Makita Compact Hammerdrill/Driver
Cordless drill/drivers seem to be shrinking; everywhere you look, brands are coming out with smaller and lighter versions. The advent of lithium-ion batteries meant that voltages and tool power could be higher than ever, but a sensible movement also followed to exploit the weight and size benefits of LI tools with models that are still "strong enough." Makita has been at the forefront of this practical stance, introducing white compact tools with smaller, 1.5 amp-hour battery packs with huge success. The latest compact adds a hammerdrill feature and is also available with a full-size, 3.0 amp-hour battery in the standard teal color. Makita Compact BHP452HW kit: $214. BHP452 kit: $289. 714-522-8088.