Makita Cordless Impact Driver BTD142HW Review

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?

Review Continued Below…

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.

Do you have any thoughts on the Makita Cordless Impact Driver or any other impact driver? Please feel free to share them below.

 


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11 Comments »

Comment by Typhoon
2009-01-29 11:33:37

Looks gr8 ..

 
Comment by Nicole Price
2009-02-02 09:35:24

I get scared with these gadgets. I am perfectly satisfied with manual tools and for the big jobs I always get a male to attend to it or hire a professional.

Comment by Setai miami
2009-04-08 04:46:03

I love them! You can destroy stuff so much quicker with it. I usualy end up using manual tools for the job but playing with those electic ones, drilling holes in stuff and so on. It’s great fun.

 
 
Comment by Earn Passive Income
2009-02-05 20:42:22

Hey I never heard of a Impact Driver - its like a screwdriver - but actally works eh? I might even think about getting a Makita Cordless impact driver - especially if it can go thru concrete - but at the moment its all the landlords problem because we are renting

 
Comment by Australia News
2009-02-05 20:48:32

Im going to check out whether I can get the Makita Cordless Impact Driver in Australia - it would be perfect for all the masonary and other hard surfaces they use around here - you need a bit of torque and it looks like the Makita Cordless Impact Driver might well deliver

 
Comment by Voucher Codes
2009-02-17 04:56:30

Im more of a black&decker person myself, but this Makita drill sounds pretty good from your review. But have you tried it on a varity of wall types, we’ve got loads of plasterboard walls at home and the problem I always have is carving up the wall a little too much due to the excessive power in the drill.

 
Comment by Sweaty Palms
2009-02-17 06:57:53

Wow it really is costly.. But if you are in this kind of biz I bet it’s a worthy investment.

Andy

 
Comment by The Blogger Source
2009-02-19 11:11:59

I love it. I got the combo kit. Lightweight, keeps a charge. My one complaint is the white gets dirty easy.

 
Comment by Webkinz
2009-03-09 15:34:42

The design is awesome!

 
Comment by Wastehog
2009-03-24 07:09:48

I agree the design is very good, plus Makita are one of the best brands out there for power tools. Possibly only DeWalt are better.

 
Comment by DoFollow - Chris
2009-06-01 20:33:52

Battery life is critical on these. I’ve bought 2 cheap brands in the past and the battery gets drained very quickly. If you are going to use it much you are advised to buy an extended battery pack.

 
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