Makita 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless
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Big Power, Small Package

The Makita LXFD01CW Cordless driver-drill has been designed as a very light weight tool, weighing only 3.3 pounds. It’s less than 8 inches long, so it fits easily into tight spaces and works well around angles. Makita has designed this drill to have the power of an 18-volt and the weight of a 12-volt. It comes with a hard plastic tool case for protection during travel or storage.

Innovative Battery Design

The battery of this Makita 18-volt has been designed to charge amazingly fast – just fifteen minutes. The LXT lithium ion battery actually has a memory chip that interacts with the charger to create a faster charge and longer life. This is a great benefit for professionals as well as the home user. The charging system is energy star rated and delivers two and a half times the life of a NiCad battery.


Hard Tool Case

Makita has not switched to soft carry cases for their drills as some of the competition has, and this is a value for the consumer. Especially for professionals, the hard plastic carry case is a must-have. It protects the drill and extends the life of the purchase in addition to making travel from job to job easier. For the home user, the tool case means easy, safe storage of the drill.

The Battery and Charging System

The LXFD01CW comes with two batteries so you can alternate them out as needed. The charging system is a huge plus on this Makita because it’s been designed to charge so fast. It is supposed to take 15 minutes, and although you may find it takes a bit longer than this, it will still impress you how quickly you can charge up your battery with this drill.

Weight and Size

This is a truly lightweight drill at just over three pounds. Because of the compact design, it will work well for an electrician or plumber. Women will appreciate how easy and comfortable it is to hold, even for smaller hands.


Can be Wobbly

While this is a great drill for every-day use for a professional and around the house, if you do a lot of precision work, you may be disappointed. The drill can have a slight wobble in the chuck. For most purposes, you won’t even notice this wobble, but if you need to do precision work at high speeds or use a very long bit, you will notice the wobble.

LED Light Positioning

While this drill does feature a handy built-in LED light, the positioning leaves something to be desired. It’s placed on the drill in a way that prevents it from lighting the work at certain distances because the chuck gets in the way. This means you will need some additional lighting you work in dim spaces often.

Overall Review

Despite a noticeable wobble in the chuck and the poorly designed LED light, this is a very reliable and good quality drill. The Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt cordless will stand up to professional use with its reliable battery and hard carry case. The small size and ease of use make it a great choice for household use as well. The cutting edge technology of the battery is a major strength of this Makita, particularly the quick charge time.