Makita XFD10 Drill/Driver Review

Mini Review:

This is a work horse drill in a “compact” design. Fast recharge in only 25 minutes and it comes with two batteries and the best charger on the market. So, we have rated this as our #1 Driver/Drill.

Overall Rating:


4.8 out of 5.0 stars.

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1/2″ Driver-Drill with a 4 pole motor which maxes out at 480 in.lbs. of Torque . Features a two speed transmission (0-600 and 0-1900 RPM). Weighs 3.3 lbs with the included battery. All metal gear construction for reliability.

What We Like

What We Don't Like

First Impressions:

The size of this drill is described by Makita as “compact”. I would describe as just right. This drill is well balanced (with the battery) and doesn’t feel too large or too small. I handed the drill to a few of my friends (and my wife) to see if anyone would say anything different. Guess what? Everyone, regardless of hand size, thought it was perfectly sized.

So, What's on the box?

It comes with a carry case with strap, two 18v 2.0Ah compact lithium-ion batteries, and the XFD10R Driver-Drill. More specs listed below.



The XFD10R Driver-Drill kit will meet all of the needs that a driver-drill can. This is our top pick from all of the drills in this category (that we reviewed). The ergonomics are perfect; I’m not sure what I would change if I could. The kit comes with two 2.0Ah batteries that will fully charge in 25 minutes. This is possible because the batteries are charged by the Makita optimum charger which communicates with the on-board chip in the battery. The charger comes with a built-in cooling fan and will optimize battery life by controlling current, temperature, and voltage. It’s not the most affordable kit that we’ve reviewed but it will perform for all three of our The Tool Space users: DIY, Handyman, and Contractor.


    • Josh

      Thanks so much for your comment. We will be producing a lot of new content and reviews over the next few months.

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