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A Toolstop Guide to Finding the Best Makita Combi Drill

Posted by Katy | Toolstop on 4th Jan 2021

This Toolstop Blog is the ultimate buying guide to Makita Combi Drills. We explain which Makita Drill to buy, which Makita combi drill is best suited to you and the main features and benefits of each.

This Toolstop Blog is the ultimate buying guide to Makita Combi Drills. We explain which Makita Drill to buy, which Makita combi drill is best suited to you and the main features and benefits of each.

Makita Cordless Combi Drills – a Toolstop Buying Guide

Which Makita Cordless Drill is Best?

Makita is quite probably the UK’s biggest manufacturer of professional combi drills. The signature blue and black styling of their drills is a common sight on job sites, building sites and workshops all over the world.

Their history with pro cordless combi drills goes back a while. So it’s not surprising to see the company’s technology evolve as the years have progressed. From ni-cad batteries to lithium-ion, to improved motor technologies, better ergonomics and compact sizes.

In this guide, we’ll be taking you through what the Japanese power tool giant has to offer in the world of cordless, professional combi drills. Each combi-drill in our guide will detail exactly what you need to know about it in terms of spec. Also what it’ll allow you to do, and any great features that warrant your attention. By doing so, we will highlight the Best Makita Combi Drill, and which Makita Combi Drill is most suited to you.


Which Makita Drill to Buy

Makita DHP484 18V Brushless Combi Drill

With 21 torque settings for loads of control for screw driving and a whopping 7,500 blows per minute in hammer mode, the DHP484 is a true powerhouse of a combi-drill. And it manages to contain all this power and functionality in a body that’s just 182mm in length. In part, that’s thanks to the brushless motor, which helps keep the tool running as efficiently as possible, lasting ages on a charged 5Ah 18V LXT battery.

Makita DHP484 Full Details - Shop it here.

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Makita DHP482 18V LXT Cordless Combi Drill

The Makita DHP482 has 2 speeds offering you up to 1,900rpm and will drill holes up to 38mm into wood and 13mm into masonry. For screw driving jobs there are 21 torque settings for plenty of control over the available torque. Features a handy twin LED job light so that even in the back of kitchen cabinets you’ll have plenty of illumination. The gearbox is all metal and, of course, it features Makita’s famously great ergonomics.

Makita DHP482 Full Details - Shop it here.

Makita HP332Z 10.8V CXT Combi Drill

When Makita re-booted its 10.8V cordless platform, it launched a raft of new tools that upped the stakes in terms of performance. These included the HP332, a combi-drill powered by 10.8V CXT batteries. While it obviously lacks the brute power of the 18V models, it’s ideal for anyone who occasionally needs a combi-drill for drilling fixing holes, for example. While the size is small, compact, and lightweight, it still has 2 speeds, 20 torque settings and provides 35Nm of hard torque. The motor is brushless, keeping the weight to around 1kg.

Makita HP332 Full Details

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Makita DHP458Z 18V Cordless Compact 2-speed Combi Drill

Perhaps the beefiest combi-drill in our 4 picks is the DHP458. Supplied body-only, you save loads of cash going for this option. It comes with a side handle and depth gauge for greater control when drilling into masonry, which it will do up to 16mm in diameter. When you’re drilling wood, it will handle holes up to a massive 65mm. The motor housing is drip and dustproof. This makes it the ideal combi-drill for harsh environment work, and the motor outputs up to 6,000bpm. It’s a really tough workhorse of a combi-drill and it can take a knock!

Makita DHP458 Full Details - Shop it here.

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So, those are our top picks for the best Makita cordless combi drills. What’s yours?


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