Summary: I'm going back through all of my Amazon purchases beginning in 2001 and writing reviews for the notable products I've purchased over the years. By notable, I mean products that I am very happy with as well the ones that I now regret purchasing.
Summary: I had the last generation Makita driver/drill and really enjoyed it, but the new ones are significantly improved. Solid driver action and long lasting battery. Charger is high quality with a built in cooling fan (the last gen charger would not recharge back-to-back without a cooling perios).
Summary: For many years I have used an old Makita 9.6 v drill that had been a valuable tool. It was destroyed along with all my other tools during the Aug 29, 2005 flood. Needing to replace many, many tools in a short period of time, I purchasaed an inexpensive Ryobi 18v drill/saw/flashlight kit from BigBox...
Summary: Over the years i have used nearly every brand of cordless tool imaginable. There has always been advantages and disadvantages to each. Not with the Makita LXT line though. I own the Drill/Driver and the impact driver and each is everything advertised. They are lighter than other 18v models.
Summary: I have a small home improvement business and needed a replacement for my aging (and battery eating) Dewalt 18v Ni-Cad drill. Overall i am pretty pleased with this unit. It is very light, compact, powerful and has the basics onboard...like a drive tip clip, a belt loop, and lights.