Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers - Tools & Equipment - Contractor Talk

Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-25-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
 
jhetland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Hi New to the forum
I looking at buying a impact driver. Looked at about everything out there. Kind of zeroing in on the Makita BTD142HWR. Was wondering if anyone had this or they have bought a impact lately and what their experience is. This is mostly for decks.

Thanks for input
jhetland is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ContractorTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

   

Advertisement

 

Old 03-25-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
Pro
 
Panzer5's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeling
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 267
Rewards Points: 254

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


I've got one. Like it a lot - but it took a couple of uses to get familiar with the way it works.

I recommend buying a second big battery (1830) as the smaller ones don't last as long as you might want.

Advertisement

__________________
Scott (the ex-grunt-tanker-jarhead guy)
Panzer5 is offline  
Old 03-25-2009, 05:14 PM   #3
Member
 
valleyman's Avatar
 
Trade: Kitchen and Bath remodeling
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 76
Rewards Points: 75

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


I second the suggestion of getting the full size battery for deck work.
valleyman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-25-2009, 07:24 PM   #4
Pro
 
MikeNeufeld's Avatar
 
Trade: Trim Carpenter
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 264
Rewards Points: 250

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Makita makes a decent product for sure. I would recommend the Panasonic Li Ion with 3A hr batts. They seem to handle the makita's in duration and run time, and they are only 14.4 volt. Also another nice tool that will hit the market soon is the new Bosch Litheon impactor with 1500 in lbs of torgue. If it is anything like the others bosch tools it will be excellent..

Just my 2 cents
MikeNeufeld is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 05:25 PM   #5
Contractor of the Month
 
Inner10's Avatar
 
Trade: Control Systems
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 25,804
Rewards Points: 4,330

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


I believe Tools of the Trade rated it the highest. I got the Hilti and my friend got the Makita shortly there after, the makita is an 18V where mine is a 14.4 so its got more stonk then mine, and the slim grip is really nice. Highly recommend it, the 3ah battery is well worth the price. Really its hard to go wrong with any of the big names, Dewalt, makita, bosch.....except ridgid they are cheaper for a reason.
Inner10 is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 07:10 PM   #6
 
Blue Point's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 34
Rewards Points: 25

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


I have been useing impact guns for about three years and I own the 18volt Dewalt, the Makita you mentioned, and the Panasonic. The Makita was the best all around purchase because the Dewalt is too heavy and the Panasonic was way more expensive from what I remember, but I bought it about two years ago so the prices might have dropped slightly.
Blue Point is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 08:43 PM   #7
Head Grunt
 
woodchuck2's Avatar
 
Trade: Electrical Contractor&Home Maintenance
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North Creek, NY/Lower Adirondacks
Posts: 3,270
Rewards Points: 2,196

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


I havent bought one YET, but i will be. I was on a job with a friend of mine who has the Dewalt and i asked him how he liked it. His response was he doesnt know what he would do without it now that he has it. He let me borrow it for several things on the job and i must say i fell in love with it. As said above you really cant go wrong with the brand name products but i must say that everything i have now is Dewalt and the batteries SUCK. Makita does have better batteries so if you are not particular to a certain brand than that is the one to get.
woodchuck2 is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 10:08 PM   #8
Contractor of the Month
 
Inner10's Avatar
 
Trade: Control Systems
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 25,804
Rewards Points: 4,330

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Quote:
i must say that everything i have now is Dewalt and the batteries SUCK
NiCad or new Lithium Ion? I've got 2 Dewalt 18V Xrp hammer drills and I've got through a battery each....and I've killed chargers too; having got them at homedepot having batteries replaced is either easy as pie or a real battle. I bought the Hilti because I got a decent price on it and I know i can rely on their product support. I really like the fuel gauge! Nothing worse then taking the dead battery up the 10 foot ladder.

After I bought a 24V NiCad hammerdrill and sawzall I kicked myself for not getting a Lith-ion; the batteries are better in every respect. I think any good brand name impact driver with Lith-ion batteries you really can't go wrong.
Inner10 is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 11:16 PM   #9
Member
 
Vrooman's Avatar
 
Trade: Builder, renovator
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 89
Rewards Points: 75

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


i have 2 - 18v Li-Ion impact 3AH they are definatly worth the price, I use them every day...rarely use a standard drill anymore..just for drilling holes.
Only problem with them is where the handle connects to the battery is a weak spot and I have seen many break at this point if you drop them from even a short distance..one of mine has a floppy battery but still works great
Vrooman is offline  
Old 03-27-2009, 06:02 AM   #10
Pro
 
wolffhomerepair's Avatar
 
Trade: General Remodeling
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: North Tonawanda, NY
Posts: 269
Rewards Points: 250

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


I have 2 of the makitas as well. One is almost 3 years old and the other is almost a year. The larger battery is a must for anything above light use. Batteries last a while. Still using the original batteries from 3 years ago.
__________________
http://www.wolffhomerepair.com


" Of course I don't look busy, I did it right the first time "
wolffhomerepair is offline  
Old 03-27-2009, 07:19 AM   #11
Allrounder Home Services
 
EricTheHandyman's Avatar
 
Trade: Residential Remodeling
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 465
Rewards Points: 250

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


I have the Makita and I love it. The light on it seemed silly at first but now I don't think I could live without it.
EricTheHandyman is offline  
Old 03-27-2009, 10:33 AM   #12
 
jhetland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Hey, Thanks everyone for the input. I just ordered the Makita that was shown. Its nice to have input from users before you buy. What a great forum. I wish I would have found this a few purchases ago. I bought a Masterforce from one of the Big Boxes. If the price is too good to believe then it you probably shouldn't.

Again thanks, will report on satisfaction

P.S. I went with recondition, had did this with 2400 Makita air compressor and am well satisfied.
jhetland is offline  
Old 03-27-2009, 10:37 AM   #13
 
kodiak_island's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 50
Rewards Points: 25

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Love the gun myself., But like everyone is saying always having a charge is the key
kodiak_island is offline  
Old 03-27-2009, 12:36 PM   #14
Pro
 
BuiltByMAC's Avatar
 
Trade: Deck guy
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 3,257
Rewards Points: 2,270

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Hey Kodiak, is that a **** star in your avatar? One of those meet 'n greets at a **** shop?

Oh yeah, OP, you'll love the Makita impact driver for decks, I do.

Mac
BuiltByMAC is offline  
Old 04-10-2009, 01:46 AM   #15
 
cab-guy89's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 23
Rewards Points: 10

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Quote:
Originally Posted by jhetland View Post
Hey, Thanks everyone for the input. I just ordered the Makita that was shown. Its nice to have input from users before you buy. What a great forum. I wish I would have found this a few purchases ago. I bought a Masterforce from one of the Big Boxes. If the price is too good to believe then it you probably shouldn't.

Again thanks, will report on satisfaction

P.S. I went with recondition, had did this with 2400 Makita air compressor and am well satisfied.
you wont go wrong with the makita.its strong best i owned so far
cab-guy89 is offline  
Old 04-18-2009, 10:51 PM   #16
 
Im50bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10

Re: Makita 18V Li-ion Impact Drivers


Bought the Impact and drill combo love it to the max wouldn't trade it for any other. I have used many other drills and nothing compares. I don't have the bigger batteries because they charge in 15min. so I didn't think I really needed it. All in all Love it!

Advertisement

Im50bound is offline  


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dewalt Impact Drivers DC825KA vs DC820KA ?? tonyvlx Tools & Equipment 3 09-03-2010 06:40 AM
drug testing drivers - policy idea bdog1234 Business 18 10-23-2008 09:50 AM
Impact Drivers & Tool Belts? stp57 Tools & Equipment 23 05-08-2008 10:22 AM
Do you use an impact driver? Quick survey help would be very much appreciated. cohaver General Discussion 4 04-02-2008 06:20 PM
Makita 18v impact lxt jethro66 Windows, Siding and Doors 8 06-10-2007 01:52 PM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for
PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS ONLY!

At DrywallTalk.com we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created www.DIYChatroom.com DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?