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    We’ve updated the famous ITS “What Makita Drill” blog for 2017! The new “What Makita Drill” blog is here!

    How do you know what Makita Drill to Buy?

    In this blog I hope to give you a bit of a breakdown of the various models of cordless drills that Makita make so you’ll know the market well enough to make the best choice when it comes to buying a new Makita drill.

    If you’re in the trade then chances are you are already familiar with Makita as they are one of the largest manufactures of Power Tools in the UK and they have a massively comprehensive range of cordless drills. So much so that it could seem pretty daunting when purchasing one for yourself, I mean how do you know if you need a 456 or a 458?! Well hopefully after reading this you’ll have a far better understanding of what all those model numbers mean to you the customer.

    We’ve recently been down to Makita’s head office and we got Martin to run us through the most popular models and their place on the market – Click below to watch the video.

    Compare Makita Drills

    In Makita’s 18v Lithium-ion Cordless range, there are several models of drill driver and combi drill. These tools are siginified by a model number that is spilt into 3 Letters and 3 Numbers for example the BHP456. Using this as an example the 456 refers to the model ‘number’ and the BHP is the model ‘type’. With regards to the model ‘type’ the 18v Cordless Drill range are represented by two ‘types’ which are BDF/DDF – drill driver and BHP/DHP – Combi. Again using the same example there is a BDF456 (the drill/driver) and  a BHP456 (combi). Both these models have the same number in the name which means that from a technical point of view they are indentical, its just that the BHP has the addition of a percussion mode (which makes it a combi) For the purpose of this comparision we will be looking mostly at the BHP/DHP (combi) versions which are the more popular models.

    Now the main thing to consider when deciding what  makita cordless drill is best for you, is what jobs are you doing with it & how often? The reason these questions are important is because whatever the answer, there will be a Makita drill to cater directly for your needs and there is no point spending silly amounts on a top end drill if all you’re going to be using it for is light and infrequent work on timber.

    The drills listed below are the popular Makita 18v lithium-ion range of drills. All of the models below share the same basic build but its where they differ that really matters to the user. With that in mind we are going to look at their motors, overall runtime and most importantly drilling capacity.


    So with that in mind let’s look at the entry level of the Makita range – this is for those of you that need/want a professional standard drill/driver or combi but don’t need to put it through its paces on heavy duty applications.

    Makita BHP453 (DHP453)


    So the 453 is an entry level model The important thing to note is that this drill has a maximum torque of 42Nm, which means light work; so smaller screws and smaller fixings. Its limited torque capacity is down to its canister motor. This means that the motor is a sealed unit, with no external brushes to change. Its the design of this motor that restricts this drill from having a larger capacity of drilling and places it firmly in the light duty category.

    Makita BHP459 (DHP459)


    Next up in the light duty bracket is the 459. This is the first example of a Brushless Makita Drill. Brushless Motor is a term that you’re going to hear more and more often. Without wanting to go into too much detail into the inner workings of brushless it basically means that the motor doesn’t have any touching parts, so it reduces heat and friction. Therefore you actually get more ‘concentrated’ power from the motor, meaning a slight increase in capacity, far better runtime (your drill will last longer per charge) and ultimately the longevity of your drill’s motor will be increased. The BHP459 can manage slightly more torque as it hits around about 45Nm, so in terms of spec it’s pretty similar but the main reason you’d want this model is if you need downtime to be reduced, because its brushless motor will get through more work per single charge than the canister motor above.


    Now we move onto the machines that are required for those bigger and more frequent jobs – These are for you if a drill is key to your trade and you’ll be using it virtually every day

    Makita BHP456 (DHP456)


    Now we’re moving up in the range we can expect more from our drills. The 456 is a brushed motor which offers users 53Nm of torque so it’s capable of doing higher spec jobs and drilling with bigger drill bits or screwing with bigger screws. So although it’s not massively different from the 459, this model has got the little bit of extra punch to it so bigger capacity and a stronger motor.

    Makita DHP480 (Yes that’s right there isn’t a BHP480)


    The 480 is a slight step up again, this is a new drill released in September 2013 and comes as standard with Makita 4ah Batteries. So this drill takes its place above the 456 because you’re taking the spec from the 456 and adding to it, not only with the 4ah batteries but also it boasts a brushless motor, which as mentioned previous gives you extra runtime, efficiency and ultimately longevity. So if continuous work and the ability to keep your drills running for long periods of time is what you want then this brushless model is the way to go.


    Finally we’re up to the top end of the market! If you’re looking for a drill here you are the sort of person that will be using it pretty much all the time and you need a drill that is certainly going to pack one hell of a punch!

    Makita BHP458 (DHP458)


    Okay so this really is (currently) the top of the range Makita drill in terms of power (not anymore!), so much so that Makita find it nessessery to provide you with a side handle as standard. The 458 has a massive 4 pole motor, so this model is able to work at a massive capacity. With this drill we’re looking at 88Nm of torque (hence the side handle) and you’d be able to get a 65mm solid drill bit into wood and holesaw up to around 120mm. Another pointer that this is a serious drill is that the motor and gearbox are enclosed in an aluminium case, because the plastic housing from the other models just wouldn’t be able to cope with the motor from the 458. Additionaly the chuck is a full metal chuck; again this is down to the fact that the standard chuck from the previous drills just wouldn’t be able to handle the amount of power that the 458 exerts.

    As you can probably tell there is a pattern emerging here; for ‘Light Duty’ and ‘General Purpose’ uses there is a brushed/canister motor model and also a newer brushless model available, however there is currently no heavy duty Makita brushless drill. Well pure speculation on my behalf makes me think that we can expect one early in 2014, so if you’re looking to upgrade to the best of the best, it may be worth holding tight just for now.

    Makita DHP481

    Makita DHP481

    ITS here! Finally Makita have burst the competition out of the water with a very impressive new combi drill called the DHP481. It is going to take some topping!

    This is NOW (as of Sept 2014) the top of the range Makita drill in terms of power and runtime. This drill is coming with one hell of a big side handle (The picture doesn’t do it justice) . The DHP481 has an effiecnt Brushless Motor, so this model is able to work at a massive capacity with excellent runtimes. This combi offers a wooping 115Nm of torque and you’d be able to get a 75mm drill bit into wood and holesaw up to around 140mm. For full spec rundown see our full blog article here

    Its new on the market so we’d be intressted to see how well this model goes down on site. If you’re lucky enough to get yourself one please let us know if Makitas biggest and best stands the tests of being on a real site.
    Best Makita Drills

    So hopefully that breaks down for you the variety of cordless Makita drills that are out there, and gives you the ability to buy the one that is perfect for you.

    At ITS we have put together a handy category dedicated to Makita Drills which allows you to browse between all of the above tools so you can compare prices and packages. If you’re looking to buy your own model then make sure you check it out by clicking here.

    If you have any specific questions about the range please drop us an email to, Call us on +44 (020) 8532-5000 or connect with us on our various social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and we’ll answer as best we can.

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    95 comments on “What Makita Drill to Buy
    1. Yannick says:

      Exactly what I was looking for.

      Thanks for this well explained comparison, surprises me that Makita themself don’t have such a post.

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Thanks Very much Yannick – this is exactly why we try to do posts and videos like this. If theres any other topic you would like us to cover please let me know by replying or emailing

        • Brendan says:

          Hi Richard,
          I am thinking of purchasing the DLX2005 combo kit but I am worried that it is an overkill as I will be mainly using this around the house or renovating .
          What are your thought ?

          • Richard Hughes says:

            Hi Brendan,

            Truth be told that is an excellent kit. Its the (currently) heaviest duty drill makita do, and a really good solid impact driver. Most lads on site don’t have a set of tools this good and im talking blokes that use their tools daily, so for use round the home every now and again, it probably is a bit of overkill. But hey if you can stretch to it then it certainly won’t ever let you down!

        • Daniel says:

          I am looking to purchase a Makita drill/driver combo. I cannot see differences between the CT225R and CT200RW.
          They appear to have same specs. torque, weight, etc.

          One is newer and blue and black and the other is white and black.

          where can I find out what the difference is between these two products?

    2. b.r.hall says:

      This is excellent, Makita use a confusing amount of numbers and letters and it is difficult to understand what they all mean, well done for producing a very clear description of all the various models.B.R.HALL

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Thank you for your comment – The work is worthwhile if it helps you understand the products and range a lttle better. If you have any other topics that you’d like me to look into please let me know by replying or emailing

    3. Jim says:

      Great post, I understand Makita’s complicated drill line-up much better now!

      There’s also a BHP451, how does that fit into the range?

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Thanks Jim, the BHP451 has pretty much been discontinued now, and has been replaced by the BHP458 as it was a Heavy Duty version achiveving about 80Nm of torque and comes with a side handle.
        I hope this helps, any other questions let me know.

    4. Peter says:

      Very useful post; I’ve never seen the range explained so clearly before. What is the significance of the ‘D’ as opposed to the ‘B’ at the begining of the tool type. I wondered if it was to do with the capacity of the battery supplied, but noticed that it still applied to body only tools.

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Peter,
        Thats an interesting issue that you bring up. In real terms there is no difference between the B and D models whatsoever with regards to the Drills and Drivers. When Makita brought out its 4Ah battery some of the range weren’t compatible with it (the Circular saw, sander etc) So they made some adjustments and brought out versions that 100% definitely did work with the 4Ah battery and they were “D” models. So Makita decided to change all model numbers from “B” to “D” as a way of saying that it was compatible with the 4Ah battery. But all the Drills and Driver were already compatible, so nothing about the Drills have changed at all – just a sticker on the side now says D instead of B. I hope that makes sense – if not, drop me an email to

    5. Gijsbertjan says:

      Very usefull! The first time I’ve seen the Makita line up explained. One question: I’ve also seen a BDF 343 here and there. Where does that machine fit in? Is that more of a consumer grade drill instead of a professional grade one?

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi there, To be honest, all of the drills mentioned in this post are ‘professional’ grade machines, even the 453 which is the Entry level version. It just depends on the applications that you’re going to using it for. The one that you mention the 343 is a 14.4v machine with only 36Nm of torque which makes places in even lower on the chart than a 453. Its a fairly old model and is barely available these days. The 18v range (all mentioned in this post) have higher specs and better run time. But if you’re look for a lighter duty and lighter weight model then the 10.8v drill are better for your needs. I don’t think that the 343 is worth looking at becuase of the technology in the drill and bettery are both out dated. I hope this helps, if you have any further questions let me know.

    6. Al says:

      Thanks for the excellent post, very useful. I just purchased a LXT218X combo kit. On the box the hammer drill model is mentioned as DHP458Z while on the tool is DHP458. Is there any difference?
      Same thing for the impact driver; on the box is LXDT04Z but on the tool it’s LXDT04.

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Al,
        Don’t worry there is NO difference whatsoever. All the “Z” means on the end of the code is that its a tool without a battery! However because that tool ‘body’ comes in a variety of kits, and packages (1x Battery + Case, 2x Batteries and Case etc…) The model number actually written on the drill is souly the ‘model no’ without the indication of what the package is so a DHP458 is the model no of the drill and a DHP458RFE is a DHP458 drill and the RFE means it comes with 2 x batteries and a case. However the drill will only ever have DHP458 actually written on it. The same goes for the impact driver and all the other tools in the makita 18v cordless li-ion range.

    7. sigit says:

      That was a great write-up but could you tell me the difference between BHP vs DHP. Thank you.

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Sigit,
        There is NO difference what so ever between the DHP and the BHP. The reason Makita have started introducing ‘D’ models is to higlight that, that model is definatley compatible with the new 4ah batteries.

        When they realised the 4ah batteries not all over the 18v li-ion range worked with 4ah so Makita started to update their tools to make sure that going forward all new realises were indeed compatible, and these updates were Called ‘D’ instead of ‘B’ but the tools themselves remained identicle. All the drills and drivers are now DHP or DTD which means they all work with the 4ah.

        I Hope this helps

    8. Erik says:

      Thank you for a helpful article.

      Model codes can be a bit confusing, can you tell me the difference between BDF and BHP? They are listed with different weight in the image above. It would be nice to be able to decode the meaning of Makitas model codes in a more systematic way, have googled it but found no comprehensive info.

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Erik,
        The only difference between BDF and BHP is whether or not the model has hammer mode (otherwise known as percussion mode) for drilling into masonary. The specs of the drill are exactly the same but a BDF is a ‘drill driver’ only (DOESN’T have percussion mode) and a BHP is a hammer drill driver / ‘combi drill’ and so DOES have hammer mode!
        I hope this helps.

        I hope this helps.

    9. Oliver says:

      Thanks for the useful post.

      I’ve got one question left: what’s the difference between dhp 458 rmj and the dhp 458 rfe ?

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Oliver, the last three letters in most of the Makita codes generally refer to the ‘package’ that you are buying. The DHP is what type of tool (in this case a combi drill) the 458 is the model number of the drill, and finally the RMJ = it comes with case, charger and 2 x 4.0Ah batteries, where as RFE comees with case, charger and 2 x 3.0Ah Batteries
        I hope this helps

    10. Brian Gillick says:

      Great write-up. A huge help. One question though… The quoted weights… is that just the drill or does it include the battery?

    11. LES SHARMAN says:

      I have a bhp 453 which came in a metal flight case complete with charger serial no 2010 0358389
      cane you please tell if the 1.3 and 1.5 lithium batteries will fit
      it originally battery was a 3.0ah im thinking of buying another drill to replace the 8280 who,s batteries
      have died and would like to be able to swap batteries between the 453 drills

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Les, yes 1.3 and 1.5 Li-ion batteries should fit onto you BHP453 – Makita have in the past sold them together.
        I hope this helps


        • Les sharman says:

          Cheers Richard
          Been to local shop today and bought another 453 that came with 2 1.5ah batteries
          And they work a treat

    12. Edwin says:

      Lxt ? Mains?

    13. Tom says:

      Do you have to use the side handle on the bhp458?

    14. Peter says:


      I woud think the 458 is the best, so just buy that one. And is a side handle not always an advantage? the machine is more stable. You’ve got the weight in two hands, so more easy… These are for me the reasons why I shoud buy the 458, but maybe I’m wrong (I’m no professional). Or is the side handle not to upturn your wrist?


      • Richard Hughes says:

        It depends, none of these drills could really be called the ‘best’ becuase they all have their own reasons for exsisting. For instance the lighter duty drills will last longer, so if your doing lots of easy work then they’re the better option, however if you’re looking for heavy duty then yes the 458 is the best option. It includes a side handle because the type of jobs your doing with it will require an additional aid in protecting our wrist as you say.

    15. Max says:

      What does the ending RFTK mean? Is it the combination with the 101

    16. Aldo Pistilli says:

      Hi Richard
      Congratulations for the excellent post, truly exhaustive. Finally someone that explains the differences between the various models with competence and clarity.
      I would like to ask you a question: do I need a cordless drill for infrequent use inside my house, I’m not a professional, I was so focused on the BHP453.
      As many of my walls are made of reinforced concrete would like to ask if I can make holes on this material up to a maximum of 10 mm or should I steer on a model with higher torque.
      I am in love with the BHP458 but here in Italy is prohibitively expensive.
      Thank you for your work and greetings from Italy.


      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Aldo,

        Thanks for you comments – its nice to hear! If you are simiply using within your house and not a profesional then i think that a 453 would be perfectly capible of doing any jobs that you require! It will go into concrete providing you use the correct drill bits. And you can use bits up to 13mm in masonry so all the stats say that the 453 will be fine for you!

        Let me know how you get on!


    17. Jason says:

      Very informative disambiguation of Makita nomenclature as well as a great buying guide. Makita’s alphanumeric model information is quite confusing!

    18. Peter L says:

      Hi Richard,

      Greetings from Germany and thanks for the terrific rundown of the Makita drills. I’m about to start renovating a 345 year old half-timbered house and just ordered the DHP459RMJ from Amazon. It’s been sitting in its box for a week now because I was undecided – especially because of what, for me, is a fairly hefty outlay of my hard earned euros.

      I have two questions
      1) Does the hammer function serve a purpose for timber or only really for masonry?
      2) Do the 4.0 Ah batteries make a big difference compared to 1.5 Ah batteries?

      Many thanks for the great breakdown and top marks for replying to all the comments here.



      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Peter,
        Thank you for your kind comments! Wow that sounds like some job! I hope all goes well for you!

        1) I can’t think of an application where you’d need to use the hammer function for timber no. Hammer function was desgined for use with masonary only so I wouldn’t use it (hammer mode) for a soely timber based job!
        2) 4ah batteries do make a difference yes; not in regards to the capacities or abilities if you like of the drill, but they do in terms of runtime and protection! With the 4ah batteries your 459 will last far longer per change than they would on 1.5Ahs amd moreover because the 459 and the 4ah batteries have the over-load protection built in it means that your drill and battery will be protected during your job and your risk of damaging both or savagely reduced!

        I hope this helps – keep us posted on the job!

    19. Neil says:

      Hi Richard,

      Thank you for the excellent breakdown of the differences between the Makita models. Is there any chance that you could do the same thing for the DeWalt range of drills?

      Here’s hoping,

    20. Daniel says:

      I noticed that the Makita brushless drills have lower RPM than the brushed ones. Whats the reason for it? increase in battery life, incapable of faster speeds? What impact does it have on daily performance ie drilling in concrete, wood or metal.
      BTW I am comparing the Makita 480 with DeWalt 795 which has max 2000 RPM. I am considering buying one of them soon.



    21. peter says:

      Hi. Very informative guide. However I still have some confusion.

      I have seen on amazon uk a bhp458z is this the one you sre refering to? Or the z means something?

      MAKITA BHP458Z 18V LXT 2 Speed Combi Drill Plus BL1830 18.0V 3.0A…

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Peter, Yes the BHP458 is the same whether it ends in a Z or an RFE or RMJ. Those last letters are just an indication of the ‘package’ that you get. Z (BHP458Z) = Tool Body only. RFE (BHP458RFE) = Tool with Case and 2x 3Ah Batteries. RMJ (BHP458RMJ) = Tool with case and 2x 4Ah batteries

        Hope this helps

    22. kassav says:

      bonjour ,
      mais vous n avez pas parler de DHH 456

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Bonjour Kassav,
        Nous faisons parler de la BHP456 dans l’article. Qui a depuis été rebaptisé DHP456 par Makita parce qu’ils sont en train de changer tous les modèles B dans les modèles de D par manière de dire qu’ils peuvent tenir la batterie 4.0Ah. La spécification est exactement le même que le BHP456 comme indiqué ci-dessus.
        J’espère que cette aide

    23. Benjamin says:

      Hi i would like some help and advise on two makita drills
      i have a tight budget and at the moment i can get the
      HP457DWEX2 OR should i go for Makita BHP453SH. i can find some infomation about the 453 but nothing on the 457 apart from people have said the battery that come with it will not fit any other makita ??
      can you please advise me on the two models and if possible the spec differance. Thank you

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Ben,

        The HP457DWEX2 was a model only sold into one shop and yes the batteries are not cross compatible with any other models. If you’re set on Lithium-ion and 18v then i’d say the 453 was a good shout as its a solid machine for the price and the spec is slightly better than the HP457DWEX2. If you already have Makita 3ah batteries then i’d suggest looking at the 458 as its the heavy duty model of the 453 and will achieve more bang for you buck! If not the 453 and a couple of batteries is a great place to start.

    24. D-J Russell says:

      Hi Richard

      I’m curious about a couple of details with the 453 models & hoping you can help. In the description for the new DHP units I’ve seen it states they have a metal gearbox & fan cooled motor, so am wondering if this is new or if the BHP units have these aswell & it’s just not mentioned? Thanks for any light you can put on this, as it will help me decide on which to get.

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi D-J, Where have you seen these descriptions of the 453? It does have a gearbox due to it being 2 speed but its not fully metal, as it the housing that protects the gears is plastic but the gears themselves are metal yes. I don’t recall reading any infomation about a fan built into the 453 so i can’t confirm nor deny that im afriad. What i can say is that if the 453 does have a fan then all the other models mentioned in this article will either have the same or a upgraded version. I Hope this helps.

    25. Ser says:

      This is the kind of article which I need when I look for something, thanks!
      I must buy a new Drill for general purpose, which means, it should be able to adapt to any circumstance, because even if most of the time I will just use it at home for light short works, sometimes I could do holes in reinforced concrete, and sometimes I will use it all day long for light/middle works of buildings things for festivals (lot of screw and holes in wood).
      I had bought a Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 but with reinforced concrete it almost died, and anyway I am generally disappointed.
      Would you suggest the 458 of Makita or something else?
      I really want something reliable and durable this time!
      I suppose there are now new models too (I actually saw many new things in their site, and I have no idea how they compare to the ones on your article…).

      Thank you for the answer!!!

    26. Ser says:

      Oh, sorry for the post in two times, but I have seen that the 481 is supposedly available (at least on their global biz site) but I can’t find it for sell anywere in UK or DE.
      It is like a 458 but shorter and brushless and more powerful. Sweet! So I would like to ask you, anyidea where to find it? And if not possible (I kind of need it maximum in one month) which one should I choose, 480 or 458? The 480 is brushless and so when I work all day long building things for a festival it would theoretically be better, right? But the 458 is more robust and also better for outdoors… Dilemma 🙂

      • Richard Hughes says:

        t sounds like you need a very reliable model that is capible of maintaining an impressive performance on some pretty hardcore jobs. I’d say that yes the 458 is your best bet, it the best Makita have to offer currently. As for the DHP481 it isn’t actually available to buy anywhere yet, but your breakdown of the features and spec is spot on. Its not going to be available in the UK until about Sept/Oct time.

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Other countries may be listing it but im fairly sure that it isn’t released anyway yet. So i think as far as Makita goes the 458 is the best you can get performance wise, or the 480 if its runtime you’re after. Personally I also think the Dewalt DCD995 is worth a look at as well as the Milwaukee M18 CPD402C – Both of which are heavy duty and brushless.
        I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions.

        • Ser says:

          Thanks 🙂 I think I want a brushless. I am watching the Dewalt. It is heavier and more expensive. I am not 100% that I need that kind of power just for when I eventually will find a hard concrete with a big piece of metal right there (it happened with the Bosch, you know when you are hanging a curtain and making holes on the roof and you find just there the porting traverse?).
          Would you say that this Makita 480 is reasonably more reliable and powerful and robust than the Bosch I had? Because that Bosch did almost all what I needed. I suspect that part of the failure may be because of standard drills of the bosch 103 pieces kit. It says titanium but I do not think so. Maybe the ones for metal and wood, but the ones for masonry looks very normal to me…

          • Richard Hughes says:

            If Brushless is a large factor for you then the 480 is probably the best shout then. It is considerably better than you bosch and the PSB 18-2 is built for DIY and not used to being pushed as far as you’ve been using it. Im sure that the 480 will deal with your jobs more efficently with the brushless/3 or 4ah li-ion then your runtmies will be miles better than you’re used to.

            • Ser says:

              Done. Bought the 480.
              Not that the brushless is such a huge factor, I just never had a brushless and I do not like when brushed make that smell of burned 🙂 (yes I think I have a bit overpushed my Bosch).
              Another factor for me was that I somehow always wanted a Makita (so, no DeWalt).
              And finally, between 480 and the 456, for me it wins also the weight. I will be using it quite a lot continually for not so heavy jobs, and only rarely for more heavy jobs, so, better something a bit lighter and compact.
              Thanks for the help and please tell the webmaster that it is very annoying that every time I press enter to go to the next line, I am brought to the its homepage, and I have to press the back button to come back here (fortunately finding again what I had already written).

            • Richard Hughes says:

              Hi – Great to hear about the 480 – Let me know how you get on with it.

              As for the hitting return key, when is that? As you’re typing a comment or searching the website?


            • Ser says:

              ah, also, although I have given my email correctly, I received no notification for your reply. Had to check myself here…

            • Ser says:

              Hi Richard, yes, it is while tipying a comment. If I hit Enter I am brought to this page: and I have to hit the back button on the browser to come back here where, as I said, luckily I find again what I had written.
              About the Drill (and, note, this new line was written by hitting enter and then going back :D) I will let you know in august. Before that I have no reason to use it. But I am childishly happy. I also bought the Makita Radio with Torch, sweet. And good German Connex hard metall drills for concrete…
              Hey, still not receiving email notifications for your replies… Cheers

            • Richard Hughes says:

              Thats great feedback and i will certainly get all of it over to the web team to look into asap. Thanks again!

    27. Dan Mort says:

      Hi Richard,
      Thanks for a brilliant and concise explication of the Makita drill range. I am looking to upgrade – I currently have 3 good Makita 3ah LXT batteries from my basic BHP 453 and a BSS610 circular saw. I’d like to know if the ever evolving top end drill drivers are back compatible with these LXT batteries and chargers -which are still great compared to 15 years ago! So will the drill units sold with newer 4ah and imminent 5ah still take 3ah LXT batteries? If so I’d consider a much higher spec Makita drill driver, probably something like a brushless BDF 459 (hammer isn’t important as I have a good bosch sds). I might even just get a bare unit if I knew it’d take the batteries. It’s whether to stay locked into the Makita brand for the battery interchangeability across different tools or switch, for drilling at least, to a top spec, high Ah Metabo for instance. I am tempted by their LTX brushless drills and impact drivers, for sustained use on carpentry. Thanks in advance for any help you can give

    28. Darren says:

      When is the makita dhp481 out in the uk?????

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Darren,

        We have no infomation on a release date just yet from Makita but we think it’ll be late in the year so Oct/Nov sort of time. I will keep everyone as up to date as possible.


    29. Asad says:

      Hi Richard, I’ve been reading through the article and comments and very impressed with the knowledge and service that you are offering. I’ve been looking at wanting to replace my old Makita drill set with a new brushless version and torn between the Makitas DHP480 / BTD129 and the Dewalts DCK255 / DCD995. Would you mind giving me your recommendation or view? 🙂

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Asad,

        Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Its really important to us at ITS that everyone has a very good understanding of their tools so anything I can do to help in that sense I will!

        As for the Makita Vs Dewalt matter, i think it comes down to the Combi’s and the Batteries. The kits are the Makita DLX2002 which hasthe DHP480/DTD129 that you mention and the DCK225 which has the DCD995 Combi and the DCF886 impact driver. Now the impact drivers are very similar, both brushless, both achiveve around 155/160 Nm of torque and have similar capacities. Wheresas the Dewalt Combi will out perform the Makita Combi. the DCD995 is a proper top range heavy duty combi. It can achieve torque of 80/90Nm which is top end for a combi whereas the 480 is limited to around 60Nm which is more general purpose work. So the Dewalt wins that one.

        However now charge time comes into it, both kits run of 4Ah batteries and are brushless so the runtimes on both are impressive. However the Dewalt batteries take about 70mins to charge, whereas the Makita ones take 36mins so they’ve got far less downtime.

        So you’ll have to think about whether you’d rather have less downtime and a slightly lowered powered Combi (in which case go for the Makita kit) or a Heavy duty Combi where one of the batteries will be out of commission for a little longer (in which case the Dewalt is for you)

        I hope that helps let me know which you decide!

        The Makita Kit is available to buy here:
        And the Dewalt is here:


    30. Asad says:

      Great reponse, thank you so much. I think I will go for the Dewalt one plus it looks better too. One last question if I may – How do they compare build / quality wise. I’m hoping they are very similar as my current Makita set has served me very well over the years..

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Again Asad – To be honest they’re pretty similar. I’d say the fully metal gearbox and housing on the Dewalt DCD995 edges out the Makita, you can feel that its made for the ‘toughest’ of jobs. Whereas the Makita is built to be lightweight, so doesn’t feel quite as ‘robust’ as the dewalt. But there isn’t much in it to be honest, again it comes down to what sort of application/location you’re going to be using it in/on


    31. Giampaolo Galbiati says:

      Hi Richard Hughes, congratulation and thanks for your excellent post, I finally found a very informative guide, BRAVO. I’m owner of bhp459 and dhp458. Both are superlative drill. I can say that, for my experience, that bhp459 is light, so is useful not only for light activities, but also if you have manage (handle) a drill for hours, the dhp458 is heavy..
      ciao Giampaolo

    32. Frank says:

      Hi could you tell me if the batteries on the hp 457dwex2 will work with the makita job site radio 104

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Frank,

        I can’t be sure i’m afraid. I wouldn’t have thought so because the HP457DWEX2 was made just for B&Q with bespoke batteries, which i don’t think had the exact same houseing as the normal LXT 18v range. Personally i’ve never seen one of those batteries but i wouldn’t have thought Makita would have made the BMR104 battery compartment with them in mind! – I could be wrong though

    33. paul clarke-oakes says:

      purchased a makita drill from b@q this week,,really disappointed the f,ing battery doesn’t fit my makita radio, i rang makita and asked why they said b& f,ing q want the battery to be a different size so we have to buy there f,ing battery’s……wankers

    34. Balu says:

      Hi Richard, I am planning to do woodwork in the garden: toolhouse, bike storage, children fort. I have a “noname” corded drill I will use for pre-drilling the screws screws mostly. I was looking at the 9.6V Makita 6261 (not sure if the model is the same since I’m in Czech Republic) drill to use as a screwdriver. However I see you reviewed only the 18V models. Is the 9.6V model good for the job? Or it’s for the amateur market? I would liek to buy something more professional, maybe not the best, but something which can do the job and last. Thank you.

    35. dick mars says:

      Have someone do this video that can speak clear english. These sound like they have sh*t in their mouths.

    36. Bob Daniels says:

      Recently purchased a DHP481.
      Used the ‘Hammer Drill’ function twice. Made a lot of noise but did very little damage to concrete. OK on Besser Block but very disappointing on denser concrete.
      The ‘Drill’ function is quite powerful and with a large capacity HSS Metal Drill bit the Big Handle is very useful (Third Arm).
      The Gearbox is fragile & within two months of occasional use had packed it in. Makita Service Centre reckon its been ‘Dropped’ but it has been handled for more gently than the rest of Makita Battery 18v stuff on site (being new & comparatively very expensive)..
      For such an expensive & heavy unit it is very disappointing.

    37. D R C says:

      Thanks Bob.
      I’ve been looking for a serious drill since borrowing a BHP451 a while back and I hoped the 481 might be the answer. It sounds like the 458 remains the top choice however.
      As a note all the drills above feature a percussive disc to implement “hammer-action” (not what I’d call it) and if you want to drill anything denser than soft brick or thermalite then save time with a SDS. The DHR202 is a decent example using LXT batteries and performs like a corded tool.

    38. Tom says:

      Hi Richard,
      I have a bit of concern. Recently I bought Makita DHP456SP1R Metallic Blue Combi Drill 18V Cordless 2-Speed (1 x 4Ah Battery) with MakPac Carry Case.
      When it was delivered I noticed that stickers on the case and the one on the drill says made in China. Everything else is fine, no visible difference to the pictures from the makita website.
      I have checked my other makita tools (purchased between 2009-2013) and all of them were made in Japan. Is it possible I purchased one of these fake makitas?
      Thank you

      • Richard Hughes says:

        Hi Tom,

        Where did you purchase it from? I have emailed makita and am awaiting their advice so i’ll pass that on as soon as i get it. In the meantime I can check up on where you got it from!


    39. Jamie says:

      Hi Richard

      My question is slightly off the subject of drills, however reading your Q’s and A’s I thought you are the right person to help me.
      I’m a carpenter and I am in the market for a new 18v makita cordless kit as I’m still using 110v, the kits that I have been looking at either end in an M or a PM? I’ve tried to find the answer online with no luck.
      Can you explain the difference between these two?

      Kind Regards


    40. Michael Sullivan says:

      Morning ,

      Please can you advise on a decent 18v cordless drill for drilling into concrete

    41. Laertis says:

      I am wandering why the DHP 458 is rated 91ntm torquewise at the Makita.UK site, and elsewhere is rated 88ntm?

    42. Kenny Bootman says:

      Excellent description of the tool range really helpful thanks a lot

    43. Alex says:


      I have been looking at a: MAKITA DHP459RMW 18V 4.0AH LI-ION COMBI, LXT BRUSHLESS. I am a DIYer but also starting to be asked to work on construction sites with the companies I work for. I am looking for a tool that will last me for a few good years across a range of tasks. I have been reading around and came across a couple of things where there are issues with battery compatibility between old and new drills. Is this now a legacy product in the eyes of Makita or is it still current. I am looking to invest in more batteries but what to ensure I get the right kind. and that the tool will last.



    44. Alan Grand says:

      I am looking to purchase a good Impact driver with plenty of torque. The models I have been looking at are the dtd148 and the lxdt01 but cannot find a comparison between the two. I like the idea of having variable torque. I tried a Dewalt driver but the single powerful torque was at times brutal.
      Can you help please?

    45. Bram says:

      Very interesting.
      Could you do an update to the article?
      There are a lot of new models available. The 482, 483 and 484.
      I want to see how they are positioned and which model they replace.
      I also came across of the 454 but this is an older model I think?

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