Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 19
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Dazed31 Wasn't quite what I expected, but it does the job.
This was a really good buy for the price, but a bit misleading. The actual bit tips are not magnetic unless you use the provided blue sleeve. The sleeve also only exposes part of the tip, so you sometimes have issues in tight spaces. It also does not come with any flat head tips, which is a major downside.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Todd Well worth the extra dough!
I've tried just about every type of bit out there, and these blow them away. I've had some of my guys try to break them (they always seem to find a way), but so far (about 2 weeks) they haven't succeeded.
Beyond the bits themselves, the bit holder works great, once you get past the fact that it's a little "different" to use. I didn't like having to slide off the magnet part to switch bits, but given how well it holds you have to try to drop screws!), I can deal with it.
We spend a lot of time on lifts and ladders, so the slim bit case comes in real handy. It fits in my back pocket, keeping it within easy reach.
Up front, I was a little skeptical, but the performance of these has me sold!
November 21, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by dspandrc Not quite what I was expecting
The description of this device is somewhat deficient as the package does not come with a screwdriver handle. The picture is too small to be able to see this clearly. I thought that what turned out to be the magnetic sleeve Looked like a small handle - which is what I was looking for.
The magnetic sleeve is quite large in diameter so it is not suitable if you have little clearance around the screw you wish to remove - and one generally needs the magnetic tip when there is very little clearance.
The strength of the magnet is OK and so is the tool PROVIDED the limitations regarding clearance are not a problem for you.
August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Premixburner Good product
I've always been picky on the bits I used. Up until these new Makita bits, I've used the Milwaukee Shockwave bits in all my screw guns. I quit using the cheap Dewalt bits a long time ago, and have been pretty satisfied with the Shockwaves...but they still break on me pretty frequently, and they are even made for impact guns. I've now switched over to the gold Makita bits, and haven't broken one yet. It's only been a week though, but so far these bits have been perfect.
The magnet being extra strong is a plus, but you have to leave the sleeve on for the extra magnetic strength. It took me some getting used to since I've always removed the sleeves on all my bit holders, but at least no more screws falling off when your stretched across a ladder...in the attic...don't have a free hand, etc.
Overall great product. If I was aware of a better one, I would be using that instead...but so far these are my current bits of choice.
November 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Heff Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new standard!
I picked this up last week after hearing about it from a Makita rep. All I can say is WOW! I know it might seem a little weird for someone to be excited by a bit set, but these are amazing. I build a lot of displays, both wood and metal, and have been resigned that at least once a week, I'm going to lose a bit to warping or breaking. Not only is my original bit going strong, there's not a sign of wear to it, beyond a little bit of the gold wearing off.
It's got a lot of the cool factor too. The bit holder is pretty neat. I love that it's compact enough to fit in my back pocket, keeping it within easy reach.
I have to admit, when I first heard about a "rare Earth" magnet for holding the bits, I thought it might be more of a gimmick. Let me tell you, it's for real. I often have to drive screws over my head. In most bit holders, the slightest bump or movement causes screws to fall out. Not the case with this set. It holds beyond anything I've ever used before, and I've used them all! Plus, the magnetic tip helps avoid stripping screws and burying them in the lumber.
I was curious about the "Tatara" steel the bits are made out of. I looked up and found it's what samurai swords are made from. That's pretty much the strongest steel you're ever going to find.
After using these, I'm hoping this is just the beginning of an entire lineup of bits for Makita. I bought a few of the "shockwave" sets out there. They were good, for a while. Better than what else was out when I got them. But after using this new set, they're left in the dust! Viva Makita!
October 17, 2012