makita ddf083z review

Makita DDF083Z Review – 18v LXT Brushless Direct Driver

makita ddf083z review

Makita DDF083Z

With a light-weight design, compactness and an affordable price tag, the Makita DDF083Z is the perfect tool for the light DIYer. Weighing only 2.8 pounds(1.3kg), the DDF083Z is easily one of the lightest drills of its range.

Sporting a two-speed brushless motor, the Makita DDF083Z delivers up to 40 Newton-meters of torque at only 18 Volts providing enough drilling power at an efficient power consumption rate. The motor has a maximum of 1700 rpm at no load when in high setting and 500 rpm at low setting thus ensuring no lag in your work. The DDF083Z is capable of boring up to 13mm in steel and 36mm in wood. An inbuilt electric brake ensures depth precision when drilling.  The 18V lithium-ion battery ensures up to 50% more work time without having to worry about recharging and has a long service life. The Makita DDF083Z also has a quarter inch hexagon shank to ensure better traction on your drilling or screwing bit.

Because the Makita is built for a user on the go, it comes with a belt clip that allows you to carry it on your waist, leaving your hands free to attend to other things in your workshop. A variable speed trigger ensures you only use the power you need. This is done by a two-setting mechanical lever. If also has twin LED work lights fitted for proper visibility, even in dim lighting. With Extreme Protection technology, the Makita is water and dust-proof which protects it from damage and therefore lengthens its service life. An ergonomic handle designed for both comfort and vibration absorption makes sure the user can enjoy usage of the tool for extended periods of time without getting tired and provides maximum grip while working. The reverse action button is easily reachable to enable you reverse motion easily.

The Makita DDF083Z, however, ships as body only and requires a separate purchase of the battery. The battery also has to be charged while unplugged since the DDF083Z has no charging mechanism. Moreover, battery and charger are sold separately.


Makita DDF083Z - Pros & Cons



  • 2 Speed Motor
  • 21 Adjustable Torque Positions



  • Bare Unit so no battery