based on intended usage may work well. did not work for my application
2 February 2014
Summary: Most of my battery powered tools are Makita. Have a B&D right angle but wanted to simplify. Not impressed with tool, it is variable speed but does not have the torque. So back to using the B&D as it is a two speed unit. I am electrical contractor but do handy man and remodel.
Summary: I have a hammer drill/driver and impact driver set, a reciprocating saw, and recently purchased a circular saw and this right angle drill. While I haven't used the circular saw enough to review it yet, this thing is amazing. The head is incredibly compact allowing it to fit in the most inaccessible places. The chuck holds well, and I did not find the trigger to be difficult to control at all.
Summary: I bought this drill thinking I might someday need to get into tight places. I'm a DIYer that appreciates good tools, hence my investment into the Makita LXT cordless lineup. This drill's compact body and tiny right angle head led me to believe this was a drill I would only use in tight spots; it didn't look like a rugged, powerful relative of my main 3-speed drill. Wow, was I ever glad to be wrong! Looks can be decieving, and this BDA350 is no exception.
Summary: What a great tool. Typical of Makita the drill feels very well built and the 18v LI battery is far superior to any other type. Trigger speed control is linear and easy to control. The 90 degree head is about as compact as it could possibly be. The only thing that might be an issue is if you have smaller hands.
Summary: This makita is great for hard to reach places and it has lots of torque, I used on my kitchen remodle and used in cabinets and to install a huge celing exhaust hood to drive 3 inch wood lag bolts to the rafters.
Summary: Great drill-- no issues with performance or battery life. Great power and easily maneuverable. One safety concern is the placement of the "trigger" when chucking a bit. The trigger is so convenient that it gets in the way and can become accidentally depressed while chucking a bit. The trigger takes up about 50% of the grip and it's difficult to hold on to the drill and not push it down.
Summary: If you've already bought into the Makita 18-volt LXT lithium-ion battery system, the BDA350Z makes a decent right-angle drill. There are a few problems to be aware of, however... The first is that the drill will not work with the Makita BL1815 18-Volt 1.5 Ah Compact Lithium-Ion batteries. If you've purchased one of Makita's popular "compact" cordless combo kits, you'll need to acquire one of the larger 3.0 Ah batteries to power this tool.
Summary: I am a new homeowner and have been trying to purchase quality tools for DIY projects. I'm not a Pro. I needed to drill through studs with very little clearance. This tool has enough torque to not only drill through one 2x4, but three sandwiched together! I had to do this a few times using a 3/4" self feed spade bit. This has a delightfully low profile for getting in tight spaces. It seems to have plenty of speed and torque on tap.
Summary: I bought this drill mostly for drilling holes in studs to run wiring. It's been absolutely perfect. Very powerful, lightweight, fits into almost any space easily. The handle placement is a little awkward, but with the speed and power this drill can put out, you don't have to hold it for very long before you're done. One of the things I really love about the Makita LXT line is the slow-dimming LED.