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.

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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.

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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.

About the author

Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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10 Comments

  1. Bryndin

    Sorry but I disagree with the ridgid even with the warranty it’s brutal batteries suck and either are stuck in tool or won’t click in and if you take it back chances are the warranty is life time but they will hold on for ever in getting it fixed and back to you if it breaks just go but something else really.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Bryndin – I’ll have to disagree with your assessment. I use Ridgid cordless tools all the time, and my crew does as well, and they have performed very well. We’ve never had trouble with batteries getting stuck or not clicking into place. If you properly fill out the warranty there really isn’t an issue at all getting them replaced.

      1. Bret T

        I agree, although I own Milwaukee M-12 and M-18 lines, I’ve been purchasing Ridgid tools for my individual crew members who don’t take care of their tools . . . i.e. misplace and or trash them rapidly . . . I clean and where possible service my tools weekly, most of my men do not. That being said, I’ve used and watched Ridgid tools being used and abused. Rigid is a quality product and the value is truly outstanding. Are the Ridgid products as good as the M-12 and M-18 line???? Certainly they are not as extensive, not quite as powerful but they feel solid in ones hands, they do the job asked of them, albeit not quite as powerfully as the M18’s. If the Ridgid line were as extensive as the Milwaukee, if it updated and offered new selections of tools more frequently, there is no way I could justify buying M-18 line because of the $$ premium one has to pay for the Milwaukee line. The truth is, from my experience . . . Rigid, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, and Bosch all offer tools that I could only dream of 20 years ago . . . . heck , , I’m not even sure I could dream of these tools 20 years ago they are all so good. For me, the most important determinant of tool line is “one battery for all tools” and extensive tool line. If I were starting from scratch . . . and I will be doing just that in a few months . . . It would be a very difficult decision on which line to build a foundation on.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Bret – Couldn’t agree more. Ridgid is a hidden gem in our industry. Not many people realize, but Ridgid is owned by the same parent company that owns Milwaukee (TTI).

  2. Michael Frontera

    Great review guys! I know this was a tremendous amount of work. I am an electrician and have always been a DeWalt guy But Milwaukee as of late has really been killing it. I already have some M12 tools but I just can’t do another battery platform. I have already invested in about 9 or 10 DeWalt 20v max batteries. Thanks Guys!

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  5. Aaron

    I’ve used rigid cordless tools for the last 11 years. My first set, including the hammer drill, impact and sawzall worked great and lasted 8 years. Since then I’ve been replacing tools one after another. If I could I would replace them all with the originals. Despite their weight and size they were by far the best I’ve ever owned. The new ones weigh less are more compact and break far too easy. Now I have to decide weather I go with the Milwaukee m18 fuel or the dewalt.

  6. Steve

    Just a comment about battery voltages. ALL the tools have 18-volt batteries. Some claim 20 volt, but that’s misleading. Li-Ion cells are all 3.6 volts. All the tools have 5 cells. 3.6 x 5 = 18 volts. Sure, after a full charge you might be about to read 20 volts with a meter, but that would be the case with any of the manufacturer’s batteries.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      You are correct Steve. Marketing mumbo jumbo!

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