Makita BDF451

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
11
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 3.0 Ah
Battery gauge: No
Weight: 4.96 pounds
Lenght 9-3/16 inches
RPM 0–300; 0–600; 0–1,700
LED headlight: Dual lights above trigger; 10-second delay
Belt hook: Included
Web price: $280


Includes: Two batteries; charger; side handle; plastic case
Warranty: 3 years tool; 1 year battery and charger; 30-day satisfaction guarantee
Country of origin: China
Comments:—
Pro: Three-speed gear box; drill/drive mode separate from clutch; thin comfortable grip; bright dual-LED lights; includes belt hook; excellent fan-cooled charger; available as bare tool (BDF451Z)
Con: Feels somewhat top-heavy; trigger could be more responsive; no battery gauge

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Metabo BS 18 LTX

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
12
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 3.0 Ah
Battery gauge: Yes; on battery
Weight: 4.68 pounds
Lenght 8-7/16 inches
RPM 0–400; 0–1,400
LED headlight: On base; no delay
Belt hook: Not available
Web price: $285


Includes: Two batteries; charger; side handle; plastic case
Warranty: 1 year tool; 3 years battery and charger; 30-day satisfaction guarantee; register for XXL 3-year tool warranty
Country of origin: Germany
Comments:—
Pro: Feels powerful and well-made; mechanical clutch is paired with electronics that cut power to the motor at desired torque; dual side-mounted gear switches; sensitive trigger; fan-cooled charger
Con: Thick grip isn't a good fit for smaller hands; no belt clip available; awkward battery release; only seven clutch settings

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Milwaukee 2601-22

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
13
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 1.5 Ah
Battery gauge: Yes; on battery
Weight: 3.82 pounds
Lenght 7-3/4 inches
RPM 0–350; 0–1,400
LED headlight: Above trigger; 8-second delay
Belt hook: Sold separately
Web price: $190


Includes: Two batteries; charger; blow-molded plastic case
Warranty: 5 years tool and charger; battery: 2 years or 1,000 charges (100%), 5 years or 2,000 charges (pro-rated); 30-day satisfaction guarantee
Country of origin: China
Comments:—
Pro: One of the more powerful compact models; comfortable grip; easy to shift gears; only compact with full metal chuck; available as bare tool (2601-20)
Con: Lowest clutch setting could be lower; trigger somewhat sloppy; does not include belt clip

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Milwaukee 2610-24

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
14
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 3.0 Ah
Battery gauge: Yes; on battery
Weight: 5.56 pounds
Lenght 9-1/4 inches
RPM 0–450; 0–1,800
LED headlight: Above trigger; no delay
Belt hook: Sold separately
Web price: $320


Includes: Two batteries; charger; side handle; blow-molded plastic case
Warranty: 5 years tool and charger; battery: 2 years or 1,000 charges (100%), 5 years or 2,000 charges (pro-rated); 30-day satisfaction guarantee
Country of origin: China
Comments:—
Pro: Feels very powerful; drill/drive mode separate from clutch; responsive trigger; thin comfortable grip; stiff metal side handle; available as bare tool (2610-20)
Con: One of the heavier models tested; does not include belt clip; side handle has only three positions: left, right, and up

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Panasonic EY7450LR2S

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
15
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 3.3 Ah
Battery gauge: No
Weight: 4.74 pounds
Lenght 8-9/16 inches
RPM 0–430; 0–1,650
LED headlight: On base; manually operated
Belt hook: Not available
Web price: $305


Includes: Two batteries; charger; side handle; plastic case
Warranty: 2 years tool; 1 year battery and charger; 30-day satisfaction guarantee
Country of origin: China
Comments:—
Pro: Good power; excellent runtime; thin comfortable grip; very responsive trigger; one of two models with 3.3-Ah batteries
Con: Manually activated light; no belt clip available; no battery gauge; overly large case; plastic chuck sleeve; limited number of tools in this battery system

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Ridgid R86008K

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
16
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 1.5 Ah
Battery gauge: Yes; on battery
Weight: 4.02 pounds
Lenght 7-1/4 inches
RPM 0–450; 0–1,650
LED headlight: On base; manual and automatic; 8-second delay
Belt hook: Included
Web price: $180


Includes: Two batteries; charger; side handle; soft zippered case
Warranty: 3 years tool, battery, and charger; register for lifetime coverage of tool, battery, and charger
Country of origin: China
Comments:—
Pro: Feels more powerful than average compact model; light can be activated by trigger or separate switch; only tool of its size that comes with a side handle
Con: One of the heavier compacts; soft case has no dividers to prevent contents from bouncing around; 3.0- Ah batteries available but can't be purchased as part of kit

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