Makita 6281DWPE 14 Volt Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Makita 6281DWPE is 3 StarsMakita 6281DWPE 14 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: Although this drill is less powerful, it has the benefit of being very light. This is a lower powered drill but a well built one as well.

Detailed Review of the Makita 6281DWPE 14 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Makita 6281DWPE has a power rating of 260 in/lbs. The average power rating of 14 volt cordless drills is 315 in/lbs. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. If you need more power, you might want to look at a review I did on the DeWalt DC730KA.

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Speed: Below Average

The Makita 6281DWPE has a top speed of 1200 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 14 volt cordless drills is around 1385 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.3 amp hours. The average for 14 volt cordless drills is 2.0 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Average

The Makita 6281DWPE comes with 2 NiCd batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries. The Hitachi DS14DL has lithium-ion batteries that last much longer.

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Charger: Average

The Makita 6281DWPE comes with a 1 hour charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: $100-200

This drill’s price may have come down significantly since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Makita 6281DWPE cordless drill from multiple stores before buying.

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Tool Weight: Very Light

The Makita 6281DWPE weighs 3.6 lbs. The average 14V cordless drill weighs about 4.8 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.


Makita 6281DWPE Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Very light weight
  2. Easy to hold for long periods of time
  3. Good for smaller jobs
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Makita 6281DWPE Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Short run time
  2. Not as powerful or fast as average 14 volt drills

Some other features of the Makita 6281DWPE include:

  • 3/8" Keyless chuck
  • 16 torque settings
  • Tool Case

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/20/2011.

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