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BlankMan

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12-31-2009 04:07 AM

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Makita DF03DW Driver

I was at my favorite ACE Hardware store today and they were blowin’ these out for $79, normally $149. Nice size, feels good in the hand, lightweight. 200in-lbs of torque, adjustable clutch (a feature I really like), headlight (not so enamored with that but I didn’t like snake lights either till I got my first one for free), comes with battery, charger and case.

I could see having this around for light duty stuff, so I’m wondering if it is a good tool and if that is a good deal? Is it discontinued? I Googled it and they seem to be selling for way more then that currently.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 12-31-2009 04:20 AM

I think that’s a great deal, especially for a makita (I paid just shy of $200 for a Porter Cable drill / impact combo with a pair of 2x Li-Ion batteries and charger, and I think it was very worth it.) IMHO impact drivers are the kinds of tool that you can easily live without…until you start using them and then wonder how you made it this far without one lol. Mine practically melts screws into the wood.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 04:57 AM

LOL This is not a combo kit though, just the one, I think I had a extra zero in the part number at first.

I just picked up an DeWalt 18V Li-ion impact driver that has 1,330in-lbs of torque, that’s like 103ft-lbs, non-adjustable so I was thiking this Makita could do the light work and it is lighter and smaller to get in places.

I sometimes can’t pass up what looks like a really good deal when I see a good use for something. But, I walked out of the store without it and thought I’d check it out and ask. I maybe really don’t need it but my VersaPak Screwdriver which I like and use (the only VersaPak tool I own) is old and the batteries are expensive now.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 05:46 AM

Curt, I picked up the combo kit recently for $150 which includes both the impact driver and the drill. It’s a great little tool with plenty of power for the size.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 06:22 AM

Not sure about that model, but I’ve always had good service from my Makita tools.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 07:00 AM

I have the combo kit also and it rocks. I have the 9 piece dewalt combo also and since getting the makitas they are the only drill and impact I use. I have used the impact for putting together a playset for my kids and never had an issue driving 3inch lag screws into pressure treated 4×4s. Can’t say enough about them. Love them cause they are so light yet pack the power. Go to Hd and get the combo kit.

-- Sparks

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 07:54 PM

if it’s 200 in.lbs with an adjustable clutch, it’s not an impact. It’s the regular drill/driver.The impact driver has 800 in.lbs of force. still a good little drill for the shop. I do alot of stuff with my combo pack.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 07:57 PM

Childress, thank you! It is that one, my mistake, there wasn’t a lot, well any, infomation with the display, I’m glad you pointed that out.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 11:10 PM

This is what I’m looking to replace only because of the VersaPak batteries, otherwise it still works well and I do like it. (cant’ believe I said that about B&D LOL)

I looked at a Milwaukee and Makita straight ones like this but this DF03 is looking good and maybe a handled one is better then a straight one? I liked the straight because it can get in tight spots but sometimes its length is the problem, so Idoeknow, I’m on the fence.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 01-01-2010 02:13 AM

Here’s a good replacement for your electrical screwdriver, variable speed-2 batteries-light…
http://www.internationaltool.com/Bosch-Cordless-Drills/Bosch-PS20-2A.aspx
If you want to spend a few bucks more…
http://www.internationaltool.com/12V-15-6V-Combo-Kits/Bosch-CLPK21-120.aspx

-- Rick

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#10 posted 01-01-2010 02:16 AM

I too love makita tools they are the best in my opinion.I got a double drill set this year for my birthday in may.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 01-01-2010 02:50 AM

Curt, i don’t think I have seen a Milwaukee battery tool on a construction site in the last 30 years. Mostly Dewalt, Mikirta and Rigid (lately).

Edit: Lots of Milwaukee power tools, but no battery.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 01-01-2010 04:46 AM

Thanks Rick, but the Makita is $20 less and has 200 in-lbs of torque verses 80 in-lbs of torque for the Bosch and I already have a DeWalt 18V Li-ion Impact Driver.

Topa, really? I thought that was where Milwaukee was strong?

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 01-01-2010 06:01 AM

Not in battery tools! First battery drill I bought was Milwaukee because of their reputation in the tool world. Totally worthless piece of junk:-(( Went to Mikita, then Rigid.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 01-01-2010 06:36 AM

Makita makes great tools. There cordless drill: Makita LXT BDF451is top rated. However, the Panasonic EY7540LN2L gets the nod for impact driver/drills. You can read a review of both at http://woodworkingtipsandtools.com/2009/11/top-rated-woodworking-power-tools-make-great-christmas-gifts/
You will also find links to deals on both drills.

-- drbob at http://www.Woodworkingtipsandtools.com

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#15 posted 01-01-2010 07:38 AM

Curt, I just tried to get my model number and torque rates from mine, but to worn. Mine will snap those screws from HD and Lowe’s so I use McFeelys. I can bury a 4’ #10 fine thread into oak with no problem.
I’ve been using Makita for over 30 years and never had a bad tool. You will be very happy with this tool.

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