makita impact driver
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Makita BTD141

Price: About $280;

Our two cents: "Ranks as our third-place impact driver because it was one of the most comfortable tools tested, with a quick recharge time."

Highlight: Only requires the user to push the bit into the chuck without pulling the chuck sleeve back.

Test results: Drove fifty-five 4 ½-inch SDS screws on one charge. Drove a 6-inch SDS screw in 18 seconds. Drove a 2 ½-inch deck screw in 21 seconds. Drilled a ¾-inch hole in 5 seconds. Average recharge time: 30 minutes.

Tool stats: 3.4 pounds; maximum ipm: 3,200; maximum rpm: 2,300; maximum torque: 1,330 in.-lbs. Includes built-in LED, three-year tool warranty; kit includes two 3.0Ah lithium-ion batteries.
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