If you don’t mind making a bit of an investment for your next impact driver, then consider going cordless. The Makita 18v lithium-ion impact driver offers users a number of features and advantages that make this the portable tool of choice for many. The brushless motor provides users with up to 1,500 inch pounds of maximum torque, even though the compact design is only 5.125 inches long and weighs just 3.3 pounds.
There are a number of additional highlights we noticed when taking a look at this particular Makita tool. Here is a full summary of our findings.
#1. You can easily shift modes with this particular tool. Makita has a trademarked Quick-Shift Mode that offers users an automatic electronic controller. It’s purpose is simple: to downshift and reduce rotation and impact speed so that the screws or bolts are driven into place at the appropriate final speed to prevent overtightening and damage.
#2. Fastening control is more precise thanks to the 3 speed power selection. Users have access to a switch that gives usage RPMs of 0-2,800 RPM or usage IPMs of 0-3,400 so that precise control over a wide range of applications can be achieved. This allows users to have this impact driver work in a number of non-traditional applications without the risk of damage that other makes and models may provide.
#3. Extreme protection provides the ability to use this impact driver virtually anywhere. Makita has Extreme Protection Technology incorporated into their impact driver that allows the tool to better resist water and dust infiltration. This means the tool can be used in a wide variety of different environments successfully so that you can get jobs done with a minimization of thread stripping. You still need to take care of this tool [it isn’t waterproof or dust-proof], but a little accidental exposure isn’t going to kill off this tool.
#4. It is built to help you see. Instead of having an automatic LED light that engages upon triggering, Makita has included a separated light that is on a separate switch. This allows you to keep the work area lighted so that users can effectively use the proprietary anvil impact and hammer system from this manufacturer quite effectively. You control when you need the light and that’s a good thing.
#5. It is important to remember that this is a bare tool. Some users may pick up this impact driver and expect to use it straight out of the box. This, however, is a bare tool that will require you to purchase a separate battery and charger if you don’t already have one that is compatible.
The Makita 18v lithium-ion impact driver delivers a solid performance time and time again when it is properly maintained and the battery powering it is properly charged. Give this tool some care and it will take care of you for plenty of years to come.