Makita XT269M Review
Makita XT269M Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: March 2, 2018
Being able to purchase a toolkit with tools that are actually reliable and efficient is very rare. The elements needed for these tools to be worth buying are versatility, ample power, user-friendliness, energy efficiency, and a sturdy build. There are a plethora of cordless drills toolkits available on today’s market, and finding one that’s actually worth the money can be genuinely challenging.
Fortunately, the toolkit that contains the Makita XT269M cordless drill (and the rest of the accessories) is something else – it ticks all the necessary boxes and more. The tools inside this box are versatile, long-lasting, and powerful, which is precisely what one could expect from a manufacturer with such great reputation.
We’ll be having a closer look at the drill and the driver that come with this kit, and we’ll also analyze the batteries, the charger, and the tool case itself. Let’s do it!
- Weight – 14.7lbs
- Dimensions – 5.2″ x 19.3″ x 13″
- Batteries – Lithium Ion
- Torque – 1500 in-lb
- Voltage – 18 volts
Makita XT269M – The Basics
Along with the drill and the impact driver, the box also contains two 18V batteries (Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah) and a charger. Both the tool case and the tools themselves sport a very attractive black and blue color combination, with the shipping weight of the whole package being just a little less than 15 pounds (the drill weighs 4.2 pounds, and the driver 3.3 weighs pounds).
Both the drill and the driver feature brushless motors – these don’t have carbon brushes and thus run smoother, quieter, and cooler, and are also much more energy efficient. Both tools have LED lights, making working in dimly-lit areas a breeze. The charger, on the other hand, has a 3-stage level indicator, and the whole kit sports a pretty generous 3-year limited warranty. Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say?
Like we said, both the impact driver and the hammer drill come with the electrically controlled brushless motors; and this makes them very efficient. Generally, the brushless motors are 5% to 15% more efficient than their brushed cousins, as they don’t experience friction and voltage drops that are caused by brushes. Both tools come with the manufacturer’s signature Star Protection Computer Controls, allowing them to have direct communication with their batteries in real time.
With the electrical control of the motors, both tools are capable of matching and controlling the RPMs and the torque to meet the user’s needs. This is a significant advantage, as it will help you protect the item or the surface you’re working on.
To make the drill and the driver user-friendly, Makita decided to remove all the unnecessary weight. For example, the driver that comes with this kit weight just a little bit above 3 pounds, which means that working with it is exceptionally easy. The drill, on the other hand, is capable of delivering 1,500 in-lbs of torque and 2,000 RPM but still weighs a lot less than the other rival units on the market.
Furthermore, both of these tools have ergonomic handles, removing the risk of fatigue and providing the user with comfortable work.
To further improve the efficiency of the tools, Makita designed the included batteries to recharge fast. They take around half an hour to be fully charged, spending less time recharging and more time helping you complete your DIY project.
Things we liked about it
Although not always flawless, the products of this Japanese manufacturer are generally considered to be among the most efficient and most reliable on the market. The tools inside this kit are no exception – both the drill and the driver will undoubtedly assist you with any of your DIY projects. They sport a compact size and an ergonomic design, as well as enough power to drill all kinds of materials and to fix all sorts of screws and bolts.
The addition of a sturdy toolbox makes this kit an excellent choice not only for the DIY enthusiasts, but also for the plumbers, carpenters, masons, and HVAC repairers. It’s a package that packs a serious punch and can be carried with you wherever you go.
Things we didn’t like
Unfortunately, this Combo Kit also has its share of cons. The first among them is the presence of a plastic chuck on the hammer drill, and this could lead to wobble after weeks of daily use. The wobble is something that prevents precise work and leads to mistakes and frustration – we hope to see full-metal chucks in Makita’s future kits.
Some users also report that the chargers they got in this kit were faulty, and have stopped working after just a few months. Not everyone can afford to buy a new charger after already spending a few hundred bucks on a Combo Kit, so be careful not to lose your warranty.
Aside from the issues with the plastic chuck and a few faulty chargers, the users are generally satisfied with the quality and the reliability of this kit. They’re especially pleased with the cordless drill – it’s a powerful tool with a long-lasting battery and an ergonomic design that allows long working sessions.
The contractors are particularly pleased with the quality and the portability of the toolbox itself – one only has to put the charger, the batteries, and the tools inside it and he’ll be ready to do work literally anywhere.
The pros definitely outweigh the cons here – both the drill and the driver that come in the package are engineered for efficient use and long-term ownership. It’s quite common for the cordless tools to spend more time recharging than being actually put to use, but that just isn’t the case here. The Makita XT269M drill and the driver have been elaborately designed to lower the downtimes and increase the productivity, and thus allow the user to have uninterrupted working sessions.
As such, they deserve our recommendation – we think that buying this Combo Kit can’t really turn out as a mistake you’ll regret.