Makita kicked off new deals where you can save $100 on their most popular XGT cordless power tool kits, AND get a free battery on top of that.
I found the new promo at Acme Tools, and I’m sure other authorized dealers will participate in this sale as well. At this time, it seems other retailers are showing the $100 savings or free battery, but only Acme looks to have both.
Should you take advantage of this promo? Maybe. If you ask me, these are the best XGT tool deals Makita has ever offered.
Makita’s XGT cordless power tool system is complicated. It’s a 40V Max cordless system, but with 18V-sized tools and batteries.
The tools are loaded with Makita’s latest tech and features, and the batteries are their most advanced and highest capacity.
Frankly speaking, the line includes a good selection of core tools, but is somewhat limited beyond that. Makita has been expanding the XGT system with new tools and accessories at what I would describe as a steady and satisfactory pace.
The tools and batteries are pricey, and there’s no cross-compatibility with Makita’s 18V system, aside from a single one-way charging adapter.
Makita had an excellent and unprecedented holiday promo, where they bundled 2x free batteries with select combo kits, or 1x free battery with the purchase of 2 bare tools. The latter promo looks to still be ongoing at some retailers.
I bought the XGT track saw last year, and more recently added their new blower (via Amazon Japan due to lower pricing and a greater number of included accessories).
I wanted more batteries, and there were a couple of user review requests I wanted to be able to fulfill. So, I took advantage of the holiday season deals to pick up a router, reciprocating saw, and a drill and impact driver combo kit.
With that, I bought 4 more tools and got 5 batteries with it – 2 compact batteries with the combo kit, and 3 free high capacity batteries.
Makita’s 4Ah battery (BL4040, 8Ah 18V equivalent) retail at $219 each, which makes the free battery promos very noteworthy.
I thought that the holiday season was unbeatable.
With the latest promo, they’re knocking off $100 off the price of select combo kits, and giving you a free battery that retails at $219.
If I’m being honest, I think this is the better deal. It’s not as good value-wise, but if given the choice between 2 free batteries and 1 free battery plus $100 more in my pocket, I’d prefer for the latter.
The Makita GT200D XGT hammer drill and impact driver combo kit is regularly $449. That’s what I paid last month. Now, it’s $349, plus you get 1 free battery.
I didn’t need another hammer drill and impact driver, and so I purchased these more for review purposes. I really wanted the 2.5Ah and 4Ah batteries though. The compact batteries (you get 2 with the kit) retail for $159 each. The bonus 4Ah battery retails for $219 by itself.
When you look at it in those terms, you get your money’s worth just in the 3 batteries (2 compact 2.5Ah + 1 bonus 4.0Ah).
$349 also puts this 40V Max combo kit below the price of other premium brands’ flagship 18V or 20V Max combo kits.
At this price, Makita XGT has entered the ring.
The Makita XGT rear-handle circular saw kit, GSR01M1, is also included in this promo. Right now, it’s $299, from $399, and you get 1 FREE 4Ah battery.
In other words, you get the saw, charger, and 2x batteries for less than it would cost you to buy just the batteries.
I should add that the bare tool is $264 by itself. So for just $35 more you get you 2x batteries, a charger, and a kit bag.
There are other kits included in this promo – 2 cordless miter saw kit options (10″ and 12″), the 10-1/4″ circular saw kit, and 2 4-tool combo kits (drill, impact, light, circular or reciprocating saw).
I feel that the 2pc tool kit and rear-handle circular saw kits are of the greatest interest and offer the greatest value, but it’s worth looking at the others in case the better match your needs.
You have time to think things over, as the promo looks to have an April 30th, 2023 end date.
Thoughts and Recommendations
Would I recommend that you buy into the XGT system right now? No. Yes. No. I don’t know.
Makita priced the XGT tools too high to interest me. There was one tool I wanted and purchased – the track saw – and then another – the compact blower. For personal use, I wanted more batteries. For professional purposes, I (and readers) still had a lot of questions that Makita USA wouldn’t or couldn’t answer about the tools’ features and performance.
Somehow, I convinced myself to dive into Makita’s 40V cordless system. Would I do so again at these prices? Absolutely.
But I’m not yet willing to buy deeper into the system.
Where’s the cordless jig saw?
The pin nailer kit is a whopping $549.
They have a new compact 6-1/2″ circular saw on the way, but how much will that be?
I’d consider a cordless 7-1/4″ miter saw, but they don’t have one yet, either.
I’m a hodge-podge type of cordless power tool user. I currently own battery-powered tools by Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo HPT, Bosch, and now Makita.
Would I buy into XGT’s system as my primary platform? No. They don’t offer the specialty/expansion tools I use most or am looking to buy, and tools to suit my more casual needs are too expensive for me to justify.
And yet, my tool collection went from 1 tool to 6 in a matter of weeks. They haven’t yet kicked my go-to tools out of their earned spots in my tool kit, but they potentially could.
If someone asked me today if they should buy into Makita’s XGT 40V Max cordless power tool system, and I had to give a yes or no answer, it would be NO. The core tools should suit many users’ needs, but beyond that the system is far from complete.
Consider this post, and how I can’t just say “wow these are great deals!” I cannot recommend XGT without including qualifications and heavy reasoning.
Would I buy or recommend certain XGT tools at their current prices and promos? YES!
Milwaukee’s M18 rear-handle circular saw kit is $449 (via Home Depot) with 1x 12Ah battery (216 watt-hours). Makita’s 40V saw kit is $299 with 2x 4Ah batteries (one included and one free, for 2x 144 watt-hours, or 288 Whr total).
Objectively, that’s a very good deal.
An 8Ah-equivalent battery is going to be lighter than a 12Ah battery, and it will charge faster as well. Let’s say you want a backup battery for the Milwaukee – how much will that cost? That Makita’s $299 promo and bonus battery kit pricing starts to look very appealing.
It’s also worth pointing out that the XGT kit is now less expensive than the 18V X2. Makita’s 18V X2 rear-handle circular saw kit (via Home Depot) is currently bundled with 1 set of 2x batteries for $359. Would you rather have a 36V-equivalent tool powered by 2x 5Ah batteries (180 watt-hours total), or a 36V tool powered by 1x 4Ah battery (144 watt-hours) with a bonus battery on-deck and $60 more in your pocket?
$299 plus 1 free battery somehow seems like a much better deal than $399 plus 2 free batteries. The same with the 2-tool drill and impact combo kit with 2 compact and 1 free 4Ah battery for $349.
This promo is going to sell more tools.
If you need or want to buy more XGT batteries in 2.5Ah (5Ah equivalent) or 4Ah (8Ah equivalent) sizes, why not get tools with them?
Even at promo pricing, Home Depot has a 2-pack of XGT 4Ah batteries for $398. Other retailers have them at $219 each. $398 for two batteries, or $299 for two batteries, a charger, tool bag, and Makita’s latest-and-greatest rear-handle circular saw?
Makita has a new impact driver (GDT02), which is less featured and more affordable than their other XGT impact driver (GDT01). That’s a good move for the brand to make, and it still looks like a premium-but-not-flagship type of tool. The new impact is kitted with 2x 2.5Ah batteries for $399. The flagship impact is kitted with 2x 2.5Ah batteries for $429.
Meanwhile, the 2-tool hammer drill and premium impact driver combo kit is $349, and you get a bonus 4Ah battery on top of the 2x 2.5Ah batteries it’s kitted with.
I love when tool promos do this, although it can complicate the decision-making process.
This promo is a highly aggressive marketing strategy. Makita USA really wants you to buy into their XGT cordless power tool system.
I was very convinced by the holiday season promos, but believe that $100 savings will be more compelling. And you do still get 1 free bonus battery with the eligible kits.
Other brands’ holiday season promos have finally timed-out. There are other new promos, and there will be more, but nothing like these. For instance, Milwaukee has a new “buy more save more” promo, where you save $50 off $350, up to $175 off $550+. That’s a good deal, but it’s only on select bare tools.
Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel hammer drill and impact driver ($399 at Home Depot) is a fantastic combo kit, and features the brand’s latest and greatest technologies. But with no active promos on that combo kit, brand agnostic tool users might be well-served by Makita’s XGT combo, which offers more at a lower price right now.
I’m glad I picked up what I did, and I’m awfully tempted to give the rear-handle circular saw a try as well – for ToolGuyd purposes, as I’m not much of a framing saw use.
With this new promo and price drop, even if only temporary (if you could say that given its end-date 3 months away), Makita has made the XGT system less ignorable. On top of that, more tools are on the way as they continue to expand the system.
I was hooked by the track saw and further committed thanks to the compact blower. I’m willing to bet that Makita is seeking to hook pro users with these new XGT promos, and that it’ll work.
Dewalt needs to counter with a PowerStack 5Ah promo of some kind. I’m not quite sure what Milwaukee’s counter will be. Bosch? They’re not yet playing the same game.