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Makita BDF452HW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit
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Product Description

Experience the power and reduced weight of the new lithium-ion technology, without the high cost. Lithium-ion cordless tools provide more power with less weight. This cordless drill-driver is a more compact, lighter-weight version of the LXT 18 volt tool. It has a 1.5 amp hr battery, which is half the size of the LXT 3.0 Amp hr batteries. This is not a light-duty tool by any means; it kicks butt in the 18-volt category. It boasts 450 in./lbs. of torque! You can even use the longer run time 18-volt LXT 3.0 Amp-hr batteries in this tool (the higher the amp hr rating, the longer the battery will last before it needs to be recharged).

This cordless drill weighs only 3.5 pounds, the lightest yet of any professional 18 volt. It has a comfortable grip and excellent ergonomics, which is ideal for continual use. Located just above the trigger, are two "headlights." Headlights refer to small LED lights that provide light where you need it most. I was skeptical about this feature, thinking it was just another gimmick, but after using it for some time, I've come to depend on it. From lighting my way to the house in the dark, when bringing the batteries/tools on cold nights to providing light in a dark cabinet, closet, or under a desk, this a must-have feature. Rubber grips adorn the exterior of this tool and protect it during impact if it falls. For all that you get with this tool package, the price is unbelievably low. This 18 volt is perfect for the professional who needs a powerful cordless to use all day long.

This Makita drill also has the most advanced charging system available and it charges in only 15 minutes! Generically, it's called a "smart charging system." A computer chip inside the battery lets the charger know exactly how to optimally charge the battery, to completely charge each cell within the battery and for maximum battery life. Each battery is made up of smaller 1.2 volt cells. Often a battery will drain unevenly during normal use, at different rates within these internal cells. A normal charger will stop charging the battery when one cell reaches maximum capacity, not all of them. Once this happens once, it will continue to do so as long as you use the battery. What this means is your 18-volt battery is now a 16- or 17-volt battery and it can drop even lower. A "smart charger" will charge every cell independently until each cell is fully charged, so your 18-volt battery will remain 18 volts for its entire life. This charger has a fan in it and blows air through the battery to cool it down before charging so the battery can be charged right away, unlike other brands, where the charger waits until the battery cools, or even worse attempts to charge a hot battery pack and damages it or decreases the life of the battery. These Makita lithium-ion batteries will last longer than standard batteries and can be charged over 1200 times, as opposed to the standard of 600 to 800 times, which alone can justify the slightly higher price tag. -- Gabriel Shantara Ford

What's in the Box
Driver drill; compact lithium-ion batteries (2); 15-minute Rapid Charger; carrying case

The Makita 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill delivers power and performance in a compact size. The compact driver-drill delivers 450 in./lbs. of max torque and 285 in./lbs. of PTI Torque, yet it weighs just 3.5 pounds. And the BDF452HW's 18V compact lithium-ion battery charges in only 15 minutes for less downtime.

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BDF452HW Features
POWER - Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 450 in./lbs. of max. torque
COMFORT - Only 3.5 lbs. with comfortable ergonomic grip and built-in L.E.D. light
SPEED - 2-speed all metal transmission
PERFORMANCE - 18V Compact Li-Ion batteries charge in 15 minutes, run longer and deliver 2.5X more cycles
INCLUDES - Two 18V compact lithium-ion batteries, rapid charger and case

Tool Specifications
CapacitiesSteel (1/2"), Wood (1-1/2")
No-load speed0-400, 0-1,500 RPM
Maximum torque450 in./lbs.
PTI torque285 in./lbs.
Battery18V compact lithium-ion
Overall length8"
Net weight3.5 lbs. (w/battery)
Makita-Built Motor Engineered for Versatile Power
The BDF452HW features a Makita-built four-pole maximum torque motor that delivers 450 in./lbs. of max torque and 285 in./lbs. of PTI Torque in a compact size. The BDF452HW has a two-speed all-metal transmission that delivers 0-450 RPM in low speed and 0-1,500 RPM in high for a wide range of drilling and driving applications.

Ergonomic Design in a Compact Size
The BDF452HW weighs only 3.5 pounds with a more compact design at 8 inches long, and an ergonomic shape that fits like a glove for reduced operator fatigue. The BDF452HW is also equipped with a built in L.E.D. light that illuminates the work area for more efficient work.

Versatile Design for a Range of Applications
The BDF452HW is perfect for a range of driving and drilling into wood and steel, and can be utilized in many different areas such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, electrical, remodeling, woodworking, and more. The combination of power and performance in a compact size makes the BDF452HW ideal for any pro contractor who requires a best-in-class engineered compact cordless driver-drill. The BDF452HW is just another example of Makita's commitment to innovative technology and best in class engineering.

About Makita's 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Tool Series
As one of the pioneers driving the cordless tool revolution, Makita changed the game with its breakthrough 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Series. Three years after its debut, Makita's LXT Series has grown from seven to over 35 tools, providing a wide range of cordless solutions for professional tradesmen. Makita also added 18V compact lithium-ion for cordless power in a more compact size. Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and ENERGY STAR rated Optimum Charging System provide several benefits over old battery technology. When compared to traditional 18V Ni-Cd batteries, Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion batteries have 40% less weight, longer run time, and five-times lower self-discharge to keep cells active and ready to use at any time.

Makita's 18V Lithium-Ion battery delivers 2,000 cycles--2.5X more than Ni-Cd. In addition, built-in shock absorbing features help protect the battery, and 16 firm-holding contact terminals deliver constant high power. During the charging process, a built-in memory chip in the battery communicates with the Optimum Charger for a more efficient charge, extending the battery life. Makita's Optimum Charger is also faster: it will charge an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery in just 30 minutes, and an 18V compact lithium-ion battery in only 15 minutes. Makita also offers a Rapid Automotive Charger for 18V LXT and 18V compact lithium-ion batteries that plugs into 12V DC sockets equipped in most automobiles and trucks for added mobility. Makita's growing line of LXT cordless tool solutions features a wide range of industrial-quality power tools, including driver-drills, impact drivers, impact wrenches, saws, grinders, screwguns, rotary hammers, and more. The LXT Series also offers a jobsite radio, rechargeable flashlights, and several different combo kits.

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to engineer power tools that are more compact and energy efficient, yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit Makita is Best in Class Engineering.

Every Makita Lithium-Ion tool is backed by Makita's 3-Year Warranty that covers repair due to defects in materials or workmanship up to three years from the date of original purchase. Makita Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers have a limited 1-year warranty. Please see for complete details.

What's in the Box
Makita BDF452HW 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill, two 18V compact lithium-ion batteries, 15-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger, tool case.

  • Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 450 in./lbs. of max. torque, with a variable 2-speed all metal transmission (0-400 / 0-1, 500 RPM) for a wide range of applications
  • Compact, ergonomic design; only 8 inches long and weighs just 3.5 lbs
  • Built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the work area
  • Makita LXT Lithium-Ion battery and Energy Star rated 15-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger produces 430% total lifetime work with 2.5X more cycles
  • 3-year warranty on tool; 1-year warranty on battery and charger

Customer Reviews:

  • Best Bang for you Buck!
    If you're looking for a more than around the house drill this is the one. You'll love the weight and the amount of torque this drill provides....more info
  • great drill
    I purchased this drill along with a Bosch 36618 and gave both a workout in my garage. My test used 2"x6" pressure treated lumber. My goal was to test power, battery endurance and comfort of use. With both drills, I drilled qty (10) 1" spade bit holes, qty (20) 3/8" bit holes and sunk qty (75) 2" drywall screws. My hand and arm were tired so I quit, but suffice it to say, neither drill quit, so I called battery endurance test a tie. I believe the Bosch had slightly more power and speed, but the Makita had plenty of both for my needs. Both drills gave your arm a good twist when the spade bit would catch and hold. In a close race, I declared the Bosch the winner in power category. The Makita was clearly a more comfortable drill to use. It fit my hand well and the trigger was easy to use. The Bosch handle is configured at a bit of an angle and while using the spade bit the back of the drill seemed to press into my hand. Also, during use my finger naturally moved to the bottom of the trigger and it became a bit uncomfortable. Both drills are very well built and neither got hot during my tests. At the end of the day I preferred the Makita because it was slightly smaller (about 3/4" shorter) and clearly had a more comfortable grip position during use.

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  • Best Drill Ever
    I have been using this Makita Drill for almost two years, I used it and abuse it and it's working as good as the first day I bought it. I will not bore you with too much details but I will list the pros and cons

    - Looks very nice
    - Very Powerful
    - Light weight which is very nice when you are on a ladder.
    - Battery Life is Super and charges in about 10 minutes
    - Small LED light is very useful
    - Customer Service are real professionals from a local center and they will work hard on making you happy. I had a defective battery once as the other review said but why worry when one call can get you a new battery with no cost even for shipping?


    I will let you know when I find one =)
    ...more info
  • GREAT drill
    I am a serious DIYer and have done professional contracting in my past. I own two other cordless drills and this is by far my favorite. I chose it due to its light weight and smaller size over large hammer drill types that are heavy and wont fit into as tight a space. This is the one I reacy for 95% of the time.

    I would love to give this 5 stars but, like other reviewers, I have had both batteries fail in a matter of months (and now wonder if its because they were left on the charger). Makita replaced one, but the second I had to purchase a 3.0aH (larger) version. It works ok and runs longer, but is heavier.

    I love this drill, and recommend it to all but full time site contractors....more info
  • I love my drill
    I'm a female remodeler living in Denver and I won't let any of my co-workers touch my drill. I used to use a 9 volt and this drill has so much more power I'm able to do jobs I couldn't manage before. The light weight is really important for me, too. ...more info
  • Makita Driver drill
    This is a fine product. It is a far better battery driven drill than the other five I have previously owned. Its light weight and power are amazing. I highly recomend this product....more info
  • Finally a drill with ergonomics and convenience in mind
    I have had lots of drills over the years and this one tops them all. It is small and easy to hold, yet powerful. The light is very handy when working in low light area's, which i do alot. It charges very quickly and the case has room for extra bits, etc.
    Makita did well when designing this drill....more info
  • Light, strong, too bad it looks like a sneaker
    Excellent drill. Lots of power, so light it's deceptive. You'd think it's not going to have much torque because it feels so light, but it's got huge torque. It charges quickly and runs for a long time on that charge. I just wish it looked like a good, basic, working Makita... blue, not this Adidas look....more info
  • Wonderful tool
    I had looked very closely at a number of cordless drills, especially the Panasonic and DeWalt. What made me get the Makita was the feature of the ratcheting chuck that gave positive feedback on bit security. Well, the price of the refurb was pretty good, too. The drill exceeded my expectations. The 15 minute charger works as advertised. It is my first Lithium-ion powered tool and the endurance of the battery is impressive. Ver compact, it has already gotten me in places my previous drill could not....more info
  • Great tool
    We use these an assembly section of our factory and they are excellent. Quick charge time, good power.

    Approve!...more info
  • Very satisfied
    Has recently started my condo renovation; this drill driver has been a big help. Compact size allow me to use it everywhere that I need it; handy and light weight. the battery last long time! I'm very happy with this purchase. a recommandation tho, I would really consider the drill driver set if anyone's thinking of heavy drilling on mansonry stuff. This one would do, but the other one has more power; get both if you knew you will be running into mansonry drilling!...more info
  • lithium battery
    My 18 volt lithium battery just purchased doesent hold a charge for very long, and the 15 min. charger doesn't keep the battery charged when not in use. It has good strengh, but doesen't last very long....more info
  • DHL
    Very nice product, preformed great on a huge deck project. The charger worked as advertized, charged fast and strong. I love this little,tough,and powerfull drill!
    The light is a nice addition, too...more info
  • Makita BDF452HW 18-volt drill kit
    I'm amazed at this drill's performance when coupled with its small size, low weight and feel. The only thing I wish it had is an on-drill bit storage system. There is supposed to be a bit storage accessory available but I can't find it on the web. ...more info
  • better have a strong wrist
    This is a great drill. I first bought the 3ah version, BDF451, then bought this one because I hang a lot of drywall and wanted something lighter. I sometimes almost forget it's in my hand. It powers spade bits through joists no prob--in fact, the bit snagged once and the drill just about ripped my hand off my arm. It's smaller, it's lighter, and true, the battery lasts half as long, but there's no lack of power. Plus mine came with a rebate for a free third battery, so with two batteries cooking at any given time, there's always power laying around with the bigger batteries fitting the white tool (plus, and I don't know if this affects my warranty but, the smaller batteries fit in the blue tools if you chisel off that little square tab inside the rails where the battery slides on--not that I would recommend such a practice for, say, a circ saw, but there's no need for that big honkin battery on the flashlight). Only thing I think could be better is the VS--the trigger's a little too binary for my taste....more info
  • Love it!
    I haven't used it alot but the little that I have used it has been impressive! I used it for hanging cabinets and it had plenty of power to drive three inch screws into the studs. The led light is a great feature and charging batteries so fast is another plus. Got it for $138 before Christmas and it was well worth it!...more info
  • I can't say enough great things about this drill
    I love this drill. It's powerful, it's lightweight, the batteries charge quickly, I could get through large projects with one battery. What else is there to say? Best drill I've owned....more info
  • Best drill I've ever purchased
    I've been through quite a lot of cordless drills, I could not seem to find one that would have a decent longevity on the battery as well as good power. I should have known to chose Makita, because they manufacture quality products.
    This cordless drill is lightweight (due to battery size), compact, easy to operate and I even like the small light that illuminates the work surface when you start drilling. I have been waiting for awhile for a drill that DID NOT use a NI-CD battery, due to battery memory issues and the short life span of the batteries....more info
  • Damon Medic 's review
    Makita BDF452HW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Driver Drill Kit. This drill looks and feels awesome. It is convenient, lightweight, and easy to handle. Unfortunately, the batteries died after only two months of use, regardless of my religious charging. The batteries drained, and now I am kicking myself for getting a battery-charged drill! The new battery that Makita sells to make this drill continue to work, will cost me close to $100 bucks!!! Only electric drills for me from now on!
    -Damon Medic

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  • Excellent Powerful Tool
    Like most things Makita this is a superb tool. I purchased the kit which included 2 batteries for the same price as 2 replacement batteries for my old Panasonic's, and the drill is more powerful and compact than they are....more info
  • Amazing drill!
    This is DEFINITELY worth the money. It's light, it's ridiculously powerful, and the batteries will last longer than they need to with the amazing 15 minute recharge. Yes, they really DO fully recharge in that period. Simply put, why buy anything else?...more info
  • What a great product, but with one pitfall
    I've owned a 12v Dewalt drill for 10 years and although it still works great running on it's second set of battery's, I was looking for something with a bit more power,12v tools seem to run out of juice on larger heavier jobs so I was looking for an 18v drill.

    Did some research and came up with the the Makita BDF452HW and ordered it from Amazon. First impressions great ! What a beautiful well balanced tool, fits in the hand very well, extremely light, ratcheting chuck, LED light, lots of torque for those heavy jobs, and the cherry on top is the quick charge Lithium ion batteries. I was very impressed with the whole package so I took it for a spin. By chance the first task that came to hand required some finesse, a 1/16" hole in a small computer connector, not the typical work for this heavy duty beast but you have to use your new toy.

    When I drilled the hole, the drill bit shook and the drill itself seemed to have some vibration so I did so careful testing. After testing various bits and setups I determined that the chuck was off center and was causing any drill bits to wobble, not greatly, but enough you could feel it and enough to physically bend a small bit. I had noticed a previous review mentioned chuck wobble but after assessing the large number of positive reviews I dismissed it a just bad luck, it happens.

    ***** Five stars to Amazon's customer support, I returned the drill for an exact replacement, no charge and three days later I had another Makita in my hands ready to test. Sadly the second drill also suffered from the same fate, off center chuck causing the bits to wobble. I must be too critical so I compare drill holes with the Makita and my 10 year old Dewalt. I noticed two striking differences, the Dewalt was completely without any vibration, no doubt here, it was perfect. The second thing I noticed was the trigger speed control, the Dewalt was very smooth and seemed to be infinetly adjustable allowing me to very accurately control the speed, were the Makita had distinctive speed steps, not quit the control but definitely adequate. Oh yeh and the Dewalt weighted a ton compared to the Makita.

    In conclusion, and honestly with great regret I sent the second Makita back for a refund ( ***** Stars to Amazon again !) and ordered the Dewalt DC720KA. It works great and has all of the features of the Makita with two exceptions, weight (its a heavy weight @ 4.8lbs but still very compact) and battery technology, still using NiCad battery's, rather than Lithium Ion.

    The Makita is a great product if you can get lucky enough to get one that is put together well, sadly I had two in a row bad. Since the chuck is a little off center, this indicates poor manufacturing tolerances. This may have been a bad batch from a failed CNC machine, or it may be indicative of a more general problem, poor manufacturing practices that ultimately translate into poor quality and usually along with that a poor repair history, and a short product life. Only time will tell if this is a freak batch or indicative of a bigger issue.
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  • great christmas present!
    got this for my dad for a christmas gift...he loves it! working great so far....more info
  • Bosch compact cordless drill
    A really nicely designed drill light weight and compact for reaching into those hard to get to places....more info
  • Makita BDF452HW 18 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Drill
    Just got it for Christmas. Have used it several times and think it is a great product. Light, good torque and easy to use because it is smaller than my Milwaukee 14.4 volt drill. My wife threatens to take it for her hobby shop but she'll have to arm wrestle me for it!...more info
  • Excellent Drill!
    I've had this drill now for about a month and have been utilizing it during a kitchen remodel. I researched a lot (A LOT) before I decided to purchase and found this one to be the most bang for the buck. Here's what I've found so far:

    Pros: Excellent power, compact, comfortable, lots of torque, lightweight
    Cons: The battery power is short. I screwed up 4-4x12; 2 - 2x10; 4 - 2x8 pieces of sheetrock and used up power in one battery. My Dad's 10 year old 12v makita outlasted me. However, the second battery and 15 minute full charge time made it just fine.

    Overall, I am very happy with this drill. What they say about the batteries is true. Doesn't last the longest, but it's perfect for my project and the 15 minute recharge time is great. I wouldn't hesitate in buying this one again!...more info
  • Makita BDF452HW
    What can I say other than Amazon has great prices, Great product, and shipped in a timely manner!!
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  • Great Drill
    I purchased this drill for my boyfriend for Christmas 2007 - He uses it everyday at his work, he is an airplane mechanic and does alot of screw removal inside wings, etc and says this drill is by far the best he has ever owned - It is light, durable and the light comes in handy also. The battery is recharged in a matter of minutes. He has used it on home projects and is a firm believer that Makita makes the best drill - He has owned other Makitas and has used them until they were no longer usable! I also puchased the cordless flashlight at the same time I bought the drill - both are great products and then there are 2 batteries that are usable and interchangable.

    A+++++...more info
  • Top of the Line Drill
    The Drill is fantastic. Seller was excellent with delivery and everything posted about the drill....more info
  • Great tool
    Great drill driver. Love the light weight, high torque and expecially the 15 minute charge time. Well worth the money....more info
  • Best Dang Cordless Drill-Driver
    This Makita 18-v (BDF452HW) cordless is the best drill-driver I have ever purchased/owned. Powerful, smooth, light weight and easy to use. Light is great feature, recharge is fast and batteries have plenty of reserve (even at only 1.5Ah) for my needs....more info
  • Makita drill
    I am pleased with the product. The only area of uncertainty was whether or not two batteries were included. They were, but I was not able to ascertain this for sure from the descriptive material. The unit is lightweight, powerful and well balanced. The keyless chuck works very well....more info