The bot­tom line

WOOD - - OIL-PULSE - Pro­duced by Bob Hunter with Michael Springer

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.

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