Makita XT269R vs. XT269M

Makita is a world-renowned manufacturer of high-performing compact drills and impact drivers. This is because they design and build professional tools that use the most advanced technology there is. With over a hundred years of experience, they’re one of the leaders in the power tool manufacturing industry.

Their trademark Star Protection Computer Controls has cemented their top-notch status even further. Makita has now evolved to become the maker of power tools with the technological edge. They have been known to come out with tools that are innovative yet affordable.

Makita has released two of their best combo kits and we’re taking a closer look at them. Read on to see what we found and get an idea why Makita is one of the best.

Makita XT269R 18V 2 Amp Compact LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Combo Kit

The impact driver and the compact drill that come with the XT269R use brushless motors. This means that they will give you more work time than those with brushed motors. This allows you more runtime as the motor matches the energy it uses with the task at hand.

The impact driver has two variable speeds of 0 to 3,400 RPM and 0 to 3,600 IPM. It has a lightweight and compact design, weighing just 2.8 pounds. You won’t have any problems working in tight and confined spaces.

The hammer drill/driver also has two variable speeds of 0 to 500 and 0 to 2,000 RPM. It weighs 3.6 pounds with the battery in it, heavier than the impact driver but still lightweight. Both tools have built-in LED lights, so they are perfect for working at night or in dark areas.

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The tools use the Star Protection Technology that protects the tools and the batteries. This feature will prevent the batteries from overloading, over-discharging, and overheating. Plus, they are interchangeable, you can use the batteries on other 18 V Makita tools.

The hammer drill/driver is perfect for use on construction sites as it is equipped with Makita’s Extreme Protection Technology (XPT). This feature protects the tool as it has dust and water resisting capabilities. You can take it to the harshest job site, and you won’t have to worry about dirt damaging your tool.

Pros: If you have a job that requires you to fasten tons of screws such as building a fence, this is the tool for you. It can help you with driving through dense materials such as building a deck.

  • Equipped with brushless motors
  • The drill-driver delivers 530 in. lbs. of max torque
  • The impact driver delivers 1,500 in. lbs. of max torque
  • Comes with Extreme Protection Technology (XPT)
  • Includes the XPH12Z hammer drill, the XDT13Z  impact driver, 2 Lithium-ion batteries, a charger, and a tool case

Cons: One thing we found disappointing is the chuck that is made of plastic. This isn’t a deal breaker as not all plastic chucks are unreliable.

  • The chuck is made of plastic
  • Batteries are expensive

Makita XT269M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit

The hammer drill/driver and impact driver included in this combo kit are the same tools as those in the XT269R. These tools are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that made Makita as famous and as well-loved as it is. They have amazing features that make them a staple in the toolbox of both the home improver and the professional contractor.

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Although not recommended for use in concrete, these tools are capable of drilling, driving, or hammering through all types of surfaces. They are ergonomically designed to be compact and lightweight. You can use them in the most delicate drilling tasks, yet sturdy enough for heavy duty work as well.

Pros: The ideal kit for DIYers, plumbers, masons, HVAC workers and many more. It has the right amount of power to drill different materials and work with all types of screws and bolts.

  • Equipped with brushless motors
  • The drill-driver delivers 530 in. lbs. of max torque
  • The impact driver delivers 1,500 in. lbs. of max torque
  • Comes with Extreme Protection Technology (XPT)
  • Includes the XPH12Z hammer drill, the XDT13Z impact driver, 2 Lithium-ion batteries, a charger, and a tool case

Cons: The batteries for the tools can be expensive if you plan on having a spare on the side. However, their capacity is long-lasting, so you can do a lot on a single charge.

  • Plastic chucks
  • Expensive batteries

Product Comparison:

These combo kits contain the same impact driver and hammer drill/driver. The XT269R is priced at a little under $250 while the XT269M is at around $280. Aside from the price, the only difference is in the batteries that the tools use.

The XT269R uses 2.0Ah batteries while the XT269M uses 4.0Ah batteries. Ah is the abbreviation of amperes per hour. It is the amount of charge a battery can provide you in one hour. The higher the value, the longer the runtime is and the more power it can give you.

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This means that a power tool that continuously uses 1.0 Ah of current will completely drain a 1.0 Ah battery pack in one hour in normal conditions. Accordingly, the 4.0Ah battery pack can power a tool longer than the 2.0Ah battery.

The XT269R 2.0Ah battery has a category-leading charge time of only 25 minutes. The XT269M needs to be charged longer, for up to 40 minutes. The XT269M will provide you with less downtime and more work time in a single charge than the XT269R.

Recommendation:

The XT269R and the XT269M combo kits are high performers that are energy efficient. They are packed with impressive features that are perfect for all drilling, driving, and fastening jobs around the house or on the work site.

Home improvement enthusiasts may find little use with the hammer drill, but when you find uses for it, you will surely find it very handy to have around the house. If you plan on doing DIY projects, the XT269R is the one for you. It does all the XT269M can do but with a lower price tag.

If you’re a professional, the XT269M should be on your must-have list. It will let you work longer for increased productivity.

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