Makita BHP453Z Combi Drill-Driver archive

Wednesday 1 September 2010

James McGowan says this combi is yankee doodle dandy

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I can remember way back in the early part of 1980, when I first came across a cordless drill. I cannot remember what make it was, but the guy using it definitely thought he was a bit flash. I remember thinking that nothing would tear me away from my yankee screwdrivers. I had the full set. A couple of years later however and the yankees had been consigned to history and I was on my way to being the owner of countless cordless variants, the latest, of which I am the temporary custodian, being the 18V Makita LTX Combi drill-driver.

What it does

The drill will pull a 4in screw into a solid piece of wood without much difficulty. It will also drill a hole through brickwork, using the hammer action. Both of these functions will draw a lot from the battery if repeated in any great numbers but Makita recharge times are short, just 15 minutes to 80 per cent of full charge in the air-cooled charging dock.

There is not a hint of wobble in the shaft and overall it has a solid feel that suggests it is built to last.

I found the switch between forward and reverse a tad clunky and the motor was not the quietest drive unit I had heard either. These may well have been intended to compensate for its slight frame and on the whole this is a good little drill-driver with two speeds and 16 torque settings.


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F&c Verdict

This Makita is a well-balanced machine, reasonably compact and not too heavy so could quite easily be used for prolonged periods. Cordless drills in this price bracket do pretty much what they say on the tin and this model is no different.
Makita has a reputation for producing robust tools that last. Buy one as part of a set with other cordless tools and you will have bagged a very useful machine.
Pros:
Only 35 minutes to fully charge
Small and lightweight
Plenty of power
Cons:
Mechanical feel to some of the controls

The Numbers

Model: BHP453RFE
Motor: 2-speed forward and reverse with hammer
Chuck size: 13mm
Battery: 3Ah 18V li-ion
Price: £370 - complete; £117 - BHP453Z body only (both inc VAT)
From: Makita
Tel: 01908 211 678