Makita 18V LXT Review

Makita 18V LXT Review
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What We Like

  • Brushless motor
  • Extreme Protection Technology
  • 4.2 Pounds

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn’t come with accessories

Makita 18V LXT Review

Generally speaking, power drills that come fitted with a brushless motor are a great deal more powerful than power drills that don’t. This is because brushless motors are able to adapt to each job and alter their output accordingly.

Owing to their power and versatility, drills with brushless motors can get a little pricey, which turns a lot of people off them. However, if you are looking for a brushless drill to perform basic tasks around the house, you’ll be able to get one without breaking the bank. Exhibit A: Makita’s 18V LXT cordless power drill.

Makita 18V LXT

As a brand, Makita is an innovator of brushless motor technology and with the 18V LXT it makes that technology available for a fraction of the cost of the average brushless motor.

With its lithium ion battery, this drill has a long running time, which blends wonderfully with the drill’s lightweight design and compact body to make it the perfect choice for homeowners planning long-haul renovations.

The Makita 18V LXT is a recent release and has been available online since 2016, so when you purchase it you can be certain that you’re getting the absolute latest brushless drill technology.

Who is this product for?

Although the Makita 18V LXT isn’t suited to professional work, it is capable of producing up to 530 in/lbs. of max torque, so it should be high on the list of any DIYer with some heavy-duty tasks to complete.

The drill boasts Makita’s unique Extreme Protection Technology (XPT), which prevents it from being damaged by rain or dust, making it a great choice for people who frequently find themselves working outdoors. 

It should be noted, however, that you’ll have to pay extra to get a protection plan for this drill, so you might want to take your search for a power drill elsewhere if you have a history of damaging your tools.

What’s included?

As a consequence of its comparatively low price, the Makita 18V LXT doesn’t come with a whole lot of accessories. In fact, this drill doesn’t come with any accessories, so if you’re new to DIY you might want to purchase a drill that comes with a bit set instead.

Perhaps the biggest drawback of the Makita 18V LXT is the fact that it doesn’t come with the lithium ion battery necessary to power it.

Overview of features

While the Makita 18V LXT is lacking in any noteworthy accessories, the drill itself is loaded with features that separate it from the competition. For starters, the drill’s brushless motor has 2 speed settings and delivers up to 2,000 rpm.

Despite its power, the 18V LXT weighs in at just 4.2 pounds with its battery inserted, allowing it to be used for long periods of time without strain on the muscles. Built into the body of the drill is a convenient LED light, which you’ll no doubt appreciate if you find yourself working in tight spaces and dimly late areas with any degree of regularity.


Power drills can be a little tricky to get an understanding of, particularly a drill as powerful as the Makita 18V LXT. However, this drill, and all others like it, can be mastered with a bit of focus, a dash of determination, and a quality step-by-step video to guide you through that first project.

While we can’t help you with the focus and the determination, below you will find an easy-to-follow review detailing the 18V LXT and how to use it.


As impressive as the Makita 18V LXT is, we understand that the lack of included accessories may turn some people off the drill.

If you have your heart set on a drill with a brushless motor but aren’t sold on this model from Makita, perhaps you should take a look at the Black & Decker 18V Brushless Hammer Drill, which offers a similar performance and comes packaged with a lithium ion battery.

This particular drill will set you back close to $50 more than its Makita alternative, but for the money you’ll get a drill that you can use the moment you take it out of the box.


If the Makita 18V LXT came packaged with a battery to power it, it would be one of the most impressive cordless power drills on the market and would arguably be the absolute best option in its price range.

Unfortunately, those who choose this drill will have to purchase the battery and other necessary accessories separately. That being said, for what it is, the Makita 18V LXT is pretty awesome.

Once you have it up and running, you’ll be able to complete home repairs and renovations in a fraction of the average time and with a level of precision most other budget power drills just can’t offer. 

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