Makita BDF452HW 18V Cordless Lxt Lithium Ion 1/2" Driver Drill Kit (BDF451) Reviews
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Makita BDF452HW 18V Cordless Lxt Lithium Ion 1/2" Driver Drill Kit (BDF451)

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Drill/driver works well, batteries require replacement too quickly

Mar 24, 2008
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Pros:Well balanced, powerful and the li-ion batteries can be recharged quickly.

Cons:The li-ion batteries are VERY expensive and have a short life.

The Bottom Line: Buy only if you are a 'light-use' weekend warrior or absolutely must have the additional power this tool provides and consider annual battery replacement a 'cost of doing business.'


A Cordless drill/driver has always been a mainstay of my toolkit and something I use on most every project. My previous drills (and I have owned many) used nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries which worked well but took a fair amount of time to recharge.

When I saw the new Makita line with the Lithium batteries and fast charger I decided to upgrade. My first (and lasting) impressions of the product was that it was well-built, well balanced and delivered on its claim of longer run-time, more power and faster charge times than its NiMh-powered predecessor.

I happily used this tool for about 1-year and then both of the original batteries failed within week's of one another. I went back to my local Big-Box store and picked up two more replacement batteries (at $79 apiece) and these are now losing capacity after just 8 months.

The drill driver itself continues to run like a top and has proven very durable but try as I might to justify purchasing another set of batteries, I will be putting this tool away until the folks at Makita find a better battery supplier or I hit the lottery.

Overall I am very happy with the performance and workmanship of the Makita BDF452HW, but the longevity of the Lithium battery packs has been a major disappointment and unless they can increase the cycle life, or somehow cut the cost of the battery by 50%, I'll be going back to the inferior, but more reliable, NiMh cordless tools.


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