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25 January, 2022 by
Mohammad Alkhateeb

Impact Driver Vs Normal Drill

Quick comparison of the differences:

Impact Driver

Regular Drill

Designed for specific jobs

Very versatile and can perform multiple tasks

Can only hold hex bits

Can add many accessories and bits

Only one-speed setting

Two-speed setting

Small and light

Big and heavy

A lot of power

Less powerful

No clutch settings

Adjustable clutch control


A comparison between the pros:

Impact Driver Pros

Regular Drill Pros

Can power screws through dense material with its torque and concussive blows

Works perfectly on projects that require care or precision

Can drive long screws with minimal effort

This type of drill applies a constant torque

Impact drivers are much less likely to strip screws

Regular drills accept a wide range of drill and screw-driving bits

Smaller, compact body makes it easier to work within tight spaces

Drills can also accept accessories such as wire-wheel brushes and rotary sanders


Have a slip clutch that allows you to adjust the torque settings of the tool


Relatively inexpensive to purchase compared to impact drivers


A comparison between the cons:

Impact Driver Cons

Regular Drill Cons

Impact drivers cost a great deal more than regular drills

Can and often stall when driving long, large fasteners

They make an awful lot of noise

Despite having smaller motors, drills have the potential to strip screws

Impact drills accept hex-shanked drill bits and drivers only

Bits can come loose in the chuck which poses safety concerns

Unsuitable for tasks that require precision

Can cause strain and fatigue on the user’s wrist