Makita MT01Z Multi-Tool In-Depth Review
Editor Rating: 4.1/5
Makita 12V Multi-Tool Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: January 9, 2019
January 9, 2019 @ 2:10 pm
In case you’re looking to refresh your toolbox with a new generation of tools, it’s probably the best to start with a high-quality multi-tool. Makita is a well-known brand and they have been in the business for years now, meaning you can rest assured that you’re getting a quality tool for a reasonable amount of money. If you’re not familiar with the concept itself, it’s pretty simple – these tools allow you to mount any accessory on and use it for a particular application. In other words, you can cut, sand, scrape, and grout with a single tool by changing between adapters.
Finding the right one that’s worth the effort and investment isn’t an easy task. Numerous models on the market fall into this category and a worrying amount of them simply isn’t worth the money. Whether it’s due to quality issues or performance, the bottom line is that you have to do some research before placing an order. To alleviate some of the hassles, we have reviewed this particular tool and it seems to be a good solution for both hobbyists and professionals alike.
- Power – 6000 – 20000 OPM (3.2 degrees angle)
- Battery – 12V max. CTX Li-Ion
- Dimensions – 10-7/8” long
- Weight – 2.4 lbs.
- Variable Speed Control (with dial)
- Built-in LED
Makita MT01Z Multi-Tool – The Basics
The biggest upside of this particular tool is the versatility that comes with it. In other words, you can use it for a wide array of applications without having to change between tools. Instead, all you have to do is mount the proper adapter, and that’s it!While many people decide against all-in-one tools because they are often regarded as a lousy way of saving money, the situation is quite different with Makita. This tool can be a substitution for plenty of other tools meaning you’ll save both money and time. It’s not a tool for particularly massive endeavors given that it’s battery-powered, but it can cope well with small to mid-sized projects without breaking a sweat.
When it comes to the design, Makita is known for manufacturing ergonomic tools that are comfortable to use and don’t cause fatigue and exhaustion. This model isn’t an exception. The rubberized handle ensures a firm grip and it also significantly reduces the intensity of vibrations, depending on the application. The large on/off slide allows for easier control and it also features a lock-on button for operator convenience. The built-in LED doesn’t seem like a feature that requires too much attention, but it’s actually quite useful for a wide variety of things, including work under dim conditions. A lot of tools struggle with this feature as it tends to stop working after a while, but Makita has it sorted out.
This unit uses 12V CXT batteries. The most common mistake people fall victim to is using the 18V LXT line of batteries with this tool. Don’t try to utilize batteries from different lines of products because you can jeopardize the functionality of the tool itself. That being said, the 12V CXT batteries are interchangeable between similar products. In other words, if you already own a Makita tool that uses the 12V CXT type, you don’t have to purchase an extra one. Bear in mind that this tool does not come with the battery nor charger included meaning you’ll have to invest in it in case you don’t already have it.
Battery not included
Hex key needed for changing the adapters (the key is included)
Things we liked about it
The sheer versatility is definitely the main advantage of this particular model. The fact that it can utilize a number of additional adapters makes it a perfect solution for all-around projects. As we have mentioned, it’s not the best possible choice for avid professionals, but it’s certainly a nice tool to have for small repairs around the house.
The ergonomics are also a pretty major factor of this model. Most tools can cause fatigue issues after being used for a while, but this one lets you work for hours without leaving a toll on you. The reduction of vibrations via rubberized coatings is also a nice touch.
Things we didn’t like
While this is a great tool for sanding and scraping, cutting hard materials isn’t its cup of tea, especially due to being battery-powered. 12V batteries are somewhat of a standard for most tools of this caliber, but they sometimes lack the power output for more serious endeavors. That does not mean it can’t cut through things, but instead that it can struggle to remain consistent while cutting through particularly hard materials.
In order to change the blade, Makita has opted for a hex key instead of some other methods. While this isn’t a major downside per se, some people find the use of hex key to be inconvenient and unpractical.
In general, this is a great tool for most applications you’re going to face at home or in your backyard. As far as professional use goes, we would recommend getting something with a bit more power and preferably corded. Battery-powered tools are great for portability but don’t shine too much in the power department. The price is also a nice addition as it is affordable and quite budget-friendly. If you’re looking for a quality tool and aren’t willing to buy a separate one for each application, the MT01Z model is a good choice.
In case you like to DIY your way out, this unit is a must-have. It’s powerful enough to push through some demanding tasks and it’s a great solution if you’re looking for portable machines. The battery charge time is good, and while the runtime depends on the application, it’s pretty solid across the board.
The best thing about it is that you don’t have to invest a fortune in several different tools when you can combine them into a single one. Sanding, cutting, and scraping are much easier if you utilize a single tool for all three applications.