Impact Driver vs Drill: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between an impact driver and a drill? If you have been shopping around for a new power tool, then this question may have come up.

In this blog post, we will be discussing the differences between these two tools, as well as what they are typically used for. Don’t miss out on making your purchasing decision with all of the information at hand.

What is a Drill?

A drill is a power tool that can be used for a variety of different tasks. There are many different types, but they all have the same basic function: drilling holes in things like wood, metal, or plastic.

A drill is one of the most important tools in your toolbox. It’s used for everything from woodworking to assembling furniture, but there are a lot of different types and sizes.

Drills typically have a rotating chuck on the end of their shafts that can be tightened or loosened to allow for different drill bits to be inserted into the tool. The rotation of the drill bit inside the hole helps cut through any material within its path without too much effort from your hand.

They are also commonly used by construction workers when building homes, installing electrical wiring or attaching fixtures like light fixtures or ceiling fans.

When it comes to drills there are two main types: corded and cordless. Cordless drills come with their own battery pack and charger while corded ones need to be plugged in when you want to use them.

Cordless drills can run out of battery so you will need to keep an eye on the charge and ensure that you have a spare one ready if it does die. You also won’t be able to drill for as long with them since they’re more likely than electric drills to overheat when in use for too long.

Electric drills are bulkier than cordless ones because they need to be plugged into an outlet. They’re not as portable but you will have less maintenance with them since there is no battery pack that needs to be taken care of or replaced over time.

While most drill bits can fit in both types, some cords may be too big for cordless drills. You also have to be careful about the type of material that you are drilling into since this may be too much for a battery-operated drill and cause it to damage or even break altogether.

What is an Impact Driver?

An impact driver is a power tool that uses an interchangeable hex-shaped bit that can fit into any size hole or nut and will tighten them with force. It can make driving screws and bolts easier for you.

It’s very different from a drill because it doesn’t spin as most drills do. Instead, it has two pistons inside of it which use kinetic energy to drive screws in hard materials such as wood or metal – even if they are rusty.

Impact drivers look like drills, but they do not have a rotating chuck. Instead of the bit spinning inside your material while you drill, an impact driver has what is called “hammer action”. This means that there are two components on the end of this tool that move in opposite directions, allowing the bit to spin with ease.

The one thing that separates the impact driver from other tools is its ability to generate large amounts of torque in order to quickly turn fasteners loose.

Impact drivers are typically used for smaller projects like building furniture or hanging drywall where you need a lot of torque and don’t want to have your wrist getting tired from turning an object with your hand continuously.

A common use case is when putting together IKEA furniture – if you have ever put together anything from IKEA, then you know the struggle of not having enough hands to hold everything in place while trying to screw it all together.

The kinetic energy created by this motion will give it an immediate advantage over other devices which may have less power behind them, even though they are stronger over time because their motors are able to keep up with the work required of them.

The best part is that you don’t need to worry about stripping out screws. You’ll also find that these drivers have a low starting torque so you won’t be damaging the material when driving the screw home.

This makes them perfect for installing hardware such as hinges and other interior screws. They’re also great for assembling furniture, especially when you need to get a few extra hands on deck.

One of the biggest benefits of using an impact driver is that it will save your wrist from future injuries caused by over-tightening screws. It can be very frustrating trying to tighten up a screw and you can easily strip it out by tightening too much, but with an impact driver, it’s easy to know when the right torque has been achieved.

When you are looking for your next power tool, it may seem like there are tons of options available. But if you want the best bang for your buck and something that will last for years then buying an impact would be a great idea.

What is the Difference Between a Drill and an Impact Driver?

A drill and an impact driver use spinning bits to cut through materials. An impact driver has more power than a drill because it has more torque. It can also press down on fasteners which makes it easier to install items such as light switches and drywall anchors.

Drills do not have the same power as impact drivers. Drilling holes is very easy to accomplish, but driving screws or bolts often requires a great deal of physical strength and hands-on force. If you are looking for something with more torque, then an impact driver might be right for you.


In this blog post, we’ve discussed the basic differences between impact drivers and drills. We hope that you now have a better understanding of what each type of power tool can do for your project needs.

If you’re still not sure which one is best suited to meet your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time with questions or concerns about these two tools.