Drill/Driver Vs. Impact Driver

Hercules answers the cordless conundrum

The cordless compact drill/driver is one of the most popular portable power tools of all time. The versatility of drilling and driving screws is indispensable for tackling countless projects. So what’s the difference between a drill/driver and impact driver—and why would you need one over the other?

A drill driver has a keyless chuck that accommodates a wide range of round and hex-shank drill and screw-driving bits—in addition to hole saws, rotary sanders, wire-wheel brushes and other accessories. Cordless drill/drivers also feature a slip clutch which enables the user to adjust the torque level for precise and consistent driving.

An impact driver looks similar to a drill/driver but instead of a keyless chuck, it features a collet that accepts hex-shanked driver bits. By utilizing bit rotation and concussive force, the impact driver is designed for one job—driving screws, which it does more efficiently than any other tool. An impact driver can generate two to three times the torque of a drill/driver. For example: an impact driver can drive long, large fasteners like fat lag screws that would stall the very best drill/driver.

If your focus is on tasks or projects that involve driving numerous screws or a lot of long or large screws—like building decks, installing tile backer board or laying down plywood subfloors—you should consider an impact driver. Otherwise, you’ll probably do great with a reliable drill/driver.

Professional-grade Hercules offers a drill/driver and impact driver:

20V Lithium Cordless 1/2 In. Compact Drill/Driver Kit
The Hercules drill/driver’s pro-grade design features all-metal gear construction for extreme durability and a 4-pole motor for optimal performance—550 in. lbs. of torque and 0–2000 RPM for effortless drilling and fastening. The drill/driver also features the Jacobs® ½-inch ratcheting chuck providing ultimate bit retention and a built-in LED light with a trigger-release delay to illuminate your work area. The Hercules Lithium battery system—charger and battery—delivers fast charging and long run times.

 

20V Lithium Cordless 1/4 in. Hex Compact Impact Driver Kit
The Hercules impact driver provides up to 1500 in. lbs. of torque and 0-3200 IPM for demanding applications like decking, fencing and drywall. Like its drill/driver counterpart, this impact driver features durable all-metal construction and 4-pole motor delivering maximum performance in a compact size. Change out bits quickly with the ¼-inch hex chuck and illuminate your work area with the integrated LED light. The impact driver also features the Hercules battery system for fast charging and long run times.

 

Hercules professional-grade cordless power tools are guaranteed to deliver legendary performance! Check out the complete line of Hercules tools and accessories at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

 

 

 

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EarthQuake XT Cordless Impact Wrench Delivers the Power of Air …

EarthQuake XT air impact wrenches have been shaking up the industry for a while now. Videos like this one from Real Tools Reviews shows how EarthQuake XT stacks up against Snap-On on power, functionality and price. EarthQuake is clearly the better value!

Sometimes, more portability is needed and that’s when you’ll want to turn to a cordless impact wrench. The main concern when you go portable is power. But no need to worry about that because the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium 3/8 In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench delivers big— 370 ft. lbs. of bolt breakaway torque for lightning-fast removal and 0–2000 RPM. It’s powerful enough to use in the field with no need for an air supply!

This cordless impact wrench has a super rugged design featuring a metal nose piece and all-metal drivetrain for extreme durability.

Additional features included an ergonomic overmold grip to reduce fatigue, variable speed trigger, electronic brake for precise control (helps avoid overtightening) and a built-in LED light to illuminate your work area, like dark wheel wells.


The EarthquakeXT Lithium battery system provides extended run times. The long-life, high-capacity 4.0 Ah lithium-ion battery has a “fuel gauge” that lets you know when it’s time to swap out batteries. Also, the battery has no memory so it can be used with a partial charge.

 

When you want to go cordless, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store and check out the EarthQuake 20V Max Lithium Three-eighths In. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit complete with impact wrench, charger, battery and sturdy carrying case. If you need even more power, you can move up to the 20V Max Lithium 1/2 in. Cordless Xtreme Torque Impact Wrench Kit which delivers up to 1200 ft. lbs. of breakaway torque and 0-1700 RPM.

 

BATTLE OF THE IMPACT WRENCHES

Real Tool Reviews tests the EarthQuake XT 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench side-by-side against the Snap-On MG725

The professional-grade EarthQuake XT Impact Wrench is a big hit with customers. Features range from the lightweight design for reduced fatigue to its through-the-handle exhaust that keeps debris away from the operator. However, when it really comes down to the nuts and bolts of EarthQuake XT’s performance, some question whether this tool performs as well as it claims, especially compared to its Snap-On counterpart priced significantly higher.

In a recent product comparison video produced by Real Tools Review, the EarthQuake 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench goes head to head (or this case—anvil to anvil) with the ½ in. Snap-On MG725. Brace for impact because the results may surprise you…

Snap shot EarthQuake XT Side by Side Snap On MG725

The review starts off with basic feature comparisons.

Features

Weight with a fitting installed
XT: 4 lbs, 7 oz.
MG725: 5 lbs., 1 oz.

Height (top of impact to bottom of fitting)
XT: 9-1/2 in.
MG725:  9-1/2 in.

Width
XT:  2-3/4 in.
MG725: 2-3/4 in.

Length
XT: 7-1/4 in.
MG725: 7-3/4 in.

Speed/Power Modes
XT: 3 speed/power modes that work in forward and reverse; large dial for easy switching between modes
MG725: 3 speed/power modes that work in forward, reverse operates in max torque mode only; small dial knob for switching between modes

Triggers
XT and MG725 both have variable speed triggers

Housings
XT: Metal and composite housing
MG725: all metal housing but with rubber overmold grip and top pad

Fittings
XT and MG725 both have 3/8 in. air fittings with ¼ in. NPT threads
(Can turn line pressure down lower compared to ¼ in. air fitting)

Anvils
Both XT and MG725 have friction ring anvils
(Enables attachment of standard sockets without falling off during use or depressing a pin to detach – ideal for automotive use)

The basic shape and dimensions of both impact wrenches are relatively similar but the EarthQuake XT is a bit more compact. Additionally, the EarthQuake impact wrench weighs in a half-pound lighter, which can make a huge difference in terms of reduced fatigue when using an impact wrench for an extended period of time.

EarthQuake XT Speed Dial Snap On Hard Dial
Speed/power mode dials on XT and MG725

EarthQuake XT has the advantage with three speed/power modes in reverse compared to Snap-On’s single max torque only reverse mode. EarthQuake XT’s speed/power mode dial is also larger and easier to operate compared to the small knob on the Snap-On model, especially with gloved or greasy hands.

EarthQuake XT’s metal and composite design has an advantage over brands with rubber on the housing because certain chemicals (e.g. brake cleaner) can swell rubber. Snap-On does offer a protective boot at an additional cost which can help prevent scratches and other potential surface damage. It also has a flat rubber top to prevent the impact wrench from falling over when set down as well as a rubber sleeve on the handle to protect the hand from freezing when compressed air flows through the tool.

After the features, the review moves on to the much-anticipated torque testing, running three separate scenarios: maximum reverse torque, forward working torque and dynamic torque (forward and reverse).

Impact Wrench Reverse Testing Impact Wrench Forward Testing
Testing reverse and forward working torque

Torque Tests

Maximum reverse working torque
XT: 1,000 ft. lbs.
MG725: 1,002 ft. lbs.

Forward working torque
XT: 869 ft. lbs.
MG725: 860 ft. lbs.

Impact Wrench Dynamic Torque Testing
Testing the dynamic torque forward—how hard each impact can hit at its peak torque with each impact of the anvil

Dynamic torque forward, lowest power
XT: 275 ft. lbs.
MG725: 332 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque forward, medium power
XT: 325 ft. lbs.
MG725: 399 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque forward, maximum power
XT: 450 ft. lbs.
MG725: 421 ft. lbs.

Dynamic torque reverse, lowest power
XT: 301 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs. (max setting only)

Dynamic torque reverse, medium power
XT: 346 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs.  (max setting only)

Dynamic torque reverse, maximum power
XT: 465 ft. lbs.
MG725: 465 ft. lbs. (max setting only)

Performance Results

Comparison 2

Overall, the three tests reveal both impact wrenches perform within very close torque ranges of each other with the EarthQuake having a higher dynamic forward torque of 450 ft. lbs., almost 30 ft. lbs. more than the Snap-On MG725.

While both impact wrenches generate identical maximum dynamic torque in reverse (465 ft. lbs.), EarthQuake XT offers more control with three settings—using the maximum setting only (as with the Snap-On impact wrench) could potentially snap the head off a bolt.

Snap-On does offer a two-year warranty on their impact wrench straight out of the box. EarthQuake XT comes with an initial 90-day warranty and the option of adding a one or two-year extended warranty for a nominal additional cost.

Where the EarthQuake XT really outperforms its Snap-On counterpart is on price—the Snap-On MG 725 sells for nearly 3-1/2 times higher than the 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench.

Check out the video and see for yourself how EarthQuake XT delivers groundbreaking innovation with seismic results.

EarthQuake XT 1/2 in. Composite Xtreme Torque Air Impact Wrench
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3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel

3-8-in-x-50-ft-retractable-hose-reelKeep your shop, garage or other work area organized and safe with the 3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel. Mount it to the floor, wall or ceiling and set the ratchet system for the perfect hose length. Easily activate the spring-loaded release to effortlessly roll up your retractable hose. A 50 ft., 3/8 in. diameter hose rated up to 250 PSI is included.

Other features include machined brass fittings and four direction non-snag rollers to reduce hose wear.

Street Reviews commented: “Impressed with the quality, covers your entire garage at an unbelievable low price.”

Customers have also weighed in:

This hose reel is awesome! It’s made of thick gauge steel and quality parts. The HF reel looks exactly like more expensive reels but for far less money …  – RichardC, Springfield, PA

This is the second one of these I have purchased. The first I mounted overhead in the attic with the hose flange just coming through the drywall in the garage, works perfect in that there is no hose on the floor and with the 50′ hose I can use in any area of the garage or outside …  – Johnny, Richmond, KY

I’ve had mine for 2 years in service, works great. Like so much, bought one for a gift for my father’s new garage. – Father with lots of toys, Philadelphia, PA

You can pick up the 3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel
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6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor

6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor

This 6 gal. air compressor features a pancake style tank for maximum stability and a full-coverage shroud to protect gauges and cooling fins. It’s designed to start easily even in cold weather.

The portable oilless air compressor delivers 2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI, 3.4 CFM @ 40 PSI. It’s ideal for powering nailers, general shop clean-up, airing tires and inflating sports equipment.

Customers have given it top marks:

We use this compressor on jobs mainly to air up tractor tires before the work day, small and easy to move. A lot of power and quick to fill tires, etc. Would recommend. – RS, Charlotte, NC

Since my recent purchase, I have used it with my nailer and inflating tires. This replaced a bigger air compressor I had for over 10 years which stopped working. – Muffinman, Hebron, CT

A must have tool in any handyman’s garage. – System Sam, Woodland Park, NJ

Very pleased so far. What I like best is that it’s been a week since I’ve used it and the tank pressure hasn’t dropped a bit. – Pat, Wilmington, NC

You can pick up the 6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

6 gal. 1.5 HP 150 PSI Professional Air Compressor
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3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel

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The 3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel provides organization and safety for your work area.

You can mount the device to the floor, wall or ceiling and set the ratchet system for the perfect hose length. When you’re done with the hose, easily activate the spring-loaded release to effortlessly roll it up.

The hose reel also features machined brass fittings and four direction non-snag rollers to reduce hose wear. The included 50 ft., 3/8 in. diameter hose is rated up to 250 PSI.

The hose reel has received great reviews from customers:

This is the second one of these I have purchased. The first I mounted overhead in the attic with the hose flange just coming through the drywall in the garage, works perfect in that there is no hose on the floor and with the 50′ hose I can use in any area of the garage or outside in the warm weather. This one I installed between the ceiling rafters in the basement. And with the 50′ hose it is used anywhere in the basement shop. I needed these long ago for the neatness and a snap rolling up the hose! – Johnny, Richmond, KY

I got my job 20 years ago and the hoses were tangled up on the floor. I fixed that with manual reels but still found myself tripping over them while working. My new reel and hose fixed that. I’m planning to purchase 2 or 3 more ASAP! – TSRON, SLO

I’ve been very pleased with this purchase. Mine doesn’t leak, locks and retracts well. No complaints. – Jon, Lake Elmo, MN

Additionally, the hose reel received this endorsement:

Impressed with the quality, covers your entire garage at an unbelievable low price. – Street Trucks Magazine

You can pick up the 3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel
item#93897

56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

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The US General Pro 56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet provides an ideal storage solution for your garage or shop. The cabinet features double-wall steel construction, 28,200 cubic inches of storage and can hold over 3,450 pounds of tools.

Additional features include six extra-wide drawers, five narrow drawers and a glossy red powder coat finish. Two locking and two fixed heavy duty 6 in. steel casters provide superior mobility.

Customer reviews reveal why this cabinet has become a favorite:

Have a smaller industrial/professional roller cabinet and had tools piled on top of each other. Checked out the US General cabinet at the store and was impressed, particularly with the self-securing drawers that can be accessed with one hand. The beefy construction
(500 lbs +) makes this durable, stable and a great value at this price point. Tons of storage and still easy to maneuver around the garage even fully loaded.
– Greg, Louisville, KY

I own 3 of these now. Really a good toolbox for the money. I have one in the garage for shop tools, one in the laundry room for household tools and one in my office for reloading supplies. – C. Collins, Minneapolis, MN

I have two 56″ boxes with end cabinets—been working professionally for years out of these, no issues at all. No way would I buy a Snap-on overpriced box again … – Rob, Yuba City

You can pick up the 56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Also, consider maximizing your storage space by adding the 56 In. Top Chest to go along with the cabinet.

56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet
item#67681

3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel

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Impressed with the quality, covers your entire garage at an unbelievable low price. – Street Trucks Magazine

Keep your shop or garage safe and organized with this retractable hose reel. Mount it to the floor, wall or ceiling and set the ratchet system for the perfect hose length. Easily activate the spring-loaded release to effortlessly roll up your retractable hose.

Other features include machined brass fittings and four direction non-snag rollers to reduce hose wear. A 50 ft., 3/8 in. diameter hose rated up to 250 PSI is included.

Customers have given this retractable hose reel great reviews:

Have wanted a retractable air hose reel for some time and this one really filled the need. Wanted to mount it to be able to swivel and was able to do this relatively easily and this makes it even more useful. It reels out easily and locks easily and then releases easily — nice tool! – Pacer, Louisiana

Own a small car repair shop, use daily. Keeps the hose off the floor in a busy walkway. – Sailormon, Dallas

I mounted this unit in the overhead of my shop building. Heavy (~40 lbs), strong ratchet retraction with an excellent rubber hose. Holds pressure day in, day out without fail. – Highchairs Wrench Bender, Middle-O-Nowhere Wyoming

You can pick up the 3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

3/8 in. x 50 ft. Retractable Hose Reel
item#93897

72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller CabinetThe industrial 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet from Harbor Freight Tools has over 34,300 cu. in. of tool storage space and can hold up to 4602 lbs. of tools, equipment and accessories. Features include a heavy duty powder coat finish, all steel construction, two separate drawer locks with one spare key each, non-slip rubber drawer mats to keep your tools organized, spring-loaded latch that keeps doors shut even when maneuvering the tool cabinet and rugged 6 in. casters.

Compare this cabinet to other name brands and see why this is one of the best values in storage available today:

Having been in the automotive, and industrial repair business for over 30 years, this by far is the best tool cabinet I have ever owned, and the quality is 2nd to none. Having owned Snap-on, Craftsman, and Mac cabinets, this box is the best, and for the price?? I have mine fully loaded, with a side cabinet hung on it too, it rolls easily, and the drawers work flawlessly. – P.J., Frankville, PA

It provides a solid easily rolling chassis for a big majority of my tools. Sturdy and we’ll built at a fraction of the cost of more expensive brands, with a slick powder coated red finish. I highly recommend this product and will to my wrench spinning buddies. – Rolo, San Leon, TX

Tool box works great and gave me the storage I was looking for. It’s a perfect fit. Guys at the shop are jealous. – D#1, Toledo

You can pick up the 72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

72 in. 18 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet
item#61656

3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor

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Harbor Freight’s 3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor delivers great performance with low maintenance. Plus, the low-profile design provides easy portability and a small footprint for storage. Other features include air delivery of 0.6 CFM at 90 PSI and 1.0 CFM at 40 PSI, built-in accessory storage, easy-to-read gauges, fully enclosed motor housing with easy carry handle, quick-connect coupler and thermal overload protection.

This compressor is ideal for inflation, stapling, nailing and more! Here’s what customers are saying:

For the price this is an amazing value. It has been perfect for inflating tires, air drying parts, blowing residue out of fluid lines, etc. It cost less than the air tank (no compressor) that it replaced. It will also run air tools … Every time I use it, I am glad I bought it. – Paul, Los Angeles, CA

We needed a small compressor to fill air pillows for some outbound shipments and this works exactly as needed. – Zimbo, Coppell, TX

Lite & easy to use. Quickly fills inflatable rafts, wonderful for air brush painting furniture, bicycles etc. Love It! So affordable and easy, every garage should have one! – Kat, Hawthorne, NV

You can pick up the 3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

3 gal. 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor
item#61615