Another small-but-serious drill/driver, the Makita's 18-volt motor matched the DeWalt's in power and performance. Yet Grundy felt it left something to be desired in the design department. "It's very similar to the DeWalt," he says. "If I were looking for a small drill/driver, I'd choose that one instead for its LED lights and battery." [$295; makitatools.com]
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