18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head
Makita 18-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Tool [Purchased Individually] 5-Piece Kit
No Model # – $704
3 Year Limited Warranty (Tool), 1 Year Limited Warranty (Battery)
Heavy Duty, Brushless, a 18V x2 36-Volt tool, LEDs, and 4.0 Ah Batteries. This Makita kit has it all, except you have to buy each tool solo to put this combo kit all together. This is definitely a premium kit, at a premium price.
Includes: LED Flashlight, Impact Driver, Hammer Drill/Driver, Recip Saw, Circular Saw and (4) 4.0Ah Batteries.
Makita Tools is a titan in the commercial construction field, and continues to innovate and perform as benchmark for professional grade tools. As of late Makita has been releasing premium tools in many diverse categories that have been easily considered by many as the best in their class. But perhaps most relevant to this head to head is Makita’s lighting fast charge times for both their 3.0Ah and new 4.0Ah 18-Volt batteries, 30 minutes and 40 minutes respectively.
In lieu of their 4-Piece 18-Volt Combination Kit with the ability to purchase an individual tool Makita took advantage of their premium line of drills, flashlight, and 18V x2 36-Volt circular saw to create this very impressive piece meal kit. But overall this approach lacks storage and overwhelms you with the complexity of purchasing single tools, bare tools, and batteries separately. Even then you have no bag for all your loot. But here’s what you do get.
- Impact Driver #LXDT06Z – 1,500 in-lbs of torque, 3-speed Brushless Motor, with a compact design at 5-1/8″ long
- Hammer Drill #XPH07M – 1,090 in-lbs of torque, Brushless motor with Hammer function adding 0 – 31,500 Beats per Minute for fast masonry drilling.
- LED Flashlight #LXLM03 – Upt to 22 hours of 240 Lumens from 12 LED lights on a single 18-Volt battery. Features two modes and convenient hook and/or strap to get light where you need it.
- Recip Saw #XRJ02Z – 0 – 2,900 strokes per minute and 1-1/8″ stroke length. Rafter hook, LED lights, and two finger variable speed trigger
- Circular Saw #XSH01Z – 2 18-Volt LXT Lithium Ion Batteries makes this a 36-Volt tool. 4,800 RPMs, weighs only 10.1 lbs, and features LED battery and temperature indicator lights.
The old adage that “you get what you pay for” really rings true with these tools. Makita delivers premium brushless drills, one of the best work lights I’ve ever used, and two heavy duty cordless saws that make you forget you aren’t plugged in. Between the high end features, speed, and power of the recip saw and the 36V power of the circular saw this kit’s saws are definitely contenders for best in class.
This kit is a tough comparison to the rest of the field though, high quality tools, but the piecemeal nature of this 5-piece kit collaboration makes for an extremely high price tag. Of course Makita does boast an industry leading charge time, and top quality professional tools, but without the combination kit this option suffers with no adequate storage solution, and the complexity of maximizing kits and bare tools to get the right amount of batteries and chargers.
With DEWALT and Milwaukee boasting premium tool kits, we wouldn’t be surprised if Makita updates their combination kit offerings to contend with it’s yellow and red competitors. Until then, this tool combination is definitely a tough sell for those on a budget.
Overall we gave this kit a 4 out of 5 stars for it’s top quality tools, innovative 36-volt circular saw, and super fast 4.0 Ah batteries. This kit could easily score higher if it was a true kit, with a kit price, and some storage.
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