Makita BTD144 18 Volt Impact Driver

My Rating for the Makita BTD144 is 5 Stars

Makita BTD144Review Summary: The Makita BTD144 Cordless 18 Volt Impact Driver is the top 18 volt cordless impact driver in its class. A high impact rate, fast and powerful. This drill is the best.

Detailed Review of the Makita BTD144 18 volt cordless impact driver

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Impacts per Minute (IPM) Grade: Excellent

The Makita BTD144 has a top IPM of 3400 IPM. The average top IPM of 18 volt cordless impact driver is 3016 IPM. An impact driver delivers blows in a rotational way as opposed to a hammer drill which delivers blows into the work. The higher the IPM of a cordless impact driver the faster a screw or bolt will be installed or removed.

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Power Grade: Good

The Makita BTD144 has a power rating of 1420 in/lbs. The average power rating of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is 1369 in/lbs. The power of a cordless impact driver is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds.

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Speed: Good

The Makita BTD144 has a top speed of 2600 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is around 2518 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Excellent

The battery run time is 3.0 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless impact drivers is 2.3 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Good

The Makita BTD144 comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless impact drivers have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Excellent

The Makita BTD144 comes with a 30 Minute charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: $300+

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Makita BTD144 cordless impact driver from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Lighter

The Makita BTD144 weighs 3.3 lbs. The average 18V cordless impact driver weighs about 3.7 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.


Makita BTD144 Cordless Impact Driver Strengths

  1. High impact rate
  2. Fast and lighter weight
  3. Fast battery charger
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Makita BTD144 Cordless Impact Driver Weaknesses

  1. Higher price range
  2. none

Some other features of the Makita BTD144 include:

  • Fuel Gauge
  • LED work light
  • Three-year limited warranty
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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 6/5/12.

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