Makita XDT13R 18V Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Impact Driver Review

Any project, whether it is home improvement or some serious construction work, a cordless impact driver will make everything easier, simpler and definitely faster. If you are looking for a tool that can all that and more, then the Makita XDT13R definitely tops the list. It is highly recommended for your woodwork, remodeling, plumbing, automotive and electrical needs.

There is not much negative feedback for this all around impact driver. Although it weighs 10 lbs. and is a heavier compared to other models and brands, this factor is negligible. The price tag of over $200 might cause some people to do a double take, but later in this article, we will be looking into the many reasons why it is a worthy purchase.

Makita XDT13R 2.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Brushless Cordless Impact Driver Kit

 

Pros:

  • Installed with a BL Brushless Motor
  • Delivers up to 1,500 in. lbs. of max torque
  • Has variable speeds of 0-3,400 RPM and 0-3,600 IPM
  • Comes with a slimmer and more compact design
  • Measures 5 inches long
  • Weighs 10 lbs.
  • Has built-in dual LED lights
  • Ergonomically designed to eliminate operator fatigue
  • Comes with a rubberized handle with a soft grip feature
  • Installed with Star Protection Computer Controls
  • Comes with two 18V LXT 2.0Ah lithium ion batteries
  • Includes a Rapid Optimum Charger in the kit
  • Covered with a three-year limited warranty on tool, battery and charger
  • Comes with a  carrying case

Cons:

  • Heavier than other models with the same features

Our Opinion

BL Brushless Motor Design

Makita XDT13R 2.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Brushless Cordless Impact Driver KitMakita’s BL Brushless Motor offers increased power, speed, and longer runtime and driver life. It does not use carbon brushes to keep the motor at a cool temperature. Avoiding any untoward heating also translates to longer tool life.

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This feature likewise saves up on energy used by matching the battery output with the RPM mode selected. This means that if you choose the slower settings, it tends to deliver only the needed juice from the battery, thereby extending the tool’s operating time.

With its variable speed of up to 3,400 RPM, this impact driver has more than enough power to fasten deck screws, TEK screws, cabinet screws, tighten down lag bolts, and so much more. It can excellently handle a wide range of uses that no other tool can match. Talk about versatility.

Designed Ergonomically

Makita XDT13R 2.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Brushless Cordless Impact Driver KitThe XDT13R is designed with comfort and ease of use in mind. It is great for driving and fastening for hours on end, and there is little to no backlash of operator fatigue because of its compact and sleek design. As mentioned earlier, it is quite heavier than what most people are used to, but it fairly has a perfectly balanced weight that does not feel like 10 lbs. at all.

This impact driver has a rubberized grip that makes it comfortable to hold. It is also incredibly easy to operate. You just pull the trigger and its set to go! No bells or whistles—just power and speed that gets the job done easily and quickly.

Star Protection Computer Controls

The Star Protection Computer Controls is a smart safety feature that keeps the impact drill’s temperature in check. This is a Makita exclusive and was developed in-house. You would have a hard time finding technology that could match this functionality.

This added value prevents the tool and the battery from getting too hot. By nature, it is a communication technology that is able to monitor the exchange of data and prevent unwanted problems like overheating, overloading, and over-discharging.

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Lithium Ion Battery and Charger

Makita XDT13R 2.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Brushless Cordless Impact Driver KitThe XDT13R 2.0Ah uses 18V LXT lithium ion batteries that come in two pieces when you purchase the kit. Lithium ion is generally more convenient to use than other battery variants. It provides a longer run time and can hold its charge for more than 12 months when not in use.

You also get a dedicated Rapid Optimum Charger that fully replenishes the juice in just less than 30 minutes. It is designed to have dual ports to allow the charging of two batteries simultaneously. It also comes with a built-in USB port that you can use to charge your electronic devices.

And that is not all. Have you ever seen a charger with a fan? This one has that. The fan circulates air around the battery to keep it cool while it is charging. This feature protects your batteries from a lot of charging mishaps and allows you to maximize it in its optimum condition.

Three-Year Limited Warranty

Makita’s three-year limited warranty covers the XDT13R, and that is not just for the tool. The batteries and charger are protected, too. In case you notice defects in the workmanship and manufacturing of all devices, you are guaranteed after-sales services that could easily get you more than your money’s worth. However, you void the warranty in cases of misuse, abuse, or any alternations.

Comparison with Makita XDT111

The XDT13R is a notch higher than the XDT111 in terms of power it delivers. While 1,500 in. lbs. over 1,460 in. lbs. doesn’t seem like much of a difference, it could give you that final kick to get the job done without overextending the tool. Even when you compare their speeds, the former still outperforms the latter at 3,400 RPM and 3,600 IPM over 2,900 RPM and 3,500 RPM.

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You might even think that the XDT111 is the cheaper version of the XDT13R at around $120. However, one thing’s for sure: whichever of the two you get is sure to be worth it.

Makita XDT13R 2.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Brushless Cordless Impact Driver Kit

Conclusion:

The XDT13R has practically no fault whatsoever. Most feedback this tool gets stems from the user’s surprise at how well this impact driver works. Sure, it is a bit heavy and a little pricey, but so are other brands who don’t deliver as much power and efficiency. Think of this purchase as an investment to your job or hobby.

All in all, this tool works as promised. It’s versatile and boasts of excellent precision, giving you just the right amount of speed and power when you need it. This impact driver is tough to beat and bests all other models in its category.

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