"Thought carefully about this before buying it as I wasn't sure I could justify the cost of a dedicated impact driver. However no regrets. It has proved reliable and very effective. Being relatively light-weight and cordless, it is great for working overhead (e.g. boarding ceilings) and its power significantly speeds-up laying floorboards. Wouldn't be without it now."
"Heres a few reasons to all you wondering if you need a impact driver instead of a standard cordless drill. I am currantly in the process of converting my loft into a more useable space, which means a lot of working in tight corners and the requirment to drive big screws through 6by2 flooring joists.Ever tried to drive a screw through 8 inches of timber?This normally requires pre drilling and a lot of driving power and force behind the drill to stop the bit from camming out and ruining the head,plus the added time factor of pre drilling/changing bits etc. With the impact driver,no problem at all,take a screw and simply drive it straight through the timber in seconds!!No pre drilling,no camming out,no pressure on the drill.Brilliant when in tight spaces where you cant get your weight behind the drill,just keep it straight and the unit does all the work,how i ever managed before i dont know. The hitachi is very light,with a small battery,but preforms very well,a light shines when you depress the trigger to show you what you are doing(great in dark corners). The li-on 3ah battery lasted a good half day working very hard,before needing a recharge"(25 odd minutes).That is the only problem,only 1 battery included,but what do you expect for £120 quid. Overall i am mighty pleased with the drill for the money,it has turned a near impossible job into a easy one!"
"I use the drill for fixing tech-screws into both steel and aluminum whilst cladding or roofing.. The drill takes a real beasting some days and just keeps on going. It can struggle teching into bigger steels but does manage for my needs. I'd not hesitate to step up to the 18v version if i have to fix to larger steels more often but for now this gets the job done. The battery lasts through the day without need for a charge and it flash charges really quickly anyway, so i can stick it on while i have a cuppa and crack on when i get back..
I'd recommend Hitachi kit to anyone, I've used it for years.."
"Ok, but only supplied with one battery, adding on £100 for another battery makes it expensive, on the plus side its light and relatively powerful, but gets quite hot when worked hard continually. Was quite happy with it but after borrowing a 3 year old Panasonic Impact its not even in the same league, would definately spend a bit more next time and probably go for 18v"