In Part 5 of our mega-roundup, Roger puts the Panasonic EY75A7 Dual Volt 18v/14.4v Impact Driver through its paces; see how he gets on.
The Panasonic EY75A7 impact driver is a dual voltage model, which means it’s compatible with 18v and 14.4v Panasonic batteries.
This particular version is the body only packaged without batteries or charger. Improvements over the previous EY75A1 impact driver include a new “self-drilling screw mode”, improved durability, new brushless motor, and a stylish new “carbon black” design.
– Tough Tool IP56 dust and splash protection means that you can use this tool in any conditions.
– Self-drilling screw mode: the tool starts at the highest speed to cut the hole, then transfers to “hard” (high-impact) mode to cut the thread. After that the load is reduced, so the tool switches to “soft” (soft-impact) mode to limit potential thread stripping.
– New brushless motor is more powerful, more compact, and more well-balanced. It will provide you with up to 200% more cycles, and has a thicker motor shaft to provide greater strength for heavy-duty use. – Improved durability: see below for details.
– Improved drivetrain design reduces “centre run-out”, improves accuracy, reduces damage to the screw, and allows smoother driving with lower noise and vibration levels even during heavy usage. – Hard, medium, and soft modes are ideal for fastening long bits and bolts, furniture, and plasterboard respectively. – 3-speed provides even more application flexibility.
– Electric brake improves user and tool protection.
– Usability features include improved anti-slip grip pattern, belt hook, LED work light, and tapered bit holder that enable quick and easy bit changes.
– Housing: metal plates have been added where the battery locks into the tool. This helps to prevent wear and tear caused by abrasion and vibration during heavy use.
– Anvil: the redesign and improvement of anvil materials have increased the durability of the impact parts, which ensures a longer service life and increased overall performance.
– Switch: the hybrid switch uses rigid metal parts in the trigger for 200% more durability compared to the previous switch model.
– Motor: the thicker motor shaft (5mm) ensures greater strength, for heavy-duty use.
– Elastomer Bumper: increased amounts of rubber and resin coating on the bottom of the tool which helps prevent damage if dropped from elevated areas.