Makita CX200RB vs. CT225R

Makita has been creating and selling cordless power tools since the 1970s. They are one of the biggest names in the industry and have a reputation for reliability and high-quality all over the globe. They are the favorite of many tradesmen, contractors, and even DIY enthusiasts.

Makita is in the top tier when it comes to their cordless drills and impact drivers. I’ve known quite a number of loyal fans who wouldn’t touch anything but a Makita power tool. After doing this review, I can certainly understand why.

Today, we’re having an in-depth look at two of Makita’s combo kits of compact drill and impact driver. If you’re a fan, you’ll love them, but if not, read on so you’ll get to know why Makita fans stay loyal.

Makita CX200RB 18V LXT Sub-Compact Combo Kit

The CX200RB combo kit contains the XFD11ZB compact drill/driver and the XDT15ZB impact driver. It also includes two BL1820B 18V LXT Lithium-Ion compact 2.0Ah batteries and the DC18RC Rapid Optimum Charger.  All of these come inside a stylish contractor bag that has the trademark color of Makita.

The compact drill/driver is powered by a brushless motor that delivers power of up to 350 in. lbs. of max torque. It has two-speed settings of low at 0 to 500 RPM and 0 to 1,700 RPM on the high setting. It measures 6 3/8 inches in length and weighs 2.8 pounds with the battery.

The impact driver also has a two-speed brushless motor that packs a power punch of 1,240 in. lbs. of torque. It has a no-load speed of up to 3,000 RPM, and up to 3,900 IPM. What sets this tool apart is the Assist Mode (A-Mode) feature that automatically kicks into high speed if you started with a low setting and the tool senses the increase in friction.

Both these tools are equipped with dual LED lights to illuminate your work area. Both are designed ergonomically, so they are the ideal tools to use in cramped and dark work areas. The tools are housed in durable and high-quality plastic that adds to its lightweight so you can work longer with less arm and hand strain.

Pros: If you do a lot of carpentry work, fence building, cabinet installation and other similar tasks, this is the combo kit for you. It can easily drill 1/4-inch holes through a stack of plywood, plastic, or even metal.

  • Powered by brushless motors
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Equipped with Star Protection Technology
  • Operates on 18V battery packs

Cons: These tools are made for light to medium tasks only, and won’t let you work on concrete and other hard surfaces. Also, there are complaints of the impact driver’s chuck letting out a slight wobble. This is not what I encountered, because when the bits are inserted properly, everything went fine.

  • Not for use in concrete and other hard surfaces
  • Slight wobble in the impact driver chuck

Makita CT225R 18V Compact Combo Kit

The CT225R combo kit contains the XDT11R impact driver and the XFD10R compact drill/driver. Also included in the contractor bag are two BL1820 18V 2.0 Ah compact Lithium-Ion batteries. The DC18RC optimum charger is also included in the kit.

The impact driver has a 4-pole motor that delivers a variable speed of 0 to 2,900 RPM and 0 to 3,500 IPM and 1,460 in. lbs. of max torque. It weighs only 2.8 pounds with the battery and has a length of 5 3/8 inches. Its lightweight and compact design makes it ideal for a wide range of fastening applications in confined spaces.

The compact drill/driver is equipped with 21 clutch settings for a variety of applications. It has a maximum turning speed of 1,900 RPM and 480 in. lbs. of max torque. The clutch gives you precision and control over delicate tasks as it automatically stops drilling when it meets a certain level of resistance.

Both these tools come with dual LED lights that help you work in tight and confined spaces. They are also equipped with Makita’s trademark Star Protection Computer Controls that protects the tools and the batteries from overheating, over-discharging, and overloading. The tools themselves are designed to give you a good grip thanks to the rubberized handles.

These tools operate on Lithium-Ion batteries that give you more runtime on a single charge. It has an integrated LED battery charge level indicator, so you’ll know when you need to recharge. You can have the batteries up and be running in just under 25 minutes.

Pros: These are the tools you need if you work in plumbing, HVAC, electronics, carpentry, and light woodworking. Great for home improvers and DIYers as well.

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Protected with Star Protection Computer Controls
  • Powered by built-in 4-pole motors
  • Ergonomic design
  • Uses an 18V compact Lithium-Ion 2.0 Ah battery

Cons: There’s not much I didn’t like with this combo kit but found a complaint online about the bag looking like an ice cooler. I actually like how stylish looking it is. Also, some people complain of short battery life, but this depends entirely on the usage, for me, this is a minor flaw that can be ignored.

  • Short battery capacity
  • The contractor bag looks like an ice cooler

Product Comparison:

When you look at the specs of these two kits, you’ll be wondering why the CX200RB is more expensive than the CT225R. The former costs around $230 while the latter can be had at around $170. Obviously, the CT225R delivers more torque and speed than the CX200RB.

The difference is that the CX200RB uses brushless motors while the CT225R does not. The experienced power tool user can tell you that brushless motors are more efficient than those that use brushed ones.

Recommendation:

Once you tried using tools with brushless motors, you’ll never go back to brushed motors. If you want longer lasting tools, the CX200RB is a more cost-effective choice.

If you want tools that have more power or if you’re on a tight budget, the CT225R would suit you just fine.

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