Makita 18V LXT XDT13Z vs Ryobi 18V One+ PBLID02

Makita XDT13Z Angle 5

Makita XDT13Z

Quick take

The Makita 18V LXT XDT13Z and Ryobi 18V One+ PBLID02 are designed for different users, and both are solid picks for those audiences. The Makita XDT13Z is exceptionally compact and offers a solid torque profile, though it’s not fast under load. On the other hand, the Ryobi PBLID02 is fast under load but has less torque and is far bigger and heavier. It also has four drive modes for added versatility and precision, which is a critical missing design feature of the Makita XDT13Z. The Ryobi PBLID02 also costs significantly less.

Brand Makita
Platform 18V LXT
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 682.8
IPM 3,600.0
Drive modes 1
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as XDT13
Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 609.0
IPM 4,000.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as PBLID02B

Editorial opinion

Rating

3.54 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Compact footprint
  • Long battery run time
  • Brushless motor
  • Long tool and battery warranty
  • Excellent noise performance

Cons

  • Single drive mode
  • Driving speed
  • Requires two hands to remove bits

Rating

4.11 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Exceptional driving speed
  • Several drive modes improve versatility
  • Brushless motor
  • Easy-insert collet

Cons

  • Battery run time
  • Footprint is bulky
  • Heavy

Global rankings

21 models tested

TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)19.213
Torque (in-lbs)682.88
Battery run time (min.)56.03
RPM3,107.010
Bare weight (lbs)2.029
Impacting noise (dBA)95.07
TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)14.75
Torque (in-lbs)609.012
Battery run time (min.)30.015
RPM2,966.013
Bare weight (lbs)2.3218
Impacting noise (dBA)96.94

Kit and bare tool options

XDT13T

Includes (2) 18V 5Ah battery

XDT131

Includes (1) 18V 3Ah battery

XDT13SM1

Includes (1) 18V 4Ah battery

Lab results

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright w/o battery: Yes
Stands upright w/ battery: Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Handle angle (deg.): 82.0
Head angle (deg.): 90.0

The XDT13Z follows the familiar design language of Makita’s XDT lineup, including a compact body with a slightly forward-leaning handle angle. It also has excellent shock absorption, with the rubber overgrip covering a large amount of the grip.

This impact driver doesn’t include bells and whistles beyond a belt hook, such as a bit holder or magnetic fastener holder. Several Ryobi impact drivers have these convenient features without requiring buying a third-party add-on.

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright w/o battery: Yes
Stands upright w/ battery: Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Handle angle (deg.): 80.0
Head angle (deg.): 90.0

The PBLID02 is moderately bulky throughout with a slight forward-leaning angle that provides solid reach. The grip is entirely covered in a rubber overmold, improving shock absorption.

The included belt hook is mountable on either side, and a lanyard can be attached to the back. However, the PBLID02 doesn’t have a magnetic plate to hold fasteners or a bit holder, two features that some Ryobi impact drivers have for added convenience.

Weight

Makita XDT13Z On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.02
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.86
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 4.36

The XDT13Z is one of the heavier bare tools in the XDT lineup but is light compared to some other 18V impact drivers that more commonly approach 2.25 lbs.

The working weight can differ significantly depending on the battery run in your setup. To keep it as lightweight as possible, we recommend combining the XDT13Z with Makita’s LXT 18V 2Ah battery for a good balance of performance and weight.

If weight is less of a concern, pair the XDT13Z with Makita’s LXT 18V 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance.

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Weight

Ryobi PBLID02 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.32
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.28
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 3.96
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

The PBLID02 is a heavy impact driver, so it’s not ideal for long driving sessions where arm fatigue sets in.

The working weight can differ significantly depending on the battery run in your setup, which is why we tested the weight in different configurations. To keep it lightweight, we recommend combining the PBLID02 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 2Ah battery for a good balance of performance and weight.

If weight is less of a concern, pair the PBLID02 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 4Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance.The Makita 18V LXT XDT13Z or Makita 18V LXT XDT14Z are solid alternatives that are comparably-priced impact drivers and far lighter.

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Footprint

Makita XDT13Z Footprint1
Makita XDT13Z Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.625
Max width (bare tool, in.): 3.125
Collet to back length (in.): 4.875
Base length (bare tool, in.): 3.625
Base width (bare tool, in.): 3.125
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.250
Handle circumference (in.): 5.125

The XDT13Z squeezes nicely into tight spaces with its short collet-to-back length that rivals the footprints of sub-compact impact drivers. This maneuverable design is welcome, especially in this category where one shared sacrifice made for a low price is a bulky tool.

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Footprint

Ryobi PBLID02 Footprint1
Ryobi PBLID02 Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.500
Max width (bare tool, in.): 3.000
Collet to back length (in.): 5.625
Base length (bare tool, in.): 5.125
Base width (bare tool, in.): 3.000
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.500
Handle circumference (in.): 5.250

Most Ryobi impact drivers have a bulky footprint, and that’s no different with the PBLID02. Notably, the base is more prominent than many similarly-priced impact drivers.

Context is important when discussing the length. The collet-to-back length isn’t as oversized as many Ryobi models that are incredibly large, though it’s not as compact as impact drivers from other brands.

So, the PBLID02 better reaches into tight spaces than other Ryobi models but doesn’t match the clearances possible looking to other brands, as demonstrated in our interior clearance tests below.

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Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 3,600.0

The XDT13Z includes a brushless motor that helps with battery life, smoothes driving performance, and improves durability. However, we haven’t tested the multi-year durability to confirm its working life.

The low advertised impacts per minute are one reason the XDT13Z doesn’t shine on par with flagship models in our lab driving speed tests.

Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 4,000.0

One standout feature of the PBLID02 is that it includes a brushless motor. Brushless motors are more efficient and durable and provide better battery run time than brushed motors.

The brushless motor and the high 4000.0 impacts per minute partly explain why the PBLID02 shined in our driving speed tests.

Drive modes

Drive modes: 1
Drive mode 1:  Max impact 
Drive mode 2:  N/A 
Drive mode 3:  N/A 
Drive mode 4:  N/A 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

One critical area where the XDT13Z lacks versatility is that it includes just a single drive mode. The lacking versatility is most noticeable in lighter-duty tasks where precision driving wins over brute force.

The included variable speed trigger does help, but having the option to select a lower-speed driving mode is essential for finishing screws accurately. Makita also includes a helpful assist driving mode in many of its impact drivers that needs to be included here.

Jumping up to the Makita 18V LXT XDT14Z is worthwhile if you’ve got the budget. You’ll get four drive modes, improved driving speed and torque, and long battery life, all in the same

Drive modes

Drive modes: 4
Drive mode 1:  High speed 
Drive mode 2:  Medium speed 
Drive mode 3:  Low speed 
Drive mode 4:  Assist 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

There are four drive modes on the PBLID02, significantly improving its driving versatility. Drive mode 1 offers the highest torque and RPM output and is ideal for rapidly driving lag bolts, decking screws, and other big fasteners.

Drive mode 2 still offers solid driving performance but is better suited to driving shorter screws into dimensional lumber and soft materials such as MDF. We could recess screws in all material densities in drive mode 2, though not at a consistent depth.

Drive mode 3 most accurately recesses screws and is the best setting if demanding a consistently perfect recess. For light and medium-duty jobs, we found a sweet spot of using drive mode 3 or 2 to drive screws quickly, then switching over to drive mode 3 for a consistent recess.

The PBLID02 also includes an assist mode, though we didn’t find it any better than the other drive modes in the forward setting. However, the assist mode is helpful in the reverse setting to bust loose stubborn screws and nuts. When holding the trigger, the collet starts and stops several times and then ramps up the RPM. This assist setting nicely helped to avoid stripping screw heads.

There are no other specialty drive modes that high-end impact drivers include, such as self-tapping, wood, and bolt-loosening drive modes. Several Milwaukee impact drivers have self-tapping options, and some Makita impact drivers include specialty wood and bolt-loosening modes.

Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 19.2
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 3.8
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 12.7
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 2.5

We don’t recommend the XDT13Z if you need an impact driver that primarily excels in driving big lag bolts or structural screws. The comparatively low impacts per minute combined with the torque result in slow driving performance for a comparable 18V impact driver.

The Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z, Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845, and Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 are better options for heavy-duty driving tasks.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 14.7
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.9
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 11.0
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 2.2

While it doesn’t have the highest torque or RPMs, the PBLID02 performed well in our driving speed tests, finishing near the top of the pack driving GRK RSS screws. The PBLID02 similarly shines at driving decking screws and shorter common screw sizes used in DIY projects and medium-duty tasks around the home.

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Torque

Makita XDT13Z Torquemeter
Makita XDT13Z Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 682.8
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): N/A
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): N/A
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

The XDT13Z has a moderately robust torque profile, though its twisting force can’t match what high-end impact drivers like the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 deliver. However, the XDT13Z produces some of the highest torque we’ve tested in the budget impact driver category, and it is more than powerful enough to tackle demanding tasks.

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Torque

Ryobi PBLID02Torquemeter
Ryobi PBLID02 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 609.0
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): 457.2
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): 284.4
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

The PBLID02 is moderately powerful, as our torque tests demonstrated. In practice, we didn’t encounter a driving task the PBLID02 couldn’t complete, including driving long and big lag bolts into treated lumber. This impact driver doesn’t offer high RPMs, leaving its torque output to do most of the heavy lifting in demanding tasks.

Several closely-priced alternatives offer higher torque output, including the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20, Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF887, and Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 56.0
Battery tested: 18V LXT 2Ah (BL1820B)
Voltage: 18

Most Makita impact drivers we’ve tested have outstanding battery life, and that’s no different here. Battery run time is where the XDT13Z shines compared to other models in its price range, and even when compared to flagship models from other brands.

We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. We expect the battery run time to perform similarly well when running the XDT13Z with a Makita 18V LXT 5Ah battery and comparing it with 5Ah setups from other brands.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 30.0
Battery tested: 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah (PBP003)
Voltage: 18

One letdown of the PBLID02 was its battery run time in our testing. Several cheaper Ryobi impact drivers offer better run times. But consider that the tested no-load run time of 30 minutes is still long enough for most jobs around the home.

We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. With an 18V One+ 4Ah or 6Ah battery, expect the battery run time to continue underperforming competing models running the same Ah setup, albeit run time increases significantly.

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Battery lineup

Makita 18V LXT Battery Lineup

Makita offers 2Ah, 3Ah, 4Ah, 5Ah, and 6Ah batteries in its 18V LXT lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves driving performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

That said, having at least two batteries in your setup is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying a Makita 18V LXT 2Ah and a Makita 18V LXT 5Ah battery for most 18V LXT impact driver setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Makita’s standard chargers only charge a single battery voltage. You’ll need a dedicated charger for your 12V, 18V, and 40V Makita tools. Many Milwaukee impact drivers come in kits with a hybrid 12V and 18V charger in one, which conveniently saves space in your shop if you have multiple tools in the ecosystem.

Battery lineup

Ryobi 18V One+ Battery Lineup

Ryobi offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 4Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its 18V One+ lineup, and some versions come in a standard or high-performance model. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves driving performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Having at least two batteries in your setup is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah and a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 4Ah battery for most 18V One+ impact driver setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Charging time

Makita 18V Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Makita LXT Rapid Optimum (DC18RC)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 24.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 51.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 11.1
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Rapid Optimum charger (DC18RC) included in most Makita kits charges batteries exceptionally fast. Our tests found that this charger tops off 5Ah batteries in less time than it takes to charge smaller-capacity 2Ah batteries from other brands using their standard kit chargers.

Makita’s DC18RC charger only charges a single battery voltage. You’ll need a dedicated charger for your 12V and 18V Makita tools. Many Milwaukee drills and Dewalt drills come in kits with chargers that charge multiple voltage batteries in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several tools on those platforms.

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Charging time

Ryobi 18V Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Ryobi 18V One+ (PCG002)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 49.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): 117.0
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 26.9
Fuel gauge: On battery

The 18V charger included with most Ryobi kits (model PCG002) charges batteries moderately slower than other brands.

Our tests took 49.0 and 117.0 minutes to charge a Ryobi 18V One+ 2Ah and 4Ah battery, respectively. Several other brands we’ve tested take approximately 20 minutes per Ah, whereas the Ryobi charger takes at least 24.5 minutes per Ah.

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RPM

Makita XDT13Z RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 3,107.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 3,319.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): N/A

RPM performance isn’t critical for heavy-duty fastening since torque and impacts per minute contribute more to driving big screws quickly. That said, the XDT13Z’s no-load RPM is in the middle of the pack, which leads to solid driving performance without the hammer impacting, such as driving screws into 2×4 lumber. In this scenario, a cordless drill with a clutch may be a better power tool, but it’s good to have versatility when your drill driver isn’t in reach.

Switching to reverse significantly increases the RPM, helpful for dislodging stubborn screws.

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RPM

Ryobi PBLID02 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 2,966.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): 1,832.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): 915.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): 1,058.0
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 2,969.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): 1,935.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): 931.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): 1,940.0

The PBLID02 generated middle-of-the-pack max RPM on our contact tachometer. However, the performance on paper undersells its driving performance. Impact drivers with similar RPM and torque profiles couldn’t match the PBLID02’s results in our heavy-duty driving speed tests.

The three speed modes have no significant RPM difference between forward and reverse. But the assist mode offers a vastly different RPM profile depending on the forward or reverse setting selected. The assist mode in reverse nearly doubles the RPM output compared to the forward setting to quickly remove screws from your work material after the start and stop mechanism completes its cycle.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 7.625
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 5.875

The XDT13Z has a short length from the collet to the back. The small size explains why it nicely squeezes into tight spaces, including reaching through small openings and performing well in our driving clearance tests. The XDT13Z is one of the few models we’ve tested that broke the six-inch threshold in our interior 45-degree driving clearance test.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.250
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.500

We don’t recommend the PBLID02 if you consistently drive fasteners in tight spaces. A sub-compact or smaller-footprint compact impact driver can squeeze into tighter spaces.

The long collet-to-back length and extensive base limit the tight spaces it can fit into and the restricted areas it can fit through.

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Noise

XDT13Z Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 82.4
Max impacting noise (dBA): 95.0

The XDT13Z has excellent noise performance when impacting, especially for a non-hydraulic impact driver. Prolonged exposure to any impact driver’s percussion noise is damaging, but this is a good option if reducing noise is essential.

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are other options since both are hydraulic impact drivers with quieter impacts.

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Noise

PBLID02 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 86.1
Max impacting noise (dBA): 96.9

The PBLID02’s noise profile is a tale of two stories. When impacting, it is one of the quieter impact drivers we’ve tested, though all impact drivers are loud. The PBLID02 is one of the louder impact drivers when not under load. In practice, paying attention to the noise output when impacting is more critical.

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are other options to consider. Both are hydraulic impact drivers with far quieter impacts.

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 30.1
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 3.9

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 88.2
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 3.1

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Light

Makita XDT13Z Light
Makita XDT13Z Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 2
Light time delay (sec.): 10.0

Many Makita impact drivers include a light with an on/off switch, but that’s one feature Makita dropped to lower the price point. That said, the light is bright enough to illuminate your work surface properly, and the light has a 10-second delay when releasing the trigger.

Light

Ryobi PBLID02 Light
Ryobi PBLID02 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 1
Light time delay (sec.): 15.0

We’re not huge fans of the PBLID02’s work light, though it does the job in some scenarios. The light is set into the base and shines upward, whereas other models include the light around the collet and point it straight forward. The latter design approach centers the light directly where you’re driving screws.

When driving long screws with the impact driver further away from the work material, we found the PBLID02’s light was centered slightly above the screw being driven. This outcome was only an issue when driving 3-inch and longer screws.

There is no dedicated flashlight feature or the ability to disable the work light, which could minimally improve battery performance.

Collet

Makita XDT13Z Collet Closeup

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: No
Easy-insert collet: Yes

The XDT13Z requires two hands to remove a bit since it doesn’t include a bit eject collet. Makita’s collets don’t smoothly accept an inserted bit like Dewalt and Ryobi models, but you can insert a bit with one hand without extending the collet.

Most Dewalt impact drivers are ideal for one-handed bit changes since these impact drivers include a well-designed easy-insert and bit-eject collet.

Collet

Ryobi PBLID02 Collet Closeup

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: Yes
Easy-insert collet: Yes

The PBOID02 includes an easy insert collet that is a breeze to insert bits with one hand, great for convenience. A bit-eject collet is also included, although the jettison force may be slightly overpowered for some tastes. We found ourselves jettisoning the bit and frequently missing catching it. But after a few rounds of usage, catching the bit is easy and isn’t an issue.

App integration

App integration: None

There is no bluetooth app integration to review impact driver diagnostics or to customize driving profiles on your phone. Dewalt’s ToolConnect and Milwaukee’s One Key models offer app integrations that track impact driver usage, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom driving profiles, such as adjusting the RPM for each drive mode.

App integration

App integration: None

There is no bluetooth app integration to review impact driver diagnostics or to customize driving profiles. Dewalt’s ToolConnect and Milwaukee’s One Key models offer app integrations that track impact driver usage, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom driving profiles, such as adjusting the RPM for each drive mode.

Warranty

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

Makita stands behind the durability of its impact drivers with exceptionally-long warranties. The XDT13Z has a three-year warranty. Makita 18V LXT batteries include a three-year warranty.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 90 day

Ryobi offers an exceptionally-long three-year warranty on its impact drivers. However, Ryobi’s battery warranties don’t come close to matching the length provided by most other manufacturers. Ryobi has a 90-day battery warranty, whereas other manufacturers commonly offer two to three years of coverage.

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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