Makita Cordless Drill

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
9.1

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We looked at the top 1 Cordless Drills and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Tool And Go, Top Ten Reviews, Rating Fly, Drill & Driver, Morning Chores, Wood Working Toolkit, 10 Best Ranked, Just Cordless Drill Reviews, Cordless Drill Zone and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cordless Drill you should buy.

Overall Take

With a 21-position clutch, the Makita Cordless Drill is easy to fine-tune. We like that its two Lithium-ion batteries have a speedy 30-minute charging time. Its lightness makes it easy to handle, while the XPT system protects it from dust and humidity. In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Makita Makita Cordless Drill placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cordless Drill for a detailed review of all the top cordless drills.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
85 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Great power, superb battery, and extremely fast charging.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
It is a 1/2" chuck, with dual LED lights, all metal 2-speed transmission. It comes with 2 batteries, a rapid charger and the tool case.
- Tool And Go
It has a very good battery life and recharges in just half an hour. And the ergonomically designed soft rubber grip is comfortable in your hand. It offers 21 clutch settings so you can adjust the drill to fit your task. It’s also lightweight, durable and versatile. It’s equipped with dual LED lights so you can use the drill even when the lighting isn’t perfect.
- Top Ten Reviews
Brushless system guarantees extreme longevity. Super slim profile and lightweight construction. Rapid charging lithium-ion battery with lots of power behind it.
- Rating Fly
February 13, 2019 | Full review
Thanks to its 21 clutch settings, you can easily fine-tune the tool. It is also equipped with dual LED lights with better water and dust resistance for dark and harsh job site conditions.
- Drill & Driver
One of the highlights of this drill is the lithium-ion slide-style battery that is protected by Makita's Star Protection technology, which is designed to stop the tool and battery from overheating after longterm use. The battery power for this drill is excellent and you can recharge the battery in less than 30 minutes.
- Morning Chores
This unit comes with Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) which is a way of protecting the inner parts of this device from dust and humidity. This means that it is long-lasting and can be used in weight conditions.
- Wood Working Toolkit
To begin with, the XFD10R delivers a decent amount of torque for a cordless drill. In this regard, the 4-pole motor used in this drill can produce about 480 in lbs of torque. Just like many other Makita products, the XFD10R features a transmission system, a 2-speed transmission system to be specific.
- 10 Best Ranked
February 14, 2019 | Full review
This drill is perfect for homeowners and family men like you who want to make sure that they have the best quality tools to use for their home building projects.
- Just Cordless Drill Reviews
The design is ergonomic and light in weight. It also enjoys a superior balance.
- Cordless Drill Zone
February 28, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
More expensive than its rivals, but you do get what you pay for.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
This is an expensive option with an average online price of around $170-180 depending on where you make your purchase. The reason for that price is simply down to the high quality of build, and also the fact that it is built to last.
- Tool And Go
It lacks on-tool bit storage and has a very short warranty period.
- Top Ten Reviews
Super expensive compared to the rest of the pack.
- Rating Fly
February 13, 2019 | Full review
Does not come with on-tool bit storage
- Drill & Driver
Expensive. Long drill bits tend to wobble in the drill
- Morning Chores
The price. It is a quite expensive model.
- Wood Working Toolkit
The warranty offered for the drill is comparatively short
- 10 Best Ranked
February 14, 2019 | Full review
Slightly expensive.
- Cordless Drill Zone
February 28, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Makita 18V ½” Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver-Drill Kit is the perfect fit for drilling, driving and fastening applications. Kit includes: Impact Driver, Driver Drill, two 18V compact Lithium Ion 2.0 A.h batteries and 18V Lithium-Ion rapid optimum charger and tool case. Both driver drill and impact driver feature a Makita built 4 pole motor that delivers 480 IN/LB of max torque. The tools also feature a mechanical 2-speed transmission 0-600 & 0-1,900 RPM for a wide range of drilling and driving applications. The drill and impact driver feature extreme protection technology, which is engineered to provide increased dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions. The tools come with dual LED lights with afterglow to illuminate the work area. Ergonomically designed handles with rubberized soft grip provide increased comfort. The tools have all metal gear construction for increased durability. The kit is compatible with Makita 18V Lithium-Ion batteries with a star symbol. Use only genuine Makita batteries and chargers.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Dewalt Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Makita Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 10
3. Hitachi Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
4. BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
5. MILWAUKEE M18 Fuel Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1
6. Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Kobalt Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Bosch Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Ridgid Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Greenworks Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Cordless Drills

Even in the most maintenance-free household, a good cordless drill can be a time-saver. In most homes, it’s nothing short of a necessity. From hanging a painting to building an outdoor deck, there’s no job that a drill won’t make easier.

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As with any electric tool, there’s a bit of jargon to translate for the non-handyman. But in general, all drills work the same. An electric motor rotates a drill or screwdriver bit, whichever is held in place by a secure clamp called a chuck. The higher the voltage put out by the motor, the higher the torque or circular force applied by the drill. Cordless drills can vary in power greatly from 4 volts to more than 30, but a lot of that power can be overkill unless you’re planning to drill into concrete.

You can change out the bits in your drill by loosening and then tightening the chuck. This used to be done primarily by inserting and turning a chuck key, but keyless chucks are more or less the standard these days. Not only are they easier to use and generally more durable, you don’t have to worry about losing the key. The maximum size of your chuck will determine what size bits it can accommodate. 1/2 inch is one of the largest sizes to be found, but 3/8 inch is enough to fit most standard bits.

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Needless to say, the main convenience of a cordless drill — other than saving you elbow grease — is its portability. And while the batteries needed to power it can be heavy, they are generally easily rechargeable. Amp hours are a good indicator of how long the battery will last on a charge, though they won’t translate directly into actual hours. Don’t automatically assume a drill will come with a battery, by the way. Many brands manufacture a range of different tools, such as circular saw, drivers and the like, that can use the same battery, which will be sold separately.

Any drill will have clockwise and counterclockwise settings to respectively place and remove screws, but most will also have a variety of clutch settings. The clutch is essentially a safety valve for your drill, disengaging the drive shaft when a certain level of resistance is reached. (For instance, when the screw sinks flush into a wall.) You can increase the setting to drill through thicker materials, like treated wood or concrete, or lower them when screwing into simple drywall.

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DYWM Fun Fact

No matter how proud you are of your drill, it won’t match up to Bertha. That’s the name given to the world’s largest boring device used to dig the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel in Seattle, Washington until its dismantling in 2017. It weighed more than 6,000 tons with a cutting head that was 57.5 feet in diameter.

The Cordless Drill Buying Guide

  • Among cordless drills, Lithium-Ion batteries have become the standard. They’re longer-lasting, more efficient, safer for the environment and somewhat lighter than their Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) counterparts — although the high-powered models can still get fairly heavy. They are, however, somewhat more expensive. Some cheaper Lithium Ion batteries can also overheat in certain conditions. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for storage directions.
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  • Some battery brands will also have a battery life indicator or “fuel gauge,” which can be helpful. Even more helpful is a spare battery that can be switched out while the other is charging. And if you’re outfitting your garage with more than one tool, consider buying a modular kit with a single battery that can be used in a variety of different devices. It’s a definite money-saver.
  • There are a lot of factors that go into the price of a cordless drill, and power is one of the biggest. The amount of voltage put out by the motor will, in general, determine how much torque it can generate. You’ll want to find the drill that is right for the kind of projects you plan to tackle. Do you need a drill to repair your cabinets, hang paintings or assemble the odd piece of furniture? You might be fine with a 7.2-volt drill. Are you going to be drilling into masonry, putting screws into pressure treated wood or other outdoor jobs? You might want to look at a drill that packs 12 volts or more.
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  • You’ll find two general types of motors in a cordless drill: brushed and brushless. Without getting into the technical weeds, the brushed motors use tiny “brushes” to transfer power to the rotor, while brushless varieties use magnets. Brushes, like any other motor part, is subject to wear and tear. That’s why you’ll generally find longer warranties on drills with a brushless motor. They’re just more efficient (and of course, somewhat more expensive.)
  • Weight and grip can be important factors, especially when you’re using your cordless drill in tight spaces or awkward positions. Most modern drills are configured with the weightiest part — the battery — placed at the bottom of the handle. While that generally makes the drill more stable and easier to use, some prefer a more top-heavy pistol grip that allows them to put more force behind the screw or drill.