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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon January 12, 2012
Oh do I ever love this set. I would have never bought this for myself, not in a million years. That impact driver would have confused me, and I would have passed on it. Wow, am I ever glad my wife went shopping for my boys and found this kit.

To start off, the batteries are incredible. I've never seen batteries charge this fast in my life. In a roundabout way, this kit is over kill for the kinds of projects I do around the house. But there is something great about having a high quality tool in your hand. I don't use this every day, or even once a week, but the batteries hold their charge. I never have to worry about the batteries being dead. I just finished a couple hour job in the garage, and neither battery even remotely thought about being used up.

The drill - this is a spectacular drill. There are times where my corded Bosch hammer drill would be necessary - like the time I hung a whole cinder block basement of Elfa shelving (this is 1920's hard cinder block that required a hammer drill to get through). But for most any other job I'm going to do, there is plenty of power and battery to do that job. With three settings, hammer, screw driver, and drill; and two speeds; the drill does everything in the world I could ever imagine. The light is so darn handy. One criticism is that the chuck casts a shadow and it isn't always easy to see the exact spot where the drill bit will start. I was working in a poorly lit garage tonight, and was off a little bit with a few holes.

Now here's the amazing thing that took me a while to figure out, that darn cool impact driver. I was all excited this Thanksgiving - I was going to use the impact driver to remove the lug bolts on my car when I changed snow tires. Oh dang it to heck, this thing would not break the lug bolts loose. Yes it got a few, but generally, nope it didn't work. Still it was hugely useful, after using a breaker bar to loosen the bolts, I could jack the car up the whole way and then use this to spin the bolts off super fast. Then I used the driver to spin the bolts back on. I then finished up the tightening with a torque wrench. It still saved time.

But here's where this thing shines - use the drill for a pilot hole, and the driver to actually install and seat the screw. It takes a lot of getting used to; this thing will crank a screw down really tight. But the best part, the driver is so light weight. It just makes super fast work of any screw, tightening or removing. Who would have thought, this combo would be so perfect.

This tool box is worth every singly penny of its high price. I think this is the last cordless drill I will ever buy (the previous one lasted me about ten years - it had NiCad batteries). The clips are really helpful, belt, or coat pocket to hang the tool while you're not using it.

I love the balance of both of these tools. They fit in my hand perfectly. The low center of gravity with the battery on the bottom is just perfect. The light is bright. They make a good solid expensive sound when they run. I really like the electric brake, the drill and driver stop the instant I release the trigger.

I bought a Milwaukee impact set to go with the driver. It is full of all kinds of crazy bits. The best is a four inch long impact quality P2 Philips bit. That's just the right length for most jobs. I'll probably use the drill less and less for driving screws and this impact driver more and more.
Milwaukee (48-32-4402) 35 Piece Milwaukee Shockwave Impact Duty Drill Bits and Driver Bits
This is a smaller set:
Milwaukee 48-32-4401 Shockwave 29-Piece Driver Bit Set

I am the happiest father in the world. This was the best present ever.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2009
I have had this tool set for 3 months and it has been a pleasure to use them. I have very small hands and had no previous experience in using impact driver or drill. After trying out many different brand of driver and drills in stores, I chose Makita LXT series because they are light and powerful. Both the driver and drill sit perfectly in my palm, all the buttons are intuitively designed, and the operation is smooth and quiet. The battery took only 15 min or so to charge, and last a very long time. Highly recommended for average household use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2011
I've had this set for about 6 months and LOVE it. I think the 3.0 amp set is much better than the 1.5 amp set because it is only a little more expensive and you get the hammer drill mode. The 3.0 amps makes for plenty of power. I have used the hammer drill several times and while it is not comparable to having a corded hammer drill, I have drilled small holes into concrete and brick without a problem at all. The impact driver is awesome! In fact, I plan to buy another impact driver. The impact driver is what gets used the most for me, however the the drill does great at all tasks. I also have the cordless circular saw and while it binds up easily - it is so useful i could not do without it near me on all jobs.

I have dropped both numerous times and they have performed flawlessly through 3 full gut remodels and in the worst conditions. I have had them in my car in 100 degree heat and below freezing, yet leveled and dropped a subfloor today with them faster than I could with cords.

I now plan to buy a 3rd battery and the reciprocating saw. I'm excited to buy more and more from this line. Or more of the same! I may buy this exact set again to double up because I am so happy with it.

It is important to know the limitations of cordless tools. However, anyone from a homeowner to a professional will be happy with these.

Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2011
The impact drill and hammerdrill in this kit are amazing. I have already used both. The impact took a bolt out of a rusty old mower as soon as I hit it with the impact and it worked well to put concrete anchors in after I used the hammerdrill to plow into 1.5" of a concrete slab to set the anchors. It ate into a brick on a foundation no problem. The hammerdrill has settings for hammer, a clutched driver, AND a non-clutched drill. It has a low and high gear and the clutch has more than a dozen settings for a real light setting for smaller operations all the way up to grippin' and rippin'. This keeps me from having to have a separate drill/driver and hammerdrill. The impact manual actually goes into detail about what SIZE bit you need with what type of groove that fits into the quick connect in case you happen to find somewhere that actually has the wrong type of slotted bit. I have found the bits to be pretty standard everywhere I have been though. A little extra...these drills LOOK amazing. Some drills are pretty bland (Admit it Porter-Cable), but these drills (unlike a Ridgid or Hitachi who have only the look) have the power to back up that attitude. The technology behind the charger still has me baffled it is so creative and effective in fully charging the batteries. The metal clip on the drills verses some of the plastic belt clips that come with the drill are extremely useful and that they are detachable is also perfect. The weight of both drills is comfortable even being 18volt drills. The Li-ion batteries make all the difference. I opted for the 3.0ah batteries that charge in 30 minutes verses a kit that included the 1.5ah 15 minute charging batteries because I have read way too many reviews saying the 15 minute batteries just don't get a proper charge in that short amount of time. The 1.5ah kit also cost about $100 more. The result for me is longer battery life. The charger not only cools the batteries if they are hot in the case outdoors or if you just got done using the battery in a drill, but also has a memory catch that keeps the last bit of the battery at charge instead of you losing the full charge after a few uses. On my old Ni-Cad batteries I would have to tape the trigger up and run that very last bit of the battery out before it would continue to hold a full charge after my first uses. The case for this kit has a molded holding area for everything. It always goes back to the same spot. The batteries stay on the drills so you just put the drill's forward/reverese button in the middle and it holds it from being able to activate the trigger so you don't waste the battery. It even has a slot for the next upgrade for the hammerdrill which doesn't come in this kit which is the extra handle and depth guage. There is even a slot next to the battery charger in the case for an extra battery. That makes sense if you can get another battery because if you are not wanting to have to swap the batteries on a jobsite all day but want a fully charged battery waiting then BAM, you got another battery waiting and you don't have to go find where you put the impact or the hammerdrill on the job. So...those are the PROS!

Not that I'd like to downgrade this kit in any way. It is the PERFECT solution for the everyday man on the job. I'm a full service handyman, I do everything, so I know! And I researched the crap out of all the drills available before coming up with this decision. I'll start off light, even though to some it might all seem light...both drills have a light that automatically comes on if you even touch the trigger. You don't have to start drilling for it to come on so you can see where you are working right away. The con of it then?...the light is half blocked by the body of the chuck area on both drills so you get this half-moon shape right UNDER the area you are actually working on. If the light was down only a smidge it would make all the difference and the light could be angled up better to put it right on the tip of the gun where you would need it. Now check this out...in BOTH manuals for the drills (it comes with both manuals very handy for each drill) they show how to put on the TWO accessories. One is the belt clip which actually comes on the drill from the factory. The second is a bit holder that goes on the opposite side (and the clip or the bit holder can go on either side of either drill depending on if you are a lefty or righty). But the bit holders for each gun are NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. Strange that they would take the time to show how to put each accessory on and show both of them in the manuals for both drills but not give you a bit holder for either drill. I've personally made a complaint to Amazon and even called Makita for a review. Another area of complaint I have asked for review is this one thing...Most times on a jobsite you end up with an extra handful of screws or bolts or whatever it is you're working on at the time and instead of fiddling with finding the right box for the right screw (or nails too) you happen to be putting up the Makita LXT 18V impact/hammerdrill combo kit and there's a small area next to the battery charger (on the other side where it is notched to hold that handy third battery) and so you drop the handful there. Seems secure enough, but the truth is in the field you find as you pick up and put down this kit that the nails and screws and misc other things don't stay put and could EASILY end up running right into the battery. This doesn't seem like a problem but if something metal where to touch the terminals between the posts where the battery charges the drill you'd have a fried battery. And new batteries are NOT CHEAP! The easiest solution to this problem Makita actually solved on their single drill kits...tiny, flat, plastic covers that slip onto the battery when not in use, keeping the high dollar battery from being zotched. And the covers must cost .03 cents to make. I'd ask for the bit holders and the battery covers in order to make this kit complete. And in the future Makita could just spend a little time on the light to bring it to where it actually illuminates the actual spot where you are working and not just below it. I don't normally work in the dark or the light would be most helpful there. But on the occasion I do happen to be in a tight spot that doesn't get a lot of light, but even then...can I really get my head in there enough to see the exact spot where I need to put the tip of the drill? Altogether great work Makita and thanks to Amazon for putting it at a great price!! I'm recommending this kit to all my working buddies. I might mention the CONS in passing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2009
I purchased this in November 2008 and still love this product. I was considering the Ridgid combo but those drills/drivers felt awkard and heavy in my hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
I decided to go with makita after quite a bit of research. I'm a journeyman carpenter who has used several cordless drills over the years. Have had an 18V Milwaukee NiCad for years and it still works fine, but i got tired of replacing the batteries. Sometimes they would last 2 years, sometimes less. Could have bought a couple new drills for what I've spent on batteries. I've had the Makita combo kit for a few months now and I'm very impressed and happy with the two tools. Light and powerful. What took me so long! I've always been satisfied with Amazon's service.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
I searched amazon for the bit holder where the belt clip is now. could not find it on amazon until later. So for your info
Makita (MAK4192762) BIT HOLDER FOR BDF452
By the way, after the only place i found on ebay, i found out there is an undate to this part, Part Number: 452947-8, i found on web site:
remember to add screws part in previous review. still cheaper than ebay.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2011
I had been using a DeWalt 18 volt NiCad hammer drill/driver for several years before purchasing this kit. The DeWalt is powerful, to be sure, but when I first held these gems in my hand, I got goose pimples. These babies are relatively light weight and powerful. The impact driver was a revelation. The first time I drove a 6" screw into a 150 year old sugar pine joist, I understood what all the fuss was about. I've been using this set for a couple of years now and the only time the impact driver put up a fuss is while driving 1/4 x 4" Tapcons into concrete.

I've been using Makita cordless drivers for over 20 years. They have always had the best weight to power ratio out there and these two little monsters continue the tradition. The belt clip and LED work light are useful and the overall superior ergonomic design make them comfortable to use for extended periods. They will go a long time on a charge-so much so that I rarely take the charger along on jobs any more. They are nearly indestructible to boot-I'm a bit of a klutz and have dropped mine numerous times. They've been rained on, painted, driven over...you name it. These babies will take a beating and not miss a beat.

My only gripe is with the driver/drill. The function selector ring is difficult to move without changing the torque setting which is selected via an adjacent ring. However, I rarely use the drill as a driver any more since discovering the impact driver, so the torque setting is mostly irrelevant.

These two tools are professional grade and I would recommend them highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
So, I initially purchased the set of LXT after combing the data and specs. I had a buddy on the job site running a 6 peice combo. Used it (gingerly because it looks like NASA hardware) and loved it enough to buy the set. Since have purchased the bare tool recip saw and skil saw. Anyone that complains about reverse switch position or compares it to a 28 volt drill and sees that as a viable beef needs to spend more time working and less time writing reviews. Tools are made to use. These Makita LXT drill/drivers make life so simple and work almost fun. The charger is a monster, but the fan? Hey, I dig the fan because I know it's charging and I can hear it charging when I hand a day laborer the battery to put in the charger and I hear the fan kick on, I know they got it in right. Something to be said for the sense of sound. It's worth the money if you are working these tools hard. You might be better off with a cheaper combo if you are a projecter or homeowner, but you do get what you pay for. Enough said.

Update: 18 months later I had one battery DIE. I called Makita, they said I likely drew the battery down too much before charging. Guilty. I knew I could make that last cut... Nope. "Ruined" the battery. Darn smart charger would not charge it. My fault, I re-read the instructions. They DO warn you against this kind of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
This set rocks it is extremely versatile. I didnt have any cordless tools so i figured i would get a set like this since i would have two batteries, a charger and two cordless tools. Well i have put them through the paces by using the hammer drill setting on the drill for multiple 2 inch holes into my foundation walls then followed up with tapcons using the impact driver. I built and studded a wall with 3" deckmate screws and the impact driver powers them with no problems. The LED light on the tools comes in handy more then you would think and the impact driver is compact and can get into tight places. The batteries last a while and can be recharged fairly quickly. Which is also the benefit of having two batteries...throw the other one on the charger and go to town with the other.

Ive dropped them a few times and there hasnt been any significant damage to them or change in performance.

Probably my favorite is the impact driver there is just no other replacement for this tool. The drill has multiple settings such as hammer drill, screw, regular drill, etc. which makes it versatile for any job. I am very satisfied with this set. I did my research and im very glad i chose this set...if you dont have any cordless tools like i did...get into the 21st century! you wont regret it!
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