The Makita BTD142HW 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver offers these features:
Power – The Makita-built four-pole maximum torque motor that delivers 1,280 in.lbs. of torque, (2,300 RPM, and 3,200 impacts per minute) for a wide range of fastening tasks like fastening screws, tightening down lag bolts, drilling holes, and more. It is ideal for HVAC, electricians, plumbers, automotive mechanics, woodworkers, remodelers, and any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered compact cordless impact driver.
Ergonomic Design in a Compact Size – The BTD142HW weighs just 2.8 pounds with a more compact design at 5-3/4 inches long and an ergonomic shape for reduced operator fatigue.
Lithium-Ion Technology – Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and ENERGY STAR rated Optimum Charging System provide several benefits over old battery technology. When compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd batteries, Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have up to 40% less weight, longer run time, and five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use at any time. Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion battery delivers 2,000 cycles–2.5X more than Ni-Cd. In addition, built-in shock absorbing features help protect the battery, and 16 firm-holding contact terminals deliver constant high power. During the charging process, a built-in memory chip in the battery communicates with the Optimum Charger for a more efficient charge, extending the battery life.
Automobile rapid charger included – Makita also offers a Rapid Automotive Charger for 18V LXT and 18V compact lithium-ion batteries that plugs into 12V DC sockets equipped in most automobiles and trucks for added mobility.
Other features include a built-in L.E.D. light and easy one-touch bit insertion. Two compact Lithium-Ion batteries 194309-1, 15-minute Rapid Charger DC18RA, and Tool case 824774-7 are included with this item.
Best Impact Driver Product Specifications
Hex shank 1/4″
No-load speed 0-2,300 RPM
Impacts per minute 0-3,200 IPM
Maximum torque 1,280 in.lbs.
Battery 18V compact lithium-ion
Overall length 5-3/4″
Net weight 2.8 lbs. (w/battery)
What People Didn’t Like
Most of the impact driver reviews were very happy with the performance of this product but here are a few of the negative comments:
No Belt Clip – More of an annoyance than anything but if you plan on carrying this cordless impact driver around with you, you’ll have to buy a belt clip – it doesn’t come with one.
Gimmicky design – A few reviewers felt that the impact driver looked like a G.I. Joe toy and didn’t care for the “cheap plastic look”.
Battery life not great – most reviewers liked the quick charge time and the included automotive rapid charger but there were a few reviews that indicated that the battery life wasn’t as good as advertised.
The Makita BTD142HW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit comes with two batteries, a tool case, and the automotive Rapid Charger. Makita is known for making quality tools so we think you will be pleased with this product.