Let’s face it: it’s pretty rare to see a really new power tool. We’ve seen plenty of expanding the line (with everything from radios to vacuums) and lots of companies making bigger or smaller versions of what you’ve already got, but it looks like Makita’s taking a stab at something new with their “Hybrid(tm) 4-Function Impact Hammer-Driver-Drill.”
Let’s start by clearing the hype. I’m not trying to desparage the tool in any way, but the Hybrid(tm) 4-Word Name definitely elicited a chuckle around our offices. C’mon, Makita, the real “hybrid” here is the combination of an impact driver with a hammerdrill. The professionals for whom you designed this tool know that. And can you really trademark the word “hybrid?” Should everyone from Toyota to Battlestar Galactica now cease and desist?
That said, this looks like it might be a great tool for fence and deck builders — or just about anyone who pre-drills before driving big fasteners.
In drill mode, you’ve got no-load RPMs of -700 in low mode and 0-2,300 in high with 15 clutch settings. For more torque, you can add 0-2,300 or 0-2,700 BPM in hammerdrill mode. Or for driving the big suckers, you can switch to impact mode to deliver 0-3,200 IPM (that’s “impacts” per minute) and up to 1,280 in-lbs of torque.
As a member of Makita’s every-growing LXT line, it ships with two 3.0 Ah li-ion batteries and a 45-minute charger — all in a plastic carry case.
One concern: Has anyone else had trouble using drill bits in quick release collets? While a tiny bit of slop doesn’t really affect my use of a driver bit, it’s really hard to drill accurately if the drill moves at all. Also, while I’ve got a 115-piece drill set, I don’t have many drills with the quick-connect fitting — a few, but not a lot. Is this an issue for you as well?
It’s a bit pricey, too, streeting at around $400.
So what do you Toolmongers think? Is this something you’d use?