Makita XDT14 18V Impact Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

We received the Makita XDT14 impact driver from Home Depot #THD ProSpective program awhile back.  It was a great fit because we already regularly use their impacts.  We have always had good experiences with them.

    Here at Thetoolpig.com we have been using Makita impact drivers longer than any other brand by a wide margin.  We still use them more than any other brand.  We started using them back in the 90’s in 12v versions and went up from there.  I still remember the  bewildered looks from other carpenters and tradesmen when I would pull one out.  Then the questions would start, “What are you going to do with that?  Why is it so small?  Or why do you need it?  Then why is it so noisy?” 

  I would usually answer only one question with, “Oh it’s my impact driver.”  Then I would find the biggest screw in my tool bags and hand it to the person and say,  “Drive this screw and tell me what you think.” The look on every single persons face was gold to me!  I would grin from ear to ear every time because I knew I had just made another convert.  

    The biggest surprise for most of them was the fact that they were able to drive screws with much less effort.  They couldn’t help but be impressed by the way it would drive screws without stripping like with their cordless drills.  They also loved how small they were compared to their cordless drills.

 

If you haven’t used an impact driver it is time to make the plunge.

 

  Makita continues to be a leader in impact drivers. Today they are more capable and efficient than ever before.  Makita has led the charge to smaller and more comfortable impact drivers.  5 years ago they launched the worlds smallest 18v impact driver in Japan.  It was the TD148.  It was not only smaller than anything else including12v tools, it was also the fastest driver on the planet.  We had so much fun making tool fight videos showing it beating other impacts from every company.  

 

 

  We really feel that the little green impact nicknamed “baby hulk” put us on the map in the tool review world and helped put a lot of eyes on our work.   The Makita XDT14 is very similar.  It is Tiny and Powerful.  It can also win those tool fights because it is so fast. The Makita XDT14 gets more done with less effort than many other drivers.

  Of course tool fights don’t really prove anything.  They can’t really show how a tool will affect your work.  Driving a screw in 3.7 seconds vs 4 seconds wont really change your work day much. 

STANDOUT TOOL

   How a tool feels after using it all day is much more important.  Is it comfortable in your hands all day long?  If so you will not even think about the tool.  You will be able to focus more on your work. How is the trigger control?  Is it smooth and linear?  If so you will have much better control of your fastening.  If it is rough or poorly programmed you will have more trouble feathering your fasteners in perfectly.  You may strip screw heads  more or overdrive them causing damage to your work.  The Makita XDT14 is really good with all of these points. 

While some manufacturers are focused on providing the biggest torque numbers or apps to use with your smart phone, Makita has been focused on making your workday better.  They have reduced vibration and produce significantly less noise than some competing brands. The time spent engineering and testing really pays off when you are driving screws all day.  This crazy world delivers enough stress without adding to it with our tool choices. The Makita XDT 14 has easily driven every sort of fastener on our jobs. 

  The smaller size has so many advantages. You are lifting less weight every time you pick it up.  This is especially advantageous when working overhead.  These smaller impacts now fit in much smaller spaces.  Even with longer bits you still have an advantage of where they will fit. This Makita XDT14 will fit in spots smaller than some right angle drills.  I really notice this when working between joists and inside cabinets.  These impacts simply fit where other tools will not. 

 FEATURES

The XDT14 is not the top of the line impact driver from Makita.  It does share many features with the XDT16.  There is a switch on the base of the tool to allow you to turn the led on and off as well as toggle between the different speeds.  I have to admit, I am impatient.  I usually use impact drivers on the top speed and feather the trigger with my finger.  The speed modes really do help for smaller fasteners. They are sometimes easy to strip out on cabinet hardware or similar items.  The slower speed modes help us to avoid damaging our work.

The assist mode is pretty useful as well  It is so easy to over drive screws on sheet metal and other building products.  You want to get to the point where the screw is holding both pieces together but not spinning freely.  Assist mode gives full power until the impact mechanism kicks in.  At that point it will automatically reduce the motor speed to allow you to continue driving the screw home without over driving and stripping.  These modes are not for everyone but it’s nice to have them available.  Each person has to decide if these types of modes are useful or not.  For a seasoned worker they may be less desirable.  For an apprentice or new person on the job they may help increase quality and productivity. 

Although it looks much like the XDT13 there is a huge difference in performance.  The specs on paper look similar but the Makita XDT14 is much faster and is worth the premium in price.  It is also smaller and fits in tighter spots. We compare it with the XDT13, XDT16 and a competing 36v model from MetaboHPT here.

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🔥Win a free @makitatools XDT14 impact driver kit!🔥 I have gotten a few people lately asking for an alternative impact driver for Self tapping screws in double 1/8 inch aluminum. They wanted to know what I would suggest because they were having trouble with their current brand going out within six months. One of the brands they have been bringing up lately is the HPT. One guy asked me if I could do a comparison video between the HPT and the top of the line Makitas. I ran the XTD 16, the 36v triple hammer then the XDT 14 since it is a little cheaper and just for fun I threw in the entry level XDT13. I am surprised at the differences in these impact drivers! Swipe to see the Makita Xdt13 you see in stores at compared to these two you can order from homedepot.com! I knew the XDT 16 would be outstanding. I wasn’t expecting the XDT 14 to put the smack down on the triple hammer. The XDT 13 also surprised me. I thought it was closer to the XDT 14 since it looks very similar. This is definitely a case of you get what you pay for. I am very impressed with the XDT 14. We did a full review over at theToolpig.com. To enter for the free starter kit hit like and tag a friend here or on Facebook. Make sure you are following @makitatools . Hit the link in my bio to the website article. Check it out and leave us your thoughts. Tell us what trade you are in. No affiliation with Instagram or Facebook. I cannot ship batteries overseas by vessel or by air. #ImpactDriver #SheetMetalScrews #SelfTappingScrews #CordlessDrill #cordlessImpactDriver #CordlessTools #Tools #Tool #PowerTool @kodysama @jared.naranjo1990

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What’s in the Box?

   This particular kit includes the fast charger and 2 5.0 batteries.  There is also an ambidextrous belt hook.  It is enough to keep you sending screws home all day long.  The charger will easily keep up with the driver for just about any application. It also includes a nice kit box.  The lid has generous bit storage. There is space for quite a few different sized bits. The second lid secures with a reassuring snap.  I prefer boxes over bags. I do wish all companies packaged their tools in interlocking boxes in North America like they do in Europe.  For me, I would be willing to pay a little more for interlocking boxes along with the tool purchase. 

  Who is this driver for?  It is for absolutely any professional who needs to drill holes and drive fasteners efficiently.  The higher quality, performance and price tag means that more in the trades will be using it.  We require tools that hold up for the long run.  Our income depends on it. We don’t need extra long warranties.  We need performance for the long haul and Makita continues to deliver. 

 That’s not to say that discerning do it yourselfers wont buy it.  They too will benefit from the refinement and features.  That is something each person needs to weigh out when making tool purchase decision. 

 

  • Compact and ergonomic design 
  • Quick-shift mode selector has an automatic electronic controller that downshifts and reduces rotation and impact speed prior to driving screw into place and is engineered to minimize screw thread stripping, screw breakage and damage to work
  • Tightening mode (T-mode) for faster tightening of self-drilling screws; helps prevent damage to the screw or workpiece
  • 3-speed power selection switch (0-1,100 / 0-2,100 / 0-3,600 RPM and 0-1,100 / 0-2,600 / 0-3,800 IPM) provides precise fastening control for a wide range of applications
  • BL brushless motor delivers 3,600 max RPM and 1,550 in. lbs. of max torque
  • Efficient BL brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per charge
  • Features Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions
  • BL brushless motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life
  • Electronically-controlled BL brushless motor efficiently uses energy to match torque and RPM to the changing demands of the ap
  • at only 4-5/8 in. L
  • Weighs only 3.3 lbs. with battery for reduced operator fatigue
  • Convenient one-touch 1/4 in. hex chuck for quick bit changes
  • All metal gear housing for increased job site durability
  • Dual LED lights with an independent on/off switch illuminate the work area
  • Rubberized soft grip provides increased comfort on the job
  • Equipped with star protection computer controls to protect against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating
  • Makita’s proprietary hammer and anvil impact mechanism is manufactured using the best raw materials with the highest quality steel and unique heat hardening process for maximum fastening and driving power
  • 18-Volt LXT lithium-ion 5.0Ah battery BL1850B features an integrated LED battery charge level indicator
  • Makita technology delivers category-leading charge time so the battery spends more time working and less time sitting on the charger

 

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2019-03-11T09:41:17-05:00March 7th, 2019|cordless tools, Makita|30 Comments

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  1. Marcos 03/09/2019 at 6:31 AM - Reply

    I’m a carpenter by trade. But I also work building Tough Mudder obstacle courses. My impact drivers are my daily use tools. I always enjoy watching your reviews because it helps me know what tools handle varying scenarios best. And with the different fields of work that I do I need tools that last indoors and outdoors. And can handle daily use and not die out quickly.

  2. Nick Tanner 03/08/2019 at 3:15 PM - Reply

    Carpenter apprentice in Nova Scotia, Canada and have always run Ridgid gear but I have always had a keen interest in Makita because of their great build quality but went with Ridgid because of the LSA. This impact looks beast and super light weight!

  3. JAMIE GADBERRY 03/08/2019 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    I would love to win something like this! I’m a bricklayer and we use impact drivers when we screw our brick anchors to a steel stud building. Love it @giddygads94 = insta

  4. Brad Shaw 03/08/2019 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    I haven’t used this exact model, but I’ve used previous ones. And being a cabinetmaker, they are one of the lightest, smallest and most comfortable impact drivers to use.
    I’m a cabinetmaker from Meaford, Ontario.
    @nighthawkvalleyinteriors

  5. Andrew Pimentel 03/08/2019 at 8:46 AM - Reply

    I’m a carpenter in Northern California and I love makita tools. I was disappointed by a
    Post you wrote a few weeks back expressing your frustration with the quality of their products. I hope it doesn’t continue!!! I’d love to own this impact driver kit. I love mine but I’ve had it about 6 years and nothing would get me more stoked to wake up and get my day going more than knowing I had a fresh makita impact waiting for me!! Thanks and let me know!! I love your page btw you have the best tools on the regularly🤤

  6. Josh02carlson@gmail.com 03/08/2019 at 7:41 AM - Reply

    thanks for the review! I’ve been switching a select few tools from my Milwaukee tools to a couple makita this year. The X2 tools and the subcompacts have impressed me. Makita is making a good impression on me this year! This driver may be next!

    I’m a carpenter by trade, mostly hanging doors and windows.
    IG: carlson_carpentry

  7. Brandon Blatchley 03/08/2019 at 5:45 AM - Reply

    Nice review Toolpig. Making a living with your tools definitely gives you a different perspective on what you need for performance, options, and warranty. As builders and remodelers we need tools to last, but more important that they perform. It’s great to see products that are merging power and finesse.
    @blatchley_building

  8. Dillon Lawler 03/08/2019 at 4:59 AM - Reply

    Have been looking for a new impact to replace my 6 year old Milwaukee. The xdt16 has to many bells and whistles for what i need and you may have just sold me on this!

  9. Jack Taylor 03/08/2019 at 2:35 AM - Reply

    The different settings look great for more delicate trim and finish jobs. Great write up!

  10. Pascal Posse 03/08/2019 at 1:49 AM - Reply

    I’m a hobby carpenter, and for me the Number one has always been Bosch, but as I’m lately reading your reviews, I would be very interested in trying out an makita, especially such a nice impact driver as the XDT14. I’m even willing to switch Plattforms from Bosch to Makita, if it’s as good as you said.

    IG @machinerymaker

  11. David Schmidt 03/08/2019 at 12:00 AM - Reply

    Great review and awesome looking impact. I have always had Dewalt but heard nothing but great things about those Makita impacts forever now. I’m in the flooring game , so an impact like this would always come in handy for subfloor prep.

    @dsfloorinstallations

  12. Clayton Carley 03/07/2019 at 11:47 PM - Reply

    I’ve tried ridgid, Milwaukee, and dewalt. Reading the review maybe it’s time I tried out Makita! Always in the market for a powerful impact. I’m a carpenter and always like to find better tools.

    Instagram @piocontracting

  13. Nick 03/07/2019 at 10:22 PM - Reply

    I’m a carpenter currently using dewalt drills and drivers and majors for circular saws! I have heard nothing but good things about makita impacts and I’d love to show the guys at work what a real impact is! IG nick_enos

  14. Pedro Lugo 03/07/2019 at 9:57 PM - Reply

    I started out in the capentry buisness using makita tools and loved them ever since. They always felt so light and good on my hands. Would be nice to own one of my own.

    IG: mach_nasty

    • Pascal Posse 03/08/2019 at 1:48 AM - Reply

      I’m a hobby carpenter, and for me the Number one has always been Bosch, but as I’m lately reading your reviews, I would be very interested in trying out an makita, especially such a nice impact driver as the XDT14. I’m even willing to switch Plattforms from Bosch to Makita, if it’s as good as you said.

      IG @machinerymaker

  15. Peter Dobud 03/07/2019 at 9:49 PM - Reply

    Great stuff! I’m a huge makita fan. Been using makita impact drills for almost ten years in sheet metal. I just recently switched trades into refrigeration and seems everyone in refrigeration uses Milwaukee power tools. I still have an old makita impact at home though. Would love a new one!

    • Fabian 03/07/2019 at 10:42 PM - Reply

      I Started Buying Makita Tools Back When Helping A Buddie At His Fathers Church. He Had A Few Tools Of All Brands But By Far His Favorite Was Makita, So I Began Using Them Not Long After Too. Since Then All My Makita Tools Have Seen There Fair Share Of Driving Srews And Fasting Bolts. I’m Loving The Look Of The New XDT14, Also Loving The Site. Well There’s My Two Cents Have A Blessed Day Y’all. Ig: gxfabian

  16. Shane Baxter 03/07/2019 at 9:47 PM - Reply

    Currently using the Makita the lxdt04 super nice impactor but looking to upgrade into the brushless world … Recently purchased the DHS680 circular saw (first and only brushless tool) love everything about Makita boss uses Milwaukee (which I use at work) nothing wrong with them but something about Makita got to love them

  17. Colin Stoffel 03/07/2019 at 9:18 PM - Reply

    The more I see the advances between all brands, the more I’m inclined to broaden my toolbox. I have been in the diesel industry for 15 years and was snap on and dewalt for years. When milwaukee showed up and snap on and dewalt 12v-14.4 line was underperforming, I made the switch to milwaukee and never looked back. At home, my interest and hobby was projects and woodworking which made me look at all brands to find what fits my budget and needs. Since following toolpig and others , I find myself being more and more apt to try Makita. Thank you toolpig and home depot for doing this.

  18. Jason Weaver 03/07/2019 at 8:51 PM - Reply

    Im an electrician apprentice doing commercial installations. Right now im using the m12 impact. I like it for the size but i always wish it had more power i def might have to make the switch to makita to get my hands on this little beast. I wonder how it will hold up to spade bites and unibits

  19. Kody Norton 03/07/2019 at 8:40 PM - Reply

    Hey it’s me, Kody! Checking out that XDT 14 and it really performs! I thought for sure that the Metabo Triple Hammer would outperform it. Working with 1/8 inch thick powder coated aluminum all day on the Struxure Pergolas will really test your drills! Really glad you helped me make my decision!

  20. Jason frampton 03/07/2019 at 8:24 PM - Reply

    Very powerful tool. Would definitely work for putting lag bolts into deck joist and that’s what I would be useing it for

  21. Jeff Hoepker IG- jeff_t_dadof3 03/07/2019 at 7:54 PM - Reply

    I’m a journeyman patternmaker by day and a furniture maker by night. I use all brands and types of tools in both jobs. I’ve definitely noticed good and bad things with all brands. I honestly have never had complaints with Makita tools and I’m sure this compact impact would be no different.

    • Dave 03/08/2019 at 4:54 AM - Reply

      Building maintenance hvac technician for a manufacturing plant in Skokie, Illinois. I would definitely be able to use the Makita impact from anchoring piping to the walls or guard rails around equipment.
      Thanks

      • Laura Nobert 03/09/2019 at 5:01 AM - Reply

        My very first cordless drill was a 9.6V Makita…I seriously loved that thing. I currently have mostly Milwaukee tools, but have been really impressed with the Makita tools I’ve been seeing and would like to eventually add them to my line up.
        The impact you reviewed looks really tempting…
        I really like the small size…not only would it fit well in the tight quarters and crawl spaces I tend to hang out in, but it would fit my hand better and help prevent the muscle fatigue that can happen when I use larger/more awkward tools for prolonged periods.
        Because I have small hands, I often wish that I could find “child sized” tools that pack a grown up punch…it looks like that xdt14 would totally “fit the bill” (or hand lol)

        Thanks for the review and comparisons (and also thanks for the chance at your contest!)

        IG Handle: @bulldawg_plumbing
        Trade: Plumber

  22. Justin Marcus 03/07/2019 at 7:50 PM - Reply

    Seem like a nice impact, I’m doing renovations/flippers and only until recent I’ve been using the old XLT you did a review on, it’s been great but it’s getting weak as of late, we use a newer model I can’t think which one it is, but unfortunately they won’t accept the new small batteries

  23. Benjamin Scriven 03/07/2019 at 7:29 PM - Reply

    Would love to get my hands on this. The settings and smaller size would be great for cabinet install and interior trim. Been doing this with a old Makita, maybe 8 years old now.. probably about time to upgrade.

    @Scribble_bitz and @brokenlimbwoodcrafts on Instagram

  24. Francisco 03/07/2019 at 7:28 PM - Reply

    Would like to give this drill a try , I’ll consider buying one , seems good for small sports like when working with kitchen cabinets, I’m Francisco 23 years old working with my father and family own business. Watching all your videos and tool reviews has helped a lot , makes buying new tools a much easier decisions

  25. Howard McLean 03/07/2019 at 7:12 PM - Reply

    I read your review on the XDT1418V Impact tool by Makita and I was impressed. When I was working in the metal stud framing and drywall business, we used a lot of Makita chop saws and screw guns. Makita really stepoed up their game now. I could have used this impact for using self tapping screws into 12 ga metal joists. Broke a lot of screws that would spin out. My guys also broke a lot of bit tips and nut driver bits. I would like to try it today because i want to see it drive those fasteners home Good review as alwsys Tool Pig.i want one now for sure.

    IG name @tigerwoodwrks

  26. Aaron Miiller 03/07/2019 at 6:42 PM - Reply

    That assist mode sounds awesome. I’m with you on Makita impacts, they are just hard to beat in my opinion. Love the size of this impact as well. Would love to try this bad boy out!!!
    @miillersconstruction

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