The bottom line
Although we appreciate the Ridgid Stealth Force’s torque, its large size and weight negate a couple of key reasons we like an impact driver in a woodshop. The Makita Oil Impulse and Milwaukee Surge performed similarly in our tests, without the bulk of the Ridgid. Because it was so close between these two—Milwaukee had slightly greater torque, but the Makita was a little quieter—they share our Top Tool honor.
Ryobi Quietstrike P290, $80 800-525-2579, ryobitools.com (bare tool)
Ridgid’s Stealth Force uses three bright LEDs surrounding the chuck to provide shadow-free illumination, best among this test group.