Makita DHP458Z 18V Cordless Hammer Drill Review

If you only buy one cordless drill, Makita's DHP458Z 18V cordless hammer drill could be just the ticket

a Makita DHP458Z 18V Cordless Hammer Drill drilling into concrete
(Image: © Makhita)

Homebuilding Verdict

The Makita DHP458Z Hammer drill is a top end cordless drill that is as happy being used at home or all day on a busy site. The 2 speed metal gearbox, with a no load speed of 2000 RPM, allows for drilling in almost all materials and the hammer feature, at 30000 blows per minute, allows for the drilling of holes in masonry as well. This drill is slightly larger than many other cordless drills, but it is a solid and powerful drill and as such can be a bit heavy or a bit powerful for some beginners, but for anyone else this is a great addition to the toolbox.


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    Metal keyless chuck

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    Metal Gearbox

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    Compatible with the vast range of Makita LXT products

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    A bit heavy

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    Brushed motor - less efficient

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A cordless drill is a drill that has a battery on it which makes it very portable. In many cases the batteries can have different capacities and the low capacity batteries may be lighter but the charge wont last as long. 

Not all cordless drills are created equal and there are many different models even within one manufacturers range. It is important to know what you want to use the drill for before rushing out to get one. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.