shabby as far as impact drivers go.
Comfort & Ergonomics:
I will say, competitors should take note! The slightly thinner rubberised handle makes all the difference with a shape that's designed to match the shape of the hand like a glove. Thanks to the shape and size there's alot more leverage aswell, but don't be fooled! Compared to Milwaukee and Makita this one felt light as a feather.
£165 (comes as a kit with drill driver)
Lastly we have the Makita 10.8V Impact Driver!
Although a max torque of 90 nm isn't bad, it's also not that impressive when compared to DeWALT or Milwaukee. Could feel sightly more resistance, but it still got the job done without a problem
I would say around the same time as the DeWALT, give or take a few miliseconds. Certainly good, but no where near great.
Comfort & Ergonomics:
A good soft grip handle, with a very similar shape to Milwaukee. The only exception being that the handle is more upright, meaning it was a tiny bit harder to apply pressure with throwing the screw off angle.
£144.99 (Again, only comes as a kit with a drill driver)
After heavy deliberation, the winner is (drumroll).....
The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Brushless Impact Driver! Although the DeWALT is best for comfort and weight, Milwaukee more than makes up for speed, power and control! And, as you can see for yourself, the most advanced features to it!
Milwaukee, we tip our hats to you.