Craftsman just announced a new edition to their compact lithium-ion powered NEXTEC cordless tool line – a right angle impact driver (17562). This RA impact driver is designed to drive fasteners in tight spaces and close quarters where other tools just cannot fit.
The impact driver’s svelte height also means that the tool is held closer to the fastener and workpiece, offering greater control and accuracy. Craftsman designed the new handle style to be more ergonomic, and at only 2.2 lbs it’s lightweight enough for overhead use.
- 0-2200 RPM
- 700 in lbs of torque
- 1/4″ quick connect bit holder
- electric motor brake
- 12-volt lithium-ion battery with 30-minute charger
- two-finger trigger
- LED worklight
- battery fuel gauge
- tool storage case
So where would you want to use this RA impact driver? Well, pretty much anywhere. I imagine that the impact mechanism only kicks in when you need high torque, so it should be handy for a wide range of fasteners small to large. The torque specs for the driver aren’t as high as for pistol-grip style impact drivers, but when you need access to tight corners, you will NEED a RA driver like this.
We’ll try to get our hands on one of these new drivers for review, so keep watch for it!
Craftsman’s NEXTEC right angle impact driver is scheduled to be released this month at $100. It’s currently available for preorder.