Best thing since sliced bread? When it comes to tools this getup might well be.
I mean, cordless tools in general are one of those things that make you appreciate living in the twenty-first century. Just being able to grab a reciprocating saw, or a circular saw, or a router, or any other tool and getting on with it is a small miracle.
No cords to grab, unroll and drag hither and yon. No worries about popping breakers, or of needing a tool too far from an outlet to get to with the cords you have on had. Or have you ever tried to run a circle saw a couple of hundred feet from your power source? I admit that listening to the motor tool up is a bit amusing and makes for a good story, but still.
Enter the combination drill and impact driver set. This is a perfect example of what batteries can do for the use of tools around the home or in the workplace. Perhaps it’s just a matter of the drill being the ideal candidate for battery power, or perhaps it’s that it is the one we are the most used to them because they have been around for a while. But no matter what the reason, battery powered drills are a gift.
That is not the best thing about a drill driver kit though. The best thing is the impact driver. Those little impact tools are a revelation. One that makes you wonder why a tool like that hasn’t been invented before now. Is it that the technology hasn’t existed? I am sure that it was perfectly feasible to create a tool like this with a cord. They are smaller than the drill, so the motor must be less than the drill, and drills have been around forever.
Anyway, woolgathering aside – the impact driver. Those things are amazing. After you have gotten used to the heft of a cordless drill (especially if you are used to a ni-cad drill and switch to lithium), the cordless impact driver weighs next to nothing. You can sling one of these babies around driving screws all day without suffering from fatigue. You might have thought that was the case in the days when you were using one of the older ni-cad drills to drive screws, but if you haven’t had the opportunity to use one of these small impacts, you really have no idea.
And if you don’t own a drill/driver combo set you need to take the soonest opportunity to get one. You really will be impressed by how well the driver does its job. It is a beautiful example of how well a single purpose tool can do a job that you thought was being handled exceedingly well by the multipurpose tool it is replacing. That a tool that is light as a feather could drive a six inch screw with virtually no torque kickback and apparently effortlessly comes as one of those “where has this tool been all my life” revelations.
This thing is number one on my gift list for anyone who is into tools. It is one tool that any tool guy can appreciate and get good service out of. Guaranteed to make the receiver happy, I know, because my son loved his the same way I love mine.