Choosing between an impact driver and impact wrench can be a difficult task. After all, they share similarities. However, both also boast features of their own that differentiate the two.

We take a look at them here to help you decide which type of these power tools is best suited to you.

impact driver

Impact driver features

  • More RPM
  • Less torque
  • Impact force in rotational direction
  • Generally include ¼-inch Hexagonal socket
  • Tighten fasteners which require higher rotational torque
  • Drill holes in hard materials using hexagonal shank drill bits

Main applications

  • Hardwood
  • Decking
  • Sheathing
  • General DIY
  • Construction projects

Cordless drills can be used to perform similar jobs to an impact driver. Drivers, though, are far more effective and therefore produce better results. When it comes to fragile materials it is best not to use impact drivers due to their power.

For general purpose applications, the power provided by their torque and RPM settings make driving screws and drilling holes a far more efficient experience than any other tool. As a result, many DIY hobbyists find impact drivers to be useful tools for home improvement.

Hikoki impact wrench

Impact wrench features

  • High torque
  • Less RPM
  • Impact blows only in rotational direction
  • Generally include ½-inch square shaft
  • More rotational torque output when compared to impact drivers
  • Remove and tighten lug nuts

Main applications

  • Auto repair and automotive work
  • Assembly lines
  • Heavy equipment maintenance
  • Large construction projects

Fastening and loosening is a piece of cake with a good impact wrench. Their main asset is their torque power, which blows that of the impact driver out of the water. This is particularly useful when seizing nuts, for example, with the wrench’s intense rotation motion a big factor in its performance.

Furthermore, should you encounter any frozen nuts or rusted bolts an impact wrench can come to the rescue. It is worth nothing, however, that its power is such that you should only use an impact wrench for applications that demand it.

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In conclusion, impact drivers and impact wrenches both serve a purpose. It is, therefore, a case of determining which type of impact tool is more likely to be required to complete your jobs.

For home improvement, carpenters etc. the driver is more than enough. An impact wrench, meanwhile, is ideal for tradespeople working on large construction projects or in automobile shops.

Take a closer look at both types of tools by visiting one of our showrooms. Alternatively, check out our cordless impact drivers and impact wrenches here and order before 17.30 for next working day delivery.