Makita BDF452HW 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Makita BDF452HW is 3.75 StarsMakita BDF452HW 18 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: The Makita BDF452HW 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill is a good compact and light weight tool. It is well built with a super fast battery charger.


Detailed Review of the Makita BDF452HW 18 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Average

The Makita BDF452HW has a power rating of 450 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless drills is 450 in/lbs. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started.

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Speed: Average

The Makita BDF452HW has a top speed of 1500 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless drills is around 1525 rpm. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more speed for drilling clean holes, check out the DeWalt DC720KA. It has a top speed of 1700 rpm. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.5 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless drills is 1.6 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery. The DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill has a longer lasting run time battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Average

The Makita BDF452HW comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Excellent

The Makita BDF452HW comes with a 15 Minute charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: $200-300

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Makita BDF452HW cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Very Light

The Makita BDF452HW weighs 3.5 lbs. The average 18V cordless drill weighs about 4.0 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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Makita BDF452HW Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Very light weight
  2. Sturdy all metal transmission
  3. 15 minute battery charger
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Makita BDF452HW Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Shorter run time
  2. Slightly lower maximum speed

Some other features of the Makita BDF452HW include:

  • 1/2” ratcheting chuck
  • LED work light
  • Tool Case

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/19/2011.

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