Makita BTD142HW Review

Cordless Drill

Model Best Score Pwr Wgt Spd Bat Imp
82 B C A C C B


  • Efficient Design - One of the highest power-to-weight ratios in its class.
  • Compact - Class leader for compact size and weight. Only weighs 2.8 lbs, about 25% lighter than average.
  • Impact - Above average impact rate, delivers up to 3,200 IPM.
  • Maintenance - Motor brushes can be externally accessed, and Makita provides a 3-year warranty.
  • Price - Price is significantly less than average.
  • Satisfaction - One of the highest user ratings, 4.7 of 5 stars.

  • Power - Power and speed are about 10% less than average, but still adequate. Generates up to 1,280 in-lbs of torque, and 2,300 RPM.
  • Batteries - Lithium-Ion battery run-time is sufficient for many applications, but about 30% less than average. However, batteries can be recharged in just 15 minutes.

Makita BTD142HW 18V Cordless
LXT Lithium-Ion 1/4" Impact Driver Kit

Impact Driver Performance Comparison:

  BTD142HW Average 18V Driver
Power 1280 in-lbs torque 1410 in-lbs torque
Speed 2,300 RPM 2,545 RPM
Weight 2.8 lbs 3.6 lbs
Battery 1.5 Ah 2.2 Ah
Impact 3,200 IPM 3,125 IPM

Makita BTD142HW Ratings:

A-Excellent  B-Very Good  C-Good  D-Fair  F-Poor

Rating Above Average Top 5 Rank Below Average Low 5 Rank
Power C+ - - 9% Yes
Weight A+ 23% Yes - -
Speed C- - - 10% Yes
Battery C- - - 32% Yes
Impact B+ 2% - - -

Makita BTD142HW User Reviews:

  • Overall User Rating - 4.7 of 5 Stars
  • Favorable Reviews - 29
  • Critical Reviews - 3
  • I don't know how I used to get by without this handy little monster. Everyone should have one of these in their tool arsenal.
  • The Makita 18V Impact Driver is a great tool. It is compact and light weight. It drives 3" screws with ease.
  • You can use this bad boy to drive concrete screws without pre-drilling pilot holes. It's about 50 bucks cheaper than when I bought it, and I can't recommend it enough.
  • it was hell when it was well, but died after a year on the third screw putting down a sheet of backer board on wet thin set.
  • Amazing
  • This is a great tool! Very well built, plenty of power, compact, good balance, light weight, quick battery recharge time (comes with two), and a pleasure to use.
  • this little monster can go right in your back pocket and the 18 volt seems to run forever , and if it doesn't it charges in 15 min
  • this is a powerful, light and easy to handle tool and I highly recommend it, you will love using it.
  • I forgot what it was like to not have this tool. Buy one!
  • Works great, looks goofy
  • The drill is comfortable to use, light-weight and compact enough to drive screws into tight areas with few problems. It is hard to fault it really.
  • This is the handiest tool I have ever used. It is light weight, yet has plenty of power
  • powerful yet light, very handy driver.
  • Rugged, fast charging, very light and ergonomic. I used to be a contractor but now just build stuff for me...great drill
  • Wow! This little monster can do everything. This is the best tool I've ever had.
  • After a month of use I am extremely happy with the performance and my purchase. It does an impressive job of driving screws of all types and sizes.
  • This driver works great and hold a charge for a long time. Also charges QUICK.
  • This is an excellent tool. It's everything I expected and more! It drove 2 1/2 screws into solid wood and countersank them with no problems.
  • What this model provides that others don't is the lightweight. Li-ion batteries at only 1.5 ah fit that bill well. You sacrifice a bit of run time between charges, but I have found that a charge lasts all day
  • Worth every penny!,
  • All in all, though, this is a very well made tool that does more than you can reasonably expect. If I had to have just one power tool, this would definitely be it.
  • Nice tool, best features, Lightweight, lite stays on and the head is short for getting into tight spaces
  • I think this driver is way a head of all the others on the market.

Makita BTD142HW Specifications & Features:

Impact Drive1/4" Hex Shank
Weight (lbs)2.8
Length (in)5-3/4
Torque (in-lbs)1280
No-Load Speed (RPM):0-2,300
Impact Rate (IPM)0-3,200
Speed Settings1
Motor BrushesExternal Access
No. Batteries2 Compact
Cell TypeLithium-Ion
Charge Rating1.5 Ah
Charging Time15 min
Belt HookNo
Work LightLED
Battery Fuel GaugeNo
Driver Warranty3-year
Battery Warranty1-year

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