Makita Vs Dewalt - Which Is The Better Brand?

Last Updated On September 17, 2021 By Elliot

With new power tool companies sprouting every day, it becomes difficult to choose what will work best for you. This is because many tool brands possess impressive features given technology is advancing fast. In this article, I’m going to focus on DeWalt and Makita and thoroughly analyze their main features and price justification.

If you are not new to the tool world, chances are you have come across either of the two. Over time they have been able to deliver innovative and quality tools consistently hence the popularity. So between Makita and De Walt which is the better brand

A brief history; Makita vs. De Walt.

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DeWalt product company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, which is a significant flex. It was launched in Leola, Pennsylvania, with Raymond DeWalt as the CEO. This is after he came up with an electric wood cutter machine that could be configured in 9 different ways

Since then, the company has kept the innovation streak burning. In the 70’s they completely revolutionized the cordless tool family with over 30 additions; this includes the 14.4-volt cordless drill/driver and 5 3/8" cordless saw that was the most powerful at the time.

Makita was first recorded as a power tool company in 1958 after years of dealing with tool repairs. At that time, many were skeptical over Japanese products, so it took a while for people to accept them entirely.

Their boost to success happened after they designed the first rechargeable battery-powered tool. This innovation was warmly welcomed, for it proved a break from the heavy battery pack, which was the best option then.


Tool comparison; Makita vs. De Walt

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To elaborate on the differences between the two brands, I compared their bestselling combo kits. The  Makita XT601 18-Volt XLT 6-Tool cordless combo kit comes with a 2-speed half inch hammer drill, as well as a 6 and half inch circular saw. You'll also get a reciprocating saw, a variable speed impact driver, a 4 and a half angle grinder , an LED work light, 2 LXT 18-volt batteries, a charger, and a heavy-duty Makita carrying bag .

The DeWalt 20vmax cordless drill combo kit (5 tools) (DCK590L2 )which comes with 3-speed ½” hammer drill, reciprocating saw, and a 6 ½” circular saw. You'll also get a ¼” impact driver, work light, two 20-volt MAX batteries, a charger, a belt hook, and a DeWalt contractor bag.

Tool wise, the Makita combo kit is on the lead because of the angle grinder. Apart from that, the rest of the tool inventory is identical.

Winner; Makita.

The DeWalt hammer drill is ½ inches complete with a high-end motor of 533 units. The handle has a ratcheting chuck with carbide insert to provide you with a deadly grip hence avoiding accidents.

Depending on the surface material, you have three-speed ranges to choose from (0-600 RPM; 0-1,250 RPM; and 0-2,000 RPM). This is a win for convenience.

The Makita hammer drill is also 1/2inch with a motor production of 480 units. This is less compared to the competition. You can choose from either speed ranges of (0-600 & 0-1,900 RPM), which is also entirely ok for a professional user.

The handle is rubberized for better grip despite weighing only 4 lbs. This will reduce hand fatigue if you are prone to long working hours.

Winner; DeWalt.

DeWalt went heavy on the motor giving it a production rate of 2800 RPM, meaning faster production. It comes with an ergonomic design, which only requires one hand. The compact design allows you more comfortable access to tight places, and lightweight nature reduces hand fatigue. The handle is incorporated with carbide inserts for a firmer grip.

The Makita impact driver comes with a speed range of (0-2,900 RPM & 0-3,500 IPM), which can provide motor power of up to 3460 RPM.  This is quite high hence more efficient compared to the competition. The handle is rubberized for smoother working experience.

Winner; Makita.

DeWalt, as usual, doesn’t play with motors, and this one comes with a production of 460 watts (3700 RPM). The motor, however, comes with the sacrifice of comfort as it makes it cumbersome. Its blade measures 6.5 inches of carbide which guarantees a 45 degree beveled cut for that professional feel.

Makita has a 6-1/2 inch saw with a motor production of 3700 RPM. Although lower than the competition, the production capacity is enough. Compared to the carbide blade of DeWalt, the factory-made one from Makita does not cut as clean or as fast. It is, however, very light and hence more comfortable to use for extended periods.

Winner; it’s a tie.

DeWalt comes with a 1-inch stroke length that delivers 0-3000 SPM, which is quite promising for fast cutting. They incorporated a tool-less blade change and an electric brake for the blades for convenience and safety.

Makita follows closely behind with a stroke length of 0-2800 SPM. With a tool-less blade change, it differs little from the DeWalt version.

Winner; DeWalt.

DeWalt has fantastic customer service, and they will always reply to your grievances within a reasonable time. For Makita, you will have to wait a little longer than you deem comfortable.

Makita tools charge in under 15 minutes hence very convenient. You will also not need to charge them often as their lithium batteries last forever ( pun intended). DeWalt lacks in the battery department as what they give you in productivity; they reduce the battery capacity. They also do not charge as fast, so it can get inconveniencing.


DeWalt makes the best tools when it comes to production, durability, and torque, while Makita makes the best tools when it comes to battery performance and comfortable design. Generally, DeWalt is better as per the results of the tool to tool comparison.



I'm Elliot Higgins the Founder of multiple hardware stores around the UK. I love wood and wood working. Watching a fine piece of pine or cedar turn into a work of art is extremely satisfying. The one thing I love more than woodworking is the toys that we use! On; we bring you information and reviews on all kinds of tools.

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4 comments on “Makita Vs Dewalt - Which Is The Better Brand?”

  1. I have both, overall Makita has been more reliable. Everything in the Makita line has similar quality, it is consistent. The DeWalt line has some tools of great quality, and other seem to be of toy quality junk.. Short list of great DeWalt jobsite quality tools: High power chop saw, chipping hammers, rotary hammers. Right angle drills (asst models) Makita does not make many different model right angle drills, but the ones they make work great. I have had many experiences with DeWalt transmission failures in their hand drills. If this occurs after warranty period, the repair is always the same price as buying a brand new identical drill.

  2. Dewalt is the best atm. Makita were the tool in corded tools 20 years ago im Australia, but in the battery tools area dewalt has surged ahead with powerful tools that negates cords. I have moved almost everything to dewalt now amd everytime someone borrows one of my dewalt tools, the common responce is "wow, thats got a lot of power" and this comes from makita battery platform owners

  3. Thanks for the clear details in the comparison.
    Perhaps I just missed it, but please would you specify the weight of the various machines? It becomes increasingly important as age and arthritis in the hands and wrists makes using power tools for protracted periods uncomfortable.

  4. Interesting because in my experience and most other professionals I'd say that Makita makes the most durable, ergonomic, light weight and smoother operating tools. DeWalt or "Stanley black and decker" makes some pretty powerful tools with the battery technology but that's about it unfortunately. I have been working with Dewalt, Makita and Milwaukee for over 15 years and the one brand that lasts the longest and is by the most pleasurable to operate and hold in the hand is Makita.

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