While reviewing drill machines, the most crucial question a reviewer has to address is “What is the difference between a Hammer Drill Driver and an Impact Driver?” In my review too, I will explore a Hammer Drill Driver vs an Impact Driver: What is the difference?

The job of Hammer Drill Driver and Impact Driver:

A hammer drill/driver is a drilling tool with a dominant hammer mode what is used to drilling into construction material – brick, cement, mortar and concrete.

The hammer drill can act as an ordinary drill with its hammer function disabled. The Hammer Drill is specially designed to push through the toughest substances stone, mortar, old bricks and cemented slabs along with the ordinary jobs done by non-hammer drills.

Impact drivers are completely different. An Impact Driver is a compact and lightweight drilling machine. This is well suited for driving fasteners but can also be used for drilling holes. The upside of a compact driver is that it can deliver a high non-reactionary turning speed.

The differences between the two:

  • While hammer drills vibrate in a back and forth motion causing walls crumbling at times, impact drivers have more of a rotary impulse without causing thump.
  • If you’re drilling into masonry on something, there’s no substitute for a hammer drill. An impact driver is all but useless for that.
  • If you want to fasten a screw into a tough substance the drill driver is more likely to damage the screw head, the impact driver, on the other hand, makes it look like a child’s play.
  • I think the answer is pretty simple- get a hammer drill if you need to drill into masonry or concrete. Get an impact drill for screwing in fasteners

Final Verdict:

Many drill machines now a day come with the hammer function and at an affordable price.  I think everyone can have a corded 1/2″ chuck drill because of the low cost it is offered at. When you want this to act as an impact driver, just get the hammer mode turned off.

Having said that everyone should have an impact driver, buy a small 12V one if not a bigger size. The great benefit an impact driver produce is how the torque is applied in a non-reactionary way.

The non-reactionary way means you can push large screws into a concrete or cemented substance but you may not have to worry about the bit slipping, stripping the screw head and crumbling of ingredients the substance is made from. That is likely to happen with a hammer drill with its downward pressure to drive screws.


So the bottom line of the review remains that it is not an argumentative essay to go for one finally. Rather it is an analytical review where I have found and shown that these two concrete peckers are complimentary to each other.

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