Makita launches 18V Brushless Impact Driver

Makita has launched its new 18V LXT Brushless Impact Driver, alongside a host of new tools, cleaners and accessories.

The DTD171 18V LXT Brushless Impact Driver delivers ‘high-end performance’ in a compact and lightweight package. Suitable for use across a number of high-intensity tasks, the new tool has a max tightening torque of 180Nm, meaning it ranks as the company’s most powerful cordless impact driver. Whilst striving for outstanding performance, Makita has taken great care not to overlook the importance of comfort and ease of use. To this end, the tool has been fitted with an ergonomic soft grip and number of highly functional features.

The new tool features an electronic four stage impact power selection, as well as four separate assist modes. These assist modes have been specifically tailored for use on particular tasks including; a wood mode, T-mode for thick metal plates, T-mode for thin metal plates and a bolt mode. With a quick mode switching function, the tool can easily shift from one task to another without having to interrupt work, helping tradespeople to progress jobs at a far faster rate.

The tool’s functionality is further improved with the addition of a variable speed trigger, which allows tradespeople to exert more or less power as they desire. Additional features, such as one-touch bit installation and twin LED job lights help tradespeople to work without interruption and make working in areas of poor visibility far easier. What’s more, as with all of Makita’s products the tool comes with a three-year warranty if you register online.

Makita has also added a number of Cordless Impact Wrenches to its product portfolio, including; two new 12V Max CXT Brushless Impact Wrenches (TW160D and TW161D), and an 18V LXT Brushless Impact Wrench (DTW181Z). Once again, these tools have been designed with versatility and ease of use in mind, and feature many of Makita’s industry-leading internal technologies. Akin to the 18V LXT Brushless Impact Driver, these new products have been ergonomically designed ensuring that tradespeople can use the tools for prolonged periods without suffering discomfort.

One feature present across all three of the new wrenches is Makita’s reverse rotation auto-stop mode. The system is designed to make unfastening bolts far safer and can be activated by pulling the tool’s trigger with the tool set in reverse. When in use, the wrench will detect when the bolt has been loosened enough and will stop the impact and rotation in 0.2 seconds. Not only does the mode help to make work safer, it’s also helping save energy from being unnecessarily exerted.

Speaking on the release Matt Chilton, product manager – tools at Makita (UK), said: “We’re delighted to bring a number of new products to market, including our 18V LXT Brushless Impact Driver. Each of these models has a different function, but all are underpinned by the innovative technologies we’ve spent over a century developing. From ergonomic grips, to industry-leading batteries, the tools are helping those in the trade achieve more than ever before. We’re really excited to see them put into practice on sites across the country.”

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