Makita has come out with a new 12V Max CXT cordless drill/driver, FD09.
On paper, the new Makita FD09 12V drill is very much like its predecessor, FD05. They both have the same torque ratings, the same speed, the same weight, and the same features.
So, what’s different about the new drill?
It’s shorter. You can barely tell from the product photos, but the new Makita FD09 cordless drill is 7″ long, while the FD05 drill is 7-7/16″ long.
From the product photos, the adjustable clutch dial is also a little different, with 20+1 settings instead of 18+1.
Features & Specs
- 3/8″ chuck
- 250 in-lbs max torque
- 0-450/0-1700 RPM
- 7″ length
- Weighs 2.4 lbs with battery
- LED worklight
- Belt clip
The new Makita drill will be available as a bare tool, FD09Z, and also in a kit, FD09R1, with (2) 2.0Ah batteries, a hard case, and a charger.
Price: $74 for the bare tool, $120 for the 2-battery kit
There will also be a drill and impact driver kit (CT232), drill and circular saw kit (CT233R), and 4pc tool kit with drill, impact driver, impact wrench, and LED worklight (CT411).
- CT232 drill & impact driver combo kit: $135 via Tool Nut
- CT232RX drill & impact driver combo kit w/ hard case: $150 via Tool Nut
- Compare: CT226 (previous) drill & impact driver combo kit via Amazon
- CT233R drill & circular saw combo kit: $175 via Tool Nut
- CT411 drill & impact driver combo kit: $240 via Tool Nut
I wouldn’t have guessed that Makita would develop a new 12V-class cordless drill that was nearly identical on paper and in appearances to the previous model, aside from shedding nearly 1/2″ in length. Maybe there’s more to it? Makita is also adding other new tools to their 12V CXT cordless power tool lineup, but more on those later.
Looking at the product images, the two drills are so similar that the FD09 could almost be photoshopped from images of the FD05. That’s not a bad thing, how similar the two cordless drills are, just unusual. Typically, an updated model has other changes, if not in torque or speed, then at least in appearances.
Taking things at face value, I see no reason not to go with the FD09. With the tools weighing the same, a discount on the existing/previous model could convince me to look past its slightly extra length. Maybe the launch of the FD09 means that kits including the FD05 will be discounted until they sell out?
For the past few holiday seasons, Makita’s drill and impact driver combo kit has went on sale for $99. I wonder if we’ll see the new combo kit on sale for Father’s Day (CT232), or the existing/previous combo kit (CT226).
To sum things up, Makita has come out with a new 12V Max CXT cordless drill/driver, and it’s *slightly* different from the previous model. It will also be featured in several new cordless power tool combo kits.
Can anyone see additional differences that might be eluding me?
What’s cool is that Makita provides parts diagrams for their tools, and so you can see the exact differences, assuming the diagrams are drawn to scale. From the parts diagrams, the biggest difference seems to be in the gear assembly, and the housing is shorter to accommodate it.