Makita DTW285Z Review 

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the Makita DTW285Z Impact Wrench. Below we have included a full and detailed review of this highly popular choice for UK buyers.

This is a premium level, high powered, impact wrench from Makita that can tighten up to 280Nm and has a "hard" setting that can loosen nuts up to 400Nm. You can take for granted that it has the quality and all the features you would expect of this level of tool. Truly a great piece of kit.

How Buyers Rate the Makita DTW285Z?

Buyer Satisfaction

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

  • 86% of all online buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • 3% of all buyers gave this a poor review

There are seriously good reviews for this impact wrench. Well over 1,500 in fact. You can tell straight away that buyers just loved this tool and the only negatives we have found were from a few faulty units.

What Buyers Say about the Makita DTW285Z?


  • Buyers stated that the stubby length of the unit lets you get in to some places other guns might struggle with 
  • Most buyers agreed that it packs a serious punch 
  • The majority of buyers said it had no problem cracking even the toughest nuts and bolts 
  • Overall, most buyers thought this was a top quality product for a fair enough price


  • A couple of buyers said they recieved a faulty unit
  • 1 or mentioned that they had overtightened some nuts with this wrench 

Makita DTW285Z Specification

  • 18V cordless model
  • Suitable for Scaffolding applications in "med mode"
  • Battery fuel gauge
  • Equipped with battery protection circuit
  • Electric brake
  • Built in LED light with independent on/off switch, pre-glow and after-glow function
  • Phosphorescent bumper, glows in the dark
  • Driving shank ½” square drive
  • Standard bolt M10 to M20
  • High tensile bolt M10 to M16
  • Maximum fastening torque 280 Nm
  • Nut busting torque 400 Nm

Makita DTW285Z - Key Features

Brushless motor

The brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimise battery energy use for up to 50 per cent longer run time per change. This also adds to the life of the unit and it considered to be much superior technology to the standard carbon brushes in the cheaper models.


This unit boasts 280 Nm maximum fastening torque and 400 Nm nut busting torque for tough jobs. This is one of the most powerful impact wrenches we have found. Its great for really stubborn bolts and has a brilliant feature that when the bolt/nut is loosened enough, the tool stops the impact and rotation within 0.2 seconds.

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on this Makita power tool. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the features and spec in and easy to understand format.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see a tool in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy works for Makita and is particularly good at explaining the features of this impact wrench and he is well known for demonstrating Makita tools.

Best Makita Battery

  • 18 Volts Lithium-Ion battery
  • 6.0 Ah
  • 55 minute charge time
  • Weighs 660 grams
  • Includes a battery capacity indicator LED so you know how much charge is left.
  • Works with all power tools that feature a yellow connector plate or has a star on the connector plate
  • Suitable for tools like saws, blowers and trimmers

90% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ reviews

If you are not sure which battery is best for you then have a read at Best Makita Battery for some more helpful information.

The Makita Brand

The Makita brand sell a wide range of cordless tools and tools for the construction and demolition industries. They also sell some garden machinery. They sell their tools through various stores in the UK including B&Q, Screwfix, Cromwell, Jewson, Buildbase, Bradfords, Wickes and more.

Their HQ is in Japan. Their Telford manufacturing plant is the only full-production facility for power tools in the UK and has been successfully running construction on many of our top line cordless power tools since 1991.

Makita believe that for a good tool you need a good motor, and Makita makes every effort to make sure their motors are of the best quality. They use premium grade steel to produce armature shafts and gears, and only steel of the highest grade is used.

They also complete quality control tests on each and every, machine that leaves their manufacturing plants.

Our Verdict on the Makita DTW285Z Impact Wrench

This is an excellent quality, professional type of tool that is really good for a lot of tough tasks.

There is plenty of power in it for cracking even the toughest nuts and bolts, so much so that you will seldom need to use the highest setting and usually you will only need either the low or medium setting.

The quality of the tool is evident straight away and of course it is backed up by the Makita 2 year warranty, though most buyers feel that this is a tool for life, it's that good.

If you take a step back you will see that this is not an expensive tool. It's actually a bargain for you what you get. I can highly recommend this impact wrench, especially for the professionals.

Thanks for reading our article. If you are not sure this is the model for you then check out our Best Impact wrench UK for more options. Or we also have a section just on the best Makita Impact Wrenches if that's really what you are looking for.

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