I went to check the price on Makita’s new 18V brushless impact driver kit, and as expected it dropped in price to $99 on Amazon.
I have also been keeping an eye on this new Makita 18V brushless drill/driver kit, which was also $129 the last time I checked. Now? $99.
$99 for a brushless drill kit? Dewalt’s got one. Well, seasonally at least. It’s $130 something now, but I’m of the very strong opinion that it’ll drop to $99 again soon.
But a $99 brushless drill kit from Makita? That was unexpected, at least until I caught a glimpse of the new impact driver.
This new Makita brushless drill, model XFD061, looks reasonably good on paper:
- 530 in-lbs max torque
- 2 speed gearbox: 0-400, 0-1550 RPM
- 1/2″ chuck
- Weighs 3.8 lbs with battery
- LED worklight
- 3.0Ah battery pack with fuel gauge
I wanted to get my hands on one ASAP, so I placed an order as soon as I saw the price drop. Ben ordered one too. He’s been eager to get more experience with Makita cordless power tools, and this seemed like a good match.
With the $99 price point, I believe Makita sees this as a gateway cordless offering.
I find it very exciting to see one more pro-grade 18V cordless drill offering at the $99 or $100 price point. It only comes with 1 battery pack – some brands offer 2 – but it’s at least Makita’s updated pack with built-in battery fuel gauge.
Here’s a look at all of the $100 cordless drill options that caught my attention last year. This year’s going to see even fiercer competition.
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Am I being too optimistic here? Maybe. I’d be less enthusiastic if the drill had a brushed motor, the older non-fuel-gauge battery pack, or lesser specs.
I’m curious to see how this drill might be built differently than their “regular” products. I think I have a Makita compact brushless drill or hammer drill around here somewhere, courtesy of Home Depot. I’m crossing my fingers that Makita didn’t cheapify the drill in any way.