The Different Between An Impact Driver vs. Powered Screwdriver

Electronic screwdrivers like powered screwdrivers and impact drivers are very common and popular for those who are working inside their shop. But for expert craftsmen, there is no all in one tool. Each tool has its specific use and specialty.

We can see people are using either one or both the impact driver or the powered screwdriver. But what is the difference between the two? Why do most people would have both of them, and why do some would only choose one? Here are some of the reasons for that.

The difference in torque power and speed

Impact drivers have a higher torque power compared to powered screwdrivers. Powered screwdrivers could not drive the entire screw-down towards the tip. The impact drivers can quickly drive the crew down to its last point. That is because the impact screwdriver has a jackhammer kind of motion, driving the screw down to the platform.

Another difference is speed. The powered screwdriver can only take up the notch up to the middle at a slower rate. The Impact driver can bring the entire screw down through the wood with incredible speed.

The difference in efficiency and convenience

We can say that powered screwdrivers are convenient in terms of being portable, lightweight, and easy to use. But when it comes to efficiency and time, impact drivers are more convenient. Because it’s quick and powerful, it can do the work faster and with ease. Today, we now have impact drivers that are portable and lightweight, yet it’s still powerful and effective.

The difference in battery power

If it’s portable, then it has to have a battery. Both the powered screwdrivers and impact drivers now have batteries. But if you can notice the battery label of each tool, you will see that the AH of the impact driver is bigger or higher than the powered screwdrivers.