The sub-compact 3/8” drill market must be a place where Bosch and the few others were making a killing last year, because almost all the heavy hitters are rolling out with them this year — and Makita is no exception. The DF330DW should look very familiar to anyone that’s been scoping other models of the same class.
Makita says the new driver sports a 2-speed transmission 0-350rpm in low and 0-1,300rpm in high and will put 200 in.lbs. of grunt down when called for. Sound familiar? It should; most of the other high-end units are claiming 200 plus in. lbs. and have a two-gear system in their 10.8v/12v Li-Ion lineup as well. Just from numbers alone it looks like Milwaukee and Bosch will have it beat in the raw power department, but perhaps the included drill holster will put the unit over the top in sales.
Personally I’d love to see a low-slung John Wayne edition holster for the new rig, but I’m sure it’s more of a tactical speed holster type of affair. Then again, the whole question of holster style might be rendered moot the first time someone bends over and manages to stab themselves with a 3/8” boring bit that’s tucked into the new chuck. Either way, it looks like an interesting year for the sub-compact.
Street pricing for drill, battery, and charger kit starts at around $140.
10.8V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Driver-Drill Kit [Makita]
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