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I keep coming back here
on September 22, 2013
I bought this drill in May 2010 when I got my new house. I do woodworking and remodeling. I help others do remodeling too, there has not been a single week in 3+ years of ownership that I haven't used both drill and impact.
I noticed the battery life on my drill is not what it used to be..it's probably 70%. Power is still top notch. So I started looking around for a new drill. The only other ones that kept getting my attention were Milwaukee, specially the 12v systems. I went to a local home store, held it, and it's honestly not much smaller than this set. So about same size, similiar price, and more power...I'll stick with the Makita.
Did I mention I've had this set over 3+ years and the original 2 batteries are still going strong? I mean 70% power after the abuse I've given them is pretty impressive. Not to mention I've dropped these drills, used them a "adjusting" hammers, carried them all over, left them out in the rain once (didn't mean to do that of course). They work in hot, cold, and damp.
In the end, I decided that there's no reason to jump brands to just "have something new," because I can't find a single reason to not love what I already have. I kinda was hoping one of the two drills (drill or impact) would have issues by now, or have broken due to rough use, so I could talk the wife into letting me get something new. In a way though, I'm glad they haven't. I'm going to just buy some XC batteries for these and keep on going until one finally dies, but I'll not hold my breath.
I will, however, update this review when one does go, so you can find out how long mine lasted. Don't wait around, this might take a while.