Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 65
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brad I can't imagine anything better
I bought this set two years ago. My old cordless (14.4 NiCad) had run it's course, so I bought my first cordless of this "lithium-ion" generation to start construction on a house and barn. From the start, I knew these tools had more to offer than my old stuff. I'd never used an impact driver, and now I can imagine ever NOT having one. Both tools have incredible power. They are lightweight. The led light on both tools is very handy for tight places or working late without electricity. The real test was my barn. I made the frame from heavy wall drill stem pipe. The self tapping screws for the roof weren't sharp enough, so I had to drill a small pilot hole before the screww could tap and thread. I put up approxmiately 1,200 screws on that roof (3,000 sf), and to keep the project going, I bought a third battery, so I'd always have one charged. We never missed a beat. The dead battery was always charged before we needed it for either tool, and the tools kept boring holes, tapping screws with power until they quit. There was hardly any fade. Basically, the last hole or screw was cut/set as robustly as the first. I wasn't accustomed to that with my old set. For the amount of power these tools offer, I'm amazed at how light and portable they are. I was constantly reminded of this, while we screwed down the roof of the barn or set the wall panels. They fell off the roof several times (from 14' eaves into soft dirt), but they never got damaged. You may find as good a tool as these, but I can't imagine one better.
May 3, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1Matt982 Best Drill & Driver ever!!!
I've owned this Makita 18 volt Drill & Driver set for around 2 years now, and hands down this is the best cordless drill & driver in 1 set. I'm a licensed plumber so I use this set quite often, and this set has held up and performed much better than the DeWalt & Ridgid set I've owned in the past. The greatest features of these 2 wonderful tools are the very quick charging time, and the length of time it takes until the battery goes dead. On the other hand I've also come to really appreciate the built in LED work light, and the power of each of these great tools. I very highly recommend this Drill & Driver set!
November 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GuitarOnWater Bought the LXT at least 5 yrs ago and going strong
I bought the set with the circular saw and the drill and impact wrench and it is one of the hardest working tools that I own. Constantly reaching to use them for everything from drilling holes in the microlam beams I needed in the garage roof for reinforcing the structure to drilling holes in concrete for tapcon. I am a home user, but a heavy user since I have needed to do a lot of remodeling. I like DeWalt, but absolutely love how the LXT has held up with all my use through the years. And the built-in LED light comes in very handy when you couldn't get it lighted otherwise!
November 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by getitdoneright Highly Recommended
I have been a long time advocate for Makida quality and this drill/impact driver set hasn't disappointed. I am an experienced home DIY'er and wanted the battery life for lengthy projects. This will be my second Makida, the last one made it 10+ years and the motor is still running strong in both the drill and impact (the batteries finally gave up after countless recharges). Highly recommended set
August 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Best Cordless Impact Driver I've owned!
My Milwaukee impact driver died (was a good driver it just "ran it's course"). And it turned out to be more expensive to repair it than to replace it.
So, I was borrowing a Makita impact driver from my helper and I fell in love with it!
VERY powerful and his outlasted my Milwaukee driver.
I got myself one and love it!! I opted for the set because it has 2 batteries and a great hammer drill.
The hammer drill is excellent itself. However, for my needs; anchoring 50+ bolts in concrete a day. It's not really designed for that. I use a corded hammer drill.
However, it's great for everything else. And does have enough power to anchor in concrete when needed(tight places) or when you just need a few bolts installed.
Would recommend to everyone. Charger is also very cool. You can leave the battery in basically indefinitely without having to worry about battery damage.
March 8, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lilrabbit Cordless Drill and Driver Done Right, Early Problems with Charging Appear to be Resolved
I bought my first Makita cordless drills (9.6volt, Models 6012 and 6093) nearly 3 decades ago and both still works, so I didn't really "need" this set, but I did need to do some repairs at my father's house, 300 miles from home, and had neglected to bring my drills. Since the repairs required a trip to HD anyway, I splurged and bought this kit and am glad I did.
I am used to cordless drills that only run for about a hour on a full charge, and to carrying a set of spare batteries to swap out through the day. No longer necessary. With 3Ah batteries, these drills run for a full day, and when I do drain the battery on the drill, there is generally enough juice left in the impact driver's battery to finish off the job. I had never used an impact driver for woodworking before buying this set, so it is not a tool I am in the habit of reaching for just yet.
Early reviews of this drill did indicate that there were some problems with the batteries failing if the drills were left unused for extended periods of time, so I waited 6 months before reviewing these to put them through typical homeowner use before reviewing them. For the first few weeks, I put them into extensive home repair/remodeling/workshop use, then put them away for 6 weeks, unused. I used them again intensively for a steel roofing project, then again stored them away. I pulled them out again a couple of weeks ago and used them extensively for two day, then put them away again. Then I used them extensively today. The extended storage does not appear to have done them any harm and they appear to hold charge just fine both while being stored, and as they are used through the day.
This is my first experience using an impact driver for woodworking and home repair, I do like the way the impact driver quickly sinks screws, but I am not totally comfortable with it yet. It does do jobs such as driving in lag screws very nicely, especially if you put a couple drops of air tool oil on the threads before driving them in. I used lag screws to pull together a pressure treated wood foundation for a storage shed, and the impact drive did a great job of pulling together 2x8 PT lumber and 6x6 PT posts.
When I bought this set, I didn't realize the drill was also a hammer drill. But this came in quite handy since my Milwaukee roto-hammer grew legs and walked off. Since I am not a full time tradesman any more, I didn't replace the dedicated hammer drill, but I have to say that it sure is nice to have one, and as this drill works equally well in Hammer and in regular drilling mode, I'm quite happy.
Charging time is fast. If you run your battery down in the morning and put it on charge at the beginning of your lunch break, it will be ready to go when you finish your ham sandwich.
Initially, I balked at the price, but once I began using the tool, I had no buyers remorse at all.
In summary, I'd call this a great drill kit at a reasonable price, and I expect the drill and the impact driver to last at least as long as the drills I bought in the early 1980's.
November 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bwolf36 best
Best drill combo I ever bought...i would recommend it to anyone..
April 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Papa Mark
This is our third combo kit like this. I am quite satisfied with the cost to performance ratio we have received from these tools. First one was bought 5 -6 years ago, when a battery or tool does go bad we get a combo kit to replace it, now have two drills, three impact drivers and five batteries. (cost of two replacement batteries is within $30 of a combo kit)
March 10, 2015