Several listeners have asked me for the details on the tools I use and recommend for doing various projects. This short post is the first in a series of tool recommendations that I will be making and it looks at Cordless Drills.
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Cordless Drills Recommendations
I love Makita cordless tools and feel they are the best. Others will have a different opinion (Ford v. Chevy), but I have been using them for like 20 years and love them. There are others, like Milwaukee, DeWalt (Black and Decker), Ryobi, and the store brands (Craftsman, Kobalt, etc.) All are good tools, especially Milwaukee. But for cordless, I like Makita the best. Today, you can get the standard 12 volt or the more powerful 18 volt systems (my first was an 8 volt drill!). I definitely would go with the 18 volt systems for greater power and versatility (more tools run on them). Within the 18 volt variety, you can get the standard cells or the LXT cells, that have twice the capacity. Both have similar power (torque wise), but the LXT will last longer during use.
Below is the kit I purchased from Amazon for $279 (cheaper than the local big-box). I chose this kit because it has the 1/2 inch impact drill, two batteries (a must) in the larger capacity LXT size, plus a impact driver. You can get the drill and two batteries alone for the same price, but this one has the impact driver included – plus the nice case. The next step up would be the kit with the skill saw and flash light for $329 (current cost) – cool extras for only $50! (saw alone is $81). I will put links for them below.
Drills / Kits I would recommend:Makita LCT209W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit $125
This is a very basic set. The set does not use the same batteries as mine and the drill has 200 in/Lb of torque vs 480 or 560 in/Lb of torque on the other drills below. It is also missing the light. However, for a casual homeowner who is not doing any heavy duty stuff and just wants a good, basic drill set for general maintenance and everyday light projects, this may fit your bill. Current price is around $125, which is not bad for a kit with a drill/driver and an impact driver, two batteries and a charger plus a case. Again, this is a 12 volt system, not the 18 volts system in the video review. With a 125 reviews, and 115 of them either 4 or 5 star (95 – 5 stars), I don’t think you can go wrong with this for a basic system.
This is the equivalent of my older one, except it has the hammer drill feature. It is a solid step above the one above for just another $55 or so. This unit puts out 480 inch-pounds of torque, which is a little less than the 560 on the blue unit below, but still quite respectable. It has the better style batteries – but the smaller sized ones (15 min charge). This is the drill/driver/hammer drill with two batteries and a case, no impact driver included.
Makita LXT218 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit $279
This is the same set I have. It jumps up to the larger batteries and has the max torque (560 inch / pounds). This kit is a winner, as I explained in the video.
Makita LXT437 Combo Kit, 4-Piece Kit $319
This is the kit that has the drill, driver, circular saw and light that I mentioned. If I saw this, I would have probably got it.. Same system as above, but with more goodies.
And there are others, just click on any of the above links, and type in Makita Drill Kit in the search box. Any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an email. Thanks!