About four years ago we reviewed the Hilti SID 18-A Cordless Impact Driver. Since then, this has been my go to driver, I love it. So when Hilti said they have another impact driver in the 22V line, I knew it was something I wanted to try out. Now I have to admit, I am a huge Hilti fan. Not because they pay us, but it has been one of those tools that have never let me down. I am not saying they don’t break or they don’t have defective tools, but I rarely every talk to someone who said they had theirs break or had a defective tool. To me, this speaks a lot about a company and the product. Couple that with their top of the line warranty (20-2-1) and their fleet management program, not too many manufacturers can compete with them.
Now if you are looking for a ton of new features on this impact driver, you will be disappointed. The tool can’t talk to you, there isn’t an app for your phone, there is no Bluetooth and it doesn’t have a setting for metal screws. While all the other manufacturers are trying to trick out their impact drivers, Hilti didn’t go that way with the SID 4-A22. This is a pure impact driver that offers precision, toughness and is made for the true professional.
When you pull the trigger, it’s one of the easiest drivers I have used to keep a consistent speed. So if you are driving metal screws, it’s very easy to keep a low speed and then drive it home. While it does offer 3-speed settings, it’s easy to control at any speed, something that lacks with many other drivers on the market. Hilti isn’t your homeowner brand, it’s a tool made for the real world. It’s a tool designed to take a tough use on any job site. One thing I noticed on this impact driver is where the battery fits onto the tool. I know some don’t look at it as a big deal, but I do. All most all the impact drivers we have tested over the years has play between the battery and the tool. Not with this driver. The fit is so perfect that you can’t even move the battery. Again it might not be a big deal to you, but over the years this small movement can lead to bigger issues.
I know you probably think I am a salesman for Hilti, but I am not. It’s just a tool and company I believe in. Take any other manufacturer tool on the market, put it next to this Hilti and you will see the difference. The quality of the Hilti stands out. I love everything about it from the bigger battery footprint so it stands up easier to the quiet and smooth variable speed trigger. I have to admit, this is my favorite impact on the market.