Makita DF010DSE 7.2 Volt Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Makita DF010DSE is 3.75 StarsMakita DF010DSE

Review Summary: The Makita DF010DSE 7.2 Volt Cordless Drill is super light and can truly get into tight places for small jobs.


Detailed Review of the Makita DF010DSE 7.2 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Makita DF010DSE has a power rating of 44 in/lbs. The average power rating of 7.2 volt cordless drills is 104 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. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more power, check out the Skil 2364-02. It has a maximum torque of 105 in/lbs. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Skil 2364-02 7.2 Volt Cordless Drill.

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Speed: Below Average

The Makita DF010DSE has a top speed of 650 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 7.2 volt cordless drills is around 796 rpm. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more speed for drilling clean holes, check out the Makita 6261DWPE. It has a top speed of 1300 rpm. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Makita 6261DWPE 9.6-Volt Cordless Drill.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.0 amp hours. The average for 7.2 volt cordless drills is 1.1 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: Very Good

The Makita DF010DSE comes with 2 Lithium Ion 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.

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Charger: Average

The Makita DF010DSE 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

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Makita DF010DSE cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Very Light

The Makita DF010DSE weighs 1.2 lbs. The average 7.2V cordless drill weighs about 2.6 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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Makita DF010DSE Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Light weight and compact size
  2. Low battery indicator
  3. Well built with 2 lithium batteries
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Makita DF010DSE Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Slower than average speed and power
  2. Shorter battery run time

Some other features of the Makita DF010DSE include:

  • 21 Clutch settings
  • LED work light
  • Operates in 2 positions

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 1/4/12.

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