Bostitch 18V Impact Driver Review
Bostitch 18V Lithium 1/4 Inch Hex Chuck Impact Driver – Model BTC440LB
Bostitch 18V Impact Driver
Model number: BTC440LB
Power source: 18V Li-Ion
Weight: 3.4 lbs
I’ve been using Bostitch nailers and staplers for years so I was pretty excited to get my hands on their new line of power tools. If you hadn’t heard the news then you might be surprised to learn they are now offering power tools! This review will focus on their all new 18V Lithium 1/4 inch Hex Chuck Impact Driver, Model BTC440LB. This new line of power tools gives the Stanley Black & Decker group another price point above Black & Decker and below DEWALT that will be attractive to small contractors and guys just starting in the business. Below are my thoughts on this new impact driver from Bostitch.
- High torque motor delivers 1,400 in.- lbs. of max* torque
- Integral LED worklight provides additional light in dark work areas
- No reactionary torque eliminates kick back
- Cold forged impact mechanism designed for maximum durability
- Variable speed trigger for improved control during fastening applications
- Voltage: 18 V
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion
- Chuck Size: 1/4″
- Speed: 0-2,800 rpm
- BPM: 0-3,100
- Variable-Speed Trigger
- Length: 6.8″
- 3 Year Limited Warranty
PRO Grade Tool at DIY Price Point
Say what you want about tool companies cranking out dozens of new SKU’s in new categories but in this case I think it’s a smart move. The folks at SB&D certainly offer quite a selection of power tools from the Black & Decker, Porter-Cable and DEWALT lineups. However, each of those brands is focused on a specific user group and none of them seems to hit one certain group very well. That group is what I would consider new construction professionals just starting their career. These men and women typically need all kinds of tools with a very limited budget. So it seems perfectly logical to me that there’s room for a PRO grade tool at a lower price point.
This impact driver offers all the features you’d see in let’s say a DEWALT impact driver with slightly lower quality materials. For example the housing near the nose is plastic where another brand might be metal. The grip and basic tool shell seem to be of a lesser quality as well. However, the tool itself seems to be well built and certainly performs very well.
If I had one issue I’d like to point out on this tool it would be the battery pack. This kit comes with only one battery and the battery is a rather small battery (24 Wh : Which if I’m doing my math correctly is about 1.3 Ah). This means you’ll need at least one more battery if you plan on doing any prolonged tasks that require long run times.
The Bostitch BTC440LB Impact Driver is a solid tool perfect for contractors just getting started on a limited budget. These tools are certainly not of the same class as their big brother DEWALT, however, they offer lots of great features at a very affordable price point. If you’re in the market for a bunch of power tools and you want all the features of PRO grade tools, the Bostitch lineup is worth a look.
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