In our recent head-to-head comparison of 30 impact drivers, the Mac Tools Impact Driver stood out as an impressive performer, securing a respectable 10th place overall. While it may not top the charts in every category, this impact driver possesses unique qualities and features that make it a valuable choice for discerning users.
When it comes to performance, speed and torque are the two main aspects we focus on in our tests. The Mac Tools Impact Driver boasts an idle speed of 2,800 RPM and an impressive IPM (Impacts Per Minute) of 3,200. Furthermore, it delivers a commendable 3,000 inch-pounds of breakaway torque. It’s worth mentioning that Mac Tools doesn’t provide a specific tightening torque specification, which is a slight drawback.
Speed Under Load
During our speed test, the Mac Tools Impact Driver maintained a consistent 448 RPM under load. It comfortably meets our expectations for a professional-grade impact driver in this category, effortlessly driving 1/4-inch assortment screws and securing a respectable 9th place ranking.
In terms of tightening torque, the Mac Tools Impact Driver provides adequate power, generating 1,556 in-lbs. While it doesn’t top the charts, it sits at a decent 13th place on our 18V chart.
Nut Breaking Torque
The Mac Tools Impact Driver excels in nut breaking torque, tying with five other models for 6th place with an impressive 3,000 lb-in. This result confirms the validity of its breakaway torque specification, which sets it apart from most other impact drivers.
Weight and Footprint
Weighing a mere 2 pounds on its own and 2.8 pounds with its compact battery, the Mac Tools Impact Driver is remarkably lightweight. However, it’s important to note that while it may not be the smallest impact driver on the market, measuring 5.5 inches in length and 7.8 inches in height, it still holds its own, securing an 8th place ranking in the size category.
During our sound level testing, the Mac Tools Impact Driver emitted 101 dB(A), falling within the range of 97-105 dB(A). While this places it in the middle of the pack, it’s crucial to consider the potential long-term effects on hearing and use appropriate hearing protection.
The Mac Tools Impact Driver offers several noteworthy features, including a replaceable battery, a quick-change hex chuck for easy insertion and bit ejection, and LED lights surrounding the chuck for better visibility in dim conditions.
As a tool cart brand, Mac Tools tends to have a higher price point. The Mac Tools Impact Driver retails for $360 as a kit, which includes tools, one 4.0Ah battery, one 2.0Ah battery, a charger, and a case. The bare tool is available for $210. In comparison, DeWalt’s leading impact driver (DCF887) costs $129 bare and $279 as a kit. If cost-effectiveness is your priority, DeWalt’s DCF887 or DCF888 models offer comparable performance, additional features, and a lower price point.
In conclusion, the Mac Tools Impact Driver stands out as a reliable and efficient tool that excels in various aspects. While it may not dominate every category, it impresses with its lightweight design, efficient ventilation system, and solid performance. For mechanics looking for the convenience and service of a tool cart, the Mac Tools Impact Driver is a compelling option. However, considering the higher price tag, those seeking a more budget-friendly choice may find DeWalt’s DCF887 or DCF888 models to be a better fit.
Mac Tools Impact Driver Specifications
- Model: Mac Tools MCF886M1D1
- No-load speed: 0-900/1950/2800 RPM
- Maximum Breakaway Torque: 250 Ft-lbs.
- Impact rate: 3,200 IPM
- Net Weight: 2.0 lbs
- Weight with battery: 2.8 lbs
- Length: 5.5″
- Height: 7.8″
- Warranty: 1 year
- Price: $209.99 (bare tool), $359.99 (kit)