Makita DDF480 Brushless Drill Driver - Toolstop REVIEW

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Makita DDF480RMJ 18V Cordless li-ion Brushless Drill Driver

Makita DDF480 Brushless Drill Driver - click for the full spec and our best price

We don't need to chatter too much about why you should be making the switch to brushless cordless power tools. It's a big YES to the following:

  • longer runtimes per charge due to no friction loss caused by brushes
  • longer tool lifetime due to fewer moving parts
  • maintenance-free (ie. no changing worn brushes)
  • lighter tool
  • more robust tool

Ok, so now that we've got that out of the way, what caught our eye about this new Makita brushless impact driver?

Two Buying Options

We've got two versions of the DDF480 on our site. You can  opt for the naked (body-only) version. You'll get the tool. That's it. Ideal if you're already carting about a few spare 18v Makita batteries. And if you want to know if those batteries are compatible, simply click to read our guide.

Or you can opt for the version that comes supplied with

  • Battery charger
  • 2x 4.0Ah 18V li-ion batteries
  • Stacking carry case

4Ah is new for Makita. You'll get longer runtime from each charge due to the higher capacity of the battery, and the company's proclaiming a charge time of only 36 minutes, which is significantly faster than anyone else on the market.

These new batteries feature a charge indicator. Press it and it lights up. Here's how to interpret those little red lights:

  • 3 lights on: more than 50% of full battery capacity
  • 2 lights on: 20% to 50% of full battery capacity
  • 1 light on: less than 20% of full battery capacity

High Performance, Low Vibration

The DDF480 packs a punch, which when you consider its light weight (1.5kg with a battery fitted) and short headlength, is fantastic. Here's how it stacks up via its 16 torque + drill settings:

Max Fastening Torque
Maximum Output
No Load Speed
36/54 Nm
370 w
(Hi) 0 - 1500 rpm & (Lo) 0 - 400 rpm
Capacity in Steel
Capacity in Wood
Chuck Capacity
13 mm
38 mm
13 mm

However, despite its excellent performance and capabilities, it takes care of the vibration very well.

Vibration: Drilling into metal
Vibration K factor
2.5 m/sec≤
1.5 m/sec≤

A Protected Brushless Drill Driver

A small detail, perhaps easy to overlook, is that the DDF480 protects itself why you use it. It's engineered by Makita with XPT (eXtreme Protection Technology).

This is Makita's enhanced dust and drip-proof design to ensure reliable operation even in bad weather. And you'll be able to keep a tight grip of it during bad weather due to the Makita signature rubbery grip on the handle.

We asked Makita to unbox and demo the DDF480 for us, watch it on Toolstop TV by clicking here, or check it out in the player below.

Now that you've seen it in action, and read all the specs, benefits and features, we want to hear what you think of it.

Use the Comments section below to tell us, or ask any questions!


postable_mark on Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:09:04 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Thanks, fixed!

Dainius G on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:27:28 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

You guys do realize that you have mixed up the tool pictures, right? ;]

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