Makita introduced their new 18V LXT cordless Impact Driver.  Yes, they already had an Impact Driver available (See our Review), but this one has a twist to it.  The main difference on this impact driver is Makita uses a three speed brush-less motor, which sounds pretty cool.

The model number on this impact driver is BTD144 and for the tool only the number is BTD144Z.  One advantage of a brush-less motor is efficiency.  According to Makita, because the motor is more efficient, it provides up to 20% longer run time on a battery.  The three speed is a huge advantage as a user can now match the speed of the drill to their application.  The low speed 0-1,300 rpm and IPM is great for smaller screws in woodworking like hinge screws.  The mid speed 0-2,000 rpm and 0-2,800 IPM is great for drywall screws or other mid range applications.  The high speed is 0-2,600 rpm and 0-3,400 IPM puts out 1,420 in. lbs. of max torque which makes it great for heavy applications such as lag bolts.

The overall length of this driver is only 5-1/2″ and weighs 3.3 lbs. with the battery.  The bit shank is 1/4″ hex.  The kit comes with a fast charger which only takes 30 minutes, 2 LXT batteries and a tool case.