Makita 12V CXT FD09Z Vs Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCD706 Hammer Drill

Makita FD09Z Angle 5

Makita FD09Z

Quick take

The Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCD706 Hammer Drill is the better light-duty drill for homeowners. The Makita 12V CXT FD09Z is vastly underpowered and includes a brushed motor. While no 12V drill is powerful, the Dewalt DCD706 is perfect for routine tasks around the home or for woodworkers wanting an agile drill to reach into tight corners.

Brand Makita
Platform 12V CXT
Motor Brushed
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 250.0
BPM N/A
Clutch settings 20
Chuck size 3/8"
Same as FD09
Brand Dewalt
Platform 12V Xtreme
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs Not advertised
BPM 25,500.0
Clutch settings 15
Chuck size 3/8"
Same as DCD706B

Editorial opinion

Rating

3.44 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Light duty

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • Brushed motor
  • Underpowered drilling and driving performance
  • No hammer drill mode
  • Poorly-designed light

Rating

4.16 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Light duty

Pros

  • Exceptionally lightweight
  • Compact footprint
  • Brushless motor
  • Includes a hammer drill
  • Solid warranty

Cons

  • Slow drilling and driving speeds
  • Plastic chuck

Global rankings

18 models tested

TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)51.818
Driving speed (sec.)33.518
Torque (in-lbs)250.013
RPM1,550.015
Bare weight (lbs)1.941
Drilling Noise (dBA)72.21
TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)25.615
Driving speed (sec.)25.315
Torque (in-lbs)Not advertisedNot ranked
RPM1,475.016
Bare weight (lbs)2.042
Drilling Noise (dBA)93.715

Kit and bare tool options

FD09R1

Includes (2) 12V 2Ah battery

Lab results

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): Yes
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Lanyard compatible: Yes

The FD09Z includes typical design features, including a rubber overgrip for shock absorption and grip-ability and a belt hook mountable on both sides. There is no bit holder or magnetic fastener plate onboard the tool.

Otherwise, the forward-leaning handle closely matches the angle of most drills, putting your hand and wrist in a comfortable position when drilling.

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): No
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Lanyard compatible: Yes

The DCD706 is compact for a drill and has a slight forward-leaning handle for the proper ergonomics when exerting forward pressure when drilling. It doesn’t lean as far forward as other drills and doesn’t have an upward-sloping head, ergonomics that better support an aggressive drilling position.

The DCD706 has a rubber overmold surrounding the grip, which is helpful for shock absorption and gripping power.

An all-metal belt hook included in the box is mountable on either side of the base.

Weight

Makita FD09Z On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 1.94
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.41
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

One standout feature of the FD09Z is its exceptionally lightweight, weighing under 2.0 lbs in its bare form. Thanks to the feather-light weight, we didn’t experience hand, wrist, and arm fatigue operating the FD09Z for extended periods.

One potential drawback is that the FD09Z cuts weight by choosing plastic components throughout instead of metal, including in the chuck sleeve and drill mode ring. This design choice makes it feel less premium than other models that feel sturdier in hand.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the FD09Z with Makita’s 12V CXT 2Ah battery for good drilling performance and weight balance in a lightweight setup.

Or pair the FD09Z with Makita’s 12V CXT 5Ah battery for a longer run time if weight is less of a concern. But consider that upgrading to a more powerful Makita drill may be more suitable as you increase the battery Ah capacity since the weight and footprint increase meaningfully moving up to a 12V 5Ah battery.

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Weight

Dewalt DCD706 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.04
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.53
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

One of the defining features of the DCD706 is its weight. This hammer drill is one of the lightest in our test fleet, weighing in at 2.04 lbs in its bare form. During our testing, we didn’t frequently experience hand or arm fatigue operating the DCD706, which is rare for any hammer drill.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the DCD706 with Dewalt’s 12V Max 2Ah battery for good drilling performance and weight balance in a lightweight setup.

Pair the DCD706 with Dewalt’s 12V Max 5Ah battery for a longer run time if weight is less of a concern. However, upgrading to Dewalt’s 20V Max drill lineup may be more suitable as you increase the battery Ah capacity since the weight and footprint increase moving up to a 12V 5Ah battery.

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Footprint

Makita FD09Z Footprint1

Max height (in.): 8.375
Max width (in.): 2.625
Chuck to back length (in.): 7.125
Base length (in.): 3.375
Base width (in.): 2.625

While the FD09Z is relatively compact for a drill, it’s not as compact as other 12V drills. Other competing non-18V models have narrower heads and shorter tip-to-tail lengths. Still, the FD09Z is highly agile and fits well into restricted spaces.

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Footprint

Dewalt DCD706 Footprint1

Max height (in.): 8.500
Max width (in.): 2.500
Chuck to back length (in.): 6.625
Base length (in.): 3.500
Base width (in.): 2.500

The DCD706 is reasonably compact when measured in many of its dimensions. Notably, it casts a thin shadow from the front and behind, it isn’t tall with a battery, and the tip-to-tail length is short.

Combined with its weight, the DCD706 feels nimble in hand without the bulky heft that plagues most hammer drills, even some competing 12V models.

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Motor & BPM

Makita FD09Z Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushed
Action modes: Drill only
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): N/A
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): N/A
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

One downside of the FD09Z is that it includes a brushed motor, the type most commonly found in cheap power tools. Including a brushless motor could improve its performance, battery run time, and longevity.

There is only one drill mode, which locks out the clutch and delivers unfettered torque. The Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCD706 Hammer Drill is a better option if you want a compact drill driver with a brushless motor and a hammer drill mode.

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Motor & BPM

Dewalt DCD706 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 25,500.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

Dewalt made the right call to include a brushless motor at this price point. Dated brushed motors are commonly found in cheaper, less durable, and less efficient drills.

There are two action modes: a standard drill mode that disengages the chuck for peak torque output and a hammer drill mode that does the same but adds 25,500.0 blows per minute (BPM). 25,500.0 BPM is comparably low, yet the hammer drilling mechanism improved drilling speeds sufficiently well in our below drilling tests.

There is no kickback control technology in the DCD706, nor is there a need for one since it’s not powerful enough where wrist injuries are a risk.

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Clutch & speed settings

Makita FD09Z Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 20

There are a total of 20 available clutch settings and a two-speed gearbox. The low setting in drill mode delivers the most torque, whereas the high setting speeds up RPMs. Regardless of the setting, the torque and RPMs don’t match what other competing 12V drills offer, limiting the drilling and driving tasks the FD09Z capably completes.

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Clutch & speed settings

Dewalt DCD706 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 15

The DCD706 includes a standard two-speed transmission to run the hammer drill in a low or high-peed setting in any action mode or the 15 clutch settings. Setting it to drill mode in the low setting generates the maximum torque output.

15 clutch options are right in the middle of the pack. While some drills offer upwards of 20 clutch settings, 15 is more than enough to precisely fine-tune the DCD706’s torque output to avoid stripping screws and finishing with a perfect recess, regardless of the driving task.

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Chuck

Makita FD09Z Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 3/8″
Chuck sleeve material: Plastic

The FD09Z includes a 3/8-inch ratcheting chuck surrounded by a plastic sleeve. The plastic sleeve is durable and grippy enough but doesn’t match an all-metal design’s premium feel and build quality.

While the build quality isn’t anything to write home about, the chuck locks bits well, and we didn’t experience any issues where the chuck inadvertently loosened throughout our testing.

Chuck

Dewalt DCD706 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 3/8″
Chuck sleeve material: Plastic

The DCD706’s ratcheting chuck works well and locks down on bits without loosening with usage, as we discovered throughout our testing. However, the chuck sleeve is made of plastic and doesn’t match the premium feel and build quality of other models in our test fleet.

We didn’t perform any drop tests, though we presume any plastic chuck sleeve won’t be as durable as an all-metal sleeve with a direct impact.

Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The FD09Z doesn’t include an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks. But we don’t see this as a downside. The FD09Z isn’t fast enough to make an auxiliary handle helpful.

Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The DCD706 doesn’t include an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks. But we don’t see this as a downside. The DCD706 isn’t designed to tackle the heaviest-duty drilling tasks, such as drilling wide and deep holes in masonry or wood, where an auxiliary handle is helpful.

Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 51.8
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 10.4
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): N/A
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): N/A
Hammer mode speed improvement: N/A

The FD09Z is highly underpowered, even for a 12V drill. This drill recorded some of the slowest drilling speeds of any models in our test fleet. Critically, it is one of the few models where we had to drop down a gear to finish driving 1/2-inch holes in stacked lumber, vastly reducing its drilling speed and increasing torque.

To further understand its limitations, we tested drilling smaller size bits and a variety of spade, forstner, and auger bits. While the FD09Z handles boring holes with standard drill bits up to 3/8 inch in the high setting, we still had to frequently remove and re-insert the bit to clear chips so it didn’t bog down.

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Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 25.6
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 5.1
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 20.9
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 4.2
Hammer mode speed improvement: 18.4%

One potential downside is the DCD706’s drilling speed. This drill completed our heavy-duty drilling speed test in 25.6 seconds, one of our slower results. The included hammer mode speeds up the process when drilling masonry or thick lumber. However, we don’t recommend the DCD706 if you frequently bore 1/2-inch and larger holes. It can complete these tasks in a pinch, but it is underpowered for them.

Arguably, the performance in less demanding tasks should carry more weight. We further tested the DCD706’s performance in various common drilling scenarios around the home, such as drilling holes narrower than 1/2 inch into multiple materials. The DCD706 breezed through light and medium-duty jobs we threw at it, as do most comparable drills.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 33.5
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 6.7
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 31.5
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 6.3

Unsurprisingly, the FD09Z isn’t suitable for when you’re in a pinch and need to drive lag bolts, other structural screws, and decking screws, all of which it’s not designed for.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 25.3
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 5.1
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 27.0
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 5.4

The DCD706 is similarly slow when driving structural screws and lag bolts. The DCD706 doesn’t have the power to rapidly finish heavy-duty driving tasks, although it’ll complete them in a pinch.

We needed to drop a gear to the low setting for added torque to complete our driving speed test, explaining the slow performance.

Driving speed performance isn’t an issue with shorter and more common #6, #8, and #10 screws, which we also tested driving. The DCD706 competently completed the tests driving these screws into various material densities.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): 250.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 20.8

Like all 12V drills, we don’t recommend buying the FD09Z if you need torque to drive fasteners and to drill efficiently in stubborn materials. The FD09Z’s limited advertised torque output relegates it to all but the most basic drilling and driving tasks around the home. This performance was evident throughout our driving and drilling tests with some of the most lackluster performance of models we’ve tested.

Note: We don’t currently test drill torque in-house, as we do for impact drivers using a torque meter. The torque commentary discussed here relies upon both advertised torque specifications provided by manufacturers and practical insights learned from performance in our various drilling and driving tests.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): Not advertised
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): Not advertised

Dewalt no longer advertises the torque of its drills and we currently don’t test torque on a torque meter in-house, like we do for impact drivers.

Instead, review the results of our drilling and driving tests to understand each drill’s torque and RPM performance in practical applications.

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Battery lineup

Makita 12V CXT Battery Lineup

Makita offers 2Ah and 5Ah batteries in its 12V CXT lineup. Upgrading to the 12V CXT 5Ah battery increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested the higher output version to understand the cost tradeoffs.

We recommend buying two Makita 12V CXT 2Ah batteries for most CXT drill setups so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery.

Battery lineup

Dewalt 12V Battery Lineup

Dewalt offers 2Ah, 3Ah, and 5Ah batteries in its 12V Max lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Buying at least two batteries is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying two Dewalt 12V Max 2Ah batteries for most Dewalt 12V drill setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Charging time

Makita FD09Z Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Makita CXT (DC10WD)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 65.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 32.5
Fuel gauge: On battery

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Charging time

Dewalt DCD706 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Dewalt 20V Max (DCB115)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 39.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 19.5
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Dewalt charger that comes with most kits (model DCB115) charges 12V batteries rapidly. In our tests, the charger topped off a 12V Max 2Ah battery in 39 minutes, or 19.5 minutes per Ah.

This charger also charges Dewalt’s 20V battery platform, helping to save space in your shop if you have several tools in the Dewalt ecosystem. But consider that the DCB115 doesn’t charge 20V Max batteries as rapidly.

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RPM

Makita FD09Z RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,550.0
Max RPM speed 1: 431.0

The low RPM output explains some of the poor drilling and driving performance in our tests. The FD09Z has relatively low RPMs under load in both the high and low settings. The RPM output is most noticeable when setting screws into your work material.

Other snappier drills quickly set the screw with a light feather of the trigger, whereas we frequently fumbled screws when using the FD09Z.

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RPM

Dewalt DCD706 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,475.0
Max RPM speed 1: 432.0

We measured moderately low RPM output with the DCD706 in both speed settings, partly explaining why it didn’t shine in our driving and drilling tests. Higher RPM output would improve the drill’s speed throughout its range.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.875
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.500

The FD09Z performed well in our clearance tests, which are designed to understand how easily a drill fits through narrow spaces and into obstructed spaces. Notably, the FD09Z performed well in our interior top-edge and 45-degree clearance tests.

In practice, it is easy to reach into tight corners and drill close to a top edge when obstructed, such as drilling under a shelf and wanting to bore the hole as high as possible.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.250
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.375
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.750

Since it is a compact hammer drill, the DCD706 drills wells in situations where there are obstructions or tight corners to reach into. Notably, it performed best in our interior width and top-edge clearance tests. In practice, the DCD706 fits easily between two vertical boards and easily reaches under shelves and when obstructed from above.

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Noise

Makita FD09Z Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 76.4
Max drilling noise (dBA): 72.2

The FD09Z is one of the quietest drills we’ve tested. The noise output is a result of two features. It doesn’t have a hammer mode, vastly reducing the maximum drilling noise under load. It also isn’t a powerful drill.

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Noise

Dewalt DCD706 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 79.8
Max drilling noise (dBA): 93.7

The DCD706 is moderately loud when drilling under load. We measured the maximum noise output when hammering and drilling stacked lumber. The dBA results rival the same noise the top impact drivers generate, which can be harmful with prolonged exposure.

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Light

Makita FD09Z Light Wall
Makita FD09Z Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: Near trigger
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 15.0

The light on the FD09Z is poorly designed. The light is tucked too far back into the drill near the trigger. As a result, the nose casts a shadow that blocks exactly where the drill bit touches the drilling surface.

Some flagship Dewalt drills include more versatile work lights with features such as spotlight modes and the ability to turn off the lights when pulling the trigger.

Light

Dewalt DCD706 Light Wall
Dewalt DCD706 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: In base
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 20.0

There is a single bulb located in the base that shines upward. It sufficiently illuminates the work surface in front of the DCD706’s nose. However, we prefer drill designs that include the light near the trigger and shine straight forward, improving the light’s versatility and ensuring the intended area is most brightly lit.

There are no advanced light features, such as a dedicated spotlight mode and the ability to turn off the light, which some of the best Dewalt drills include.

App integration

App integration: No

There is no Bluetooth app integration to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

Dewalt’s ToolConnect-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the ToolConnect feature built natively into its flagship models. Milwaukee utilizes the same approach with its One Key lineup, which offers similar app features and is only available in flagship tools.

App integration

App integration: No

There is no Bluetooth app integration to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

Dewalt’s ToolConnect-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the ToolConnect feature built natively into its flagship models. Milwaukee utilizes the same approach with its One Key lineup, which offers similar app features and is only available in flagship tools.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 3

Makita stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The FD09Z has a three-year warranty. Makita 12V CXT batteries include a three-year warranty.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 3

Dewalt stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The DCD706 has a three-year warranty. Dewalt’s 12V Max batteries include a three-year warranty.

Dewalt also offers free maintenance and replacement of worn parts for one year for the DCD706.

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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