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The tool itself is quite remarkable: half-inch keyless chuck, drill/drive/hammer-driver. It has most modern features: variable speed twin transmission, LED work light with delayed turn off. The case is large enough to accommodate the charger and a couple of spare batteries. I leave the charger out and keep a set of drill bits and a set of driver bits in there. The belt clip can be switched to the other side. There is an optional (not included) bit holder to go in the hole opposite the belt clip. Although this same combo is available from the orange home store, they don’t have the bit holder in stock so they would need to order parts 452947-8(2?) and 251314-2. The LED is located above the trigger so the actual drill spot is in the shadow of the chuck but you can still see well enough. All in all, there are several shortcomings but it is difficult to see where they cut costs to be able to offer this combo at $100.
If you already own Makita tools it is a great deal but not aimed at you. If you don’t own Makita tools then ask yourself what cordless products you would like to own eventually and then do the comparison. This is a great deal but the speedy battery charge is offset by no charge indicator and a seeming design flaw in the battery charging chip. If you can work with or around those flaws then it is still a great deal. If you’re only planning on using the battery twice a year, you may want to keep searching.
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