Makita LXDT06 18-Volt Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver Review

By Phil Benevides on Makita, Tool Reviews

Makita LXDT06 18-Volt Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver Review

The Makita LXDT06 Brushless Impact Driver on the ACC Job-Site

The Impact Driver has become the modern day carpenter’s hammer. With the numerous mechanical solutions coming to market, and the speed and strength of new fasteners, carpenters have been reaching for their drivers more than their hammers these days, that’s why ACC brings you this Makita LXDT06 18-Volt Brush-less 3-Speed Impact Driver Review.

Similarly, brush-less tools are becoming the new norm, as they provide superior power, battery life, and can significantly reduce the size and weight of a tool. That’s why we give the Makita LXDT06 18-Volt Brush-less 3-Speed Impact Driver two thumbs up as it provides the operator with the flexibility to drive fasteners home with speed and precision while giving users the ability to gently remove delicate fasteners as well.

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Specifications

  • Hex Shank: 1/4″
  • Max Torque (in.lbs.): 1,500
  • Battery: 18V LXT Lithium-Ion
  • Overall Length: 5-1/8″
  • Net Weight: (lbs. w/battery) 3.3

No Load Speed

  • Low 0 – 1,400 RPM
  • Medium 0 – 2,300 RPM
  • High 0 – 2,800 RPM

Makita LXDT06 18-Volt Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver Review

Impacts per Minute

  • Low 0 – 1,300 IPM
  • Medium 0 – 2,800 IPM
  • High 0 – 3,400 IPM

3-Speeds & 4-Settings

The additional benefits of brush-less technology is the advanced electronics, which Makita brings with a combination battery fuel gauge and 4-setting interface right on the base of the driver.

The T-mode allows self setting screws to get the high no load speed to set quickly and then provide the high impacts per minute to finish heavy duty fasteners.

Makita LXDT06 18-Volt Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver Review

The Soft setting is an unique feature for an impact driver, it provides the torque you expect from an impact driver, but does not overdue the RPMs allowing you to control the tool better, we found this setting useful, when backing out mystery screws during demolition.

The Medium setting is probably the best setting to keep the driver at for typical driver use for exterior screws and small traditional fasteners.

The Hard setting provides high impact per minute and high RPMs to quickly drive your heavy duty fasteners for structural framing like the beloved Timberlok

Ergonomics

The Driver itself is well balanced and feels great in your hand and it seems like folks at Makita have hit the sweet spot with the forward and reverse buttons on the driver. The button slide is just within reach of the thumb and index finger helping you feel for it and quickly change the drivers direction.

The 1/4-inch hex shank is hands free for quick bit changes, which is really nice and you may not notice how efficient it is until you reach for a tool without it. The ease and speed of just inserting a bit and moving on to your work is more than nice to have as you avoid clumsy bit changes and struggles while trying to juggle three items in your hands.

Battery & PowerMakita LXDT06 18-Volt Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver Review

The 18v 3.0Ah Battery lasts extremely long hooked up to this efficient brush-less tool, using it for conventional fasteners on the job I went for a week without needing a charge. Once you get to driving heavy duty Trussloks and Timberloks the battery will drain, but the Makita 30-minute charger will get your battery ready to work during lunch.

Overall Impression

We love using the 18-Volt Makita Brush-less Impact Driver, the drill’s advanced electronics and 4-setting controls make this a next generation tool. The drill also turned us on to the Impact GOLD accessories available from Makita which we also love. Overall this is a professional grade, top tier tool, we highly recommend The LXDT06 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Brush-less Quick-Shift Mode™ 3-Speed Impact Driver Kit.

The LXDT06 Kit Includes

  • 2 ea. 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery (BL1830)
  • 30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RA)
  • Tool case (824772-7)
  • Belt Clip (346034-7)

 How Much and Where To Buy?

The Makita LXDT06 18-Volt Brush-less 3-Speed Impact Driver can be purchased online here; Makita-LXDT06-3-Speed-Impact-Driver

 

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About the author

Phil Benevides

Carpenter / Assistant Editor

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA.Phil continues to grow his skills as a carpenter and leader, while exploring new products, methods, and tools!

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