It has the amazing feature to switch from hammer-drill-mode to driver mode, and the two-speed all-metal transmission delivers 0-400 RPM in low speed and 0-1,500 RPM in high speed covering a wide range of drilling and driving applications. With 0-6,000 Blows Per Minute (BPM) in low and 0-22,500 BPM in high speed for impact driving. It is ideal for drilling into masonry and concrete. For the money, you will find the combo functionality very useful.
Many 18V drills by some manufacturers have no torque control. A drill like this will definitely fail to drive wood screws 1.75 inches long if you try. (That would be the last time you would touch that drill. lol) A situation like that could leave one depressed and thinking about ripping out the screws or living with poorly driven screws in a shelf. Yea, bad drills are that bad.
But the Makita (Model No: XPH012) 18V LXT has a great torque control, You will love that you can adjust Makita XPH012 so easily. The chuck is huge and very easy to tighten down and release, this is probably my favorite feature of the drill. I’ve never used a drill where the chuck was so easy to manage and tighten down. You don’t have to crack your wrists trying to open the chuck. Its Incredible torque plus the battery’s ability to last a long time is a huge reason to get the Makita 18V LXT cordless drill (Model No: XPH012).
Makita 18Volts Li-Ion battery is a part of Makita’s 18V Lithium-Ion power tools series, the world’s biggest cordless power tools product line-up.
These Lithium-Ion 18v batteries charge up very fast and take some time before they run down, so they work more and charge less.
Don’t let the single battery bother you. For Makita cordless drills, the charger is better than having a second battery because the charger is a tool itself. It lets you know how healthy your battery is. It also has a built-in fan that keeps the battery cool while it’s charging. The power is amazing and it has a cool humming sound when it drills.
Also, this drill’s battery stops dead when operation depletes it and doesn’t die off slowly. This is important to bear in mind because you might panic thinking that the motor has burned out which is not the case.