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#4331910 - 02/17/17 11:17 AM Makita work light opinions
NissanMaxima Offline

Registered: 10/21/15
Posts: 129
Loc: co
Hi all: I would like a rechargeable work light to take with me under the car for oil change, or to hang from the latch on the hood, plus use for all-around house repair projects. I have used an old-style corded trouble light for decades. Are the LED style lights like this one brighter than the "tube" lights I see on the snap-on site and the like? I already have a Makita drill so I already have the battery packs for this light, but think it looks a bit goofy with the drill looking handle. What do folks think of this one? I think their quality is great and it has a 3 year warranty and under $50 USD at Home Depot.

I found this snap-on but it is not nearly as adjustable in angles as that Makita.

This snap on looks really great for taking underneath the car but doesn't have "hook"! I guess you can't always get everything you want.

Any other choices out there I haven't found that have the hook and have an internal battery so you don't have to buy a separate battery and charger? I found some "no-name" ones on Amazon but want something nice like the ones above.

#4331931 - 02/17/17 11:49 AM Re: Makita work light opinions [Re: NissanMaxima]
DrRoughneck Offline

Registered: 02/05/16
Posts: 491
Loc: USA
LED over tubes.
Makita makes mroe sense if you already have battery/cahrger.
That Makita DML801 light can be had for cheaper new on felabay from sellers that break out combos and sell them piecemeal.

#4331952 - 02/17/17 12:11 PM Re: Makita work light opinions [Re: NissanMaxima]
NissanMaxima Offline

Registered: 10/21/15
Posts: 129
Loc: co
Thanks: Couldn't find a "felabay" but did find "fleabay". Is that what you meant? The latter didn't have any. Just talked with Snap-On about their Blue Point light I linked. I had never heard of Blue Point but they said it is their "economy" rechargeable. Think the Makita rechargeable is probably a better light now - it just looks like a genetic cross between a drill and a light!

#4332114 - 02/17/17 02:43 PM Re: Makita work light opinions [Re: NissanMaxima]
dirtymudder Offline

Registered: 10/28/02
Posts: 87
Loc: michigan
I have one of these NEBO light
With the magnet in the bottom it will stick most anywhere. ( except a new Ford truck body grin ) I use rechargeable batteries in mine.

#4333540 - 02/19/17 12:55 AM Re: Makita work light opinions [Re: NissanMaxima]
user52165 Offline

Registered: 10/21/11
Posts: 1204
Loc: CA
After extensive experience with both, I have found that Milwaukee is better than Makita and the batteries (Lithium) last longer. And LED type is the way to go.

Edited by user52165 (02/19/17 01:02 AM)

#4333676 - 02/19/17 08:55 AM Re: Makita work light opinions [Re: NissanMaxima]
JHZR2 Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 40103
Loc: New Jersey
I had ingersoll rand leds that were excellent. I have some milwaukee lights, they are ok...

I have two of these that I love. Bright and tiny...

Bosch Bare Tool FL12 12-volt Max LED Cordless Work Light

#4333745 - 02/19/17 10:15 AM Re: Makita work light opinions [Re: NissanMaxima]
NissanMaxima Offline

Registered: 10/21/15
Posts: 129
Loc: co
Thanks everyone:

JHZR2.. That Bosch one looks nice. Kind of like the Snap On ones I linked but I suspect the battery technology on the Bosch might be better? I know SnapOn has high-tools but not so sure about rechargeable technology. Question... Bosch and other site don't have good photos. Does it happen to have a fold out hook so you can hook it onto the latch of a hood for illumination under the hood? I'm going to get prices for the battery/charger that this one needs.