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My combi drill is OTT for driving smaller or even medium screws, and frankly not that good at it. I'd fallen into using the impact driver even for small stuff, but it can be needlessly noisy even on the lowest speed, plus I miss the slip-clutch for repetitive screw-driving. So I decided to get a smaller drill/driver, specifically for light screw-driving and/or (timber) screw-hole drilling.

I chose Makita's DDF083, which has a hex chuck; it takes 18v batteries yet is light, tiny and has enough torque and power for the job I want it for. (They also do a chucked version in drill/driver and and combi flavours but these are longer, especially if you then add a hex/quick-chuck, and so IMO not so much to gain over the trade-duty combis that are only slightly bigger). It isn't a very heavy duty machine, but Makita seem to be pitching it at more than just DIY use (perhaps comparable to the 10.8v trade scene); it certainly feels very solid, so I'm hoping it will still outlast the warranty.

Here it is against my combi drill (the DCD995, which is about the same size and weight to the makita DHP481; i.e. the heavy end of the range).
DDF083-DCD995.JPG [ 95.6 KiB | Viewed 212 times ]

The DDF083 is roughly the same size as a small impact driver, which seems perfect. Obviously without the umph, but of course I've still got the impact driver for bigger stuff, and the combi for any masonry drilling which it does very well.

I'm quite surprised by how well the little DDF083 does, first trials are very promising - much more capable than the powered screwdrivers for instance. I've only tested with a few screws so far though, so time will tell. I also want to find what its sensible limits are in terms of screw size. So not much of a review so far, but I'll add to this thread once I've had more time with it. Currently the only annoyance is that there is no bit-holder (for the side of the tool) supplied with mine, which seems a strange omission for such a tool.


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