Makita XT260 vs. XT211 vs. XT211M vs. CT200RW

Makita is a manufacturer of high-quality power tools that originated from Japan. They have since spread their wings and are now a global company. Makita has been embraced by professionals and DIYers all over the world because of their reliability and durability.

Makita is an innovator in the industry and has come up with combination kits of their best hammer drills and impact drivers. Here are four of these kits and their pros and cons to give you an idea of what to get for your projects at home or work.

Makita XT260 Cordless Combo Kit

The XT260 contains a 1/-inch drill/driver that delivers up to 480 in. lbs. of max torque while the impact driver has up to 1,420 in. lbs. of torque. The impact driver operates on a 4-pole motor, and both tools use 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries with 3.0 Ah and are chargeable in just 30 minutes.

Pros: The tools in this kit can be used for both light and heavy applications such as drilling into concrete, metals, wood, or plastic.

  • Includes the XFD01 drill/driver
  • Includes the XDT04 impact driver
  • Built-in LED lights with 15-second delay
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Long battery capacity

Cons: Some people find the carrying case too small, but we think it’s just a personal preference. It works just fine for us. Also, both tools make a slight noise, especially when used in high settings.

  • The carrying case is too small
  • The tools are slightly noisy

Makita XT211 Cordless Combo Kit

This kit comes with an impact driver that delivers 1,330 in. lbs. of max torque and a no-load speed of up to 2,300 RPM. The hammer drill uses a 4-pole motor that offers 450 in. lbs. of max torque and a variable 2-speed all metal transmission with speeds of 0-400 and 0-1,500 RPM. Both tools are equipped with LED lights to illuminate your work area.

Pros: Drilling and driving wood screws or any other types of screws are easy with this combo kit. Tough enough for use all day, every day.

  • Includes the BHP452Z ½ inch hammer drill
  • Includes the BTD141Z impact driver
  • One-handed quick-release chuck
  • Built-in LED lights
  • Ergonomically designed

Cons: Some users complain of the batteries draining quickly or are defective. This is a minor flaw as Makita is known to replace anything not functioning within the warranty.

  • The tools make a slight noise
  • The batteries drain quickly

Makita XT211M Combo Kit

The hammer drill in this kit delivers 480 in. lbs. of max torque and has two speed settings of 0-400 and 0-1,500 RPM. The impact driver has a variable setting of 0-2,300 RPM and 0-3,200 IPM and offers 1,420 in. lbs. of max torque. Both tools come with LED lights and are both designed to prevent too much fatigue on the wrists and arms.

Pros: Recommended for jobs that require drilling into masonry, hardwood, concrete and other hard surfaces. Lightweight and with the LED lights, perfect for working in cramped and awkward angles.

  • Comes with the XPH01Z hammer drill
  • Comes with the XDT04Z impact driver
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Built-in LED lights

Cons: There are reports of chucks having some slight wobbling. This may be an isolated case as we didn’t experience anything like it. Also, some users are disappointed that they can’t use the batteries with their older model tools.

  • Some chuck wobble issues
  • Batteries are not compatible with older models

Makita CT200RW Cordless Combo Kit

The drill/driver in this kit delivers 480 in. lbs. of max torque and a 2-speed transmission of 0-600 and 0-1,900 RPM. The impact driver can give you a no-load speed of 0-2,300 RPM and up to 1,420 in. lbs. of max torque. These tools are equipped with LED lights and have handles that are ergonomically designed to give you a comfortable grip.

Pros: This kit will let you do a wide range of drilling and driving applications. It has decent power to drill through wood, plastic, metal, or concrete. Perfect for light to medium jobs around the worksite and at home.

  • Includes the XFD01Z drill/driver
  • Includes the XDT04Z impact driver
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Built-in LED lights
  • Compact and lightweight

Cons: The batteries that come with this kit have a measurement of just 2.0Ah, so this may account for its short battery capacity. To make up for this, the charger will replenish its juices in just 30 minutes.

  • Short battery life
  • The carrying case is soft

Product Comparison:

All these four kits deliver power, speed, and features at about the same rate. Each comes at different price ranges—the XT260 at around $300, the XT211 at under $250, the XT211M at around $250, and the CT200RW at under $285.

All the impact drivers included in these kits deliver the same max torque except for the XT211 which offers lower. The hammer drill in the XT211 also delivers a lower power. The big difference we can find with these four, aside from the price, is the battery capacity.

The XT260 and the XT211 come with 3.0 Ah batteries, the XT211M uses 4.0Ah, and the CT200RW only has 2.0Ah. Using the same voltage of 18, the higher the battery capacity is, the longer you can work with your tools.

The difference between these four combo kits is very minimal. They all offer just about the same as all the others in terms of speed, power, and the features that they are equipped with. All of them are protected by Makita’s Star Protection Computer Controls that prevent overheating, overloading, and over-discharging.

They all come with Makita’s trademark LXT Lithium-Ion batteries that give you longer work time for increased productivity.

Recommendation:

If you work with your drills for long hours every day, the XT211M is the ideal combo kit for you. Its battery capacity of 4.0Ah will let you work longer on a single charge. If you don’t mind getting extra batteries or recharging the batteries often, any of the three will do just fine.

If your budget is one of your considerations, then the XT211M and the CT200RW are good options.

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