Brushless motors are the hot new development in cordless tools. For this article, author Michael Springer tested nine different impact drivers tools for runtime, driving speed, and torque, and provides a comparison of specs and features.
This article is adapted from the Winter 2013 issue of Tools of the Trade magazine, a sister publication to JLC. To read the original tool test, click here.
Michael Springer became a tool user at an early age—rehabbing houses with his family in Milwaukee. He attended architecture school at the University of Colorado and then later operated a high-end remodeling company. Bit by the writing bug, he became a tool tester and technology writer, working as the Product Editor of JLC and Executive Editor of Tools of the Trade. Michael is currently self-employed, working from his office and shop in Boulder County, Colorado. He specializes in tool testing and industry coverage for professional construction, woodworking, and DIY publications. While not wielding a chain saw, axe, or drawknife for rustic woodworking projects, Michael seeks out and restores antique hand tools to add to his extensive “user tool” collection. Outside of the shop, Michael is a passionate rock drummer and pipe band drummer who enjoys both performing and teaching.