Electric Screwdriver or Impact Driver? Choosing the right tool for the job

Knowing if an Electric Screwdriver or Impact Driver would be best suited to the job might not be an obvious decision for those less familiar with power tools. In this article we will look at the positive and negatives of both helping you decide on which is the right tool for your needs, we will also include some of our personal recommendations for quality tools for reputable brands.

Both powered screwdrivers and impact drivers can be used for both DIY projects and by professionals, but each have their limitations and benefits but are great tools when used correctly.

Electric Screwdriver

Electric Screwdriver or Impact Driver

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In general an Electric Screwdriver would be considered the more lightweight option, more likely to be used for DIY tasks such as assembled flat pack furniture or screwing into soft materials. One advantage of an Electric Screwdriver would be its size when compared to that of a Impact Driver, its smaller form factor can make it ideal for those hard to reach spaces.

Positives

  • Cheaper option than an Impact Driver.
  • Works well in confined space due to its size.
  • Usually lighter than an Impact Driver.

Negatives

  • Not suitable for screwing into hard or dense materials
  • Not ideal for regular or prelonged use.


 

Impact Driver

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Sometimes also known as an Impact Wrench, the Impact Driver would be the favoured choice if you are a professional or if the tool is going to get a lot of use. It will usually be of more robust construction and make a better job of screwing into harder or denser materials. Often impact drills combine this higher torque with a forward and back movement similar to that of a hammer drill, to improve the driving force on the screw.

  • Can screw into harder/denser materials
  • Better for prelonged or regular use.
  • Generally more robust

Negatives

  • More expensive than an Electric Screwdriver
  • Slightly larger than an Electric Screwdriver

 

Electric Screwdriver or Impact Driver? Still Confused

If neither an Electric Screwdriver or Impact Driver seem to be what you are after, why not take a look at our article discussing the difference between combi, impact, hammer and drill drivers.

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