The impact driver combines power and portability for quick and easy fastening. They're designed to provide high-impact, high-torque usability no matter the situation or location, aided by a light and ergonomic design for effortless all-day usage. Cromwell stocks a wide range of impact drivers, from trusted brands such as Bosch®, Makita®, Chicago Pneumatic®, DeWalt® and many more.
Impact drivers look and function much like a traditional cordless drill - but don't be fooled. Impact drivers pack considerably more punch, thanks to far greater rotational torque. The ultimate boon of the impact driver is how much extra working force is achieved over a standard drill. This is thanks to a spring, hammer and anvil mechanism that 'hits' the fastener, providing a powerful jolt to effectively drive it in. Most impact drivers hit at over 60 times a second, creating an enormous amount of usable force for a tool of this size. A good way to differentiate impact drivers from regular drills is this; a normal drill simply pushes the screw, putting excess strain on the screw cut-out that often results in warping or stripping. An impact driver rapidly 'punches' the screw, delivering a much greater downward force with far less damage to the screw or fastener.
Impact drivers make inserting and removing fasteners exceptionally safe, simple, and speedy. With the correct attachments, they can even drill holes in a pinch. Compared to other tools of its type - such as combi drills and drill drivers - the impact driver is known for producing far greater torque. This makes them particularly suitable for work on tough materials, and driving large, stubborn screws without causing excess damage or wear. Often described as 'the ultimate fastening tool', impact drivers utilise a ¼'' hex chuck size to grip smaller bits and attachments without hassle. Impact drivers make use of their incredibly high torque to remove the stress from the operator and minimise the risk of stripping or damaging screws. As such, they provide the most efficient way to drive in a screw.
• Driving Long Screws or Bolts - Even with pre-drilled holes, standard drills often struggle when driving longer screws or bolts, especially those that are three inches or longer. Impact drivers excel at driving those longer screws and fasteners, even into dense or knotted materials.
• Removing Fasteners - What makes impact drivers excellent at fastening also makes them highly effective at unfastening. Impact drivers are often used for removing tight, stubborn screws and fasteners without causing damage.
• Drilling - Impact drivers are, as the name suggests, designed for driving over drilling. Yet if you have the correct drill bit, impact drivers make capable drills. You won't want to throw out your dedicated drill anytime soon - the hammering motion of an impact drill doesn't result in smooth drilling. However, if you're looking to drill a hole in some wood or light metal, the impact driver has your back in a pinch. If you're looking for the ideal tool for your job, feel free to ask our experts for specialised advice.