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Selectable-Speed Impact Drivers

Makita BTD144

Price: About $321;

Our two cents: "Had the fewest impacts on the low setting, making it perfect for trim work or fasteners made of brass or stainless steel."

Highlights: Shuts off after trigger is pressed for more than two minutes; saves battery from dying while stuffed in a tool bag.

Test results: Drove seventy-four 4 ½-inch SDS screws on one charge with the tool on its highest setting. Drove a 6-inch SDS screw in 13 seconds with the tool on its highest setting. Drove a 2 ½-inch deck screw in 16, 25, and 90 seconds on the high, medium, and low settings, respectively. Drilled a ¾-inch hole in 6 and 16 seconds on the high and medium settings and failed to finish the hole on low settings. Average recharge time: 27 ½ minutes.

Tool stats: 3.3 pounds; three speeds; maximum impacts per minute (ipm): 3,400; maximum rpm: 2,600; maximum torque: 1,420 in.-lbs. Includes built-in LED, brushless motor, battery-life meter, three-year tool warranty; kit includes two 3.0 ampere-hour (Ah) lithium-ion batteries.

*Please note this model will soon be replaced by the LXDT01, which has a slightly higher maximum torque.
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