Rated 5 out of 5Â by Stacker1 Excellent buy
Bought three of these drills for use on a project; superb quality product, first class service and unbeatable value.
Thank you Screwfix.
12 May 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Karsty Makita DHP481RTJ
I have recently bought this drill, and I have not had an opportunity yet to use it, but it seems brilliant.
Just one thing - the box is very silly. It is very thick, which is not great, but worse than that it is built to lie flat, with just one handle on the top largest surface, so it cannot be slotted in between or next to other things conveniently. And there is a lot of space above the components inside the box, so if the box tips everything will fall around inside. (the plastic also has that brittle feel to it.)
I have taken every component out and put it into a DeWalt box that I already had, and it all fits in there nice and snug. The DeWalt box is quite bulky and heavy, but it is thin, and has handles on 4 sides, which makes it much more convenient.
19 Nov 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by EssexManIdoitall Brilliant piece of kit!
I bought this drill to replace my previous Makita drill as the batteries had finally given up. I've been using(abusing) it for a couple of months now and I have to say it has exceeded my expectations every time.
For starters, the battery lasts longer than I do!
I have only managed to go through a battery once and that was an unexpected job where I found I needed to hammer drilling holes in very hard concrete posts - It had worn out (by which I mean, blued and totally flattened the drill ends) two SDS drill bits (I have a chuck adapter to use SDS bits in this drill btw) and been driving down concrete screws in between the drilling. By the time the drill stopped, it was on the third SDS bit and I was ready for a cuppa too!
Otherwise drilling large holes and screwing down long concrete screws and M10 coach bolts etc repeatedly - no problem all day long.
Its a bit of a beast - plenty of turning torque - trust me, if your not using the screwdriver torque setting and don't pay attention or brace yourself, it will either turn you round or just shear off even large screws.
That said, with the variable speed trigger its no problem to keep control - if your mind is on the job.
For me, this drill's proving to be well worth the extra money, as it get the job done even when I'm taking liberties!
6 Sep 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JoeThePlumber If you can afford it, get it
This is a great cordless drill, certainly the best one I've ever had in over 33 years of work.
I have used Makita power tools professionally for as long as I can remember and, apart from the inevitable failing batteries, never had a problem with them.
I bought this drill in April 2015 as my previous 18v one was becoming worn out after four hard years and also needed new batteries.
I can't get over just how good it is. It's a lot smaller than the last one, but is far more powerful and so far, I've only had to re-charge one battery once. It just seems to keep going.
It has just two speeds, which is fine. I found the three on my last one un-necessary. You can of course vary either high or low range infinitely using the trigger. The hammer drill is very effective and it has handled the largest woodscrews I use with no problems.
The chuck is all metal, and the lights very useful in a dark cupboard or roof. The maximum torque available is more than any other 18v drill I've looked at.
The case is bulky compared to the old Makita type and consequently more awkward to store in the van. Having dumped the depth stop, handle and black plastic tray from it (you'll never need them), it does give plenty of storage room for drill bits, etc, though.
Note that you need to register the drill with Makita soon after buying it to qualify for their three year guarantee.
You'll find you can buy this drill cheaper than from here (Google the seller first - the cheapest one I found looked great but had awful feedback), but personally, I've found that it's always worth paying the slight premium for the fantastic aftersales service offered by Screwfix.
All in all, for the professional user, or even the enthusiatic DIY-er, this could well be the best cordless drill on the market today.
26 Jun 2015