Over at ToolGuyd’s Facebook page, Andrew sent over some info about the new Makita DTD170 18V brushless impact driver (thanks!).
In a Facebook post, Makita described their new cordless impact as the world’s smartest impact driver.
Additionally, Andrew noted that the new impact is 2 mm shorter than their next most compact model. And it is extremely compact, at just 117 mm long, which is around 4.61″.
So what makes the Makita DTD170 cordless impact driver so smart? It has 6 impact modes, which is more than any other model currently on the market.
There are 2 special impact modes, and 4 variable speed and torque modes.
“A Mode” is said to help eliminate camming out and fastener cross threading by starting off at a low speed until the screw starts to tighten.
“T Mode” is for fastening self-driving screws, likely similar to the Quick-Shift mode we’ve seen in some previous models. In the Quick-Shift mode, the driver starts off at high speed but goes to medium speed for final tightening to prevent damage to a fastener.
- Max torque: 175 Nm (~1549 in-lbs)
- 1st setting: 0-3,600 RPM, 0-3,800 IPM
- 2nd setting: 0-3,200 RPM, 0-3,600 IPM
- 3rd setting: 0-2,100 RPM, 0-2,600 IPM
- 4th setting: 0-1,100 RPM, 0-1,100 IPM
- 117 mm (~4.61″) long
- Weighs 1.5 kg (~3.31 lbs) with BL1860B 6.0Ah battery pack
- 1/4″ hex chuck
Is this the “worlds smartest impact driver?” I’m not so sure about that. I think this title would go to Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel One-Key impact drivers, based on their 2nd generation Fuel impacts. The claim came from a Makita Australia Facebook post, so maybe it’s not an official assertion.
Will this come to the USA? Maybe, maybe not, we’ll have to see.
One thing is clear – this is Makita’s most advanced brushless impact driver to date.