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So after around 10 years my Hitachi 18v impact died doing a consumer unit change this week :(

Can anyone recommend a decent mid-range £100-120 impact driver for light / general use ?
 

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Not really mid-priced as such, but I have been impressed by my Milwaukee M18FID2 hex impact driver (about £90 without battery).

I rarely need the max power, almost always have it on minimum, but good for drilling, 20mm hole saw, and generally driving larger screws and medium size bolts. Small screws, etc, just get trashed as no fine control, but that is true of practically all power tools.

There is a quieter 'hydraulic' version that might have been better, but more expensive and not (I think) on sale when I got mine originally.
 

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I think this is the kit I got:

Hardly ever used the normal drill, but it is powerful and with care (and glove to save my knuckles) it was used to drill 100m holes in the BT/Openreach style of Quadbox (walls about 10mm plastic,double skin).
 
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Wait wait…. You said you were doing a CU… with an impact?!?!

Not for the terminals, I hope.
No , but I once did try using my impact when doing a temp board ( I have seen dozens of youtuber sparks do boards with their impacts ) but I just couldn't get the feel for it and I mashed up about 3 terminals as the impact as was just to powerful.

I even borrowed my mates 12v dewalt impact as he uses one for his board changes but I still can't get the right feel when to stop hammering down on the terminals

I use a normal screwdriver , as this is how I was taught and just feels right to me
 

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I have a DeWalt impact driver, not sure of the model number, but it has 3 power settings. The 1st, low power, is akin to a Bosch-go in that it drives slowly without any noticeable impact, and stops when it senses it needs more torque. The 2nd level does most driving tasks, the 3rd level drives almost anything you are likely to meet, including 200mm screws into timber and Multi-montis into concrete.
However, if you are on a makita platform and have numerous batteries, you might not want to make the change.
 

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What other power tools do you have? The sensible option might be to look at what is available for the same battery platform as other tools. Most big names offer a range of impact drivers from light to fairly heavy duty.
 

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I use probably the same one as pirate.

DC887.

I usually use the 2Ah batteries with it purely for weight.

TBH if it's only for light occasional use I'd just get something that fits batteries you already have.
 
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Picked up the new 12v Milwaukee hydraulic impact driver (already have loads of 18v kit) as I had the cousin doing some chopping and he always had mine when I wanted it, and it's a lovely bit of kit - all the power you could want, much quieter and so small and light you don't notice it hanging off your belt
 

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