WESCO Impact Driver Review UK Models 2023
WESCO currently makes two different types of impact drivers for the UK market, and we will review both WESCO impact drivers, and show you the differences, to help you decide which is the best impact driver for you.
Unfortunately, the WESCO impact drivers do not have any clear model numbers, the easiest way to distinguish between the two is by labelling the high-end impact driver as brushless, and the lower end model as non-brushless, we will explain in this review, what brushless means, and why it is important.
We will start off with reviewing the WESCO’s high-end impact driver:
Product Rating: (4.9 / 5)
WESCO Impact Driver 18v Brushless
- Max Torque: 180Nm
- Impacts Per Minute: 3,600
- Max No Load Speed (RPM): 3,200
- Brushless Motor: Yes
- Battery Type: 2.0Ah 18v Li-ion
- Variable Speed Trigger: Yes
- Electric Brake: Yes
The high end WESCO impact drivers has some pretty impressive specs that rival professional grade impact drives such as Makita and DeWalt. Considering how competitively this impact driver is prices, this makes it even more impressive.
What Tasks Can This WESCO Impact Driver Perform?
Thanks to is brushless motor, it will perform most tasks with ease, such as, screwing together decking, sheds, fences. You will be able to drive long 4-6 inch screws into timber with ease. Providing you have masonry screws, you will be able to screw directly into brick. Tasks that require you to screw into wall plugs can be performed with ease with this impact driver. Fastening and unfastening nuts, bolts and various screws.
Thanks to its high RPM this can be used as a drill to drill into timber, masonry will be a struggle, precision holes will require a dedicated drill. To use it as a drill, all you need are drill HEX bits, and you are good to go to start drilling into timber.
This WESCO impact driver has a variable speed trigger, this allows you to control the amount of power produced by the impact driver via the trigger that is used to operate the impact driver. This will allow you to carry out more delicate jobs, such as cabinet screws. However, you will need to be very careful, as this impact driver is very powerful, if you accidentally use too much power, it can damage the screws, and surrounding timber if you are performing delicate jobs.
Why is a Brushless Motor Important?
You may or may not have heard of brushless motors. If you are looking for impact drivers at the same price point as the WESCO, it is very rare you will find an impact driver with a brushless motor, as brushless motors are reserved for more expensive impact drivers.
The fact that this WESCO impact driver has one at this price point is very impressive. Similar to how important an engine is to a car, the motor is extremely important for an impact driver.
What Are The Benefits of a Brushless Motor Over a Non-Brushless Motor?
Brushless motors help deliver more power, motor last longer, helps improve usage time due to more efficient power delivery, produce less noise, making it quieter, and most importantly, do not overheat as quickly as brushed motors.
Overheating is one of the most frustrating experiences when on a job. When the motor overheats, it stops, and you cannot use it until it cools down, for some power tools, this can take a long time, the other issue with overheating motors is that it cools down then a minute later it overheats and the cycle continues. If you are going to be performing demanding receptive tasks, a brushless motor is a must-have!
What is the WESCO Impact Driver Like to Handle?
It has a soft but firm grip handle that fits nicely into the palm, the trigger, forward and reverse buttons fell slick, and well-built. The only downside is it is a bit on the heavy side at 1.4 kg with a battery fitted. Due to its price point, I image some components are made from steel rather than lighter metals you will find in more expensive impact drivers, and this is what adds to the weighty feel, however, once you get use to the weight, it’s not an issue. Overall, the WESCO impact driver feels quality.
Overall Review Summary of the WESCO Brushless Impact Driver 18v
This WESCO impact driver punches above its weight. This impact driver is trying to take on Makita, hence its colour scheme, at a price point affordable to most home users and serious DIY’ers. In terms of performance it is not far behind Makita impact drivers, in fact, it takes over models such as the DTD152 and DTD153, which are far more expensive when purchased with Makita’s battery and charger.
The WESCO will not disappoint with it performance, impressive build quality, and the fact that you can use its battery with other WESCO cordless tools.
Non-Brushless WESCO 18v Impact Driver
The non-brushed impact driver is the second one released into the UK market and as stated above, the UK models don’t seem to have any model number system to identify their models, below we will review the non-brushless version
Product Rating: (3.9 / 5)
WESCO 18v Impact Driver Non-Brushless
- Max Torque: 110Nm
- Impacts Per Minute: 3,400
- Max No Load Speed (RPM): 2,600
- Brushless Motor: No
- Battery Type: 2.0Ah 18v Li-ion
- Variable Speed Trigger: Yes
- Electric Brake: Yes
What Tasks Can The Non-Brushless WESCO Impact Driver Perform?
It will pretty much be able to do the same tasks as the brushless version, however, it will require more effort from you, driving longer screws into timber may be a struggle. Not as much torque to loosen stubborn nuts, bolts, and screws.
Non-Brushless Motor Performance?
The non-brushless motor will use more of the battery due to its lower efficacy in delivering power. There is the risk of it over heating when using it for demanding tasks, and it is not able to deliver as much power as a brushless motor.
What is The Non-Brushed WESCO Impact Driver Like to Handle?
It is similar to the brushed version, weight wise, it feels the same, the biggest difference is the head body of the impact driver, from where the HEX chuck starts, to the motor at the back, the dimeter of this part of the body is much longer when compared to the brushed version. This makes it more awkward to use in tighter spaces.
Overall Review Summary of the Non-Brushless WESCO Brushless Impact Driver 18v
Price wise, there is around £10 difference, taking this into account, it makes no sense to purchase the non-brushless version when there is a big difference in performance and size, it is a no briner to go for the brushless version.
Who Makes WESCO Tools?
WESCO tools are made by Positec Group, they are the same company that makes the popular WORX impact drivers, WORX have been around for a long time, WORX were established in 2003, and have been proven to make power tools to a very high standard.
Like most tools, WESCO tools are manufactured in China, and It seems like WESCO was developed to make high-quality tools at affordable prices, WESCO gives you a balance of quality, performance and cost, which makes it appealing to the average user.
Is WESCO a Good Brand
This is a difficult question to answer, they have not been around long enough to be considered a good household brand, although they are gaining popularity quite fast.
The better question is, are WESCO tools any good and made to a good standard? And the answer to that question is yes, they are good and made to a very high standard for their price point.
What are The Alternatives?
If you are looking for more impact driver reviews, brands that are similar are INGCO and WORX, check out INGCO impact drivers here and WORX impact drivers here, or to learn more about impact drivers, see our impact driver guide here.
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