Review: Makita BDF452HW Cordless Drill

Make no mistakes this cordless drill has all of the specifications to be a great tool for home, construction, or industry. Makita packed in the power on the Makita BDF452HW with a 4-pole motor which can generate 450-inch pounds of torque, plenty of power to get the job done.

The Makita BDF452HW is extremely lightweight, at only 3.5 pounds would give you the impression it cannot deliver a punch, but it consistently does the job. The lightweight is a big bonus, especially for a do it yourself warrior. You can use the Makita BDF452HW cordless drill all day long and still feel fresh. The difference between using a 3.5-pound drill or a 4.5-pound drill is tremendous.


The Makita BDF452HW is a very small profile drill being only 8” long. This allows you to work in a tight spot under counters, between studs, and in stairwells with ease. The included LED lights make working in those dark corners a pleasure too. You can actually see what you are working on without trying to balance a flashlight or shop light at the same time.

Makita BDF452HW Battery Features

The Lithium-Ion battery provided by Makita can be recharged 2000 times. There are two sizes of batteries available for this Makita drill. The compact size battery can be charged in only 15 minutes where the larger battery requires 30 minutes. Both times are extremely fast allowing you to get back to work quickly. The drill comes bundled with two of the compact batteries. If you want the larger batteries you will need to buy them as an accessory.
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The Makita BDF452HW is equipped with an all-metal 2-speed transmission which allows the drill to run at either 0-500RPM or 0-1500RPM. While the peak torque of 450 inch-pounds is impressive the 285-inch pounds of consistent torque it can generate is even more impressive. You can work this drill hard.

Makita BDF452HW – With All the Good News where is the Downfall?

You may be wondering why you need to examine the Makita BDF452HW cordless drill closely with all the great The Hitachi Cordless Drillfeatures. There are many reports of people receiving drills with an off-centered chuck. This makes the drill slightly off-balance causing wobble. The percentage of these incidents is relatively small making it unlikely you will receive one with problems, but it is an issue you need to be aware of. With the 3 year warranty and Makita’s reputation for standing behind their products, it can be worth the slight risk. The Makita BDF452HW cordless drill runs smooth and powerfully just like you expect from Makita. The Makita BDF452HW may not be perfect, but it is a great drill for the price.