When Stuart sent me an M18 right angle impact driver sample to try out (sent to him by Milwaukee), I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. Now that I’ve had it for over a year, it has gotten me out of several jams that I don’t know how I would have solved without it.
Recently, as seen in the above photo, I used the right angle impact driver to attach the top section of a cubby I built.
I had used pocket hole construction, and while I might have been able to drive the screws in with a manual screwdriver, it wouldn’t have been easy with the top being made from walnut
This wasn’t an unexpected situation though, as I designed the cubby knowing that I could use the right angle impact driver for assembly.
One situation where it really saved me was when I was building my deck last year. There were several situations I got myself into where I didn’t have enough clearance to use a drill.
For example, I needed to attach my stringers and didn’t have enough space between the joists for a regular drill. Luckily, I was able to chuck the spade bit into the right angle impact driver and drill the hole.
The Milwaukee right angle I’ve been using is model 2667, which can be found as a bare tool (2667-20) or as part of a kit with XC batteries and a charger (2667-22). There’s also a compact 1-battery kit, 2667-21CT, for $179.
The bare tool is priced at $119 at Home Depot, and the kit normally retails for $299 but is lower priced over at Amazon, at ~$220 (via a 3rd party seller).
If you’re not into red tools, Makita sells a very similar tool: the XLT01Z 18V LXT angle impact driver which you can find as a bare tool at Amazon for $158-165.
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If you’re not sure how much you’d use a right angle impact driver, you could buy the Ridgid JobMax version, with its modular and swappable tool head design, for $80. It’s also a bare tool.
Buying the corded handle, which comes with an oscillating tool head, and separate right angle impact driver tool head would cost ~$140. The 12V Max starter kit with separate right angle impact driver head would be the same price. An 18V starter kit plus the tool head would be ~$160.
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Or if you already have a perfectly functioning impact driver you could pick up Dewalt’s right angle attachment. It’s a much cheaper investment, for $20 at Amazon.
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