Makita BDF452HW Cordless Drill
I was looking forward to review the Makita BDF452HW Cordless Drill. Both the reputable name of the manufacturer and the price tag implies that this 18V Li-ion battery powered cordless drill belongs between the medium- to heavy-duty tools.
The motor delivers 450in.lbs maximum torque and 285in.lbs PTI torque through the all-metal two-speed transmission. The low speed RPM ranges from 0 to 450RPM which is a low speed high torque setup. On second gear (high speed) the Makita cordless drill capable delivering up to 1500RPM.
Despite the powerful motor and the built-in LED light source for illuminating the work area, the BDF452HW is a surprisingly lightweight equipment. Weights no more than 3.5pounds and ergonomically comfortable in hands.
The 18V Lithium-Ion batteries powering this cordless drill, compared to the Ni-Cd batteries are 40% lighter, run longer and offer lower self-discharge to keep the battery cells charged and ready to use even after longer storage. Recharging by the included ENERGY STAR rated charger can be done in literally 15 minutes and compared to Ni-Cd, Li-Ion batteries guaranteed to deliver 2x the amount, namely 2,000 recharge cycles without battery power degradation.
Makita offers a 3 year warranty for the BDF452HW cordless drill and a limited one-year warranty for the Lithium-Ion battery.
- Powerful, 4-pole motor built by Makita which delivers 450 in.lbs of max torque connected to the two-speed transmission (0-400RPM and 0-1,500RPM gears).
- Lightweight, 3-1/2 pounds heavy, 8-inches long ergonomic design.
- Illuminating the work area by the Built-in LED light.
- Li-Ion batteries offer 2.5X more cycles compared to old Ni-Cd and rechargeable in 15 minute with the Energy Star charger.
- Makita offers 3-year warranty on tool and 1-year warranty on battery and its charger.
Based on the feedbacks recieved by the consumers we established that some of the Makita cordless drills are prone to cause wobbling or shaking because of on off-center chuck. In case you come apart a faulty piece and you purchased from Amazon.com then feel free to contact the customer support for a replacement.
Some of the owners were also a tad disappointed by the tool case which comes with the drill. Feels a bit cheap next to such an expensive, quality looking drill.
It’s also recommended to rather buy a new item than the factory refurbished one or you might come across battery issues with weak charge-holding ability and lack of power. Replacing the battery solves the issue, however they are not cheap, costing above $69 apiece.
The general consensus between the consumers was positive about the Makita BDF452HW 18Volt Cordless Drill, aside from the above mentioned faults for some rare occasions that this drill is considered a professional heavy-duty tool capable offering years of reliable operation under high workload