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Makita Bare-Tool BTD144Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver

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  • Variable 3-speed power selection switch (0-1,300/0-2,000/0-2,600 RPM and 0-1,300/0-2,800/0-3,400 IPM)
  • Brushless motor technology delivers increased motor efficiency, provides up to 20% longer battery life per charge
  • Brushless motor delivers 1,420 in.lbs. of Max Torque
  • Built-in LED light, battery warning light
  • Tool only (batteries not included), 3-year warranty
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number BTD144Z-R
Item Weight2.3 pounds
Product Dimensions9.7 x 7.3 x 3.2 inches
Item model numberBTD144Z
Power Sourcecordless-electric
Voltage18
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentsbare-tool
Batteries Required?Yes
Battery Cell TypeLithium Ion
Warranty Description3 year warranty on the tool
  
Additional Information
ASINB002BA5YO4
Best Sellers Rank #227,945 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.3 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 16, 2006
  
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Product Description

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Makita's 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Speed Brushless Motor Impact Driver combines more torque and less weight with brushless motor efficiency and variable three-speed power. The result is a powerful and versatile cordless impact driver that not only runs longer, but offers precise fastening control for a wide range of tasks--from woodworking and carpentry to assembly work, HVAC, and more.



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BTD144Z Features
POWER - Makita-built 3-speed brushless motor delivers 1,420 in.lbs. of Max Torque; (0 - 3,400 IPM and 0 - 2,600 RPM)
COMFORT - Compact design at only 5-1/2" long and weighs just 3.3 lbs.
CONVENIENCE - Built-in L.E.D. light and one-touch chuck bit insertion
PERFORMANCE - LXT Li-Ion batteries charge in 30 minutes, run longer and deliver 2.5X more cycles
Battery and charger not included

Tool Specifications
Hex shank1/4"
No load speed0-1,300, 0-2,000, 0-2,600 RPM
Impacts per minute0-1,300, 0-2,800, 0-3,400 IPM
Maximum torque1,420 in.lbs.
Battery18V LXT Lithium-Ion
Overall length5-1/2"
Net weight3.3 lbs. (w/battery)
Makita-Built Motor Engineered for Versatile Power
The BTD144Z features a Makita-built high torque motor that delivers 1,420 in.lbs. of Max Torque. Makita's Brushless Motor Technology delivers increased motor efficiency to provide up to 20% longer battery life per charge than competitive 18V impact drivers. The variable three-speed power selection switch has soft, medium and hard settings that deliver 0-1,300/0-2,000/0-2,600 RPM and 0-1,300/0-2,800/0-3,400 IPM for a wide range of fastening tasks. Makita's proprietary hammer and anvil impact mechanism are manufactured using the best raw materials with the highest quality steel and unique heat hardening process for maximum fastening and driving power.

Ergonomic Design in a Compact Size
The BTD144Z weighs just 3.3 pounds (with battery, sold separately) with a more compact design at 5-1/2 inches long and an ergonomic shape that fits like a glove for reduced operator fatigue. Additional features include an electric brake for increased efficiency, a phosphorescent bumper ring for quick location in dark spaces, a built-in L.E.D. light to illuminate the work surface for more efficient work, and a convenient "one-touch" chuck for simple bit insertion. In addition, the BTD144Z's battery warning light and built-in L.E.D. light both flash when it is time to recharge the battery (sold separately).

Versatile Design for a Range of Applications
Due to their versatility, impact drivers are gaining broader acceptance on jobsites for a wide range of driving and fastening tasks, and the BTD144Z has the added flexibility of variable three-speed power selection. The BTD144Z is engineered for fastening deck screws, TEK screws, tightening down lag bolts, and more. It is ideal for HVAC, electricians, plumbers, automotive mechanics, woodworkers, remodelers, and any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered cordless impact driver. The BTD144Z is just another example of Makita's commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.

About Makita's 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game with its breakthrough 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Series. Three years after its debut, Makita's LXT Series has grown from seven to over 35 tools, providing a wide range of cordless solutions for professional tradesmen. Makita also added 18V Compact Lithium-Ion for cordless power in a more compact size. Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and ENERGY STAR rated Optimum Charging System provide several benefits over old battery technology. When compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd batteries, Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have 40% less weight, longer run time, and five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use at any time.

Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion Battery delivers 2,000 cycles--2.5X more than Ni-Cd. In addition, built-in shock absorbing features help protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals deliver constant high power. During the charging process, a built-in memory chip in the battery communicates with the Optimum Charger for a more efficient charge, extending the battery life. Makita's Optimum Charger is also faster: it will charge an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery in just 30 minutes, and an 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Battery in only 15 minutes. Makita also offers a Rapid Automotive Charger for 18V LXT and 18V Compact Lithium-Ion batteries that plugs into 12V DC sockets equipped in most automobiles and trucks for added mobility. Makita's growing line of LXT cordless tool solutions features a wide range of industrial-quality power tools, including driver-drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches, saws, grinders, screwguns, rotary hammers, and more. The LXT Series also offers a jobsite radio, rechargeable flashlights, and several different combo kits.

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to engineer power tools that are more compact and energy efficient, yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit makitatools.com. Makita is Best-in-Class Engineering.

Warranty
Every Makita Lithium-Ion tool is backed by Makita's 3-Year Warranty that covers repair due to defects in materials or workmanship up to three years from the date of original purchase. Makita Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers have a limited 1-Year Warranty. Please see makitatools.com for complete details.

What's in the Box
Makita BTD144 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Speed Brushless Motor Impact Driver (tool only).


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From the Manufacturer

The Makita model BTD144Z 18V LXT impact driver has a brushless motor technology, with 3 speed ranges( 0-1300/0-2000/0-2600 RPM) and an increased maximum torque of 1,420 inch pounds. The LED light illuminates darker work spaces, and the compact design at only 51.2 inches long and 3.3 pounds reduce operator fatigue. The ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control.

Important Information

Bulb Voltage
18

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Will drive almost any size screw.
JLG
The slow, medium and fast variable speed setting work great when you want to drive a screw gently and fast settings give you all the torque you need.
BiraRai
The tool has a great feel in your hand, lightweight, and is extremely powerful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Will Deutsch on March 30, 2010
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The only problem with this tool is that it doesn't work well as a hammer... which is to say - as a cordless impact driver is is as close to perfect as can be. I've used it for several projects now and all I can say is I wish I had bought one sooner for earlier projects. It works 100% better then a cordless drill as a driver, I would say in some cases even better then a regular screw driver or wrench at driving difficult fasteners in weird positions. I'm already invested in the Makita lithium-ion system so I didn't seriously consider any alternative but I have tried them at the local home stores. This one is at least as good as all other top of the line cordless drivers of this size.

The 3 torque/speed settings are really useful. Mostly I use it on the lowest setting unless I know I need more torque. If I hit a snag I simply up the power.

The tool works well with both the 1.5A and 3A batter packs. However, the 1.5A pack is shorter then the belt clip so the tool doesn't stand flat on battery with the tool belt clip installed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dreamweaver on February 8, 2010
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Purchased this tool this past Dec 2009. I use it in the Refrigeration/HVAC industry. It has been a great tool. Very powerful and I like the adjustable torque. I would highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DFXL72 on September 14, 2010
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Purchase this bare tool to go along with my Makita LXT cordless drill and I absolutely love it! Being a professional in the field, I use this tool often and have found it to be outstanding! The tool has a great feel in your hand, lightweight, and is extremely powerful. I love having 3 speeds to choose from so you can set the speed for the type of work you are doing. Bit insertion is really smooth, with just sliding it in and having it lock and secure the bit. I am very surprised how long the battery last driving 3 inch screws, just amazing! Makita is making some awesome power tools right now, I'm really impressed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norbert on May 26, 2011
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I upgraded to this impact driver from the Makita BTD141Z which costs half as much as the 144 being reviewed here. I couldn't be happier that I did.

This impact driver has an almost perfect balance to it between the head and battery (3Ah). It's almost magically quiet thanks to its brushless motor. It's usable in a wide variety of roles around the workshop or home thanks to its 3 step adjustable power level. It has an LED light built-in that is activated with the pull of the trigger and lingers for a few seconds, like all Makita LXT products, but unlike a few other makita tools with this feature, the BTD144Z has an external on/off button for this feature.

I found it's baby brother (141) to be too powerful to use as anything but driving screws through hardwood or other tough materials. The 144 on the other hand has tonnes of power but can also be tamed for smaller more delicate tasks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By valerie majercsik on September 25, 2010
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I've had a chance to put this guy to good work in a hurry. So far putting in small to medium screws in building cabinets. The feel of the driver is very nice. Very well built. The torque is very strong. Maybe a bit strong for small screws but only a bit. I haven't had the oppertunity to try the max setting and probably will never do so. After purchasing the Makita drill earlier in the year, this was a great addition. Having a little bit of knowledge of brushless technology the extra money for the new model was worth it. I would highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kjetil (Norway) on September 20, 2010
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I purchased this impact driver in june '10 and used it this summer when renovating two apartments, and although it looks and feels small, light and very handy, it's really a beast! It will drive even your largest screws through the toughest wood without any problems. This is primarily a carpentry tool, and should not be mistaken for an impact wrench, so you can't change tires with this one. But for what it's made for, it's worth every single penny. I have also used it to pull out stubborn bolts in the engine compartment of my car, and it does the job with so much ease and speed that I find myself smiling every time I use it. The torque adjustment is also useful, as the maximum torque setting is only needed for fast and/or tough jobs. I though I'd try a torx bit from a regular screwdriver set I have, but the torque in the BTD144 was just a little bit too much for the poor bit to be used on the large screws with this tool, so it actually twisted the whole bit.

I definately recommend this tool to anyone who does medium or larger projects and need a tool that packs a punch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jg on April 15, 2011
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This is my third impact driver. (I also have an older DeWalt 18v unit and a Milwaukee).
This unit smokes them all. I can without hesitation recommend this over the others. It is a little pricey (double the Makita BTD141) but well worth it.

But let's be clear, if people already have a bunch of money wrapped up in Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi or whatever cordless tools (and batteries, chargers, etc) then you aren't likely going to go out and buy a whole set of batteries and such just to get one tool.

I started with the Makita 18v Li-ion line right after they came out and i'm glad i did. Makita keeps coming up with new tools and improving on the old with this line.
If you are just starting out with 18 volt tools, this tool (as a full kit) would be a good place to start.
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