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Makita FD01W 12-Volts Max Lithium-Ion 2 Speed Driver-Drill
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24 of 24 found the following review helpful:
As good as it gets.May 13, 2011
By Jonah Horowitz
I've owned a good many power drills in my life, starting with the old school 9.6v Makitas in the early 90s through 12v, 14.4v and 18v Makitas and DeWalts. This is hands down the most versatile drill I've ever owned.
Right now I work as a Systems Administrator for a tech company and sometimes I need to install racks of servers. I recently had to travel around the US and Europe installing small clusters and this drill was excellent for the task. Now, mostly I was just screwing in bolts, but still the amount of torque this baby could put out was impressive. The batteries also last forever and charge quickly. Beyond that, the drill is so small that you can get it into tight spaces.
I also own a BDF452HW (the 18v Li-Ion version) and it's great if you're actually doing real construction with drill bits and driving screws into wood, but it's a lot bigger and heavier (still lighter than most). For most small jobs this drill will do everything you need.
The only small quibble I have is that the charger that comes with this drill doesn't work at 220v. It's really a stupid oversight on Makita's part. Having to lug around a transformer when in Europe is just lame. It's seriously the only thing I had with me that didn't have a power supply that automatically switched voltages.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
AS GOOD AS IT GETS!!Jul 27, 2011
By Thomas M. Firestone
As I get older it is not so easy to carry/use my trusty 12V Dewalt any more. This is light and fits my hand perfectly. Drove about 40 3" wood screws in pine 2X4's and still had plenty of power left. Can't think of any way to improve on it.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
12 v mikita driverJul 08, 2011
By King David
It is a great little driver for it's size. It has plenty of power for getting into tight places. The light on the drill is much better than ones I have used, because it stay on for a few seconds after pulling the trigger. Pull the trigger in a tight place and light it up ahead of time not like other drills that only light up when you pull the trigger.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Great driver - lots of power and long battery life.May 17, 2012
By Jeffrey Peterman
I now have three of these (actually, two of this model for work and one of the 10.8V model for home; the latter appears to in practice the same tool). I mainly use it to open and close up the shipping crate of a system I install for work - the crate has roughly fifty 3" long wood screws, and I can take them all out with a single battery charge and still have enough power left to screw in at least a dozen screws to hold the crate together when I'm done. I use the low-speed/high power mode when first removing the screws so I have more control and more torque to get them moving, and then can quickly finish them off in the high-speed mode.
I have two for work as I travel with one in my checked luggage and send the second ahead by FedEx just in case my checked bag goes missing. The small size and light weight makes this practical - and with 4 batteries, I don't even bother taking a charger on the trip (especially when I can normally manage the whole process with a single battery).
I highly recommend this tool.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Love it...May 03, 2011
By S. Nguyen
I was looking between the Makita and Bosch drills. I've had Bosch drills before and they are great but I wanted to try the Makita. I like the Makita a little better because these feel more solid. They feel heavier but they have a great grip and great ergonomics. It has plenty of power for a 12volt unit. I definitely prefer these for most jobs over the 18volt units because the 18volt drills are so heavy. I definitely recommend this anyone in the market. I know this is the same text as my other review for the combo kit. I liked it so much I bought this driver as well.
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