|Review by Partridge||posted 03-01-2008 07:08 AM||3903 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Hello, Lumber Jocks
Not real sure how to format a tool review, but here I go.
RYOBI 18v Impact Driver
I needed a tool to screw in a lot of 1 5/8 dry wall screws. The job was the inside of my shop, putting up chipboard (OSB). I started off with a Bosch drill drive and it was working alright but I could see it taking a long time, besides it was starting to work my wrist and arms when pushing up tight on the screw to get it in place or to keep it from stripping. That’s not Bosch’s fault, that’s just the nature of the beast. One night a friend came over to help me hang some panels and he brought his own driver, or so I thought. So we cut a panel and started screwing it to the wall studs. He was 10 to 1 over me. THE NEXT DAY I BOUGHT ONE!
I love it…..I have a 20×24 shop plus bonus room. All the chip board (floor to ceiling) is screwed in every 6” on each stud. That equals a lot of screws. A good test…and it passed!
It has lots of power and it did not threaten to strip one screw.
Note: I did try to drive a ¼ x 3” lag bolt into 2 2×4s. No problems!
I have a friend who has a burden that has left him with limp wrists and he can’t use drill drivers because of the constant torque. With the Impact it is possible again.
At 3.5 pound plus Battery, It’s a very beefy tool and at 70 dollars, I think it was a great buy.
This tool is great for screws, bolts, lags, ect. You can put a drill bit on it and it will work, but there are better choices.
In closing, it’s my prediction if you were to purchase this tool it would be the driver you reach for.
Idea: How would it work with a mason bit on concrete……
-- I get out in the shop when I can