Makita XDT042 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Review

If you’re looking for an absolutely fantastic impact driver, but have not found the perfect one, you’ve come to the right place, please read on.

The Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit comes with the impact driver, an excellent thirty-minute battery charger, a 3.0 amp hour battery, and a case, all for a very feasible price. This impact driver, although small, contains enough power to help you with all sorts of tasks, around the house, in your woodshop, or at a construction site.

Without mentioning other brands, this driver is a great competitor to the other cordless drivers available. With its four-pole brushless motor, a light, and a case, this impact driver will fit your needs. Overall, this Makita impact driver deserves a five-star rating.

Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


Now, let’s get into the more technical, yet important features:

External Features

Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit (Discontinued by Manufacturer)The Makita XDT042 is able to output a maximum of 2300 revolutions per minute and 3200 impacts per minute. This means that you will be able to screw in your fixtures in seconds with the 2300 revolutions. If you want to be more careful, you can use the variable speed, and slowly ramp up the revolutions.

The ability of this impact driver to deliver 3200 impacts per minute means you’ll be able to drill and hammer at the same time, without getting tired. This brings us to the next great physical feature which is the ergonomic design, and weight of the tool.

When the battery is intact, the driver weighs about three pounds. The grip of the handle gives you great comfort to reduce fatigue. Another great external feature of the Makita XDT042 is the light that goes on when the trigger is pressed.

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This is a lifesaver when working at night, or when in tight corners where light is needed. Place the Makita in its carrying case, and carry it to your next project, or simply put it away for protection. The case is sleek and can fit into any space in your car, or in your garage.

Finally, the Makita XDT042 comes with Extreme Protection Technology, a trademark of Makita, which improves the dust and water resistance of this tool. This gives you an edge when operating in harsh, or out of the normal conditions. You no longer have to worry about water or dust destroying your tool.

Internal Features

Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The battery for a drill, impact driver, or any battery-operated machine, is like the heart, for us humans. This internal power source is what makes the tool do what it was meant to do. Makita Batteries, are the best batteries in their categories, which allows you to spend more time working on the tool, than charging it. Makita understands this, so they created Star Protection Computer Controls.

This is a process that happens internally, in which the battery and the tool communicate in real-time through data exchange. This allows the tool to prevent overheating, overloading, and over-discharging.

If for some reason, you lose the battery charger, make sure that the next charger you use, has the star symbol, which is an indication that it contains these Star Protection Computer Controls.

Another awesome internal feature is the motor, which allows this small tool to deliver industrial fastening power. The 4-pole motor, built by Makita, provides the driver with variable speeds ranging from the zero to 2300 revolutions per minute, previously mentioned.

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This range of speed gives you a lot of flexibility, and a wide range of fastening applications. The efficiency of these motors lets the Makita XDT042 not only meet the same demands as a corded impact driver, but also exceeds those demands.

Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


In conclusion, the Makita XDT042 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit provides one of, if not the best, experiences of a cordless impact driver. Its power, comfort, performance, and convenience deserve a five out five-star rating. The four-pole motor provides 1420 inch-pounds of torque.

The tool is measured at 5-7/16 inches, making it ergonomic, compact, and comfortable. Its performance is one of a kind, with variable speeds, 2300 RPMs, and 3200 IPMs, this tool is perfect for a wide range of applications. A built-in LED light and a one-touch hex chuck for quick bit changes make it extremely convenient.

I am not much of a tool guy, but if I were to choose any other cordless driver, I would not choose another driver unless it was this one. The Makita XDT042 not only delivers the needed amount of power and maneuverability, it is also compact, inexpensive, and has the ability to recharge in half an hour.

I’ve seen people who leave their batteries for drills, and saw-saws, charging overnight because they lack the charging capacity that the Makita has. Can you imagine having to wait that long to complete a project? I can’t, that is why I recommend the Makita XDT042 as your next purchase, you will not regret it.