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Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit

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  • Accepts Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 3.0 Ah battery for even longer run time
  • Rapid Optimum Charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery for faster, more efficient charging
  • Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery's built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature
  • Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 480 in.lbs. of Max Torque and 290 in.lbs. of PTI Torque
  • Variable 2-speed (0-400 & 0-1,500 RPM) covers a wide range of drilling and driving applications
  • Built-in LED light illuminates work area
  • Compact and ergonomic design at only 7-9/16" long and weighs only 3.3 lbs. for reduced operator fatigue
  • 3-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger
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Product Description

Product Description

This Setup Bar: 3/16” Whether You're Working On A Table Saw, Router Table, Or Shaper, Setting Your Tool To The Precise Height Necessary Is Absolutely Essential. The Exclusive 3-Gauge Design Of The Precision Setup Bars Makes Them Perfect A Wide Variety Of Applications. The Concave Step On The Bottom Of Each Setup Bar Straddles Your Router Bit Or Saw Blade To Allow For Precise Height Adjustment. The Step On The Top Edge Of Each Setup Bar Acts As A Gauge To Test The Depth Of Your Completed Cuts. The Step On The End Of Each Setup Bar Can Be Used To Set The Distance From A Table Saw Blade To The Fence, Or A Router Bit To The Fence. Each Individual Precision Setup Bar Is Made From Soft Aluminum Designed To Prevent Damage To Your Router Bit Or Saw Blade In Case They Make Contact During Setup.


The Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill delivers power, performance, and improved ergonomics in a compact size. The LXFD01CW weighs only 3.3 pounds, and the 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion battery reaches a full charge in only 15 minutes on Makita's ENERGY STAR qualified Rapid Optimum Battery Charger for more work and less downtime.

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LXFD01CW Features
PowerMakita-built 4-pole motor delivers 480 inch-pounds of Max Torque
ComfortOnly 3.3 pounds with comfortable ergonomic grip and built-in LED light
Speed2-speed all-metal transmission
Performance18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion batteries charge in 15 minutes, run longer, and deliver 2.5X more cycles
Includes(2) 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion batteries, rapid charger, and case

Tool Specifications
CapacitiesSteel (1/2"),
Wood (1-1/2")
No Load Speed0-400, 0-1,500 rpm
Max Torque480 in.lbs.
PTI Torque290 in.lbs.
Battery18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion
Overall Length7-9/16"
Net Weight3.3 lbs. (w/battery)

Makita-Built Motor Engineered for Versatile Power
The LXFD01CW features a Makita-built four-pole motor that delivers 480 inch-pounds of max torque and 290 inch-pounds PTI Torque, with an all-metal two-speed transmission (0-400/0-1,500 rpm) to cover a wide range of drilling and driving applications. At only 7-9/16 inches long and 3.3 pounds, the LXFD01CW has a compact and ergonomic design for reduced operator fatigue and a new rubberized soft grip for increased comfort on the job. The built-in LED light illuminates the job area for applications in low-light conditions and close quarters.

Versatile Design for a Range of Applications
The LXFD01CW is engineered for a range of drilling and driving applications and is ideal for HVAC, electrical, plumbing, remodeling, and woodworking. The combination of power and performance in a compact size makes the LXFD01CW ideal for any professional contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered compact cordless driver-drill. The LXFD01CW is another example of Makita's commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.

About Makita's 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game with its breakthrough 18-Volt LXT lithium-in cordless series. Five years after its debut, Makita's LXT series has grown from 7 to over 35 tools, providing a wide range of cordless solutions for professional tradesmen. Makita also added 18-volt compact lithium-ion for cordless power in a more compact size.

Makita's 18-volt lithium-ion batteries and ENERGY STAR rated Optimum Charging system provide several benefits over old battery technology. When compared to traditional 18-volt NiCad batteries, Makita's 18-volt lithium-ion batteries have 40 percent less weight, longer run time, and five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use at any time. Makita's 18-volt lithium-ion battery delivers 2,000 cycles--two-and-a-half times more than a NiCad battery. In addition, built-in shock-absorbing features help protect the battery, and sixteen firm-holding contact terminals deliver constant high power.

During the charging process, a built-in memory chip in the battery communicates with the Optimum Charger for a more efficient charge, extending the battery life. Makita's Optimum Charger is also fast: it will charge an 18-volt LXT lithium-ion battery in just 30 minutes and an 18-volt compact lithium-ion battery in only 15 minutes. Makita also offers a Rapid Automotive Charger for 18-volt LXT and 18-volt compact lithium-ion batteries that plugs into 12-volt DC sockets equipped in most automobiles and trucks for added mobility.

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial-quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to engineer power tools that are compact and energy efficient, yet deliver industrial-strength power and results. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. Makita is Best in Class Engineering.

Every Makita lithium-ion tool is backed by Makita's 3-year warranty that covers repair due to defects in materials or workmanship up to three years from the date of original purchase. Makita lithium-ion batteries and chargers have a limited 1-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Makita LXFD01CW 18-volt compact lithium-ion cordless 1/2-inch driver-drill, two 18-volt compact lithium-ion batteries, 15-minute rapid optimum charger, tool belt clip, double-ended bit (Phillips and slotted), and tool case.

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Technical Details

Part Number LXFD01CW
Item Weight 12.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 17 x 6 x 13 inches
Item model number LXFD01CW
Color White
Power Source battery-powered
Voltage 18 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Special Features compact
Included Components case; battery; battery-charger
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Battery Cell Type Lithium Ion

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4.6 out of 5 stars 229 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #116,309 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#246 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Drills > Drill Drivers
Shipping Weight 10.2 pounds
Date First Available October 25, 2010

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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...Read more ›
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I've read the complaints of chuck wobble. Given that many of these were several years old, I assumed Makita would have dealt with the quality control issue. I have several other Makita tools and love them. I received the drill and driver today, open the box, fire up the drill and see the collar wobbling. I had read that many of the collars do in fact wobble, but the chuck itself (the teeth) are straight as an arrow. I put a bit on and the wobble was even more exaggerated--almost dangerously so! On 1/4 inch bit the wobble was several millimeters to each side at the tip. I tried several other bits to make sure it was the drill and not the bit. Wow, completely unacceptable from a brand I trust and spend good money to support. I exchanged a Hitachi 18V Li Ion drill for this and am now really disappointed I did. Come on Makita...REALLY???

NOTE: The wobble is much more apparent in person than on the video, particularly at high speeds. The 1/4 inch bit in the video was drilling nearly 3/8 inch holes in soft wood with the Makita.
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My friend has an earlier model of this drill and I really fell in love with it while doing a bathroom remodel, so I decided to order the updated model (LXFD01CW).

My drill came today and when I tested it with 3 brand new drill bits I did in fact notice a wobble in the chuck like a few other of the reviewers had noticed. Its a small wobble but definitely noticeable and INEXCUSABLE on a $200 dollar drill.

I am going to take a chance and send it back to AMAZON and see if I can get a replacement.

I will update when I get the replacement.


Received my replacement drill hoping the wobble issue would be solved....not the case. I tried MANY different drill bits however my replacement drill had the same annoying wobble as the first one. Its not a HUGE wobble but enough to notice and shouldn't happen on a $200 dollar drill.

Here is what I really like about the drill:

Weight...it is very light with very good torque
Grip...this drill feels wonderful in your hand...very balanced and very comfortable
Belt Clip...nice feature
Battery...very fast charge time (15 minute) however I'm not sure how long a charge would last.
Looks...over all this is a very good looking tool.

So...with all that said, I am going to return this drill and most likely go with a Bosch or DeWalt (probably a Bosch).

I hope this review helped and welcome any comments.
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Just purchased this drill/driver and since it is so new to the marketplace none of us can really comment of it's longevity or wear characteristics, but based upon it's predecessor and first impressions, it is going to do just fine. It is a small, lightweight powerhouse that does what it says it does and does it better than anything else comparable. Even with Amazons current DeWalt promotion it matches the price with an arguably inferior product, no thanks. But then I have always preferred Makita to DeWalt from construction jobs to Industrial maintenance jobs. I guess the point of this review is that this Makita continues that legacy and does so well.

My critiques: A poorly designed but very well made case. (needs more and specific cord space and better compartments for accesories or needs to be smaller).

Melody selection on the charger could be at least as good as my daughters jewelry box.

The battery cover is weak and poorly fitting.

Other than that or perhaps in spite of that, I'm quite pleased.
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