Makita Cordless Combi-Drills – How to Know the Best Combi Drill to Buy
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.
Makita DHP484Z 18V Cordless li-ion Brushless Combi Drill (Body Only)
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, 2 of which come bundled with a charger in a tough kit box.
Makita DHP482RM1J Combi Drill in White 18V Cordless LXT Li-ion (1 x 4.0Ah Battery)
The DHP482 combi-drill comes in white, which is ideal for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd a little.
But it’s not about form over functionality as it 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 HP332Z Combi Drill 10.8V Cordless CXT (Body Only)
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 and 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. And as it’s body-only, it’s really affordable, just use any existing CXT battery you own to power it.
Makita DHP458Z 18V Cordless Compact 2-speed Combi Drill (Body Only)
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!
Those are our picks for the best Makita cordless combi-drills. What’s yours?
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