Makita BHP454 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill

My Rating for the Makita BHP454 is 4.5 Stars

Makita BHP454 18V Li-Ion Hammer DrillReview Summary: The Makita BHP454 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill has a lot of torque and long running batteries. Its a well built cordless hammer drill.


Detailed Review of the Makita BHP454 18 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Below Average

The Makita BHP454 has a top BPM of 22,500 bpm. The average top BPM of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 27,525 bpm. The higher the BPM of a cordless hammer drill the faster the hole will be created in materials such as concrete. If you are looking for more percussions per minute, you might be interested in the Bosch 17618-01, which has 30,750 bpm. You can read my review of the Bosch 17618-01 18V Li-ion Hammer Drill.

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Power Grade: Excellent

The Makita BHP454 has a power rating of 560 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 480 in/lbs. The power of a cordless hammer drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds.

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Speed: Average

The Makita BHP454 has a top speed of 1700 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is around 1700 rpm. A faster hammer drill would be the DeWalt DCD970KL, which has a top speed of 2000 rpm. You can read my review of the DeWalt DCD970KL 18V Li-ion Hammer Drill here.

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Battery Run Time: Excellent

The battery run time is 3.0 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 2.3 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.

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Battery type and quantity: Good

The Makita BHP454 comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless hammer 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 BHP454 comes with a 30 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 BHP454 cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Average

The Makita BHP454 weighs 4.9 lbs. The average 18V cordless hammer drill weighs about 4.8 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 BHP454 Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Excellent battery run time
  2. Great torque
  3. Fast battery charger
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Makita BHP454 Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. Below average blows per minute
  2. Higher price range

Some other features of the Makita BHP454 include:

  • 1/2-inch single-sleeve ratcheting chuck
  • 2 built-in LED lights
  • Three-year limited warranty

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 4/26/12.

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