Best Makita Impact Driver For 2021

UK Makita Impact Drivers Comparison Table

 Makita DTD171Makita DTD154Makita DTD152Makita TD110DWAE
Product Rating4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Max Torque180Nm175Nm165Nm110Nm
Impacts Per Minute3,8003,8003,5003,500
Max No Load Speed (RPM)3,6003,6002,9002,600
Brushless MotorYesYesNoNo
Battery Type18V Lithium-Ion18V Lithium-Ion18V Lithium-Ion10.8V Lithium-Ion
Adjustable Speed Settings4 Speed3 SpeedNoNo
Additional Modes4 Modes1 ModeN/AN/A
Variable Speed TriggerYesYesYesYes
Electric BrakeYesYesYesYes
Max Bolt DiameterM16M16M16M12
Body Length116mm117mm137mm153mm
Body Only Weight1.2kg1.2kg1.3kg1.0kg
Quick VerdictMost Powerful and feature richBest Priced, good value for moneyCheapest, but still packs a punchFor those who need 10.8v driver

What is The Best Makita Impact Driver in 2021?

The best Makita impact driver is the Makita DTD171Z. What makes it the best Makita impact driver? It is the most powerful and feature rich impact driver from Makita.

It has the most torque at 180Nm, brushless motor and has adjustable 4 speed settings for different applications. The DTD171 is the newest impact driver from Makita.

Previous models do not have as much torque and lack the adjustable 4 speed settings for different applications. This is the best impact driver from Makitas UK range.

1. Makita Impact Driver: DTD171 (Best Makita Impact Driver)

Latest Makita Impact Driver in 2021

Product Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

  • Max Torque: 180 Nm
  • Impacts per Minute: 3,800
  • Max No Load Speed: 3,600 rpm
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Electric Brake
  • 4 Speed Settings
  • 4 Assist Mode Settings
  • Brushless Motor: Yes
  • Built in light: Yes
  • Belt Clip: Yes
  • Body Length: 116mm
  • Body Weight: 1.2kg

The Makita DTD171 is the latest makita impact driver, and the best makita impact driver you can buy in the UK. This is currently the most powerful makita impact driver, it has more torque than its predecessor, powerful brushless motor, twin bright LED lights and the bearings inside this tool, has been upgraded from needle bearings to ball bearings, to minimise chuck wobble, especially with long bits.

This Makita power tool comes with some new functions, it has a control panel that allows you to adjust this impact driver to some very handy pre-settings.

There is a 4 stage assist mode which does the following:

  • Assist Mode for Wood Applications – When driving into wood, it starts off slow to help avoid the screw from falling or “screw cam-out” at the beginning of the driving, and gives you more control. Once the tool has to use the impact function, the speed increases to maximum capacity.
  • Bolt Mode – This mode is to stop bolts and nuts falling off. In reverse it has an auto stop feature, it detects when the bolt is loose, and stops before the bolt is about to fall off, this stops it from falling off and dropping on the floor.
  • T-Mode 1– This is for driving self-drilling screws into thin metal sheets. This mode drives the screws at high speed, then stops when the impact function is required.
  • T Mode 2 – This mode is for driving self-drilling screws in to thicker metal plates. It does the same as Mode 1, but uses enough power to make sure the screw does not break or strip.

The DTD171 has the following 4 pre-set speeds:

Max

  • No Load Speed: 3,600
  • Impacts Per Minute: 3,800

Hard

  • No Load Speed: 3,200
  • Impacts Per Minute: 3,600

Medium:

  • No Load Speed: 2,100
  • Impacts Per Minute: 2,600

Soft:

  • No Load Speed: 1,100
  • Impacts Per Minute: 1,100

The DTD171 impact driver comes with a quick mode switch function button above the trigger, this allows you to quickly switch between two modes on the control panel.

If you are doing repetitive work, and using two of the modes often, rather than using the control panel, you can program that button above the trigger to switch between the two modes you require.

If you require the best, and most powerful impact driver from the Makita UK range, this is it.

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2. Makita Impact Driver Brushless 18v DTD154

Excellent Deals Available on The DTD154

Product Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

  • Max Torque: 175 Nm
  • Impacts per Minute: 3,800
  • Max No Load Speed: 3,600 rpm
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Electric Brake
  • Adjustable 3 Speed Settings
  • Tek Mode Setting
  • Brushless Motor: Yes
  • Built in light: Yes
  • Belt Clip: Yes
  • Body Length: 117mm
  • Weight: 1.2kg

This compact 18v Makita DTD154 impact driver is excellent for small spaces, as it is only 117mm in length, it has a brushless motor to for longer life as well as able to handle more of those heavy duty jobs, it has a bright LED light and packs a serious punch with the power it produces.

This impact driver has 3 adjustable pre-set speeds that allow you to adjust the No Load Speed and Impacts Per Minute, and a Tek Mode that automatically adjusts fastening speed.

Tek Mode – This mode starts of at full power, once the impact driver thinks the screw is almost all the way in, it switches to less power to avoid over tingeing of the screw, and screw cam-out.

3 Speed Pre-Set Settings:

Hard

  • No Load Speed: 3,600
  • Impacts Per Minute: 3,800

Medium

  • No Load Speed: 2,100
  • Impacts Per Minute: 2,600

Soft

  • No Load Speed: 1,100
  • Impacts Per Minute: 1,100

This little but powerful Makita impact driver is excellent for those who need precision from their impact driver, a motor that will withstand heavy duty use and compact enough for small award spaces.

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3. Makita DTD152 18V Impact Driver

Cheapest Makita Impact Driver 18v

Product Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

  • Max Torque: 165 Nm
  • Impacts per Minute: 3,500
  • Max No Load Speed: 2,900 rpm
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Electric Brake
  • Adjustable Speed Settings: No
  • Brushless Motor: No
  • Built in light: Yes
  • Belt Clip: Yes
  • Body Length: 137mm
  • Body Weight: 1.2kg

The Makita DTD152 18v impact driver was released a number of years ago, however, it is still very popular to this day because of how competitively priced it is, Makita build quality as well as being comparable with the current range of Makita batteries.

If you don’t need to adjust the speed settings, or need an extremely compact impact driver power tool, this Makita impact driver will be more than sufficient in doing the job you need it to do.

For most jobs, this tool will have more than enough power, this impact driver has no problems driving in large screws, bolts and various other fastening and unfastening jobs.

If you want the cheapest Makita impact driver, with excellent build quality, the DTD152 is the tool to get.

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New Makita Impact Driver For 2021?

The DTD171 is a new makita impact driver UK model for 2021. The DTD171 takes over from the DTD154 (UK model), it produces more torque and comes with Makita’s new 4 stage impact power selection(Tek mode x2) + Assist mode x2). The model before the DTD154 is still available, as well as the Makita DTD153Z, and DTD152.

Product Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Makita Impact Driver Buyers Guide

When purchasing a Makita impact driver, the first think to know is, they are sold mainly as body only, meaning you do not get a battery and charger. Some manufacturers will sell them as a kit which include battery and charger. The model number will indicate if it is body only, for example The Makita DTD171 will have a Z at the end to indicate body only, it will be displayed as DTD171Z.

If you have an existing Makita battery, you will need to make sure the battery and charger you have works with the current Makita impact drivers. The current Makita power tools use 18v LXT batteries make by Makita.

Be wary of grey imports from other countries being sold in the UK. It is best to stick with UK models. Before purchasing, ensure the model you are buying is specifically for the UK market.

Which Makita Impact Driver is Right For You?

There are currently a number of Makita impact drivers available with various additional functions. If you just want to fasten and unfasten screws and bolts, and want to spend as little as possible, the DTD152 and DTD153 will be more than sufficient, however, if you need more control, will be drilling into metal sheets or are a professional contractor, the DTD154 and DTD171 are the ones for you.


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Arthur Allen has been using all sorts of power tools for the last 27 years, gaining a lot of experience on how they work, how to determine what makes a power good, and becoming an expert on the subject through many years of real world trial and error. Not only is Arthur and expert in tools, but various building jobs as well.