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     We’ve updated the famous ITS “What Makita Drill” blog for 2017! Don’t worry though – the old one is still here.  

    What Makita Drill is Best?

    In this article, we breakdown the various models of Makita cordless drills so you’ll know the range well enough to make the right choice when buying a new Makita drill. Over the last couple of years Makita had updated a lot of their range and, if anything, it’s now even harder to decipher!

    If you’re in the trade, then you are already familiar with Makita as the largest manufacturer of Power Tools in the UK. Their huge range of cordless tools is the most comprehensive available and their reasonable price is a real selling point.

    The Makita range is so vast that it could seem daunting when purchasing a drill for yourself. Even a seasoned professional may not know if the 458 or 459 is the right model for their job! The model numbers are often difficult to understand but hopefully after reading this you’ll be able to pick the drill that does the job you need it to.

    Row consisting of several images of Makita drills

    DHP459

    Battery

    18v Li-ion

    Torque

    45Nm

    Motor

    Brushless

    Weight

    1.7Kg

    Max in Wood

    38mm

    Purpose

    Light

    DHP482

    Battery

    18v Li-ion

    Torque

    62Nm

    Motor

    Brushed

    Weight

    1.7Kg

    Max in Wood

    38mm

    Purpose

    General Duty

    DHP484

    Battery

    18v Li-ion

    Torque

    54Nm

    Motor

    Brushless

    Weight

    1.6Kg

    Max in Wood

    38mm

    Purpose

    General Duty

    DHP458

    Battery

    18v Li-ion

    Torque

    88Nm

    Motor

    Brushed

    Weight

    2.3Kg

    Max in Wood

    65mm

    Purpose

    Heavy Duty

    DHP459

    Battery

    18v Li-ion

    Torque

    115Nm

    Motor

    Brushless

    Weight

    2.6Kg

    Max in Wood

    76mm

    Purpose

    Heavy Duty

    Which Makita Drill?

    DHP459

    DHP482

    DHP484

    DHP458

    DHP481

    Battery

    18v Li-ion

    18v Li-ion

    18v Li-ion

    18v Li-ion

    18v Li-ion

    Torque

    45Nm

    62Nm

    54Nm

    88Nm

    115Nm

    Motor

    Brushless

    Brushed

    Brushless

    Brushed

    Brushless

    Weight

    1.7Kg

    1.7Kg

    1.6Kg

    2.3Kg

    2.6Kg

    Max in Wood

    38mm

    38mm

    38mm

    65mm

    76mm

    Purpose

    Light Duty

    General Duty

    General Duty

    Heavy Duty

    Heavy Duty

     

    Key features:

    • “DHP”: The drills we are comparing are all “DHP”. This means they are combi drills (have a hammer-action). DHP or DDF it doesnt matter in terms of drill performance. The only difference is DHP = hammer action, DDF = no hammer action.
    • Battery: All the Makita drills we will be comparing are 18v Lithium-Ion battery compatible. They can all be used with any 18v Makita Battery including the new 6Ah.
    • Torque: The maximum force these drills can output
    • Motor: Brushless motors have increased run-time, performance, and life expectancy vs Brushed. They don’t require any maintenance either.
    • Weight: The weight of the body of the drill only. Batteries will add extra weight.
    • Max in Wood: The maximum diameter of bit that can be used in wood by this tool.

    dhp459 Makita DHP459

    The entry level Brushless Makita drill is compact and lightweight. At only 192mm long the DHP 459 is perfect for smaller jobs where 18v power is still required. The single sleeve keyless chuck speeds up quick changes and the rubberised grip is designed for comfort.

    An LED job light is fitted into the compact design to allow greater visibility in tight spaces. The brushless motor means this drill will run on for hours with no drop in performance. This drill is perfect for frequent lighter use.  


    dhp482

    Makita DHP482

    A general duty drill with brushed motor, the DHP482 has lots of torque for the price. One of ITS’s most popular models for quite some time this drill is one of the core components of many Makita kits.

    All metal gears, battery protection circuit, and twin LED job lights – this drill is a professional option. Suitable for mixed daily use, the DHP 482 is light enough to carry all day but powerful enough to get bigger jobs done.

    dhp484

    Makita DHP484

    The brushless DHP484 is the newer general duty option from Makita. The gear housing is upgraded to all aluminium giving it a distinctive sturdier look whilst making it the lightest drill in our comparison.

    A brushless motor and metal gears mean the DHP 484 will outlast lesser options. Slightly reduced torque numbers are the price paid for a smaller, longer-lasting machine. The DHP 484 is the perfect choice for tradesmen who tackle a variety of daily challenges and require a long-lasting, reliable, robust option.

     

    dhp458 Makita DHP458

    The heavy duty DHP458 will be familiar to many Makita fans as the powerhouse of worksite combi-drills. Although it doesn’t feature a brushless motor the metal housing, impressive torque output and increased resistance to dust/drips make this a formidable tool.

    Makita DHP 458s have taken a beating on sites up and down the country but for daily heavy duty work they remain one of the most popular choices. This drill is most suitable for tradesmen who regularly encounter heavy duty work in rugged environments.

    dhp481

    Makita DHP481

    The Brushless DHP481 is the flagship drill for Makita in 2017. All their latest Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) is combined with the power of their most powerful motor. The 125Nm of locking torque this machine produces is a massive improvement on the DHP458 and puts it up there with the most powerful drills on the market.

    An ergonomic design including an extra-long side-handle and rubberized grip enables users to keep working in comfort for longer. The DHP 481 might not have the obvious “smart” features some top end drills are now incorporating but it’s rugged simplicity will appeal to many.

     

    Makita Drills Compared

    DHP482 vs DHP484 The two general duty drills DHP482 and DHP484 are very close in terms of performance but the newer DHP 484 has a longer runtime and lifetime due to its brushless motor. The DHP484 also benefits from the aluminium gear housing making it lighter and more rugged than the DHP 482.

     

    DHP458 vs DHP481 The brushless motor is the key differentiator between these drills. The DHP481 has more torque, a longer run time and longer life expectancy. It also has Makita’s XPT badge which means it is more resistant to drops, spills, and dust. This is particularly impressive as the DHP458 was already very good at resisting these things.

     

    Conclusion Makita’s 18v cordless range has a drill for every tradesman. The Makita 10.8v range has further options for lightweight work as the brand produces the perfect drill for each job. If you have any more questions about the Makita drill range or another brand’s offering please feel free to give us a ring on +44 (020) 8532-5000, drop us an email to sales@its.co.uk, or connect with us on Facebook.

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    2 comments on “What Makita Drill 2017
    1. Kevin Horne says:

      I am looking to purchase a new drill and impact driver combi and have looked at
      Makita DLX 2145 TJ 18v / 5.0ah and also Makita DF330 DWE with TD090 DWE.
      I am not a tradesman but do most of my own work and prefer to purchase something that will last.

      Would the 10.5v duo perform sufficiently for most tasks or should I purchase the much more powerful option that will tackle any job.

      Also I am confused by the differing options available from differing shops ie: the reference letters differ but the drill looks the same and the numbers are the same.

      Your advice and opinion would be much appreciated.

      • Hi Kevin,

        I would say as a non-tradesman you should go for a higher voltage but lower amp drill. That way if you ever need the added power of 18v then you have it at your disposal but you could afford a slightly shorter run-time so a lower amp battery would suffice.

        I would advise the 2145RJ unless you know you will need a professional level run-time at some stage. You’ll save yourself a few quid but still get top of the line tools. It can be found here: https://www.its.co.uk/pd/DLX2145RJ-Makita-18v-Li-ion-30Ah-2-Piece-Kit-_MAKDLX2145RJ.htm

        As for codes, all kits/bundles/packs should have an official Makita code somewhere in the description for each component no matter where you buy from. Makita have a lot of models out there but the ones in this blog are all the most popular.

        Thanks for your interest. Hope that helps.

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