This Makita CT226 12V Max CXT cordless drill and impact driver combo kit is on sale for just $99.
Its regular price looks to be $139, and we’ve seen this kit, model CT226, on sale for $99 before, most notably ahead of Black Friday and Father’s Day holiday shopping seasons..
This combo is part of Makita’s 12V Max cordless power tool line, which replaces their previous line of 12V Max cordless power tools based on a stem-style battery pack form factor.
This battery style provides numerous advantages, and Makita has shown an interest in actively developing new 12V Max CXT tools.
Makita CT226 Combo Kit Contents
- Makita 12V Max Cordless Drill (FD05)
- 0-450/1700 RPM
- 250 in-lbs max torque
- Makita 12V Max Impact Driver (DT03)
- 0-2600 RPM, 0-2400 IPM
- 970 in-lbs max torque
- Kit comes with 2x 1.5Ah batteries, charger, kit bag
This Makita 12V Max drill and impact driver combo won’t win any best-in-class awards, but is quite possibly the best value and bang-for-the-buck combo I’ve seen.
At the risk of sounding too optimistic – if I were in the market for a 12V-class drill and impact driver kit, there’s a strong chance this is the kit I would buy. It gives you entry to Makita’s growing lineup of 12V Max CXT tools, but the tools are fantastic as-is and apart from a bigger 12V Max investment.
It’s matched by a Milwaukee M12 drill and impact driver combo kit that also typically goes on sale seasonally.
If you’re in the market for some new 12V-class tools, this is a fantastic deal. I’d encourage you to also look at the Amazon user ratings which are overwhelmingly positive.
Makita typically tries hard to cater towards professional users exclusively, but this would make for a great drilling driving set for everyone – pros, DIYers, hobbyists, and homeowners alike.
Seasonal Sale Price: $99
As I started at the top of the post, there are 2 types of deals. I would definitely buy this set if I had a need for the tools. If I hadn’t already purchased a Milwaukee M18 drill/driver cordless kit for my father last holiday season, this would be on my shopping list. If I were looking to buy a housewarming gift for someone moving into their first apartment or home, this would be it.
That all said, if you were looking to buy into a tool platform, keep in mind that Makita’s CXT lineup is relatively new, and although they seem to have adapted all of their previous post-style battery tool designs, the line still doesn’t have the same breadth as other brands’ 12V-class platforms. If you want a band saw, a rotary hammer, or a brushless circular saw, Milwaukee’s M12 deserves your attention.
Comparatively, I think that Makita’s newish CXT line holds well against Dewalt, reasonably well against Bosch, and very well against all other 12V-class professional power tool lines, excluding Milwaukee’s of course.
In other words, unless you have reason to buy into Milwaukee’s M12 lineup, or specific reasons for going with another brand – maybe you like the size of Bosch’s brushless drill or drivers – this seems to be one heck of a good deal.
Makita vs. Milwaukee?
Just considering the drill and impact driver, I’d lean towards Makita. The slide-style battery pack makes these tools unbelievably compact.
As part of a system? That’s a tougher choice. Milwaukee has a vast selection of 12V class tools. If Makita can catch up, it’ll take them years, although they do already offer the core tools that many users need, plus some.