Impact Driver Showdown! UPDATED 8 top drivers reviewed

We had an amazing response to our impact driver test released last week but there was also a consistent question mark over whether the solid oak we used was a fair torque test for the drivers so we decided to update the test and add a comparison of the drivers on concrete. So here it is – our updated showdown of the big players in the impact driver arena to help you identify the best impact driver for your needs.

Roger Bisby takes drivers from Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Hilti, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee and Panasonic to see which one has the power and features of a champion.

Why did we choose to test impact drivers?

All of our tool tests are designed to help you establish which is the best tool for your needs. You may be wondering whether a particular impact driver is worth it for what you want to achieve, or, even, whether or not it’s worth you getting an impact driver at all. Hopefully these impact driver reviews will arm you with enough information to make an informed decision.

If you are already running a certain platform hopefully the tests will provide you with reassurance that you’re not missing out significantly because you’re running the wrong brand.

The recent introduction of quiet fluid drives into impact drivers which have traditionally been notoriously noisy is also worth highlighting. In certain areas where noise is an issue and considerate construction is a priority the quiet fluid drive is likely to be a real bonus.

As well as the impact driver test conclusion above, links to the full reviews of each impact driver are listed below along with the results of the Solid Oak Torque Test.

As always we would love your feedback and suggestions for the next test – please share your thoughts on our YouTube channel or in the comments below.

Bosch GDX 18 V-EC –

Dewalt DCF887 –

Hitachi WH18DBDL –

Hilti SID 4-A22 –

Makita DTS141 & DTD170 –

Metabo SSW 18 LTX 400 Impact wrench –

Milwaukee M18 FQID –

Panasonic EY75A7 –

About Georgina Bisby

Georgina Bisby
Georgina Bisby is a journalist and editor with extensive experience covering construction and industrial news and technology, including a particular focus on health and safety, energy and environmental issues.


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    Does that Bosch GDX 18V-EC -unit you’ve tested still have problem with the trigger? The test result suggests it has. And if it is so, why in the name of God hasn’t Bosch made an international recall of those units for repair.

    The video I’ve linked below is in german but it is easy to see there what I’m on about:

    • Roger Bisby

      I am not sure that the result was because of the trigger but we will take another look. I didn’t detect the problem but we had a lot going on.

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        Thank you, Roger!

        Every example of that tool I’ve held in my hand has that problem, including the one I own.

        It is rather disturbing to know that Bosch has probably known about that fault for years without doing anything about it.

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    Hi, Georgina Bisby
    This was pretty bad man. Get some 4 inch lag screws and put a nut driver in the chuck and don’t predrill. Then show them what this thing can do

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