Makita DTM51Z 18V cordless multi tool review

We test the Makita DTM51Z 18V cordless multi tool to see what it can do and find out why it's one of the best products on the market

Makita DTM51Z cordless multi tool on wood floor
(Image: © David Hilton)

Homebuilding Verdict

Able to be used effectively on a building site or for home DIY, the Makita DTM51Z Cordless Multi Tool has passed all our tests with flying colours, and you're sure to keep finding new tasks that it can do. This is the kind of tool you never knew you needed but soon won't do without.


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    Quick release blade change

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    Metal Gearbox

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    Compatible with the vast range of Makita LXT products

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    A bit noisy

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Whether your latest project involves building a new home, renovating or home improvement, a strong cordless multi tool that can handle all manner of jobs will be invaluable. Able to perform many functions with the wide range of attachments available, the right multi tool is a useful addition to any professional or DIY toolbox.

The best multi tool is one that is versatile and adaptable to many different building jobs. Multi tools are so named due to their many different uses, and blade attachments are typically split into five main use categories:  

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.