Makita BTW450Z High Torque Impact Wrench Review

The Makita BTW450Z High Torque Impact Wrench is built around the Makita-built high torque motor which grinds out 325 ft. lbs. of torque, spins at up to 1,600 rpm, and provides 2,200 ipm for effective use in a number of different fastening applications, including removing and replacing transmission bolts and tough lug nuts. Makita’s unique hammer & anvil impact mechanisms are made utilising the best of raw materials, including the top quality steel tempered with a exceptional heat hardening process , all adding up to the maximum driving and fastening power. The exclusive, ergonomically designed, rubber joint, shock absorbent hand-grip, helps to guard the battery housing against engine and job vibration.

It is another shining example of Makita’s commitment to use innovative technology, top quality materials and the best in high-class engineering. This tool is backed by a 3-Year Warranty. Makita Li-Ion batteries and chargers have a limited 1-year warranty.

Main features list

It comes packed with features such as:

  • a tool weight of just 6 lbs,
  • A Makita-built motor which cranks out 325 ft.lbs. of torque,
  • a rotational speed of 1,600 RPM,
  • an impact rate of 2,200 impacts every minute,
  • a ergonomic, compact design,
  • 10.5” in length,
  • a 7.5 lbs. weight for less operator fatigue,
  • a huge rocker switch,
  • in-built LED,
  • a large tool hook,
  • a tested, shock absorbent handle,
  • a Makita LXT lithium-ion battery suitability (this item is not included in this offer),
  • a 30-minute rapid charger (Energy Star rated),
  • a three years limited warranty,

Who is it best for?

It would be ideal for a steel contractor, a commercial contractor, automotive assembly men, auto mechanic, contractor, HVAC contractor, in fact any professional tradesman looking for the best in well-engineered impact wrenches.

Pros and cons

The Impact Wrench is just 7.5 pounds in weight, when you add in the separately sold battery. Ergonomic Design in a Compact Size, just 10.5” in length, means that it fits well, reducing operator hand and wrist fatigue. The BTW450Z comes with a large rocker switch designed to make the tool easier to use, even with gloves, and the 1/2” square drive with its detent pin is meant for rapid release. An inbuilt L.E.D. efficiently lights up the work area. The BTW450Z’s versatile design is a cordless option to heavier air powered and plug-in impact wrenches for a huge range of applications. It is especially engineered for a wide range of tough loosening and fastening tasks, is ideal for I-beam construction, steel beam construction, overhead door installation, , telephone as well as cell phone pole installation, utility pole installation, mudsills, conveyor systems, automotive work, fire sprinklers, HVAC, refineries and oil fields, tilt-up construction, anchors and much more.

Undoes anything, even seized and rusted nuts and bolts. Built in a very strong, tank-like fashion. The toggle on the power switch, for forward and reverse is a bit cumbersome and takes getting used to. There is no variable speed on this unit.

Why should you buy it?

The great combination of torque, power, weight and the ergonomic, comfortable design make this a tool which works well and is well worth buying.