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By Michael Springer

Variable Impact. Makita's new impact driver, the BTD144, has several useful features inspired by the company's extensive line of industrial drivers. It offers three speed/torque settings for greater control with a variety of fasteners, a switched headlight, and malfunction and low-battery warning lights. Its brushless motor runs on the brand's standard or compact 18-volt lithium-ion batteries. A kit with two standard batteries costs $349; the tool alone is $189. Makita, 800/462-5482. www.makitatools.com

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