Makita has introduced a new operating mode with the launch of its latest 18v Brushless motor impact driver. The new Makita DTD170 impact driver is technically a 6-function impact driver, with four speeds and matched impact power. T-Mode is used for tightening self-drilling Tek screws and when in the new A-Mode (Assist mode) rotation is started slowly allowing maximum control of the screw as it starts to bite into the material.
Once the impact driver detects the screw tightening it switches to full speed and full impact power to complete the tightening sequence. The A-Mode is designed to eliminate ‘screw cam-out’ and ‘cross threading’ caused by high speed rotation before the screw bites in the material.
The new Makita DTD170 generates 175 Nm maximum tightening torque with four impact speeds and power stages ranging from soft setting of 1100 rpm and 1100 impacts per minute; through medium and hard setting levels up to a maximum of 3,600 rpm and 3,800 ipm. This impact driver handles high strength bolts up to M14 and 22x125mm coarse thread screws.
In line with all new Makita tools the performance increases while the overall size of the machines decreases. The new top-of-the-range Makita DTD170 impact driver has a compact overall body length of 117mm and weighs only 1.5kg.
Two further replacement models are introduced to Makita’s impact driver range: the DTD153 single- speed driver produces 170 Nm of torque, 3,600 ipm and runs up to 3,400 rpm whilst the DTD154 3-speed model also has the T-mode for self-drilling screws. All three machines have Brushless motors; ¼” hex; one-touch bit chuck; an electric brake; variable speed control trigger; LED job light with pre-glow and after-glow, and ergonomically designed soft grip handle.