Makita BTD129RFE Cordless Brushless Impact Driver

Tell us what you think of this impact driver from Makita in the comments section below!

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We put the Makita BTD129RFE brushless imact driver (click for full spec & our best price) into the hands of joiner Neil Bradbury and asked him to give us his thoughts and impressions on its features and benefits.

A couple of his reactions included "impressive", "cost effective" and "ticks all the right boxes"!

Watch his video review on Toolstop TV by clicking here, or keep reading for our video player.

In this review guide we'll cover the following about the BTD129RFE:

Compact Size

Neil was taken by the compact size of the BTD129RFE.

Measuring in with a headlenght of only 145mm, it's certainly going to feel nimble in your hands, particulary if you're working in confined spaces like at the back of a kitchen cabinet.

Brushless Motor

The brushless motor engineering in the BTD129RFE is in a big way responsible for it's short headlength and over all compact size.

We've covered the benefit of brushless motors on the Toolstop blog before, but here's the jist of it:

  • a brush-less motor is inside-out to a brushed version, and as the name suggests, eliminates the need for brushes. The windings are on the outside and a permanent magnet is fitted inside
  • less energy is required. And because less energy is required to charge the permanent magnet to get the motor running, batteries last longer
  • no sparks are produced, and the motor runs much, much cooler. Again, this translates to your tool being able to run much longer on a charge because there's less "energy loss"
  • because of the nature of their construction, brush-less motors are lighter and smaller. This translates itself into smaller and lighter power tools that run longer


makita btd129rfe brushless impact driver

An impact driver is the sort of power tool you'll expect to have in your hand for long periods of time.

As a result, great ergonomics need to be part of the tool's design.

Makita have done a good job of this. In all the places where you'll find any risk of chafing or discomfort Makita have included tactile rubber to aid your grip and your comfort while you work. These rubberised areas also serve to adequately protect the tool from the typical rigours of the jobsite.

And a heavy-duty belt clip is to be found near the base of the tool for your comfort.


As already mentioned, the compact size of the BTD129RFE directly contributes to how great it feels in the hand, without giving the impression that it lacks in grunt or torque. Which it doesn't. See below!

Max Fastening Torque:
No Load Speed:
Maximum Output:
Impacts per Minute:
Driving Shank:
160 Nm 0 - 2500 rpm 220 w 0-3200 ipm 6.35mm (1/4") Hex

In addition to these it features a cast metal body, protected by a rubberised sleeve on the rear. It's powered by Makita's well-known 18v 3.0Ah lithium-ion battery platform (click for our video guide), boasting a charge time of only 22 minutes.

We want to show you the Makita BTD129RFE in action, so watch our video review of it in our player below.

So, what's your thoughts on this impact driver from Makita? A worthy addition to the range?

If you've got any comments or questions about the BTD129RFE let us know in the comments section below.

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