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Makita 18-Volt LXT 4.0 Ah Battery and Rapid Optimum Charger Starter Pack with Bonus 18-Volt LXT Brushless Compact Router-BL1840BDC2XTR01 - The Home Depot $179

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It is a good deal
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I guess the universe is telling me to get into the world of Makita, I have been holding off on a good deal on Milwaukee. Lately so many good deals on Makita tools popped up. So far I have the circular saw, planer. I am interested in this tool as well.

Can one of our kind pros recommend between Makita and Milwaukee?

I am mainly looking for wood working power tools. Saw a few Milwaukee tool combos and it has tools I don't care about.

Appreciate in advance!
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I guess the universe is telling me to get into the world of Makita, I have been holding off on a good deal on Milwaukee. Lately so many good deals on Makita tools popped up. So far I have the circular saw, planer. I am interested in this tool as well.

Can one of our kind pros recommend between Makita and Milwaukee?

I am mainly looking for wood working power tools. Saw a few Milwaukee tool combos and it has tools I don't care about.

Appreciate in advance!
milwaukee usually has more power while makita usually has more longevity
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milwaukee usually has more power while makita usually has more longevity
Makita batteries seem to have a higher failure rate. I believe it's due to their complex circuitry. If you compare their boards to others, they are more complex and therefore prone to failure.
I also examine batteries that fail and are recycled, and see more Makita 18v lithium than competitors. Don't see as many Milwaukee's, however. There are other reasons why this could be, take this with a grain of salt.
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Quote from BeepBopBeep :
I guess the universe is telling me to get into the world of Makita, I have been holding off on a good deal on Milwaukee. Lately so many good deals on Makita tools popped up. So far I have the circular saw, planer. I am interested in this tool as well.

Can one of our kind pros recommend between Makita and Milwaukee?

I am mainly looking for wood working power tools. Saw a few Milwaukee tool combos and it has tools I don't care about.

Appreciate in advance!
Don't limit yourself to one brand. There isn't a good brand of tools out there. There are great tools in every brand, as well as garbage ones as well. Lol.

I went with Dewalt Batteries (and a few Dewalt tools) and bought battery adapters that let me use the Dewalt batteries on other tools. The Dewalt batteries are great, and often have better sales than other types of batteries from other brands.

But in terms of a palm cordless, the makita is the best of the main tool companies. The Milwaukee is heavy, and almost too powerful.

On a personal note, I don't care for any small cordless palm router. I like corded versions thought (Bosch/Makita) the cordless ones just get too top heavy with the way their batteries are set up on the tool. Plus if you ever have the router get away from you you will want to have a cord to yank out of the wall lol.

Also, the smaller corded models are good for using with types of router jigs like lightweight horizontal routers, bowl jigs, etc. I'm even making a mini pantorouter right now with an old bosch Colt I bought from a neighbor.
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Quote from E_braker :
Makita batteries seem to have a higher failure rate. I believe it's due to their complex circuitry. If you compare their boards to others, they are more complex and therefore prone to failure.
I also examine batteries that fail and are recycled, and see more Makita 18v lithium than competitors. Don't see as many Milwaukee's, however. There are other reasons why this could be, take this with a grain of salt.
The older Makita batteries had a problem when discharged all the way. Are you seeing this in the newer batteries? I have 15-20 batteries and haven't had a problem.
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The older Makita batteries had a problem when discharged all the way. Are you seeing this in the newer batteries? I have 15-20 batteries and haven't had a problem.
As far as Makita:
(1990-2002ish) NiCads were great but suffer from typical memory issues. I still have some from the 90's that work, but at 60% capacity

(2000-2005) NiMh were good for the first 6mo-18mo. Hyper sensitive to temps variation, these were some of the worst batteries out there.

(2005ish-current) these Lithim ion batteries are the ones that i am talking about and (of the 18v lithium at least) over the past 5 years see most frequently of the modern 18v LiIon style. At least 2:1 over the closest others.

Just what I have found to date, could be for many reasons.
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I own a couple of different brands of power tools, but I find myself continuously going back to Makita for 1 main reason. No other company, in my opinion, even comes close in the sheer number of tools that can be powered by the same battery. The battery that powers my Makita drill could also power Makita's lawnmower. I think I read somewhere that the 18V platform can power over 275 different tools and options are not a bad thing.

Stepping off my fan-boy box, I'd say go with whoever you'd feel works best for you. Makita works well for my woodshop but maybe you're looking for something different. Like one of the previous commenters said, each brand has good tools and not so good tools.

Either way, good luck!
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Quote from JP_Michaels :
The older Makita batteries had a problem when discharged all the way. Are you seeing this in the newer batteries? I have 15-20 batteries and haven't had a problem.
Same here, i have batteries that are almost 15 years old and still function. Now they aren't what they where when they were new but they still work great in an impact driver. I haven't had a Makita battery die on me since the early 2000's and I currently have around 20 batteries. As far as I was aware I thought that was no longer an issue.
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HomeDepot canceled my order...
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Just ordered for same price from cpooutlet.com
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