The Best Angle Drill For The DIY (Makita vs. Dewalt)

Best Right Angle Drill

Best Angle Drill

Does he spend a lot of time in the garage or his workshop working on projects?

If he does, then every DIY should have a right angle drill for those hard to get to jobs such as drilling out a bolt that has broken off in the engine block.

I’ve been there before and understand how frustrating not having an angle drill can be!

It can be incredibly agonizing when you’re trying to drill a hole so you can use your easy-out tool, but you can’t seem to get your big clunky power drill between the radiator and the engine. At this point, the F-Bombs start flying!

Close Quarter Drill

To help you with a great gift idea, I’ve found a couple of the best angle drill sets to compare.

Below, we’re going to compare a Makita Right Angle Drill vs. Dewalt Right Angle Drill

Right Angle Drill Reviews

Makita Right Angle Drill 18V Details

Makita XAD02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8' Angle Drill, Tool Only
49 Reviews
Makita XAD02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Angle Drill, Tool Only
  • Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 121 in.lbs. of Max Torque
  • Variable speed (0-1,800 RPM) for a wide range of drilling and driving applications
  • 3/8" keyless chuck for fast and easy bit installation and removal
  • Compact 3-1/2" angle head height for use in close quarters
  • Compact and ergonomic design at only 12-3/8" long

With a 18V battery, the Makita XAD02Z is perfect for big and small jobs!

 

Makita Right Angle Drill 18V Reviews


DeWalt Right Angle Drill 20V Details

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DEWALT DCD740C1 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Right Angle Drill Kit, 1.5 Ah
102 Reviews
DEWALT DCD740C1 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Right Angle Drill Kit, 1.5 Ah
  • Dual speed ranges (0-600/0-2000) RPM for increased user flexibility provides a wide range of applications
  • Compact front-to-back length (4 inches) allows users to fit into hard-to-reach spaces
  • Multi-grip trigger provides comfort and convenience, allowing the user to get into tighter spaces
  • Light weight at only 3.9 pounds to minimize user fatigue
  • Powered by an Energy Star-qualified charger for a better environment

With a 20V battery, the DEWALT DCD740C1 is perfect for big jobs requiring extra torque!

 

DeWalt Right Angle Drill 20V Reviews


Makita Right Angle Drill 12V Details

Makita Makita AD02W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8' Right Angle Drill Kit
28 Reviews
Makita Makita AD02W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Right Angle Drill Kit
  • Makita-built motor delivers up to 100 in.lbs. of Max Torque
  • Variable speed (0 - 800 RPM) for a wide range of drilling and driving applications
  • Well balanced and ultra compact design at 12-1/4"" long; weighs only 2.5 lbs. (with battery)
  • Compact 3-1/2"" angle head height for use in close quarters
  • Ergonomic barrel grip design for added comfort

With a 12V battery, the Makita AD02W is perfect for small to medium jobs at home.

 

Makita Right Angle Drill 12V Reviews


 

Best Buy Angle Drill Video – Makita AD02W 12V

 

Best Angle Drill Comparison Chart

Makita Right Angle Drill
Makita XAD02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Angle Drill, Tool Only
DeWalt Right Angle Drill
DEWALT DCD740C1 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Right Angle Drill Kit, 1.5 Ah
Best Buy (Home Use)
Makita Makita AD02W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Right Angle Drill Kit
Makita XAD02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Angle Drill, Tool Only
DEWALT DCD740C1 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Right Angle Drill Kit, 1.5 Ah
Makita Makita AD02W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Right Angle Drill Kit
3/8" Right Angle
3/8" Right Angle
3/8" Right Angle
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Customer Rating
Reviews
49 Reviews
102 Reviews
28 Reviews
Price
$144.74
$182.99
$249.99
Power Source
Cordless
Cordless
Cordless
Voltage
18V
20V
12V
Makita Right Angle Drill
Makita XAD02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Angle Drill, Tool Only
Makita XAD02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Angle Drill, Tool Only
3/8" Right Angle
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Customer Rating
Reviews
49 Reviews
Price
$144.74
Power Source
Cordless
Voltage
18V
DeWalt Right Angle Drill
DEWALT DCD740C1 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Right Angle Drill Kit, 1.5 Ah
DEWALT DCD740C1 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Right Angle Drill Kit, 1.5 Ah
3/8" Right Angle
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Customer Rating
Reviews
102 Reviews
Price
$182.99
Power Source
Cordless
Voltage
20V
Best Buy (Home Use)
Makita Makita AD02W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Right Angle Drill Kit
Makita Makita AD02W 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8" Right Angle Drill Kit
3/8" Right Angle
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Customer Rating
Reviews
28 Reviews
Price
$249.99
Power Source
Cordless
Voltage
12V

Right Angle Drill Buyer’s Guide

Drilling in Wood or Plastic – Yes. You can use these drills to drill in plastic as long as you are using the correct type of drill bit.

Drilling in Concrete – Yes. You can use these drills for drilling in concrete as long as you are using a mason bit.

Drilling in Metal – Yes. You can use these drills for drilling in metal as long as you are using a drill bit for metal.

Charging Battery  – To prolong battery life, batteries should be charged until they are fully charged and then removed from the charger.

Right Angle Attachment – A right angle attachment can be used in place of an angle drill. However, angle drills are designed for close quarter uses and may be better suited in some compact cases.

Drill Motor Speed and Torque – 12v, 18v, 20v cordless drill will all deliver varying torque ratings. Refer to the product details for the speed and torque rating of each drill.

Variable Speed – Variable speed refers to the ability to adjust the drill motor speed using trigger pressure.

Extra Battery – Yes, extra batteries can be purchased separately for these drills.

Each of these drills has a high rating for customer satisfaction. Please read through the reviews to see customer feedback that might be useful for picking the best angle drill for your gift.

You may also want to consider including drill bits with your gift and an extra battery…

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