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Looks Great, Feels Great, Does What it Says
on January 21, 2011
I researched for a very long time when purchasing a new drill/driver after my 14v Craftsman NiCad died after a good 8 year run (!). I own some Dewalt, some Milwaukee and some Bosch tools. After reading a ton of reviews and looking at reviews of certain model's predecessors I narrowed it down to the Makita. This Makita replaces one in it's line up that was very well loved. This is my first Lithium Ion tool and so far have not been disappointed. I have used the drill every day driving 3 inch construction screws into oak supports for a carving commission I am working on and have yet to drain the battery. Have read complaints about the chuck having a "wobble". Yes, there is a bit of a wobble visible on the keyless chuck collar but the chuck jaws themselves are straight and true. All drill bits etc. are perfectly straight coming out of the jaws. So if you are more interested in the chuck collar being straight, you may be disappointed. I for one don't care about the collar just as long as all bits turn straight and true and that is not a problem. I was surprised at how small the tool looks and feels having not owned a "compact" drill driver before. I felt that for the price I should be getting a giant work-horse. But what you do get is a "compact" work-horse...hence the title "Compact Drill Driver" (sorry to be so redundant). The keyless chuck has a ratcheting feature which I know is now standard, but again is new to me. I definitely get a very secure feel on my non-hex bits. The L.E.D light is so bright and focussed I actually use it as a flash light after I turn off the shop lights and head back into the house. And as a side note it has this nice little dimmer feature that instead of just going off, it slowly dims after about 5 seconds of non-use...a simple and non-important feature, but lends to it's coolness and charm. I have read many reviews of Lithium Ion batteries not performing well in cold, and to that I can not speak. I do keep the case and additional battery in the mudroom of our house and do bring the drill in after use so it never sits out in subzero weather. I live in Wisconsin and we are regularly experiencing below freezing temps right now. So, yes, I am taking some precautions as to keeping the batteries in a moderate temp....so if you keep your tools in a truck or worksite that is subjected to freezing temps I can not offer an opinion. The case is sturdy and functional, and the charger does have a series of little tunes it plays when it is done charging....is it important; no, is it a bit cheesy; yes, is it kind of fun to run through the different tunes....sure. But, as someone else stated, they are about as good as a digital watch tune. The initial charge was longer that 15 minutes, but as I was not paying attention I can not say exactly how long. However, before I knew it the charger was playing it's tune. It was probably around 1/2 hour. Makita has always been an industry standard and I am very pleased with my purchase. It has a ton of power in a small light weight tool. If anything changes I will repost, but so far it has met and in some cases exceeded all of my expectations.