Makita Cordless Drills

 

Makita BDF451 18v Cordless DrillWe really like the Makita BDF451 as it ranks near the top of the class for 18v cordless drills with a 9.0 overall rating. It is part of Makita’s LXT lineup with Li-Ion batteries rated ah 3.0Ah. It also has plenty of torque of 560 in-lbs and is not too heavy at just 4.6 pounds. This model has a solid metal transmission with three speeds to cover a broad range of drilling and driving situations. It also has plenty of bonus features such as a tool belt clip, a 2-LED light, and an extra handle for more stability.

There are a few complaints from end users. One is that the LED light unfortunately doesn’t shine on the target as well as some other brands. It also can have some slippage of the clutch in certain applications. The BDF451 is expensive, but that should be expected given its performance. Overall we highly recommend this drill.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.0 
ManufacturerMakita 
ModelBDF451 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill
Voltage18 
Weight4.6 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque560 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1700 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed3-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating3.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work Light2-LED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years Drill, 1 year Battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Makita BDF451

Makita BDF451

Makita BDF451

Makita BDF451

 

Makita BDF452 18v Cordless DrillThe Makita BDF452 18v cordless drill comes in at a solid 8.6 overall rating. This is Makita’s standard Li-Ion offering in the 18 volt class, not to be confused with their high performance model the BDF451. The Li-Ion batteries last a super long time as they are rated at 3.0 Ah. This unit is lighter than average at 4.1 pounds, while still putting out decent power right at the class average.

The BDF452 is expensive, but it is capable for any use from a DIYer to a professional.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.6 
ManufacturerMakita 
ModelBDF452 
StyleStandard Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.1 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque450 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1500 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating3.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightYes 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

 

Makita BDF452

Makita BDF452

Makita BDF452 18v LXT Battery

Makita BDF452 Battery Charger

 

Makita LXFD01CW 18v Cordless DrillThe Makita LXFD01CW 18v cordless drill is an excellent compact drill that we give an 8.8 overall rating. We rank this unit as our #3 best 18v compact cordless drill. We really like using this model since it only weighs 3.3 lbs. Users on Amazon agree as well giving it a 4.1 out of 5. Despite that light weight it still has above average torque. The slim li-ion batteries are only rated for 1.5Ah, but they recharge in a class-best 15 minutes so that isn’t a big deal.

Some people have complained about a slight wobble in the chuck and had some problems with the forward/reverse switch. These problems seem to be few, but does cause us some hesitation in recommending this drill for professional use.

With a price of almost half off of the top high performance 18v models, this is a great tool for the money. For a homeowner or DIYer we highly recommend this cordless drill.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.8 
ManufacturerMakita 
ModelLXFD01CW 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight3.3 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque480 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1500 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.5Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time15 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel Guage0 
Warranty3 years tool, 1 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Makita LXFD01CW

Makita LXFD01CW

Makita LXFD01CW

Makita LXFD01CW

Makita LXFD01CW

 

Makita 6281DWPE 14.4v Cordless DrillThe Makita 6281DWPE 14.4v cordless drill gets a 7.0 overall rating. This Makita is a compact 14.4 volt version with NiCd batteries. Users generally rate this drill very well and there are few negative reviews. The price is also better than most other 14.4v drills at under $140.  Another positive is that it is over a pound lighter than average for its class.

As for negatives, well the obvious one is the lack of power. It has just 260 in-lbs of torque with is well below average and is not really suitable for heavy duty drilling / driving tasks. Buyers should also note the 3/8″ chuck size compared to most that are 1/2″.

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Specs14.4v Class Average
Overall Rating7.0
ManufacturerMakita
Model6281DWPE
StyleCompact Cordless Drill
Voltage14.4
Weight3.5 lbs4.6 lbs
Max Torque260 in-lbs400 in-lbs
Max Speed1300 RPM1500 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED
ReversableYes
Chuck Size3/8″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeNiCD
Charge Rating1.3Ah2.2 Ah
Charge Time60 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightNo
Extra HandleNo
Fuel GuageNo
Warranty1 year2 years
PriceCheck Price$194.10
 

Makita 6271DWPE 12v Cordless Drill with FlashlightWe give the Makita 6271DWPE 12v cordless drill a 7.5 overall rating. This model is a bit old and uses NiCd batteries. The performance is about average for 12v cordless drills. This version comes with a flashlight and 2 batteries which power the drill and flashlight. There is enough power to handle most basic tasks, but will not handle demanding drilling jobs.

Since this is an older model, there are much better options out there to buy. You can get an 18v compact li-ion cordless drill for nearly the same price. Therefore we do not recommend this product.

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Specs12v Class Average
Overall Rating7.5
ManufacturerMakita
Model6271DWPE
StyleStandard Cordless Drill
Voltage12
Weight3.3 lbs3.4 lbs
Max Torque250 in-lbs245 in-lbs
Max Speed1200 RPM1285 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED
ReversableYes
Chuck Size3/8″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeNiCD
Charge Rating1.3Ah1.7 Ah
Charge Time60 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightNo
Extra HandleNo
Fuel GuageNo
Warranty1 year2 years
PriceCheck Price$128.45
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