There are many brands out there and they each offer different features and benefits and it can be tough to choose the one that best fits your needs.
Today we look at some of the differences between two popular power tool brands: AEG and Makita.
Who is AEG?
AEG is a premium brand of power tools. Originally a German electrical appliance manufacturer, it is now a subsidiary of Electrolux.
AEG tools are made by Techtronic Industries (under a license from Electrolux), who also manufacture Milwaukee and Ryobi products.
All AEG power tools come with a minimum 3 year warranty and are available to purchase at Bunnings Warehouse stores nationally as well as online.
Who is Makita?
Makita is a Japanese company that specializes in power tools.
It was founded in 1915 and has been a pioneer of power tool technology since.
Their main focus is cordless power tools and they have long been at the forefront of Lithium-Ion cordless tool battery technology.
Types of tools
While Makita focuses exclusively on power tools, the AEG product line is much more extensive.
Makita makes power tools, petrol-powered equipment like generators, tool batteries, and accessories.
AEG, on the other hand, produces a wider range of products. In addition to power tools, these include lawn mowers, sprayers, and leaf blowers.
Historically, they were involved in the development and of the electrical parts of most German railway engines. They even manufactured aircraft from 1912 to 1918.
Both Makita and AEG batteries are highly regarded. Neither have a tendency to lose power nor die before their indicator reaches empty.
The AEG range is mostly focused on their 18V batteries, which come with amperage ranging from 3.0AH through to 9.0AH. This means you have a lot of options in terms of choosing the power that will best suit your needs.
Unlike AEG, Makita has a range of 12V tools, which would be well suited to DIY jobs. They also have many 18v and 36v models.
AEG offers a very generous 3-year warranty on all 12V, 18V and 58V batteries and chargers if they are registered within 30 days (1 year without registration).
Makita provides a 2-year warranty on batteries and chargers.
Torque and Power
Torque and power will vary from tool to tool and also over time as brands release new versions of their products.
In the “AEG Vs Makita Challenge” below, AEG is the clear winner on a variety of tasks using a top of the line drill from each brand.
But in the below impact driver challenge, the Makita drill beats the AEG, although this video is slightly older.
Brushed and Brushless
Both AEG and Makita manufacture both brushed and brushless tools.
Brushless motors eliminate the brushes and the commutator within a power tool, making it more efficient than a brushed motor, so it can run longer on a charge.
Also, because there are no brushes, the motor runs quieter and with less friction and wear.
Brushless DC motors are generally considered more reliable than brushed DC motors because there are no brushes to wear out or collect dust; however, they require more complex electronic control circuits and are more expensive.
With a product that takes a beating like a power tool, the longer the warranty, the better.
AEG takes the top spot here, with an impressive 6-year warranty on all 12V, 18V and 58V cordless power tools if you register them within 30 days of purchase (3 years without registration).
They also offer a 3-year warranty on all 12V, 18V and 58V batteries and chargers if they are registered within 30 days (1 year without registration).
Makita provides a 5-year warranty for all cordless skin power tools (3 years without registration) and 2 years on batteries and chargers.
If you’re looking for good value for money, then both these brands are worth considering.
There is a negligible difference in quality, and likewise in the price.
For example, at the time of writing, a Brushless Hammer Drill (skin only) from either brand will be around the $200 mark.
Likewise, an 18V Cordless Impact Wrench (skin only) from either brand will set you back around $270.
Conclusion: Both brands are excellent
There’s a reason people often try and compare these two brands.
They are virtually neck-and-neck in terms of quality and price and both represent great options for both the home DIYer and the professional tradie.