Makita BTD142 HW – An Impact Driver That Makes Sense

The Makita BTD142 HW 18-volt compact lithium-ion impact driver may be the best kept secret in the tool world.

Why is it at the bottom of the ratings on That is simply a matter of arithmetic. This tool does not have the highest numbers in RPMs or IPMs or in-lbs of torque, yet it is making lots of users happy.

Benefits of the Makita BTD142HW:

There are two benefits that pop out pretty quickly. The first is actually one of the reasons it is not rated higher, and that is the battery. It has a compact battery which means that the run-time is going to be less than a full sized battery. However, the charge time is only 15 minutes! With the two batteries supplied in this kit, you will never have to wait. With the lighter battery, you have a lighter tool, thus less strain and fatigue when using the tool for long periods of time.

The second benefit is the durability. According to every review posted on the tools websites, this guy is still on the job… everywhere!

The Makita BTD142HW is quietly one of the favorite (and best) impact drivers available. What’s better is that it does not have the high price tag of its siblings.

What Makes This Impact Driver Good
Impact Rate: Up to 3.200 IPM which is slightly better than average
Weight: 2.8 lbs, very light for easy work load
  Batteries: 2 1.5Ah HXP Li-ion batteries (included) are lighter than traditional batteries, provide less run-time, but charge in only 15 minutes
  Design: Because of its light weight, this unit has a very high power-to-weight ratio
User Satisfaction: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Priced Right:Roll over for today’s price
What Is Not So Good
  Power: Up to 1280 in-lbs of torque
  Speed: up to 2,300 RPM, above average
Amazon Rating: 4.7 5.0 stars
User Comments
  • I’m a lead carpenter for a residential remodeler. I’ve owned 11 cordless drills over the years (currently I have 4) and this Makita is not only the best of the bunch, by far, it may be the best power tool I own.
  • Significantly better than anything else I have used and the benefit of the Lithium-Ion holding its charge while sitting on the shelf is very handy.
  • This thing is an absolute monster!
  • This thing will drive screws into anything you can find, and if you need to bury screw heads so the surface is flush, you can do it with ease, WITHOUT striping the threads!


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