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Makita BHP451Z 1/2 inch hammer drill

Makita BHP451Z 1/2 inch hammer drill Hot

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Makita BHP451Z 1/2 inch hammer drill
Manufacturer
Volts
Model #
BHP451
MSRP
$299
Includes:
Side handle, depth stop, belt clip, hex drive bit holder

LXT Lithium-Ion battery and optimum charging system produces 280% more lifetime work with 2x more cycles. 3-speed design produces 25% faster working speed with more efficiency-inch a wider range of applications Shift Lock Driver System quickly shifts from in hammer drill-inch to in driver-inch mode with one touch Ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control Compact design at only 9-7/8-inch length and weighs only 4.9-pounds for less operator fatigue

18V, Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Driver Drill Kit, 1/2" Metal Single Sleeve Ratcheting Chuck, 2 Built In LED Lights, Makita Built 4 Pole Motor Design, Compact Design, 9-3/8" Long & Weighs Only 4.8 LB, Shift Lock Drive System.

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Great Every Day Drill

One of my everyday drills, this has functioned well for me. I really appreciate the light. It has made my life easier on many occasions. Nice not having to go run for a work light when you have to drill in a dark place. Light is even bright enough to use as a makeshift flash light. The light lights, and stays on with just a light tap of the trigger,you don't even have to spin the bit, this is handy for lining up to a mark.
If I'm doing a lot of drilling I usually go through two charges before lunch, and two after, for more moderate use a charge usually last more than a day.
This drill is a clunky shifter, both for its speed and mode. Sometimes you have to spin the drill to change speeds, and the mode selector feels as if it may snap off. It hasn't yet in the 2 years that I've owned this drill, but it does feel as if it will. It does shift between forward and reverse quite well. Trigger speed control is smooth and fairly progressive.
The chuck works well, as long as it is kept clean. The battery removal on mine sometimes feels a little sticky, as the battery fits well. I never notice any looseness in the battery mounting system.

Pros
Lighted, long run time
Cons
clunky shifting
Made in
Japan
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