Best Cordless Impact Driver? Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita, Flex

In this video article, we dive deep into the world of the best cordless impact driver, exploring the top models that professionals trust for their power, performance, and durability. We’ve tested and compared models from leading brands, including Milwaukee, Flex, DeWalt, Ridgid, Ryobi, Skil, Bosch, Hilti, Craftsman, Kobalt, Makita, and Metabo HPT.


We’ll show you how we run all of our tests including the torque, speed, and specification tests, and then we’ll share all of the data we’ve compiled into animated charts, that are packed with info that will help you decide which model is best for you!

Key Insights on the Best Cordless Impact Driver

  • 💪 Milwaukee Gen 4 M18 fuel 2953 provides one of the best combinations of performance, size, and weight of any impact driver in the testing group.
  • 💪 Flex’s FX1371 impact driver dominates the tests with little to no signs of wavering, showing impressive power output for a compelling price.
  • 💪 Makita’s XGT impact driver offers higher performance with 3700 RPM, 4400 impacts per minute, and 1950 inch pounds of torque, showing an advantage over their 18 volt models.
  • 💪 The Ridgid 18V brushless impact driver outperformed some of last year’s top tools, showing just how competitive this field is.
  • 🚀 Hilti’s SID 6-22 impact driver from their latest NURON 22 volt launch offers a big performance boost with increased speed, impact rate, and torque, putting it in a whole different performance class.
  • 🔧 Metabo HBT’s 36 volt multi-volt version steps up the performance and adds features, making it a compelling choice in the Cordless Impact Driver market.
  • 💪 The best overall impact driver is the Milwaukee M18 fuel 2953
  • 🛠️ “Milwaukee is number one but keep in mind, these are all Flagship products so depending on where you are what kind of work you do, any one of these tools can make for a great fit for your application.”

The Milwaukee M18 fuel 2953 is the best overall impact driver, but depending on the specific needs and work requirements, any of the tested tools can be a great fit for different applications.

  • 00:00 🔧 Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita, Flex, Ryobi, and other top brands are compared for performance, size, and weight, with Milwaukee’s Gen 4 M18 fuel 2953 standing out as one of the best impact drivers.
  • 01:33 💡 Flex’s FX 1371 offers powerful output at a compelling price, while DeWalt’s DCF 845 is a top choice for compactness and speed, but may not be suitable for larger fasteners.
  • 02:41 💡 Makita’s 40 volt impact driver is faster and stronger than their 18 volt models, with only a slight increase in size and weight.
  • 03:30 🔧 Ridgid and Ryobi offer high performance and budget-friendly options, while Skill’s Flagship power core 20 brushless model has improved speed and impact rate without sacrificing torque.
    • Ridgid 18 volt brushless impact driver and Ryobi OnePlus HP brushless impact driver are both high performance and budget-friendly options for professionals.
    • Skill’s Flagship power core 20 brushless model has improved performance compared to previous models, with increased speed and impact rate without any drop in torque.
  • 05:17 🔧 Bosch and Hilti upgraded impact drivers with more torque and RPM, Craftsman v20 CMC f820 is budget-friendly, while Cobalt brushless 24 volt XTR series has better performance with upgraded batteries and motors.
    • Bosch and Hilti have upgraded their impact drivers with increased torque, RPM, and performance.
    • Craftsman v20 CMC f820 is a budget-friendly, high-performing impact driver, while the Cobalt brushless 24 volt XTR series offers better performance with upgraded batteries and motors.
  • 07:05 🔧 Impact drivers from Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita, Flex, Ryobi, and Metabo were tested for torque, RPM, and impacts per minute, as well as performance in driving screws and lag screws, and breaking a nut set to 150 foot-pounds.
  • 08:32 💡 Milwaukee M18 fuel 2953 is the best overall impact driver due to its compactness, power, tri-led illumination, and smooth trigger response.
  • 10:49 🛠 Milwaukee is the top choice for impact drivers, but any of these flagship products could be a great fit depending on your needs.

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