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Makita TD020DSEW 7.2-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit Review

First let me say that this is good quality and the padded bag it comes in is very nice. The ergonomics are good as well. The problem unless you are going to use this as a drill is the high RPM. I though a few of the reviewers were just being weenies until I tried it on something simple like a light switch plate. One little blip on the power button and the screw was out (wow that was fast I thought, this thing is cool) now to put it back in you cannot use the screw driver to do it as it spins too wild. So I put in in by hand and got the threads started, then applied the drill with another very slight blip, the lightest possible touch, and slam the screw was all the way in and the driver was jumping out of the slot jacking up the screw. It just has way too much uncontrolled power. I can see it as a drill like I said or a nut driver because it has so much torque, but not as a screw driver unless your driving deck screws and for that you would want the larger LXT driver for that project. I am thinking about returning it and getting the makita variable screw driver, but jeez its over twice the price. I dont know.
Makita-built motor delivers 177 in.lbs. of Max Torque, with 2,300 RPM and 3,000 IPM
Compact design at only 1.1 pounds for reduced operator fatigue
Quick release 1/4-inch hex chuck, built-in LED light illuminates work area
Lithium-ion battery and Energy Star rated charger produce 430% total lifetime work, 2.5X more cycles
3-year warranty on tools; 1-year warranty on batteries and charger

Author: Carter Hargrave

Carter Hargrave Carter Hargrave is a Martial Arts Grandmaster and the founder of American Combat Kempo. He is the President of the World Kempo Association and the World Jeet Kune Do Federation. Carter Hargrave is aSecond Generation Bruce Lee School Instructor. Find us on Google+

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