|Review by Chipy||posted 03-11-2012 05:42 PM||3100 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
After putting up with Ni-cad battery’s for the last 20 years it is a pleasure to finally own an 18 volt Lithium Ion drill/ driver. I chose the Makita LXFDO1Cw on Wood magazine’s review. The drill feels comfortable in your hand ergonomic and all that Fahrvergnügen jazz. The motor is full of torque and has plenty of power. Recharge time was one of the shortest compared to its piers it its class according to Wood magazine but I have nothing to compare it to I am still living in Ni-cad land and I am sure everyone knows how that is…..come back in a half hour and maybe the battery will be ready, then use it for fifteen minutes and the process starts all over again! I will tell you one thing when the Lithium is done it is done no gradual slow down like the Ni-cad.
OK the draw backs which are not too major. The way Makita engineered the battery mount is odd I still haven’t figured the quickest way to index the battery into the charger or into the drill or driver. It feels odd trying to push down on the release catch while pulling forward vary odd .The cover that protects the battery not being used will not stay attached to the battery. Well enough of my hot air if you are in the market for a new Drill/Driver check out Wood magazine’s review in issue 209 DEC/JAN 2011/2012 they go into more detail than I did but I am sure you will see that this Drill/Driver stands out from the rest.