Large construction companies have to buy, maintain, and replace huge numbers of tools. But the smaller contractor doesn’t deal with that kind of quantity. So when it comes to saving money on tools, buying a combo kit is the way to go. The Makita XT328M is a 3-piece kit that includes a hammer drill, impact driver, and reciprocating saw. The kit is on the basic side for features, but that helps keep the price down while still getting the job done. Even though you might feel like you’re giving up some bells and whistles, the entire kit is made up of tools with brushless motors giving you real quality for your dollar.
Let’s take a quick look at what each piece of the kit.
Makita XT328M 3-Piece Combo Kit
Makita XDT13 Impact Driver
- No Load Speed (variable speed): 0 – 3,400 RPM
- Impacts Per Minute (variable speed): 0 – 3,600 IPM
- Maximum Torque: 1,500 in.lbs.
- Overall Length: 5″
- Weight (with battery) : 3.3 lbs
Makita’s impact drivers make some large leaps in technology without requiring an app to get to the good stuff. The XDT13 is more on the value side, trading off a few features but none of the performance. You can look at 1500 in. lbs. of torque and find more powerful impact drivers out there. But you’ll notice that all of Makita’s recent models from entry level to full-featured share that performance level. Why?
Because it’s a level that gets the job of fastening done where an impact driver does its best work. If you really need more torque, you’re getting into the realm of impact wrenches as the best tool for the job.
Makita XPH12 Hammer Drill
- Chuck: 1/2″
- No Load Speed: 0 – 500/2000 RPM
- Blow Rate: 0 – 7500/30,000 BPM
- Maximum Torque: 530 in. lbs.
- Length: 7-1/8″
- Weight (with Battery): 4 lbs.
The Makita XT328M kit packs a 2-speed hammer drill with 530 in. lbs. of torque for your hole-making needs. The power level is going to be high enough to tackle light to medium duty tasks in wood and metal along with some light concrete duty. With a top speed of 2000 RPM, it’s going to make those light-duty tasks much faster.
Makita XRJ05 Recipro Saw
- Stroke Length: 1-1/4″
- Stroke Speed: 0 – 2300/3000 SPM
- Length: 17-1/4″
- Weight (with Battery): 8.2 lbs.
Makita extends their Recipro Saw stroke length out to 1-1/4″. Getting an extra 1/8″ may not seem like a lot, but when you multiply by 3000 strokes every minute, it’s an extra 375″ of surface your blade cuts against compared to a 1-1/8″ length at the same rate. Who knew such a small increase would make such a big difference?
Makita XT328M Kit
- Include two 4.0 Ah batteries and a single-port charger
- Warranty: 3 years limited
- Price: $429