I am starting a remodel project, new basement shop and new kitchen and utility room and will be driving a bunch of screws. Have always used my cordless drill for this but I think the impact drivers do a better job from what I have read. I am pinched for cash and want to get a decent tool that will work without over spending for a professional contractor grade of tool. I won’t be driving screws for a living. I have looked pretty closely at several models. I don’t like the 10.8 & 12 volt tools with the batteries inside the handle. The handle on these models are too fat and not comfortable for me. I would prefer a light weight/compact tool.
I have narrowed my choices to the 10.8 volt Li-ion Hitachi (on sale at Sears for ~$90) and the Ryobi 18 volt kit with 2 Li-ion batteries and charger (found at Home Depot for ~$120) I like the size and feel of the Hitachi but am afraid it might lack power due to its low volt battery. I have never owned a Ryobi tool but was hoping this one might be ok since it is 18 volts. I know the Millwaukee, DeWalt, Ridgid and Makita are all very good tools, but they are all over $200 to $400 and that’s out of my price range. Anyone have a comment or suggestion?