Do you ever drive screws into wood? Do you have an impact driver? If you don’t have one, go get one, right now.
I have always used a drill to drive screws. However, screws longer than 2 1/2 inches often strip out before I can get them driven all the way in. Up until now I’ve always avoided 3 inch and longer screws unless I really needed them. Then one day I saw a video of someone driving a 4 inch screw with an impact driver. That looked way too easy. I had to have one of those.
I did a lot of research online and it seemed to me the Makita won hands down. All the other brands had devoted followers, but for each one I found people saying their tools from that brand had broken down and they replaced them with Makita tools. I did not find anyone saying that about the Makita tools. The one downside I found is the batteries don’t last very long if you don’t use them.
Naturally, I had to try out driving the 4 inch screws, so I went to the local hardware store and bought some just to try them out. This may be the smallest and lightest of all my power tools, but I think it’s my new favorite!