Impact driver vs drill: When to use each of these tools

A side by side comparison of an impact drive and a combi drill
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As you slowly build up your collection of DIY tools, you may have found yourself wondering:  'what's the difference between an impact driver vs drill' and which is the better tool to use in your DIY, craft or repair project? 

While the best cordless drills often provide the right functionality for the average user, impact drivers have their own special roles to play, especially for construction and automotive engineering tasks.

Pete Wise

Pete Wise is a freelance writer and keen DIYer from Leeds. Pete's tool reviews have featured in titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and The Independent. He also writes features and news articles for publications such as The Guardian, BBC Good Food and T3. When he isn't busy writing, Pete can often be found at libraries, pubs and live music venues. He finds tile-cutting strangely zen. 

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