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Makita DHP481 Review - Best Combi Drill on the Market?

Posted by Katy | Toolstop on 24th Feb 2021

This Blog post is dedicated to the Makita DHP481. This Makita Combi Drill is known by most, and loved by all. But is it the best combi drill on the market? Toolstop explain everything you need to know about the Makita DHP481 with this in depth review.

This Blog post is dedicated to the Makita DHP481. This Makita Combi Drill is known by most, and loved by all. But is it the best combi drill on the market? Toolstop explain everything you need to know about the Makita DHP481 with this in depth review.

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Everything you need to know about the Makita DHP481

Makita has another fantastic new brushless combi-drill in its 18V cordless range. To help you understand whether this is the combi-drill to add to your kit, we’ve put together a quick run-down of the benefits you’ll experience once you have it in your hands! Could the Makita DHP481 be the best brushless combi-drill on the market?

First off, watch our exclusive demo video of the Makita DHP481 Combi Drill below:


What Do You Need to Know about the Makita DHP481 Brushless Combi-Drill?

Below you’ll see the key facts about this great new drill:

Makita DHP481 Benefits By Being Brushless. Each new round of product launches from Makita sees the Japanese outfit bring new brushless cordless tools to the market. Brushless tools, because of the construction of the motor, are a much more efficient proposition than their traditional brushed motor cousins. That’s because the motor requires less power from the battery. They also generate less heat, a key strain on any mechanical item.

So, in real-world terms, brushless tools will give you much longer runtimes than brushed motor tools, and they last longer too. Less heat generated in the motor means longer motor lifetime, meaning you get a tool that’ll give you back loads on your investment.


DHP481 - Is it the best Makita Brushless Combi Drill?

Available with 5Ah Batteries, But Backwards Compatible

The base of the DHP481 is starred meaning it’s compatibe with all of Makita’s 18V batteries. Although the kit we’re selling comes with 2 x 5Ah batteries, you’ll be confident to use your existing 3Ah or 4Ah packs in it, should you need to.

Of course, the 5Ah batteries are big performers, as you’d expect, delivering up to 66% more runtime than 3Ah batteries in like-for-like applications. And if you’re upgrading from a brushed combi-drill, you can expect to get loads more work done with the DHP481 thanks to the brushless motor.

We’ve got more info on Makita’s 5Ah batteries here.

Extreme Protection for Longer Lifetime

We saw this roll out about a year ago on Makita’s new drills, and it’s great to see this included as a key benefit for you in the DHP481. Shortened to XPT, what Makita has done is construct the combi-drill in such a way as to make it tougher. So, in real terms, a protective seal engineered inside the drill to make it resistant to water and dust. Let’s face it, job sites are harsh places to work, and we want to know our cash investments are robust enough to deal with it.

Hence XPT.

And then you’ve got all those tough rubbereised areas around the motor and battery housing to help it withstand those knocks and bumps that it’ll inevitably experience.

Great Ergonomics

For all the DHP481 is tough and capable (click here to see all the spec), it’s a joy to hold. Makita’s ergnomics are legendary, and the DHP481 will be comfortable for you to hold all day, with the trigger and speed selector, along with the torque ring, all being easy to use even when you’re wearing gloves.

And because it’s got that brushless motor, it’s also really light and compact, weighing in at only 2.7kg with the battery fitted, with a head length of a mere 205mm. Even though it outputs up to 125Nm of torque, the vibration K factor is just 1.5m/sec².

We’re excited by the functionality and benefits of the Makita DHP481 brushless combi-drill, but we want to know what you think, plus any questions you may have; is it the best on the market in your opinion?


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