Last Updated on September 14, 2020
In the past, you have thought that you couldn’t get an impact wrench because you didn’t own an air compressor. That’s not the case today as there are a ton of electric, corded impact wrenches on the market today that can deliver similar performance their pneumatic cousins at a competitive price.
However, it’s not always clear which models provide good value, and which ones don’t live up to their price tag. This problem can be even worse when shopping online.
We want customers to be confident and well-informed when they buy, which is why we assembled this list of reviews of the best corded impact wrenches of 2020. This list makes it easy to find a model that suits your needs and suits your budget, too. We also included a buyer’s guide so that you can learn everything you need to know before you buy.
|Best Overall||DEWALT DW292||
|Best Value||HAMMERHEAD HDIW075||
The DEWALT DW292 is the best choice for someone who wants a powerful impact wrench but doesn’t want to deal with the hassle involved in air impact models, which require a compressor. This model is powerful for an electric impact wrench, delivering 345 foot-pounds of force, which is enough for many common household tasks. It works with AC or DC power, which means you can use it at home, or out in the field with a generator without any modification.
It comes with a rocking switch which makes it easy to switch between forward and reverse directions without reaching for a toggle or dial using a second hand. It also comes with a soft grip handle, which means that this tool will wear your hands out less over the course of a day than competing models. One weird problem with this model is that it comes with an oddball socket mechanism, used for attaching the sockets, which sometimes get stuck instead of releasing properly. However, that’s a minor complaint, and since this is one of the best corded impact wrenches on the market, it would be wrong to put it any lower than first on our list.
The Makita 6952 is a good choice for people who need more power around the house than they can get from a drill, but don’t need an extra-powerful impact wrench. This model is an impact driver, which sits between those two tools in terms of power. One of the things that you’ll love about this tool right off the bat is how light it is. It only weighs 2.9 pounds, which is incredibly light and is due in large part to its durable, but very light aluminum housing.
It comes with a variable speed trigger, allowing up to 3,200 RPM for a great driving experience. It also features a reverse button near the trigger that’s common to many drills, so you’ll probably already be familiar with it. It doesn’t have the best power, at a maximum of 88 foot-pounds of force, which is what ultimately keeps this model out of first place, but that doesn’t mean that it is great for household tasks. While it may not be the tool you want for loosening bolts on your car, it’s great for driving screws into difficult surfaces and it weighs so little you may forget you’re carrying it.
The HAMMERHEAD HDIW075 is our choice for best for the money. It comes with 240 foot-pounds for torque, which is respectable power for an electric impact wrench. It’s also well-made and should last you a long time. It has a bit of heft to it, due to its high-quality parts, which makes it heavier than average, but that’s the tradeoff you have to make to get a good tool in some circumstances. It comes with a rocker forward/reverse switch, which makes it easy to alternate between directions when you need to.
But, the best thing about this model is its price. You can get it for a fraction of the cost of the first two models on this list, and that means you’re getting a good deal since this model is so well-made. The one problem we could find with it is that it lacks a ball socket. While in operation, the sockets are held in place by friction, but sometimes when you try to pull the tool away, you leave the socket behind on the nut, which is annoying. However, if you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, this is the model for you.
The Topcraft B07D75Q1BY has some upsides, but also some flaws worth considering, which causes it to slide to fourth place on our list. It comes with an easy-to-use rocker switch which makes it easy to switch between forward and reverse. But, it also comes with a few great extras that improve its value. It comes with four sockets, 11/16”, 3/4”, 13/16”, and 7/8”, which makes for especially good value if you don’t own any 1/2 sockets. It also comes with a case, which is something that most impact wrenches don’t include.
The price is pretty good, but there are some things you have to consider before you buy. It only produces 230 foot-pounds of torque, maximum, which is underwhelming and may not be enough to remove many kinds of car lug nuts, depending on how tightly they are attached. It’s also relatively heavy for an electric impact wrench, which wears you out faster than competing models. There are good reasons to buy this model, but despite its low price, it’s not the best value you can get on this list, which sinks it to fourth place.
If you just read the last review, the TruePower 730 may give you a sense of déjà vu. It also comes with four sockets, which come in the same sizes, 11/16”, 3/4”, 13/16”, and 7/8”. Like with the previous model, this drives up the potential value of this corded impact wrench. It also comes at the lowest price on our list, but as with all cheap tools, we have to ask further questions to find out if it is good value.
This model produces at max 220 foot-pounds of torque, which is even less than the previous model. If you’re using this model to put lug nuts on your tires, you may want to finish them off with a wrench by hand, which means you’ll probably have to loosen them with a wrench by hand when you want to take them off. It’s also a bit heavier than the last model, which was already a pain point. It also doesn’t come with a case, though that difference could be explained by the difference in price. While this model is the cheapest on our list, it doesn’t have the power you need to get most jobs done.
With electric corded impact wrenches a few attributes are far more important than others and should be the first things you consider.
The first is torque. It’s almost always worth it to spend a bit more to get more torque, as more torque allows you to do more difficult projects, and it also allows you to do the same projects in less time.
If you dip under 250 foot-pounds of torque, you’re getting to point where you may not be able to fasten lug nuts on your car as tightly as you’d like. This does vary some between models, but it’s something to keep in mind if lug nuts are the primary reason you’re buying this tool.
You also need to consider weight. While this tool isn’t something that you’d use all day like a roofing nailer, keep in mind that you may end up using it to work on your suspension, at which point you have to hold it up over your body. If it’s too heavy, it’ll wear you out quickly in that position.
Finally, make sure that you’re getting a model that makes switching between forwards and reverse easy. Many tasks involving this kind of tool will involve testing to make sure you’ve reached the correct tightness, so you’ll want to be able to turn things around quickly if you’ve made a mistake.
The DEWALT DW292 is our top pick due to its great power, AC and DC compatibility, and soft-grip handle. The Makita 6952 comes with a variable speed trigger and a lightweight but strong aluminum case but misses out on first place because of its low power. The HAMMERHEAD HDIW075 has good power and durability, and you can get it for a great price, making it the best value choice on our list. The Topcraft B07D75Q1BY includes four sockets and a case but has poor power and will be too heavy for most people’s taste. The TruePower 730 also includes four sockets, but it’s even less powerful and slightly heavier than the Topcract, which drops it to the bottom of our list.
Hopefully, our reviews and our buyer’s guide have helped you think through the different options on the market. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to find a model that you’ll love, and that your wallet will love, too.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!