MAKITA 18V LXT TOOL TORQUE RATING COMPARISON. FAQ`S

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SIDE BY SIDE TORQUE - POWER RATING FOR 18VOLT MAKITA IMPACT DRIVERS AND DRILLS.



Hi there,
I just quickly threw this together to answer a few people`s questions about the power of the makita 18v LXT impact drivers and drills and how they rate versus each model side by side.
Sorry i didn`t have time to make the guide look too great and add more photo`s but i will get i get some spare time.
We get a lot of people wondering that own a btd140 or a btd142 if there`s a tool with a bit more power for batton / tek roofing screws and we say well yes of course there is.  Btd141 for starters and then BTD144, BTD145 & the latest creation LXDT01.
Here`s how the torque ratings compare for makita impact drivers and drills from the least powerful to the most and we`ll have a look inside the basic impact drivers and i`ll explain with the help of a few pics why BTD141 has more grunt than BTD140 and BTD142.

This guide is intended to be a comparison of power ratings for a few of the 18v LXT li-ion makita drills and impacts since there`s a few in the range now and a lot of people are wondering which is rated as the most powerful and how impacts compare with drills for screwing power so this might help people know what`s what.
To put it simply you can`t beat an impact driver or wrench for power to set a screw in place or do up a nut or bolt.  They beat a drill hands down and they don`t twist your arm out of your shoulder socket either like a big drill does.  They are a very easy tool to use that effortlessly drives screws and tightens nuts and bolts.
It`s what they are designed to do and they generate a lot more torque than a drill and at the end of the day the torque is what decides how tight a screw, bolt or nut gets set.
Impact drivers and wrench`s use a hammer and anvil action to spin the shaft and can go from zero tool speed to max torque very easily.  A drill does not. Let`s have a look in more detail.

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE WE HAVE THE DRILLS:

MODEL                                                     MAX TORQUE
BHP452HW  1/2" HAMMER DRILL    50NM  -  (450 In. Lbs)  (BLACK & WHITE)
BHP452        1/2" HAMMER DRILL    50NM  -  (450 In. Lbs)
BDF451        1/2" DRIVER DRILL       80NM  -  (560 In. Lbs)
BHP454        1/2" HAMMER DRILL   80NM  -  (560 In. Lbs)

NEXT IS THE IMPACT DRIVERS & WRENCH`S, QUITE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE.

MODEL                                                                                     MAX TORQUE
BTP140   -        1/4" HEX CHUCK HYBRID DRILL/DRIVER  140NM  -  (1240 In. Lbs)
BTD140   -       1/4" HEX  CHUCK IMPACT DRIVER              145NM  -  (1280 In. Lbs) AUST MODEL
BTD142HW -  1/4" HEX  CHUCK IMPACT DRIVER              145NM  -  (1280 In. Lbs) (SOME ARE BLACK AND WHITE, NOT ALL)

BTD141   -       1/4" HEX CHUCK IMPACT DRIVER               150NM  -  (1330 In. Lbs)
BTD144   -      1/4" HEX  BRUSHLESS IMPACT DRIVER     160NM  -  (1420 In. Lbs)

BTD145   -      1/4" HEX BRUSHLESS IMPACT DRIVER      165NM  -  (THIS IS THE SAME TOOL AS LXDT01)

LXDT01  -      1/4" HEX BRUSHLESS IMPACT DRIVER      165NM  -  (THIS IS THE SAME TOOL AS BTD145)


BTW253  -   3/8" SQUARE DRIVE IMPACT WRENCH          210NM  -  (1860 In. Lbs)
BTW251  -   1/2" SQUARE DRIVE IMPACT WRENCH          230NM  -  (2035 In. Lbs)
BTW450  -   1/2" SQUARE DRIVE IMPACT WRENCH          440NM  -  (3900 In. Lbs)

So there it is, simple the BTD141 is more powerful than the Aussie / U.K. Model BTD140, so any dealer that is telling you his BTD140 is better than the U.S. BTD141 is having a lend of you and he is lying to you.
End of story.    Torque is torque and the rating says it all and BTD141 rates higher than BTD140 or BTD142.
LXTD01 which is just the BTD145 with a different sticker on the side is more powerful than all of the other 1/4" impact drivers.  Since`s it`s way more expensive you wouldn`t be too happy if it wasn`t.  Mind you it`s not a huge amount, but it does get a longer runtime and will out do just about any other driver on the market for the amount of screws set from one battery charge.  So that`s a big bonus.  The main feature of the brushless impacts in my mind is the 3 speed settings.  This not only reduces the speed of the tool but it also takes the power out of the tool and it`s a great feature of the brushless impact drivers for all those guys that use large and small screws.  You don`t need to go back to a small 12 volt tool for those little jobs with small breakable or easily stripped screws.
 The BTD141 is a better tool than the BTD140 & 142 and that`s all there is to it, they have almost identical parts except the 141 has larger armature and more powerful magnet and that gives it more torque.
So don`t get sucked in since they are all about the same price wise.
BTD141 is the better tool out of 140 & 142.  Every single part except the plastic anvil cover is interchangeable between btd140,141 & 142.
Still not convinced ??
Here`s btd140, btd142 and btd141 up close and personal. 

YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY FOR YOURSELF.




WANT TO SEE INSIDE ???  OF COURSE YOU DO.  WHO DOESN`T...



EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE PLASTIC ANVIL COVER CAN BE SWAPPED FROM ONE TOOL TO THE OTHER.




EXACTLY SAME PARTS MOSTLY.  IDENTICAL TRIGGERS, IMPACT MECHANISMS, ETC, ETC



THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE RIGHT HERE BELOW.  IT LOOKS LIKE NOTHING ALMOST.



THE MAGNET AND ARMATURE GIVE BTD141 50 LBS.IN OF EXTRA TORQUE.  SO THAT EXPLAINS THAT I HOPE.


THE BTW450 IS THE KING ON THE HILL WHEN IT COMES TO TORQUE AND NOTHING BEATS THE BIG 1/2" RATTLE GUN.  NO SURPRISE THERE.

Now as a quick side note to give people and idea of what the limits are of the impact driver and larger rattle guns are.  This is basically it.  the 1/4" impact driver are designed to drive screws or with an adaptor you can use a socket and do small nuts or bolts.  A 100mm bugle screw works an impact driver reasonably hard and that`s what most roofing plumbers and cabinet makers will use for screwing.  Any tool with a square drive designed for sockets, such as the BTW253 or 251 & 450 is no longer called a driver and is referred to as a wrench since it`s main task is to drive bolts with sockets.

I always think a wheel nut is a good reference point for people when talking about the power of a tool, since we have all undone a wheel nut and we have all had a really tight nut too.  So most folks should be able to use this as a good reference to decide what tool they might need as far as the Makita wrenches go.

The BTW253 and 251 are great for smaller bolts but do not have the power to remove a wheel nut, unless it`s pretty loose and then they might if your lucky.  They are perfect for guys pulling apart cars and engines for example.

I have used the BTW450 and it will get most nuts from a wheel but i have had a few it wouldn`t get off.  Basically under testing i walked up to my car with a full battery in the tool and started to undo wheel nuts.  At that stage the nuts and wheels hadn`t been touched on the car for quite a while, at least a year.  They all came off pretty easily.

I pulled out a 3ft breaker bar and then did up the nuts as tight as i could with my body weight.  On the second round the BTW450 got 3 out of 5 nuts off, and i had to crack 2 with the bar again to remove them.  So that`s why i say the minimum people would need for larger bolts or nuts is the BTW450.  I hope that gives people a good idea of the power of the tool.  It`s a handy tool but still not a replacement for my pneumatic rattle gun, that will get a truck nut off with no issue.  Don`t expect the big rattle gun to do that because it`s just not going too, but it is handy for what it is.

I HOPE THAT HELPS A FEW PEOPLE OUT.

If you think i`ve made a mistake or i`m wrong about something let me know.   I welcome your input and would be happy to correct any errors.
Specifications and rating are taken from makita`s current ratings for these tools from the manuals for said models and from current stock we have.  Some of this is my opinion partly but mostly i try to be unbiased and just stick to the facts as i know them to be from what i see with my own eyes and my own 20 years of experience with makita power tools both using them myself and selling them for a living, so your welcome to take it or leave it.  This is just here to hopefully help someone make a more informed decision about what tool will suit there needs from one Makita fan to another and hopefully stop a little confusion about what has more power.  Yes the Makita Lxt gear is what i use myself also. 
I just like it more than everything else.  Always have had a thing for my Mak gear, i`m sure all you other fans know what i mean.    :)

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