Makita DTM50Z Review
The cordless Makita DTM50Z is a powerful and versatile multi tool that can be used for various needs such as cutting, sanding and scraping a wide variety of material ranging from wood and stone to metal.
The Makita DTM50Z, like most modern Makita power tools, uses 18V 3.0Ah LXT Lithium-Ion batteries that boast of longer work time, increased performance and productivity. It uses a 390W motor that manages 6,000 to 20,000 rotation per minute. The DTM50Z supports oscillation angles of a total of 3.2 degrees.
With its biggest strengths being in design, the Makita DTM50Z has its On/Off switch strategically located at the thumb when holding the body of the machine. An anti-restart mechanism prevents the device from starting accidentally. Unlike most Makita tools, the DTM50Z has a manual chuck release. It uses a Hex wrench holder to enable the release of the blade. The chunk allows the use of OIS Makita blades, Bosch and Fein accessories. These handles can be installed at 30 degrees across 360. Its handle is ergonomically shaped and with a perfectly barrelled grip for comfortable handling. A variable speed control is used to control the rotation speed of the blade. The Makita DTM50Z is also fitted with a dust extraction mechanism for clearing dust from the work line. An LED serves to illuminate the area being worked on and allows working in dimly lit areas and even at night. A soft start is also engineered into the device to ensure that the device starts gradually instead of jolting into action.
The Makita DTM50Z has several cons. First of all, it uses brushed motors which are known for their significantly shorter lifetimes. The manual blade removal mechanism also makes the process bothersome and exposes the user to the heat of the blade that is bound to occur after long periods of use. The device also ships as body only and one has to out-source the batteries and charger.
Makita DTM50Z - Pros & Cons
- LXT battery compatibility
- Variable speed control
- No batteries included