Sold with a soft-sided case, Makita's compact impact driver performs much like the company's larger, more expensive BTD140. However, it weighs a half-pound less, largely because it comes with smaller, 1.5-amp-hour batteries.
Sold with a soft-sided case, Makita's compact impact driver performs much like the company's larger, more expensive BTD140. However, it weighs a half-pound less, largely because it comes with smaller, 1.5-amp-hour batteries.

As a finish carpenter and remodeler, I often find mega-power cordless tools too heavy for my needs. Instead, I look for cordless tools that are lightweight and ergonomic and fit in tight spaces. So when I first saw Makita's new compact 18-volt lithium-ion drill (BDF452HW) and impact driver (BTD142HW), I couldn't wait to try them. Easily identifiable by their white housings, the compact models are essentially smaller, lighter, less-expensive versions of Makita's blue-green lithium-ion tools.

To keep size and weight down, Makita opted for 1.5-amp-hour batteries rather than the 3-amp-hour packs used on the larger tools. (The compact tools do accept the 3-amp-hour batteries — but the smaller batteries won't fit in the larger tools.)

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