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Ingersoll Rand W3111 IQV20 1/4” Compact Impact Driver

Tool Review: Ingersoll Rand W3111 IQV20 1/4” Compact Impact Driver

May 6, 2024
John Baumgardt, owner of Baumgardt's Auto Repair in Fillmore, Indiana, reviewed the compact impact driver, which is lightweight and features a quick release collet.

Ingersoll Rand's IQV20 1/4” Compact Impact Driver delivers up to 3,400 lbs.-in. of fastening torque. The compact driver is 5.2" tip-to-tail length and weighs less than 2.3 lbs. for control and maneuverability in tight workspaces. The 1/4" hex drive has a quick release collet for use with impact rated bits. The overmolded ergonomic grip provides comfort for extended periods of use along with a patented 360-degree shadowless LED light ring that illuminates the fastener from all sides. It includes a 3-year limited warranty and is available in a kit, W3111-K22, which includes one impact driver, one BL2023 battery, one BL2012 battery, and one battery charger.

This tool was reviewed by John Baumgardt, owner of Baumgardt's Auto Repair in Fillmore, Indiana.

Q: How did the tool function as far as saving you time?

A: The smooth operating quick-change chuck made changing bits fast, and the charger is also a fast charger which greatly reduces time.

Q: How has using this tool impacted your shop’s profitability?

A: Not having to run an air hose outside saved even more time, but being able to work on a job away from the building while still having the power of a pneumatic impact made a really big difference.

Q: How easy was it to use?

A: Pretty easy. With the battery installed, all you need to do is pull the collar on the quick-change chuck forward to insert the bit of your choice and release the collar to lock in the bit.

Q: Was there a manual included? If so, did you use the manual, and was the manual easy to understand?

A: Yes, a multi-language manual was included. The writing is a bit small, and it contains the typical instructions for care and use as any other cordless tool.

Q: What features did you like?

A: The impact has great power. I think that the three speeds in forward and reverse make it easier to adjust the torque. Most impacts I’ve used are full power in reverse and that increases the chances of losing a small fastener if it slips out of the socket. Battery charge status lights aren’t anything new, but the full halo light on the front is amazing. There are no dark spots in the front of this impact.

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Q: Is there any way you could think of to improve or add to this tool?

A: It needs a way to attach a belt clip. Having a way to hook it to a pocket or a belt when you have your hands full would be nice.

Q: What types of jobs/repairs did you use this tool for? Please provide a few specific examples.

A: I used it to tear apart a few transmissions and on a couple intake manifold jobs. I also helped a buddy drywall for two days. I did both days of drywall work on half of the 2.5Ah battery included in the kit and that still left me with a 5.0Ah to use.

Q: How does this tool compare to other tools you’ve used like it?

A: I have not used an older version of an Ingersoll Rand cordless impact, but I have used several other brands, and this is far better. The first thing that stands out is the halo light on the front. It makes it possible to see the fastener without the dark areas. I also like the three speeds for both forward and reverse. The other impacts I’ve used are full power speed in reverse and on several occasions flung the fastener out of the socket, leaving me searching for a replacement. Batteries also last longer and charge much faster.

Q. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate this tool overall? Why?

A. 9.8 - This impact is truly awesome. The only downfall for me is not having a belt clip.

Fleet Maintenance affiliate PTEN contributed this review.

This product was given to the reviewer free of charge by the manufacturer. 

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