What are the Differences Between Cordless and Cored Impact Wrenches?

We all know that having a good impact wrench is important when working on your car or truck. However, many people overlook the importance of a good impact wrench when working on their home projects. When it comes to your home, your impact wrench can mean the difference between a smooth, quick project and an annoying, time-consuming struggle. That’s why, in this article, we’re going to take a look at the two main types of impact wrenches on the market—corded and cordless. We’ll compare the features and benefits of each, and help you decide which one is right for you.

What is an Impact Wrench?

An impact wrench (also called an “impact driver”) is a tool with a motorized spinning head (called an “impact mechanism”) that delivers a powerful rotating force to a socket or other kind of connector to rapidly break it free from any kind of fastener. An impact wrench is very useful for tightening fasteners that have rusted or frozen, or for removing stubborn objects that are difficult to grip with your fingers. They’re also great for working in confined spaces and driving into hard surfaces like concrete and asphalt. Most people use impact wrenches when working on cars and trucks. However, you can use one on just about anything that has a standard socket, including light fixtures, plumbing, piping, sheet metal, and so on. There are different type of impact wrench including:

  • Electric Impact Wrench
    • Corded Impact Wrench
    • Cordless Impact Wrench
  • Air/Pneumatic Impact Wrench

What is Corded Impact Wrench

The corded electric impact wrenches are powered by AC (Alternating Current) power supply which is used for performing a variety of tasks. It’s basically a drill-type tool with an attachment that is capable of delivering a powerful punch or torque. They are designed to be operated on hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt, so they’re ideal for use in construction or maintenance jobs.

Corded electric impact wrenches are used to tighten bolts and nuts by applying an external force. They can be used for different purposes, such as working in confined spaces, drilling into metal, or tightening screws.  They can be used on a variety of surfaces, including metals, wood, plastic, or concrete. The corded electric impact wrench is one of the most commonly used tools in the home improvement industry.
corded impact wrench

Advantage

  • Corded impact wrenches are usually half the price of their battery-operated counterparts.
  • Corded impact wrenches are the most versatile tool for the do-it-yourselfer.
  • Corded impact wrenches are ideal for automotive work.
  • The “two-speed” trigger allows you to work faster while still maintaining precision.
  • The larger the torque capacity, the more capable the wrench is of handling heavy-duty jobs.
  • A “lockout” feature prevents you from accidentally switching on and injuring yourself.
  • A comfortable, contoured handle is easy to grasp even with gloves on.
  • An ergonomic design makes it easy for your hand to locate the trigger.
  • Available in right-hand and left-hand models.
  • Corded impact wrenches last longer than battery-operated models.

Disadvantage

  • Corded tools have a shorter lifespan than cordless tools.
  • If you lose your extension cord, you’ll be replacing it for quite some time.
  • Corded impact wrenches lose power if they are not used for extended periods of time.
  • Corded Impact wrenches can be difficult to get started in wet conditions.
  • Corded impact wrenches are dangerous if you drop them.
  • Corded impact wrenches are difficult to use in tight spaces.

What is Cordless Impact Wrench

Cordless impact wrenches are power tools that can be operated with a battery or a rechargeable battery. A cordless impact wrench is a small handheld device with a variable speed motor, that lets you tighten or loosen nuts and bolts without having to connect it to a power source. It has an extended battery life of approximately 2 to 3 hours. These impact wrenches are great for home repairs, camping, and for those who need to work on their car or motorcycle.

They are not as powerful as a corded impact wrench, but they are lightweight and have enough torque to get the job done. You can find them in all sizes, from small, compact models like the one shown here to the larger ones that have two batteries instead of one.Cordless-Impact-Wrench-for-Changing-Tires

Advantage

  • Cordless tools are no more difficult to use than their corded counterparts.
  • It doesn’t have any cord attached to it. This means that you can use it anywhere and at any time.
  • They are lighter and easier to store.
  • They can be used in tighter spaces.
  • Cordless impact wrenches can be used for any size fastener.
  • Cordless impact wrenches take up less room than corded tools.
  • Some models of cordless impact wrenches can be recharged via USB.
  • Cordless is great when you’re trying to be a bit more environmentally conscious.

Disadvantage

  • Cordless impact wrenches are slower when starting and they run out of power more quickly at high speeds operation.
  • Cordless impact wrenches are illegal in some states.
  • Cordless impact wrenches are usually more expensive than corded models.
  • Corded tools are slow and inefficient.
  • Cordless tools take longer to charge.
  • Cordless tools are heavier than corded tools.
  • Cordless tools don’t last as long as corded tools.

READ MORE: 7 Best Corded Impact Wrenches

Difference between a cordless and corded impact wrench

You can see the difference between the two types of impact wrenches here.

  1. Cordless Impact Wrenches are lightweight, have long battery life, and fit into the palm of your hand. All of these factors enable you to work longer, without ever having to change batteries. Corded Impact Wrenches are what most people use when they are working on their car or truck inside their home garage. They are heavy, have long power cords, and, in general, require a serious amount of countertop space.
  2. A cordless impact wrench is also a good choice for women who might have difficulty operating a corded model.
  3. Cordless impact wrenches are smaller and lighter than corded models and have fewer moving parts which means they are much more durable. They are also easier to use and have built-in intelligence that allows them to optimize performance for any job.
  4. Cordless impact wrenches last up to 10 times longer than corded models.
  5. Cordless impact wrenches tend to be a bit slower when starting and they run out of power more quickly when you are driving at high speeds or performing heavy-duty work. On the other hand, if you are a “one-man-band” and only need to tighten a few nuts here and there… then… a corded impact wrench will work just fine for you.
  6. Cordless impact wrench has a “rechargeable” battery inside it… while… a corded model does not.
  7. The corded impact wrench has much greater torque and is suitable for heavier duty applications.
  8. Cordless impact wrenches are ideal for do-it-yourself homeowners who don’t have direct access to an electrical outlet. Corded impact wrenches are designed for commercial use and should only be used by professionals.
  9. A cordless impact wrench is much easier to transport and store than its corded counterpart.
  10. A cordless impact wrench makes it easier to access a job site without an extension cord.
  11. Cordless impact wrenches can be used for any size fastener, take up less room than corded tools.
  12. Corded tools are heavier and bulkier than cordless tools, but they can run for longer and provide more power.

Side-by-side comparison between a corded and cordless impact wrench

Corded Impact Wrench Cordless Impact Wrench
AC supply operate, need to plug with electrical outlet Battery operated, no need to plug with electrical outlet
The power supply cord attached It doesn’t have any cord attached to it
A corded impact wrench is more powerful for tightening multiple fasteners at the same time. Less powerful than corded for tightening multiple fasteners at the same time.
Corded tools shouldn’t be used in wet environments. Cordless tools can be used in wet environments.
Ideal for do-it-yourself homeowners Designed for commercial uses
Cordless tools are not safer to use. Cordless tools are safer to use.
Corded impact wrenches are light, compact, and can be used indoors. Cordless impact wrenches are light, compact, and can be used indoors or outdoors.
A corded impact wrench is perfect for extended reach. Cordless impact wrenches are great for tight spots.
Corded impact wrenches produce much torque Not produce as much torque as a corded model
Comparatively cheap in price Expensive than a corded impact wrench

Final Words

You can easily find a cordless impact wrench at your local Home Depot store. Most have adjustable angle and torque settings. They’re a great choice for the do-it-yourself home improvement market. However, if you’re looking for a more professional tool with greater control, the corded impact wrench is your best bet.