When Makita recently introduced the 18-volt XT255M 18V LXT combo kit for fastening and routing drywall, I couldn’t wait to give it a test drive. I’ve used cordless drywall screw guns and routers before, but they weren’t powered by lithium-ion batteries. The kit includes the model XSF03 screw gun and the XOC01 router, powered by 4-amp-hour batteries. Both tools have reinforced my opinion that going cordless can give drywallers a huge boost in productivity.

Like conventional corded screw guns, the brushless XSF03 has an inline grip on the motor housing, a two-finger trigger with a lock-on button, a magnetic insert-bit holder that prevents screws from falling off the bit, and a nosepiece that works as an adjustable depth stop and pulls off for extracting screws or driving in tight places.

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