Last Updated on August 9, 2020
Shopping online can often feel far harder than we’d like it to be. Manufacturers are only too happy to tell you everything great about their models while leaving out all potential downsides. Sometimes, you end up feeling like you got ripped off.
We believe that it doesn’t have to be this way. Our reviews contain all the information you need to get a good feel for each model, including the downsides. We’ve also included tips on getting great value, so you should be able to find the model that works best for your needs at a price you’ll love, too.
|Best Overall||Bosch PS41-2A 12V||
|DEWALT DCF815S2 12-Volt||
|Best Value||Milwaukee 2462-20||
|Makita DT03Z 12V||
If you’re looking for a great portable impact driver, the Bosch PS41-2A 12V Impact Driver Kit should be the first item on your list. It’s extremely compact, so you’ll be able to use it in tight spaces with ease, and it also weighs just over two pounds. You’ll have to struggle to hold his model at an awkward angle due to its weight. It also comes with two batteries, so you can swap a dead one out for a live one and keep working with no downtime. The tool itself also has a battery monitor, so you’ll be able to keep tabs on your charge well before your battery dies.
This model comes with good maximum torque, providing up to 930 inch-pounds of torque. That’s amazing for a model this small and would let it compete with much larger impact drivers at the low end of the pneumatic range. Unfortunately, the battery charger that comes with this model isn’t the fastest. Charging your batteries could take a few hours, which is time most people won’t want to wait. Still, this model works so well that while you have a charge, you’ll be very satisfied with its performance.
The DEWALT DCF815S2 12-Volt Impact Driver is another great impact driver kit. It comes with an LED light that makes seeing the area you’re working on easy, even when overall lighting conditions aren’t that great. It also comes with DEWALT’s great 12-V battery. You won’t get as much charge as out of these batteries as you might from the competition, but these batteries tend to last forever and charge very quickly. You also get two of them for the price, which makes for a great deal.
The best thing about this model is how much care went into its design. While not all tools are a pleasure to hold, this model is lightweight, but also well-balanced. It’s easy to hold it in the correct position, and it doesn’t feel like it’s tugging at you while you work. The only downside is that it’s pretty noisy for a 12-V electric model. You won’t have to wear ear protection, but it’s something that most users will notice. If it were a bit quieter, it could challenge for first place. As is, you’re still getting a very good impact driver and a very good deal for the money.
Milwaukee tends to make great tools, and the Milwaukee 2462-20 M12 Impact Driver is no exception to that rule. Since you can get the bare tool for about one-third of what you’d spend on the first two models on our list, this model easily provides the best value for the money on our list. It also provides great torque, providing a list-topping 1,000 inch-pounds of sheer power. The onboard battery monitor is another useful tool, as it lets you see how much charge you have remaining with a simple glance so that you never run out of charge unexpectedly.
Milwaukee makes a ton of 12-V batteries, and the good news is that this model is compatible with at least nine of them, increasing the odds that you already own a battery that you can use with this model. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with any batteries. You can upgrade to a kit that comes with two batteries and a charger, and in most cases, you will still end up paying less than you would for comparable kits. However, if you already own any Milwaukee 12-V batteries, you should be able to use them and save a lot of money.
The Makita DT03Z 12V max CXT could top another list, but given the quality that’s present on this one, it, unfortunately, falls to fourth place. This model can provide up to 970 inch-pounds of torque, which is massive for a tool this small, and just misses out on topping our list. It also has some of the best ergonomics on the market. It’s also very compact. At six inches in height, it’s just a bit larger than your hand when you make a fist.
Speaking of your hands, this is one of the most ergonomic tools on the market. While the previous model is better balanced, this model is more comfortable to hold, which can be a big deal when you’re working with a tool for long stretches. However, there’s no battery included with this kit. You can upgrade to a kit that comes with a battery and a charger. Unfortunately, it costs as much as other kits that come with two batteries from other brands. That means this model provides poor overall value, even though it works very well. The value of a second battery for the same price is just too good to pass.
The Bosch PS41-2A 12V Impact Driver Kit is the best overall impact driver due to its two included batteries, battery monitor, and good maximum torque. The DEWALT DCF815S2 12-Volt Impact Driver has a great battery, an LED light, and an onboard battery monitor, though its noisy operation keeps it out of first place. The Milwaukee 2462-20 M12 Impact Driver comes with great torque, wide battery compatibility, and an onboard battery monitor. You can get it for a fraction of what you’d pay for other models, so it’s the best value for the money on our list. The Makita DT03Z 12V max CXT is a great impact driver, with great torque and ergonomics and a compact frame. However, it doesn’t include a battery, and you can’t get two batteries for the same price as with other models.
We hope that our reviews have helped you understand the best 12V Impact Drivers on the market today and have helped you find the model that is right for you.
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