Makita DF001DW Review 

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the Makita DF001DW Screwdriver. Below we have included a full and detailed review of this highly popular choice for UK buyers.

This is a handy 3.6V cordless screwdriver that comes with a carry case and an 81 piece bit set that will cover off all of your screwdriving needs. It is very useful when working in a narrow spaces and can be used in either a straight or pistol grip position.

It has a very useful LED job light and forward and reverse modes.

How Buyers Rate the Makita DF001DW?

Buyer Satisfaction

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

  • 79% of all online buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • 1% of all buyers gave this a poor review

Buyers loved the power this tool had to offer. It makes short work of assembling furniture and the battery seems to go on for ever. It is light and very easy to use.

What Buyers Say about the Makita DF001DW?


  • Buyers stated that this was well made and comfortable to use
  • Most buyers agreed that this driver was very powerful
  • The majority of buyers said it was very well priced for a Makita tool
  • Overall, most buyers really liked this screwdriver and were glad they bought it


  • A couple of buyers said they would like variable trigger control
  • 1 or 2 mentioned that it didn't come with a UK plug
  •  Several users would have liked a battery charging indicator

Ok, so this screwdriver is not perfect. It lacks a few bells and whistles according to the buyers but it gets 92% buyer satisfaction so it still gets a top rating from all the users.

Makita DF001DW Specification

  • This is a 3.6 V screwdriver that has a built-in Lithium-Ion battery
  • It comes complete with a carry case and 81 piece bit set
  • It also comes with an AC Adapter (Micro USB)
  • The charge time is around 3-5 hours
  • Measures 28.58 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm
  • Weighs 680 grams which is very light
  • It has a no load speed of 220 rpm
  • It uses a 1/4" Hex shank
  • It can handle wood screws 3.8mm x 32mm 
  • It has forward / reverse rotation
  • Can operate in straight or pistol grip positions
  • Has an LED job light
  • It also has a spindle lock so can be used as an ordinary screwdriver if the battery runs out

Makita DF001DW - 3 Key Features


The vast majority of buyers said this was handy, adjustable and powerful. Many buyers bought this to deal with IKEA flat packs and have said this was a life saver. For such a compact driver, this Makita model packs more power than many of its counterparts.

Compact & Lightweight

Unless you plan on driving in long screws, then a cordless screwdriver is going to be the best option for screw driving around the home or garden. It is always better in terms of control that the driver is light in weight. You also want it to be compact, as it can get into those awkward areas when you need to.

Selection of Bits

Almost every buyer was impressed with the quantity of bits in the kit. They include Hex, Torx, in the most common sizes of socket along with multiple Phillips, Posidriv and cross-headed screwdriver bits.

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on this Makita power tool. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the features and spec in and easy to understand format.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see a tool in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy is particularly good at explaining the features of the screwdriver and he is well known for demonstrating Makita tools.

The Makita Brand

The Makita brand sell a wide range of cordless tools and tools for the construction and demolition industries. They also sell some garden machinery. They sell their tools through various stores in the UK including B&Q, Screwfix, Cromwell, Jewson, Buildbase, Bradfords, Wickes and more.

Their HQ is in Japan. Their Telford manufacturing plant is the only full-production facility for power tools in the UK and has been successfully running construction on many of our top line cordless power tools since 1991.

Makita believe that for a good tool you need a good motor, and Makita makes every effort to make sure their motors are of the best quality. They use premium grade steel to produce armature shafts and gears, and only steel of the highest grade is used.

They also complete quality control tests on each and every, machine that leaves their manufacturing plants.

Our Verdict on the Makita DF001DW

There are a few features missing such as torque control and no battery charging indicator. Having those would have made this cordless screwdriver even better.

It does however pack a punch and will be suitable for many jobs around the home and garden, especially any type of flat pack furniture.

Like most Makita tools, this is not a cheap option, but if you want something reliable and powerful for a cordless screwdriver, then this Makita ticks most of the boxes.

If this is not the cordless screwdriver for you, then we recommend that you check out our top 10 list of cordless screwdrivers by clicking here.

This Makita DF001DW model is a huge seller for that brand and for very good reasons.

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