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Best Makita Impact Drivers for the Money 2020 – Top Picks & Reviews

a powerful Makita machineIf you are familiar with power tools at all, you are probably also familiar with the prominent brand, Makita. And if you are familiar with Makita, you are probably also familiar with the fact that they make some really good stuff.

They also make a lot of stuff.

If you are in the market for an impact driver and you have even decided that you know that you want a Makita model, the fact remains that you still have some work ahead of you.

The good news? We did it for you. We have taken a look at all of the Makita impact drivers out there and identified the five best options on the market. We did the tests, studied the product line, and assembled everything that we learned in this guide.

Now all that is left for you to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy these reviews!


Our Favorite Models Compared:

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Makita XDT111 Makita XDT111
  • Lightweight
  • Ergonomic
  • Great Motor
  • Second place
    Makita CT322W Makita CT322W
  • Comprehensive Set
  • Lightweight Design
  • Ergonomic
  • Best Value
    Third place
    Makita XDT13Z Makita XDT13Z
  • Best for the Money
  • Good Motor
  • Ergonomic
  • Makita XDT08Z Makita XDT08Z
  • Quality Makita Design
  • Efficient BL Brushless motor
  • Compact design
  • Makita DT01ZW Makita DT01ZW
  • Compact
  • Variable speed
  • The 5 Best Makita Impact Drivers – Reviews 2020:

    1. Makita Impact Driver Kit XDT111 – Best Overall

    Makita XDT111 Impact Driver Kit

    In first place, we have the Makita XDT111, a comprehensive kit that will provide you with everything that you need to tackle a wide range of tasks and jobs.

    There is a lot to like here. This driver is compact and lightweight, weighing just over three pounds, which will serve both to give you easy access to tight places and to reduce fatigue during long hours on the job.

    The design of the unit itself is also optimized to be ergonomic to ensure that using the XDT111 is always comfortable.

    Perhaps most importantly though, it also just performs well. It’s powerful, with a variable speed motor that delivers between 0-2,900 RPM, and it even features an LED light that will make it a lot easier to work in darkened spaces.

    Last but not least, we also just weren’t able to detect many problems with the unit. One of the things that we noticed is that it is a little bit easier than we would have expected to strip screws. This is an issue that users will probably be able to adjust to after getting used to the tool.

    Other than that, it’s a great buy that most people will appreciate.

    Pros
    • Lightweight
    • Ergonomic
    • LED Light
    • Great Motor
    Cons
    • Notably easy to strip screws

    2. Makita Impact Driver Combo Kit (CT322W)

    Makita CT322W Combo Kit

    In second, we have the CT322W combo kit—a perhaps even more comprehensive package that will do well to serve the needs of anyone looking get a complete set up.

    The first thing that most shoppers are going to notice is that this package comes with a drill and a flashlight in addition to the driver. If you don’t already have a drill, this is going to be a great way to get one.

    But in addition to being comprehensive, these tools are also just high-quality. They feature the same ergonomic, lightweight design that we appreciated in the last unit, and they even feature the quality motors that will make most jobs quick and easy.

    This said we did notice a couple of issues. For one thing, this is the most expensive set on the list, which means if you are trying to stick to a budget you may want to look elsewhere.

    We also noticed that the lightweight design seems to have come at the cost of ruggedness. These tools are not quite as durable as some of the others that we will look at today, which will be frustrating for people that need them for heavy-duty use.

    This aside, it’s a great set that many shoppers are sure to appreciate.

    Pros
    • Comprehensive Set
    • Lightweight Design
    • Ergonomic
    Cons
    • Pricey
    • Lacking in durability

    3. Makita 18V Impact Driver XDT13Z – Best Value

    Makita XDT13Z 18V

    In third, and in our best for the money category, we have the Makita XDT13Z, an affordable option that shoppers looking to save a few dollars may gravitate to.

    What we liked most about this tool (besides the price) is that in addition to being economical, it is also high performing.
    Like the majority of Makita’s impact drivers, it has the ergonomic and lightweight design that we appreciated in our top two choices and it even boasts a great motor, which is never a given when looking at a tool in this price range.

    In this instance, the brushless variable speed motor can produce a rotations per minutes range of 0-3,400, while also delivering 1,500 pounds of torque.

    The only negative thing that we can say about this option is that it is a bare-bones tool. You aren’t getting any of the carry cases, accessories, or add ons that we saw in the last couple of sets.

    This aside, it really is an excellent buy for the money.

    Pros
    • Best for the Money
    • Good Motor
    • Ergonomic
    Cons
    • Basic, bare bones tool

    4. Makita Impact-Driver XDT08Z

    Makita XDT08Z

    For our penultimate pick, we have the Makita XDT08Z. Admittedly, this package isn’t as exciting as some of the others that we have looked at, but that isn’t exactly the tool’s fault.

    The impact driver itself is pretty solid, with a design and features similar to those of the other options that we have seen and admired.

    The bigger issue is the package itself. All you are getting is the tool. No charger, no battery, no bits. If you already have all of those things on hand, this isn’t going to be a problem, but if you don’t, choosing the XDT08Z is going to require a lot of extra spending.

    We also noticed that it isn’t extremely durable, which will eliminate it as an option for people that need the driver for heavy duty use.

    Pros
    • Quality Makita Design
    Cons
    • Many extra purchases necessary
    • Lacking in durability

    5. Makita Impact Driver (DT01ZW)

    Makita DT01ZW

    Last, and regrettably least, we have the Makita DT01ZW—an option that unfortunately lacks the high level of quality that we have come to expect from Makita tools.

    First, the good. The DT01ZW is extremely compact, which means that it will be a good option for anyone that really needs to get into tight spaces.

    The issues lie in performance. The fact of the matter is that, while being similar in price to many of the other drivers that we have looked at today, it is also less powerful, less durable, and less versatile.

    On its own, this isn’t necessarily a terrible tool, but almost all shoppers will be better off with something else from our list.

    Pros
    • Compact
    Cons
    • Lacks Power
    • Lacks Durability
    • Lacks Versatility

    Buyer’s Guide

    If you have read the reviews but still find yourself not quite sure which of these options is going to be right for you then we can lend a hand. Read on for a few buying considerations that will make choosing the right impact driver for your needs an easy task.

    Size

    Impact drivers are generally pretty compact but there are nevertheless various sizes that you will encounter as you explore the market.

    Ideally, you are going to want to get something that is as compact as possible. There are several reasons for this.

    For one thing, you want to be able to easily access tight spaces, and a compact unit is going to help you accomplish that.

    The other thing to consider is that more compact options are also generally going to be of a lighter weight, which should reduce fatigue as you work.

    Price

    Impact drivers are a tool that does not have to set you back a ton of money. As you saw from today’s guide there is a pretty wide range of prices associated with this tool, and you can definitely find something out there that delivers quality without breaking the budget.

    To get a good deal, you are first going to need to inventory what you hope for the impact driver to accomplish. Do you need a lot of power? A lot of accessories?

    These things will cost a little bit more, but they will also make your work a little bit more versatile. On the other hand, if you only need a basic range of functions, you are probably going to find that it isn’t very difficult at all to something that suits your budget.

    For the perfect blend of value and quality, we strongly recommend taking a look at our best for the money pick.

    Accessories

    In the last heading, we mentioned that adding accessories to an impact driver is generally going to make it more expensive. And this makes sense, right? Generally speaking, you have to pay more to get more.

    However, there is actually a lot to be said for buying an impact driver kit, rather than just the basic unit itself.

    Chances are that if this is a tool that you are going to be using a lot down the road, you are going to encounter the need for additional attachments and other accessories.

    If that does happen, you are probably going to find that it is more economical to get them in a bundle with the impact driver itself than it would be to buy each accessory individually.

    Final Verdict

    And that is that! You have read your reviews of Makita impact drivers and now you are going to have to make a decision. Which of these high-quality options is going to be right for you?

    While we can’t tell you how to spend your money, we can help by reminding you that we do have a couple of specific recommendations. Shoppers that are looking for the highest levels of quality that they can find will find it in our top choice for today, the Makita XDT111 Impact Driver Kit.

    On the other hand, if you are more interested in saving a few dollars, you will probably be better served by our best for the money pick, the Makita XDT13Z 18V.

    But hey, these are just our recommendations. Now that you have read our guide and familiarized yourself with the world of Makita impact drivers you can make your own informed buying decision.

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