Power Tool Review – Mkaita XDT042 Cordless Impact Driver
The Makita XDT042 LXT is an 18V Lithium-Ion cordless impact driver kit. In the world of impact drivers, Makita is one of the top names. It is a great tool with many things that make it worth buying. Here are some of the things that make it one of the best impact drivers around.
What Is An Impact Drill?
By using an impact driver instead of a drill you can save yourself a lot of work. An impact driver combines both rotational speed and percussion to help sink fasteners quickly and easily without hurting your wrist. If you do a lot of work that involves sinking fasteners, it might be a good idea to pick up an impact driver instead of a drill.
The Makita XDT042 LXT can run at a variety of speeds. It can go from 0 to 2300 RPM and 0 to 3200 IPM allowing for a wide range of applications. It is easily able to fasten and unfasten different types of screws quickly and easily into many different surfaces. It delivers power and speed both in a compact device that can be used for a full range of fastening and driving tasks.
This impact driver has a very compact design. It is less than 6 inches long and weighs just over 3 pounds. This will help users of any size to reduce fatigue during extended use. If you are sick of large impact drivers that simply weight too much, this might be a good option for you. It is also powered by a battery so you won’t be tied to only areas that have an electric socket.
Benefits of a Battery
Makita has an expanding 18V Lithium-Ion series. These Lithium-Ion batteries that power this impact driver have the fastest charging time so you can spend more time working while wasting less time waiting for batteries to charge. Makita’s Star Protection Control helps to monitor conditions and protect against over-discharging, overloading, and overheating. The batteries also have a built-in status indicator.
Battery Pack LED
An LED on the end of the battery pack shows you how much life it still has. You can even see this indicator without having to install the battery into the tool. To ensure that your battery continues to have a long life make sure that you keep it in a cool area while not use. You will have enough battery life to sink many screws before you need to charge it out. One downside to this impact driver is that it only comes with one battery so you will not be able to continue working once it has run out of juice.
One-Touch 1/4“ Chuck
It is easy to change your bit quickly because the one-touch 1/4“ hex chuck that is included with this impact driver. When working with multiple bits that need to be changed often this can help you save time and energy. This typical 1/4“ hex chuck allows for fast bit changes that you only need one hand for. You simply slide the sleeve back before inserting the bit then let it slide back into place. Removing the bit is as easy as sliding the sleeve back and removing the bit. Make sure that you have hex shank bits and not the round shaft bits for this impact driver.
This Makita impact driver has a Makita-built motor that is able to deliver 1420 in. lbs. of torque. The torque that it produces allows it to bury screws quickly into just about any surface. It’s compact and ergonomic design includes a soft rubberized grip to increase your comfort. A built in LED light helps to illuminate dark areas and close quarters. The light shuts off when releasing the trigger so you will not waste any of your battery.
It has a brushless motor that is more efficient than other types of motors. They are able to get things done on one battery charge. They do not run with as much noise or as hot as brushed motors do. They also do not need maintenance and will outlive brushed motors so you will need to spend less cash when it comes to replacing your tools.
Hammer and Anvil Impact Mechanism
The Makita XDT042 uses a proprietary hammer and anvil impact mechanism. It is manufactured using only the best materials and using the highest quality steel. A unique heat-hardening process is also used to get the most fastening and driving power.
This tool includes a 3-year warranty on both the tool and the battery. The kit includes the impact driver, a Lithium-Ion battery, an 18V Lithium-Ion rapid charger, and a tool case to keep it all in.
The Makita XDT042 is an advanced impact driver including power and precision. It is reliable and powerful for use with just about any job that you throw at it. If you have a job that includes driving in many fasteners this is a great tool to save you time and effort along the way.