Never drive screws with drill again

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Review by dlgWoodWork posted 03-27-2008 06:35 AM 8937 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently bought the Makita 18 volt drill. I wish I would have bought the kit that included the impact. I have never owned an impact before, but have heard good things.

I actually ordered this on ebay as a bare tool only. I came in brand new condition. I was anxious to try it out. I put a battery on it and started to drive some screws into some scrap. I was amazed. My drill works well with a screw guide, but this was effertless. There was absolutely no twist when I drove the screws like with a drill. I am very glad I bought this. I have a playset to build for the kids soon and I will be using it drive several lag screws.

Pros: very lightweight

led light just above trigger just like on the drill (very handy)

more power than any woodworker should ever need to drive a screw

my son likes it

very good battery life

Cons: none that I can find yet

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#1 posted 03-27-2008 06:38 AM

I have been looking at impact drivers for quite a while now. When I get one it will have a lithium-ion battery.

Does it use the impact feature when you remove screws?

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#2 posted 03-27-2008 06:44 AM

Yes Gary it does. It has the impact feature in both forward and reverse.

I just posted a link in the forums where Amazon has a good deal on this right now.

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 10:55 AM

Thanks for the review. I just redid my deck last summer. Sounds like this would have been welcome. I used an 18 volt (heavy) drill motor.

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#4 posted 03-27-2008 02:19 PM

The guys that used to install our cabinets swore by impact drivers for driving screws…not just lag screws but smaller wood screws, for the reasons you outlined! I agree with Gary though..any new tools I buy will by Lithium Ion! Great review..Makita never disappoints they always make a quality tool…I love my Makita 12” SCMS


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#5 posted 03-27-2008 02:42 PM

I had the privilage of using that drill recently. Had no problem driving in 10” lag bolts. Two batteries did over 100 6” x 5/16th lag bolts. .............noisy as can be but effortless. Got home and drove a 3” screw through two pieces of 8/4 hard maple…no problem. I’m not one to give many tools a 5 star rating but this tool gets all five stars

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#6 posted 03-27-2008 05:28 PM

I bought the Makita 18v cordless compact drill and impact driver in a set ((LCT200W). Both are great. With the limited use for far, I feel I have better control driving screws with the impact driver than with the drill.

Just a short aside, I had to remove some phillips heads that were very tightly screwed in. So tight in fact it felt from trying to remove them by hand with a phillips screwdriver, that I would strip the phillips slots. I pulled out the impact driver and put firm pressure on the driver and the impact did its work. No stripping and screws came out cleanly. I agree with DGunn, light weight and plenty of torque.


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#7 posted 03-27-2008 07:29 PM

The key phrase that makes the impact driver superior to a regular drill for driving screws is “rotational tourqe”..the impact driver has none and thats what makes the bit want to jump out of the screw when using a drill.


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#8 posted 03-27-2008 10:49 PM

Is it so freakin noisy and slow as to be the most annoying tool ever invented ?? It seems like I’m the only who does not appreciate these things. My kitchen installer uses impacts drills and I gotta leave the room when he’s working, it gives me a headache being around him. No doubt they have lots of torque…..but at what cost.
I’ll plug away with my v28 milwaukee at lightening speed and power.

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#9 posted 03-27-2008 11:00 PM

I love the LCT200W kit. I purchased it and then had to get my dad one too cause he liked it so much. Great weight and ergonomics. You can get the LCT200 for $199. reconditioned at Toolking. The cool thing about the Makita LCT kit is that with a little “modification” the LCT battery can fit on the LXT tools. There is a tab on the LXT tools that you just need to chip out. course, you probably void your warranty but….it’s sure nice to have the 1.5Ah battery fit on my cordless reciprocating saw now.

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#10 posted 03-28-2008 02:48 PM

My only question is how much control do you have without any torque adjustment? I’ve been wondering if you would have a tendency to over drive the screws because of too much torque. That’s why I recently purchased a MILWAUKEE 12V SUB-COMPACT DRIVER rather than an impact

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#11 posted 03-28-2008 06:13 PM

I also had concerns with the impact driver over-driving screws. What I have found so far is that you can drive a screw pretty well into a board without without much effort if you wanted to. I have found that I can control the speed of the driver with the trigger. I can ease off the trigger when I get near flush and it works fine.

I too had a cabinet installer use this tool in my house. I agree the sound when it begins impacting as it begins to tighten was annoying. But as the operator, I notice it less for whatever reason.


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#12 posted 03-29-2008 02:29 PM

I have been thinking about getting one of these but just can’t seem to justify it (since my tool wish list is rather long) as long as my Dewalt’s are funning fine. But I will have to put one of these on my wish list in case I come across a windfall.

Thanks for the post.

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