Makita 12V CXT FD09Z Drill Review

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Quick take

The Makita 12V CXT FD09Z is a lightweight and compact drill showing its age. We only recommend it if you’re wedded to the Makita CXT platform and/or need a drill for only light-duty tasks. Ultimately, the underpowered performance and lack of drilling and driving versatility don’t make up for its weight and small footprint.

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

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

Editorial opinion

Methodology used: Light duty

Editorial rating

3.44 / 5 stars

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Small footprint

Cons

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

Recommended configuration

FD09R1

Includes (2) 12V 2Ah battery

Series lineup

Model #PlatformAction ModesMax Torque (in-lbs)Review
Makita FD09Z12V CXTDrill only250.0Full review

Lab results

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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