The answer is yes, yes you can use an impact driver for drilling. It can be used to drill small holes into softwood or light-gauge materials without the need of any specially designed bit.
It all depends on the drill bits and if your impact driver accepts drill bits. With the standard ¼ inches hex shank drill bit, you can easily make small holes into different materials but if there is a need to drill holes larger than the size of ¼ inches then you’ll require a bit rated especially for the impact driver because if it’s not specifically designed for an impact driver, it will either detach or instantly snap from it.
Can I use an impact drill for concrete?
Anybody who owns an impact drill might be thinking of using it for concrete and wondering if they can use an impact drill for concrete. The answer is no, it is not recommended at all to use an impact drill for concrete because of the high density of concrete. You’ll either break the drill or snap it. If you want to drill holes through concrete then it is highly recommended to use a Rotatory hammer drill as it has the power to pierce through the concrete.
Can I use an impact driver as a hammer drill?
No, An impact driver shouldn’t be used as a hammer drill for so many reasons. Even if the impact driver has high torque but they are not designed to be used as hammer drills. The tasks that are done by a hammer drill requires force like drilling through concrete or heavy blocks meanwhile an impact driver is specifically designed to drive screws and fastening bolts and nuts.