Today I’m going to take a look at the Makita Cordless Impact Driver BTD142HW. For someone in the home remodeling business or who’s just a weekend handyman an impact driver is a handy and versatile tool to have in your belt. They aren’t cheap though and before you buy you’ll want to make sure that you buy the best one possible and at a good discount if you can get it. How does the Makita BTD142HW stack up?
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First, lets quickly discuss why a cordless impact driver like the Makita BTD142HW is something you should consider over a drill or power screwdriver. First of all, an impact driver has more torque. Your average cordless 18v drill driver has about 450 in.lbs of torque while the average cordless impact driver can produce over 1,200 in.lbs. of torque. This means that you’ll be able to drive screws into tough materials with much less effort. Plus, due to the way impact drivers work, they’re gentle until activated by resistance. This means you can use them on concrete basement walls as well as for putting up blinds. For many people, a good cordless impact driver is the only drill or power screwdriver that they’ll need.
Now, let’s look at some of the basic specs of the Makita Cordless Impact Driver BTD142HW. This driver is quite compact at just under 6 inches in length and weighing in at just a shade under 3 pounds with the battery pack. The weight is just about right for an impact driver since if it’s too light you’ll get too much vibration and a heavy one will tire out your hand quickly. The BTD142HW has a comfortable ergonomic grip, making it comfortable for long use. The driver accepts all 18-volt lithium-ion slide-style batteries. One rather nice feature of this driver is that it has a built-in LED light.
How does the Makita Cordless Impact Driver BTD142HW perform? I have to say that it does an outstanding job. I’ve used a number of less expensive drills with driver attachments and power screwdrivers and I was blown away with how easy this unit would drive screws into just about anything. You can go from drilling shelving in a basement concrete wall to putting up blinds without missing a beat. Perhaps the best feature is that it does this without stripping like a standard drill. I also found it easier to maintain an even pressure with it, thus making driving less tiresome. The LED light was very bright and a big help in dark areas. The lithium-ion battery lasts for quite a bit of work time and will charge up quickly in about 15 minutes. If you have a single spare battery you’ll be in good shape power-wise.
The durability of the Makita Cordless Impact Driver BTD142HW seems good. It was recommended to me by a friend of mine who does kitchen remodeling and he’s had his for over a year in almost daily use. If it performs well for a pro then it will be great for standard home use will
The downside is, of course, the cost. The list price of the Makita Cordless Impact Driver BTD142HW is $398 but you can usually find it for about $200 less new and even lower for refurbished or used. As always, check the reputation of any online seller to make sure that they offer a good return policy and are known for good customer service.
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