I have both the Makita CXT and Makita Subcompact drivers (along with the CXT 3 -3/8" circular and reciprocating saw); in addition to 25+ LXT (18v) tools. In my experience, the CXT works very well for drilling and driving bits up to 3/8" and standard fasteners, as long as you stay away from concrete and the like. In my case (note: I am a tool 'whore' and would've bought the Subcompact anyway), I purchased the Subcompact to compliment my 'full size' LXT drill/drivers (yes plural- see my earlier admission ) sooner than I might have since I was starting a project where I was driving a lot of fasteners and drills holes on concrete and well....okay I just wanted it
Would I buy additional CXT tools? Probably not. It's not that they are not quality tools and they have a place in a home and on the site for some trades; but the reciprocating saw is the same size as the compact LXT model [length and weight (bare tool)] with 'less power'. Also I thought I'd have more use for the circular saw (mainly use for plunge cuts when repairing/replacing existing hardwood floors), I can accomplish the same with my multi-tool.
I want to reiterate- for most homeowners and some trades the CXT line packs tremendous value and for my money you cannot do better than Makita. The CXT line also offers many of the same tools in 12v as found in their 18v line, including (but not limited to): multi-tool, jackets, job site radio and vacuum among those previously listed.
Going off on a tangent- I would love to see Makita introduce a 'dual platform charger', similar to Milwaukee allowing 12v and 18v batteries to be simultaneously charged. Being their new jobsite speaker to run off either platform- I can't imagine it's far off. Lastly- since I am asking; they should make a charger that charges more than two batteries simultaneously.....okay back on topic.
We really do live in a great time; having access to so many choices. Some may find that annoying but Stuart and team do a phenomenal job giving us the results from performance tests and this forum to bring us together to have 'positive discussions' without the normal trolling on most forums! Kudos to the entire Toolguyd team and this community for being helpful and positive in all discussions!!!