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Old 10-26-2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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Makita 18v Cordless Line Up Empty Compared To Dewalt And Milwaukee


Anyone else think Makita is losing touch with what North America contractors need?
I went with Makita for the quality but some of the tools like cordless floodlights, radios, toolboxes, fall short compared to Dewalt and Milwaukee.
Hard to justify and debating switching over to Dewalt or Milwaukee...
Come on Makita make a strong toolbox, a flood light that doesn't cost twice as much but gives off half the light of competition, a radio that can be attached to the toolbox.
I'm gunna go have a ride around on my 18volt Makita bicycle wearing my 18 volt Makita fan jacket now.

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i dont think i'll ever be completely content in any battery platform. its a consumerism nightmare trying to keep up...

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wow ,i see it differently it seems .i have some of all three of those lineups mentioned . Recent reviews show makita with the smaller more powerful impact .And more powerful drill . Though I got the milwaukee drill due to the smaller grip[27 series] .Love my 18v black makitas .
I have a big makita flood light .
But which ever brand comes out with a brushless right angle drill and impact I will be jumping on it .I need/want more power and speed .
makita might of been slower off the line though .
I think they all have merit .
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Bought my first Makita cordless in 1983-84.
The 9.6 stick drill.
Never run any other cordless since.

I have been happy with them. I never had the LI battery problems others seem to have either.
They have held up well for me.
I tend to be somewhat abusive with my tools too.

I can see I will start gradually going to their 36v as time goes on.
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When it comes to actual tools (saws, drills, planners, sanders) I think Makita is the best because they don't cheap on parts.

Makita has one flood light, Milwaukee 3 types, Dewalt 3 types. I guess Makita is just behind releasing new stuff?

Makita corded/cordless tools are a great idea. The coffee maker(on my shopping list).

The only thing that has me looking at Dewalt differently is the StongSystem toolboxes and the strong system radio...
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Your tools and cases don't need to match. Buy Dewalt's cases and stick with the Makitas.

I think battery technology is going to keep on making significant advances; enough so that I don't want to invest in more battery types than is necessary. Maybe someone will come up with a 36-volt the size of their current 12-volt line in a couple of years...

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I've always used Makita and that's what I own now. The only drills that make me want to jump ship are the Dewalt brushless 20v impact, but the difference is marginal and I am invested in Makita. And I hate yellow

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Your tools and cases don't need to match. Buy Dewalt's cases and stick with the Makitas.
That's the plan.
Despite my Brushless drill that looks new just crapped the bed. Pretty sure its the circuit board. luckily has 3-year warranty.
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When it comes to actual tools (saws, drills, planners, sanders) I think Makita is the best because they don't cheap on parts.
Let me talk about Makita vs Milwaukee, There seems to be a trend with Milwaukee opting for revitalizing and improving successful designs with performance and longevity in mind, and Makita gravitating towards cordless designs with increased efficiency.

Battery-wise, Makitaís post-lawsuit improvement may still put them behind Milwaukee due to the latterís greater devotion to longevity, run time, and overall quality, but Makitaís shorter charging times and greater capacity for compatibility gives them an edgeóit comes down to durability, quality, and reliability versus speed and adaptability.

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I've decided to get some yellow.

the reasons...
Radio...
the Makita radio seems overpriced, alarm clock and computer speakers come to mind. compared to the DeWalt tough system it is hard to argue. The dewalt radio is tank and did great in the heads up competition on the youtube channel "tools in action"
Lighting...
Makita construction light line up very small
The icing on the cake for yellow.....
The Graco cordless sprayer 20 volt DeWalt batteries. I'm set on getting this since I loved and cherished my Graco true coat cordless but the Graco batteries would lemon every year, exchanged 2 times 4 batteries at no cost, then I sold it in fear of dying again
DeWalt batteries... it's easy to replace them





dewalt is cheap but i keep thinking of that old DeWalt drill that would not die,
has quality of dewalt gone up or down since the introduction to 20v?
cant be a slave to one brand any more.
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The "Leader" in the tool manufacturing is ever changing. One year Red produces cool stuff, the next year it is Blue, then Yellow comes along with something innovative.

Right now Makita does have some very cool stuff coming out. Wireless dust collection triggering! How about battery powered dust collection. Lockouts on batteries for anti-theft.



I do agree though that Makita lights suck. Red is the way to go for lighting. Which as mentioned above leaves no single battery platform viable, but instead requires 2-3 battery platforms. I am not brand loyal at all, but buy the best for me, which won't always be the best but sometimes just what gets the job done. Yes even Harbor Freight has it's place.
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. I am not brand loyal at all, but buy the best for me, which won't always be the best but sometimes just what gets the job done. Yes even Harbor Freight has it's place.
You mention a very good point, Harbor Freight does have its place. They're fun to rag on but I have a few power tools from them that have paid for themselves and earned money back. By the time they crap out I can buy nicer... Or just another cheap one from HF

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Im using dewalt 20 volt now, very strong long lasting batteries for me.
I don't even use my makita's anymore, the batteries die after 1/2 hour
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Makita fan here, got lots of their stuff. I donít like their 6-1/2Ē cordless skilsaw, but other than that Iím happy with them. That was the one tool I noticed a big difference in compared to Milwaukee.

I like their radio, small and easy to pack around, runs all day at max volume on a battery.


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Makita fan here, got lots of their stuff. I donít like their 6-1/2Ē cordless skilsaw, but other than that Iím happy with them.


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Do you have the brushless model?
Agreed, it makes all the difference being brushless, doesn't matter the brand.
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I've found the Makita line up to be pretty good across the board for a finish carpenter. With the exception of an HKC and a pair of DeWalt lasers everything I run is Makita.

The little subcompact drills are small, light but still pack a decent punch. Cordless right angle impact is awesome when you need it. The cordless trim routers are handy for light duty edge work and I have one in a plunge base which is nice for hardware. The cordless sander and biscuit joiner are good for jobs where power is scarce but not in the same league as corded for volume.
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No I donít. Is there that much difference?


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The Makita brushless 6 1/2 circular saw blows away the brushed model. I've had both. The brushless one is my go to for finish carpentry and even for light framing. I have three corded 7 1/4's worm drives and they sit in the shop unless I'm doing for real framing with a crew. I've never understood the whole brushless thing until I bought this saw. Much better blade speed and cuts so much better. I thought the brushed model was a toy. I've used the Milwaukee's and the Dewalt's also and love the Makita
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no i donít. Is there that much difference?
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