Makita DHP480 & DDF480 Drills - a Toolstop REPORT

More exclusive news from Makita! Share your thoughts on these new cordless, brushless drills in the comments section below!
Makita DHP480
While scouring the 'net for professional power tool news, we came across these 2 new drills announced on Makita's Japanese website.

Disclaimer: We've no idea when these will be available to the European market, but we'll keep you posted with new info, photos and videos as soon as we have them.

These are available from Toolstop right now. Click here for the Makita DHP480 with 4Ah battery, and for the Makita DDF480 with 4Ah battery click here.

makita dhp480 drill

Here's what you need to know!

Makita DHP480 Cordless Brushless Combi Drill

makita 4ah batteryThe Makita DHP480 is the latest li-ion powered combi-drill, compatible with the company's 4Ah batteries, which you can read about here.

The spec looks impressive, promising 1.5x longer runtime over its predecessors thanks to the efficiency of the brushless motor.

The DHP480 features 16 torque settings, a pre-glow LED job light, variable speed trigger and Makita's excellent ergonomics; lots of rubber where you need it for all-day comfort in use.

MAkita DHP480
It's going to be a robust workhorse for you thanks to the all metal construction in the 2 speed motor.

Capacities and spec for the DHP480 currently stand at:

  • 13mm into steel
  • 38mm into wood
  • 13mm into masonry
  • Impacts per minute are: Hi : 0-23,000 Lo : 0-6,000
  • Speeds are: Hi : 0-1,550 Lo : 0-400
  • Torque: Hard / Soft : 54 / 36N.m

All in all, this looks like a fantastic piece of kit for any professional power tool user. Watch this space for more info as we have it.

Makita DDF480 Cordless Brushless Drill Driver

Makita DDF480 drill driver
Like its big cousin, the DDF480 is promising 1.5x longer run time per full battery charge due to the brushless motor.

16 torque settings are available, along with the great ergonomics, LED job light and variable speed trigger.

And like above, this will run off the new 4Ah li-ion batteries.

Capacities and spec for the DDF480 currently stand at:

  • 13mm into steel
  • 38mm into wood
  • Speeds are: Hi : 0-1,550 Lo : 0-400
  • Torque: Hard / Soft : 54 / 36N.m

New Features on Both Tools Include

makita dust water protection
Another great feature on these new tools from Makita is XPT: "Extreme Protection Technology".

This is just a fancy way of saying that the tools will feature a degree of protection against water and dust ingress, ideal for anyone working in areas prone to being damp and dusty, or when you're having to work outdoors during a rain shower.

Note that full details of XPT are sketchy at the moment. As soon as we have official UK and/or European confirmation, we'll update the blog.
A battery fuel guage has been a long sought-after feature on all Makita li-ion battery powered tools.

It's great to see this included on the DHP480 & DDF480.

A simple press of the trigger will indicate what charge state your battery has.
makita battery fuel indicator

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alan on Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:12:42 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I have just purchased the Makita hp457dwex2 drill driver, and I have noticed the clutch slips in modes 1,2,3 so much that the chuck will not open in 1 and 2 modes, is this normal?

james on Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:40:57 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

can you justify the price difference between the combi and the drill driver? seems a bit much £80.00 difference

Daniel on Sun, 18 May 2014 21:53:06 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0


I have noticed that the brushless drills have 1500RPM against brushed 2000RPM. Whats the reason for it. Will it have impact on daily work.

Daniel on Thu, 15 May 2014 12:54:23 +0100 (Likes: 1 / Dislikes: 0


Is there a reason why Makita brushless drills have lower 1500RPM against brushed versions 2000RPM. They might be more energy efficient but lower RPM is not always better or am I missing anything here?

Toolstop on Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:13:40 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

The difference between the DHO and the DDF models s that the DHP models have a selectable hammer mode which will help when drilling into masonry materials.

Pete on Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:09:19 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

So, which one would you buy? What are the cons of the dhp?

Toolstop on Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:10:17 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Not good news at all, however, you will have a 3 year warranty and it is easy to use so no worries apart from the inconvenience. I hope this is an isolated case in your experience?

Nomoremak on Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:33:38 +0100 (Likes: 1 / Dislikes: 0

Just bought the 248 brushless kit that has the drill above in it . After drilling maybe 50 holes the in wood the chuck had a very bad wobble to it , Dead straight when new.

Toolstop on Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:19:15 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

One is a combi drill (IE has a hammer mode) and the other is a drill driver (without hammer mode)

Smarty1 on Sat, 05 Oct 2013 20:21:32 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

So what is the difference between the two????

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