Makita BHP454 18-Volt LXT 1/2-Inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

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Makita BHP454 18-Volt LXT 1/2-Inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

Makita BHP454 description

  • LXT Lithium-Ion battery and optimum charging system produces 430% total lifetime work with 2.5x more cycles
  • Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 560 in.lbs. of Max Torque and 360 in. lbs. of PTI Torque
  • 2-Speed all metal transmission (0-400 / 0-1,700 RPM) covers a wide range of drilling, driving and hammer applications
  • Shift-Lock™ drive system quickly shifts between modes
  • Compact design at only 9-9/16? long and weighs only 4.9 lbs for reduced operator fatigue
  • 2 trigger-forward built-in L.E.D. lights illuminate the work area
  • Ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control
  • Soft grip handle provides increased comfort on the job
  • Makita Lithium-Ion battery provides longer run time, 5x lower self-discharge (for use any time) and 16 firm-holding contact terminals (for constant high power)
  • 30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery's built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature
  • 30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery which helps produce more lifetime work
  • The charger earned the ENERGY STAR® label for meeting the strict energy-efficient guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Energy (DOE)
  • 3-year warranty on tool and 1-year warranty on battery and charger

Makita BHP454 specifications

Battery Type
Lithium-ion (Li-ion)
Battery Voltage
18 Volt
Hammer Drill/Driver
3-year warranty on tool; 1-year warranty on battery and charger
Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 560 in.lbs. of Max Torque, with a variable 2-speed all metal tran
Convenient features such as the Shift-Lock drive system to quickly shift between modes; 2 built-in L
Compact, ergonomic design; only 9-9/16-Inch long and weighs just 4.9-Pound
Makita LXT lithium-ion battery and energy star rated 30-Minute rapid optimum charger produces 430-Pe
4.85 pounds
Package Height
5.4 inches
Package Width
16.4 inches
Package Length
17.6 inches
Package Weight
14.4 pounds

Makita BHP454 reviews

Makita never fails
Had access to a Makita drill/driver a long time ago and remembered it worked well. The Crapsman I was using finally died a tragic death and after a lot of searching the BHP454 came up. Overkill for what I need but having something with the hammer function could come in handy. Had read reviews about switching directions and changing functions being difficult but I found the action to be fine on mine. Charger is nice also.

If you use the tool continuously one should probably pick up a third or possibly fourth battery. Heat is a high contributor to battery death of any manufacturer. Makita is the only one I have seen address it directly. There is basically a 1.5hr wait time between a battery going dead and it being ready to be used again. When using a batt and it runs down it will be hot. It should be left to cool prior to charging (Makita recommends up to 30 minutes). Then there is the 30 minute charge time for the battery. After that another 30 minute cool down period from charging. Having extra batteries would reduce the down time between charges.
Believe the hype
Popular Mechanics' glowing review of this drill is well deserved in my opinion. It is light, fast, well-balanced, and easy to use. Bosch's competing model feels faster and stronger, but it also weighs a ton, is a bit lengthy, requires you to switch between driving and drilling modes by rotating the clutch selector all the way back to zero, and the side handle slipped around a lot on the floor model I played with. With the 9-9/16" Makita you can instantly flip between driver, drill and hammer modes with a little switch, and the forward/reverse selector is also much easier to hit. Throw in the handy depth gauge thingy and the belt clip and it's tough to miss those extra few BPMs Bosch has to offer unless you plan on dropping your drill on concrete with any degree of frequency. If you really need more power, get something with a cord.

This will certainly not replace anybody's rotary hammer, but if all you need to do is plant some Tapcons or knock a hole through some brick to pull cable through, it's a wondrous jack of all trades drill indeed. I have no complaints so far.
Light weight yet Very Powerful
This has to be the best hammer/drill/driver that i've ever used.

It's power/weight combo is perfect. I could use this drill all day without being fatigued and the battery would keep on going.

Drilling 1 1/4" holes with speedbore max bits does not pose a problem for this drill. It eats through lumber with ease.
This drill easily drills in 3/16" holes in concrete (just as fast as our corded hammer drill) to drive in anchors and it doesn't take much to drill up to an 1" holes in masonry (not quite as fast as the corded but very convenient to not have a cord)

The added handle is NEEDED in most cases, with all the power it could easily rip the drill out of your hand.

As others have noted, i've experienced the "chuck wobble" but I've also noticed this on all of the other drills that my co-workers have, from dewalt to milwaukee, they all seem to have a little bit of wobble, maybe it's somewhat normal in a hammer/drill/driver?

This drill has convinced me to purchase alot of other 18v lxt makita stuff and all of it has proven to be great stuff. From the recip. saw to the new btd144 impact drill, plus the LED lights on these tools comes in handy quite often!

Makita > all others.
The right tool to choose compared to other wimpy drills
I'm a contractor and have burned thru many tools over the years including cordless drills. After doing all the research on specs for various other drills this seemed to be the one. So far this drill has been flawless and perfect with no complaints. Our company gives these tools a true workout every day and all of our techs love them. The specs on the 454 model is worth the extra [...] bucks versus the next model down, specificaly the extra tork is what you want. I would at this time recommend this tool to freind. Jim
Best I've used
I bought this hammer drill to use for home projects and helping friends with theirs. This drill is without a doubt the best I've had (have owned Dewalt, Hitachi & Milwaukee before). Useful features for me have been low battery self-discharge rate, useful and well-designed accessories and comparatively moderate weight for the torque capability. Although I haven't seen it yet, the 2nd tool rebate is also further inducement to purchase this well-priced hammer drill. So far I have used it to drill and sink thirty-six Tapcons in concrete block for garage shelves and it had plenty of battery left. Have only owned for about 3 weeks.
Makita BHP454
Recieved item exactly as indicated when purchased. Works & handles very well as both a regular and hammer drill with plenty of power. Did not feel that it preformed as well when installing 3" screws as my Hitachi 18V drill/driver. Had to apply more pressure to drive the longer screws & avoid slippage. This may be due to being new & that I am not as familiar with it as the Hitachi.
Super Drill
After reading numerous woodworking reviews which identify this drill as the "drill to own", I recently went to one of the big box stores to check it out. Surprisingly, I found that it is on sale now for significantly less than Amazon's current price. It weighs less than my old 14-Volt Dewalt drill and seems more balanced. Fit and finish are superior. Power to spare and agile enough to handle my cabinet making.
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