Makita XFD10 Drill/Driver Review

Makita XFD10 Drill/Driver Kit
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.


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4.8 out of 5.0 Stars
Drill, Charger, 2 Batteries
MSRP $199

Available on Amazon and Home Depot


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

  • Fit and Feel is great
  • Good for all size hands.
  • All metal gear construction
  • Strong chuck with no slippage once tightened.

What We Don't Like

  • Will not accept older Makita batteries.
  • Warranty period.
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.

What's In 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.

  • 4-pole motor with 480in.lbs. of Max torque
  • Two speed transmission (0-600 & 0-1,900 RPM)
  • Led under-mount lights to illuminate the work area
  • Comfortable rubberized handle for comfort and grip
  • STAR – on-board technology allows the tool and battery to communicate to protect against overheating, over discharging, and overloading.
  • Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) which is designed to resist water and dust in job site conditions
  • 3.3 lbs with battery
  • 7-1/4″ length
  • All metal gear construction
  • Capacity (steel): ½”Capacity (wood): 1-½”
Full Review

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.

Tool Space Recommendation

We recommend this tool to the following skill levels.

DIY rated tools are for users who would use this product one time a month.
DIY rated tools are for users who would use this product one time a week.
DIY rated tools are for users who would use this product one time a day.

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    • 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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