Fein ASCD18W4 18V Cordless Impact Driver - Toolstop Review & Video Demo

In our Toolstop Guides to the best power tools we always try and point you in the direction of tools that'll help you get the most from your cash, tools that will enable you to quickly, efficiently and safely get the job done, that'll be reliable and hardwearing and that avoid needless gimmicks.

Fein ASCD18W4 18V Cordless li-ion Impact Driver

To that end we want to showcase a fantastic impact driver from German company Fein, the ASCD18W4 18v 4Ah impact driver (click to buy).

We visited Fein to see these tools in action, so watch our demo video on Toolstop TV (click here to see it).

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As we noted on our feature on the ASCM18QX 4 speed brushless drill driver, Fein is a company best known for its multi-tools, the Fein multimaster. It might surprise some of you, though, to know that they produce a much wider array of top quality, professional standard tools such as grinders and drills.

Impact drivers are all about torque, it's why you need one in your kit. You want it to be small and compact, light in the hand, but deceptively powerful. You need it to include smart features that'll protect your investment, guaranteeing you hundreds of working hours, while allowing you to be able to rely on it 100% of the time.

Fein ASCD18W4 18v 4Ah Impact Driver: What are the Specs, Features and Benefits?

Fein ASCD18W4 18V Cordless li-ion Impact Driver
First off, as you expect from a compact impact driver with a headlength of just 148mm, it weighs in at only 1.8kg with one of the supplied 4Ah 18v batteriesfitted, making it only fractionally heavier in the hand than DeWALT's 2Ah impact driver. A huge contributing factor to its light weight, but robust body, is that its constructed out of reinforced fibre glass. Tough, strong, but very light.

The motor will spin the 1/4" chuck at 2,200rpm, while protecting itself with overload protection, a safety feature you should expect to find in a professional impact driver like this. And the tool protects itself in other smart ways, such as a communication cable that runs between the battery, switch and motor.
Fein ASCD18W4 18V Cordless li-ion Impact Driver

This protects the motor and the battery from overloading, a risk that's to be expected when you're working with an impact driver that'll give you 158Nm of torque and 3,200 impacts per minute.

And with regards to the torque, this makes the ASCD18W4 a powerful little beast, comparing it with similar impact drivers from Metabo and Hitachi (get more info in our Buying Guide), and placing it very competitvely alongside Makita and Bosch, while the impacts per minute offered place it squarely within the professional category you'd expect.

The supplied 4Ah 18v batteries aren't perhaps as well known as the equivalents from Bosch or Makita, but they match them in terms of technology. The key benefits to Fein's batteries are overload protection (mentioned above), single cell protection, and a temperature sensor. These aren't gimmicks, but rather make sure the tool and the battery work in harmony, giving you optimum runtimes regardless of the application you're performing, while helping to safeguard the life-span of the tool.

Fein ASCD18W4 18V Cordless li-ion Impact Driver

And Fein is so confident in its batteries - and by extension the impact driver itself - that it offers a 3 year warrantly on them, along with the charger and the tool*.

Ergonomics are always an important consideration in any power tool. Bearing in mind its diminutive size and weight, the ASCD18 W4 has the soft grip that you'd expect, it feels balanced in the hand, and the forward/reverse trigger is easy to operate when you're wearing gloves.

Lastly, the expected LED job light will brighten up the dark little corners you'll find yourself working in with this impact driver.

Fein ASCD18W4 18V Cordless li-ion Impact Driver

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With all of the above, we've no hesitation in tell you guys to take a close look at Fein's impact driver, with the ASCD18W4 having everything you'll need to get the job done, backed up by the 3 year warranty and spec that more than competes with the perhaps better known impact drivers in the market place. Getyourshere.

What's your thoughts on it it? Do you already own one? We want to hear from you in the comments section below.

*Just register your power tool with Fein with 28 days of purchase to qualify.

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