Makita XDT16T Impact Driver review – pros and cons

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Makita XDT16T Impact Driver pros and cons

The Makita model number is XDT16T. The product has housing in an aluminum alloy to make it light in weight and impact-resistant. It has a compact design and weighs only 1.9 pounds (850 g) when not loaded with bits; when coupled with the maximum torque of 330 inch/lbs, this makes for easy use even when driving long screws at low speed or turning them tight by hand.

A LED work light that turns on automatically when you lower the bit into a screw is very useful in dark spaces such as under cabinets and stairs, where hands-free lighting eliminates shadows so you can see if anything’s out of place without having to hold a flashlight. The battery is 18 Volts and can be recharged in 30 minutes or less, so you don’t have to wait very long before it’s ready again for use.


The product has a Makita-built variable speed motor that features Constant Response circuitry which helps maintain the tool’s fastest speed under load for improved user comfort. There are no belt clips required because this impact driver uses an internal system to reduce vibration during high-speed impacts, which contributes to greater control on the job site.

A textured grip provides sure handling on any surface and on either side of the tool; its slim body makes it perfect even for small spaces where your hands might not fit if they had to close around the entire circumference of a larger device. Also, for even more flexibility and peace of mind, there is a lock-on feature that prevents the trigger from being accidentally pressed into the on position.

An ergonomic rubberized soft grip ensures that you can maintain a firm hold on this tool at all times and makes it easy to drive fasteners with less strain. Moreover, because Makita focuses intensely on power and reliability, they’ve engineered this impact driver to be an environmentally responsible device; its case is made from recyclable plastic and it features protection against overloading as well as overheating.

The product has five variable speeds for improved versatility in any application: 0-2,000 rpm (no load), 0-3,000 rpm (1/4-inch hex), 0-3,500 rpm (1/4-inch hex), 0-2,400 rpm (1/4-inch impact) and 0-3,000 rpm (impact).

It has a built-in L.E.D light for increased illumination of the workspace without shadows and is able to hold 1-inch bits in both the front and back ends of the driver for greater adaptability to various applications. It also features an automatic spindle lock so that you can change bits or drill holes quickly and easily if desired. The impact mechanism helps prevent stripping screws as it delivers 3,450 impacts per minute; 2,200 ipm when used as a driver and 1,725 ipm as an impact wrench to help save your wrist from becoming fatigued.

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Itamar Ben-Dor has been in the home improvement business for over 25 years. Itamar Ben-Dor is a jack of all trades. He's worked in the renovation field for years, doing everything from locksmithing to carpentry. He's a small repairs specialist. But his true passion lies in furniture construction and renovation - he loves seeing old pieces come back to life with some new woodwork or a fresh coat of paint.

He has taken courses on many topics in these fields at professional colleges in Israel. Over the years, Itamar has also become quite skilled in gardening, carpentry, and renovations. He's worked on projects of all sizes, from massive renovations to small repairs. No job is too big or too small for him!

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Itamar Ben Dor

Itamar Ben Dor

My father is a practical engineer, and as a hobby he was also involved in construction, renovations, carpentry and woodwork at home; So there was always tools, saws, drills and more at home. Already I was a little kid Dad and I would renovate the house. Once we built a shed for garden tools, once we did flooring for the garden, once we renovated the bathroom and that’s the way it is. Long before there was an internet, directories and plans. We would build things, kitchen cabinets, install electrical appliances, do flooring, pour concrete and more ... I in this blog want to pass on to you the experience I have gained over the last 20 plus-minus years since I was a child to this day and give you information about the best tools, project plans, guides and more.