Makita LCT200W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit Review

by MaryF

Impact driver plus driver drill - combined with battery packs, rapid charger and a handy carry bag.

Electricians, plumbers and other contractors in need of tools for fastening, drilling and driving should take a look at the Makita LCT200W 18-volt compact lithium-ion cordless 2-piece combo kit. Any contractor who needs a good cordless solution for job sites can benefit from this top of the line Makita kit.

The kit contains a variable speed Makita impact driver, a two speed Makita 1/2-inch driver drill, a rapid charger, two 18V compact batteries and a carrying bag. Both tools feature an ergonomic handle, which fits comfortably in both gloved and bare hands. This design really makes the tools easy to control while in use. Thanks to their compact design, these tools are lightweight and do not contribute to user fatigue while working with them. The driver drill weighs just 3.5 pounds and the impact driver weights in at 2.8 pounds. The tools are actually more lightweight than the comparable models by Dewalt.

 

If you find yourself working on a dimly lit job site, you will love the built-in LED light on each tool in the Makita LCT200W 18-volt compact lithium-ion cordless 2-piece combo kit. This is great for those times when you need to drill something in a dark corner. The light actually stays on a few seconds after you’re done using the tool, which is useful when you need to install some hardware after using the one of the tools.

 

The big benefit of this Makita cordless tool kit is getting the two tools cheaper than if you bought them separately. Since they are cordless, it is also great to not be tethered to one place on the job site by a cord. Of course, the disadvantage to being cordless is that you have to stop to charge the battery sometimes and the batteries add extra weight to the tools. Fortunately, these lithium-ion batteries weigh 40 less than their NiCd counterparts, which are traditionally used in cordless tools. And charging the batteries is not a big deal because you can actually get a full charge in just 15 minutes.

 

Just like all other Makita tools, you get the standard 3-year warranty on the items in the Makita LCT200W 18-volt compact lithium-ion cordless 2-piece combo kit. However, the batteries and chargers just have a 1-year warranty.

 

Differences Between The Makita LCT200W Kit and Makita LCT300W Kit

If you are trying to decide between the Makita LCT200W cordless combo kit and the Makita LCT300W cordless combo kit, there is really only one difference between the two. The LCT300W kits comes with one additional piece - a rechargeable flashlight. The flashlight has a pivoting head that you can lock in one of five positions and a Xenon bulb. You get just over 2 hours of use with one charge of the flashlight. While prices fluctuate regularly, the cost difference between the two kits tends to average around $30, with the three piece LCT300W kit being the more costly of the two.

 

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Updated: 12/15/2011, MaryF
 
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