Makita BHP452HW 18-Volt 1/2-inch Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver Kit

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Makita BHP452HW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Hammer Driver-Drill Kit

Makita BHP452HW description

Makita BHP452HW - new Compact Lithium-Ion Hammer Driver-Drill adds to the already extensive LXT Series of cordless tools featuring 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Battery Technology, a breakthrough in cordless that delivers more power, less weight and better engineering.

“Once again, Makita has set the standard for compact Lithium-Ion tools with the new BHP452HW Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill,” said Ethan Haughawout, Makita associate product manager for cordless products. “It started last year with our best-selling compact Lithium-Ion impact driver and driver-drill, and the tradition of excellence continues with this new compact hammer driver-drill.”

The new BHP452HW is unique in both design and performance. The 18 volt/1.5 Amp Hour (Ah) Compact Lithium-Ion battery reaches full charge in just 15 minutes, four times faster than the competition. The Makita-built motor delivers 450 in.lbs. of torque in a compact design weighing only 3.6 lbs, the best power-to-weight ratio of any compact hammer driver-drill on the market. And the BHP452HW features the new black and white exterior design, distinguishing this compact model from Makita’s top-of-the-line teal product in the LXT Series.

The BHP452HW has a variable 2-speed motor, with 400 revolutions-per-minute (RPM) and 0-6,000 blows-per-minute (BPM) in low speed, and 1,500 RPM/0-22,500 BPM in high speed.

The BHP452HW Compact Hammer Driver-Drill is powered by a Makita-built 4-pole motor design, which generates energy on the magnetic field every 90º (not 180º), and is engineered with dual steel ball bearings. The result is more efficient power in a compact size. At only 3.6 pounds, the BHP452HW has less weight, and the ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure to deliver better control and reduced operator fatigue.

Like other products in the LXT series, the BHP452HW comes equipped with built-in high impact L.E.D. lights that illuminate the work area. It’s ideal for professional trade users who are drilling holes into wood or masonry, and general contractors who require a best-in-class engineered compact cordless hammer driver-drill with less weight.

The BHP452HW is powered by Makita’s 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Battery Technology and Rapid Optimum Charging System, a breakthrough in cordless technology producing 430% total lifetime work with two-and-a-half times more battery cycles than the traditional Ni-Cd batteries. The Rapid Optimum Charger is Energy Star rated for its charging efficiency, and will charge a Makita 1.5 Ah Lithium-Ion battery in just 15 minutes.

Model BHP452HW is a kit that includes BHP452HW Compact Hammer Driver-Drill, two 18V LXT Lithium-Ion (1.5 Ah) batteries (BL1815), Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RA), Phillips/slotted drill bit (784637-8), Plastic battery cover (450128-8), and a case.


Makita BHP452HW 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 450 in.lbs. of Max Torque, with a variable 2-speed all metal tran
Built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the work area
Compact, ergonomic design; only 8-3/4-Inch long and weighs just 3.6-Pound
Makita LXT lithium-ion battery and energy star rated 15-Minute rapid optimum charger produces 430-Pe
13 pounds
Package Height
5.3 inches
Package Width
12 inches
Package Length
15 inches
Package Weight
10 pounds

Makita BHP452HW reviews

great drill and very light weight
I have a number of cordless drills, including NiCad Milwaukee and DeWalt drills, and a current model Hitachi lithium ion drill and the new Milwaukee 18M lithium ion that is supposed to be the most powerful 18v cordless on the market. The much lighter Makita will hold its own most of the time with the DeWalt and Hitachi and surpasses the two Milwaukee, even the new 18M 2611 model. The built-in LED light is very handy and something that should be on all power drills. The case is excellent and has some nooks for drill and screw driver heads though nothing big, but then that is true for DeWalt, Hitachi, and Milwaukee cases and the Makita is the best of the bunch in this regard.

The drill has an amazing amount of power, driver longer even with the reduced size battery, than my Milwaukee 18v NiCad unit and it has relatively new batteries - rebuilt by Voltman. The chuck is also the best of any drill in terms of clamping and staying clamped whether I am using a small twist drill or using a carbide bit to chew through stucco or Hardie board.

I use the Hole Pro adjustable hole cutters for installing recessed light cans and in-ceiling speakers and this drill will cut even 8" diameter holes in 5/8" tongue and groove and 14" diameter holes in sheetrock. Earlier this week I was using the Makita and the Milwaukee lithium ion M18 drills and the new Blue Boar TCT stucco-wood and TCT Universal hole cutters to bore 4-5/8" diameter holes in stucco backed by OSB, and the Makita out performed the Milwaukee that was overheating and then a safety shutdown would occur and stop the drill in its tracks. When I was cutting 7" diameter holes using a Hole Pro adjustable hole cutter with its tungsten carbide blades on ship-lapped Hardie board siding I did find that the Makita was out of its depth and had to do the cutting with the Milwaukee M18.

A favorite aspect of the drill kit is the great battery charger. The charger has a fan for active cooling unlike the chargers from DeWalt, Hitachi, and Milwaukee, and the result is much faster charging. The Makita charges twice as fast as any other lithium drill I have used and that makes it easy to use the smaller and lighter lithium ion batteries that come with the drill and never run out of power. A battery is easily recharged in 15 minutes or less and ready to replace the one on drill. So long as you have AC power at the job site this drill will keep on going all day long.
I like the drill
The keyless chuck has beem improved remarkably from the previous drill. The drill is lightweight, smaller batteries which recharge quickly. Overall very satisfied with this drill.
A Dynamic Drill
I was using a 12V DeWalt for years and I even had two batteries rebuilt (not a good solution) before I considered this light weight Drill. This drill has plenty of power with very little wieght. Just built an 8 X 10 deck with this tool and drilled a few pieces of slate as well. The light is welcomed as the job continued into dusk. Recharge is quick, but the fan is noisy. I am a very happy camper! No Complaints
not bad
the good:
its a nice gun, worked with a guy with the new milwakee and this one is alot lighter, the light is great, lots of power
the bad:
the case leaves alot to be desired, if you have to carry alot of bits there is not really any good spot, things dont fit well (like the extra battery, it doesnt really fit in its spot, very crummy design)and things bounce around alot in there. they could do alot better
Makita Drill Driver Hammer Drill. Thumbs Up!!
I use a cordless drill everyday. My old Porter Cable 14.4 was stolen and I needed to replace it with a reliable cordless. I did some research and decided to go with either the Makita or Panasonic. I decided on the Makita. This drill works great, charges fast and the battery last most of the day. The drill is light which was a concern with an 18 volt. It's very comfortable and fits my hand perfectly. The charger is loud but I'm on construction sites and it's usually drowned out by other equipment. The only thing I don't like about the drill is I have a wide hand and sometimes it bumps the reverse and foward switch and it gets a little annoying. I'd buy another in a dead second. If you want a great drill that any PRO like me would endorse, this is it.
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