Purchased in 2009
I have used a LOT of cordless drills and combo kits and the latest Makita set is by far the best. Super long run time, high torque, quick recharge time, durability (every piece in my set has been dropped quite a few times with no breaks), LED lights for tight spaces, easy/logical on/off of batteries, belt hooks, perfect balance, lightweight for being 18V, tons of bare tool options to expand with, very comfortable ergonomics, the cordless 6.5" saw holds miters VERY well, etc.
There have been no "weaknesses" that I have found. Merely some minor design or accessory issues.
What You Wanted to Know Before You Bought It:
I wish I had known how much I would actually USE the flashlight! I always thought of the flashlights in these kits as gimmicky but the flashlight may be the most widely used tool aside from the impact driver.
What Would You Tell the Maker of This Tool:
1) Use a stronger glue for the rubber bumpers. The rubber peels off fairly easily after a short bit. Merely cosmetic.
2) 6.5" circular saw NEEDS a rafter hook. Also, the allen for removing the blade comes loose quite often leading me to believe it needs a better/stronger retainer
3) ALL the cordless pieces in these sets need ether a rafter hook or belt hook. Cordless tools are mostly used on ladders, in rafters or hanging upside down.
4) Offer another flashlight. A brighter one with a multi LED head.
5) Radio needs a better antenna. Radio also needs to be a stand alone charger. Make a 14ga WORK cord ATTACHED to the radio. The plug in style CD player cord is garbage. The input and outputs need to be on the back so that your arent kicking them while working. Radio needs AC outlets on it like the bosch for cell phones or small devices.
6) Batteries need gauges on the backs so you can simply hold the tool up as youre using it and see how much charge is left.