"ive heard one or two reviews on the net about these that do not do it justice, this drill is top notch, i bought the bhp451 at the reduced offer of £200 and then bought this as body only, this is the best tool ive ever bought. the 451 has not been used since!!!, , nice and light for carrying about, all funtions work very well, be careful when on impact driver as this will rip heads off old screws, you will get the feel of it in short time, it is supprisingly powerful for it's size , which was a shock for me as this is the reason i first bought the 451 for heavy jobs,although it is quite pricey, it is very good, makita have done this drill proud, dont hesitate to buy, ps. i dont work for screwfix, but the service is excellent....."
"Good Quality Combi Drill. Feels Solid and does a perfect job, Hammer is Powerful for Masonry 5.5mm Holes. Impact is good for Bolts/Self tappers. Drill speed 1+2 Work well. Screwdriver Function is good for Delicate work.
5/5 Drill. Built Well, Good work light, Very Powerful!"
"We use 2 of these at our stage/theatre, it works really well we use it for everything, perfect for going straight into wood and also we use it as a screwdriver, yesterday i used it for just going straight into the staging and even though there was a thin layer of metal below it ( i was using quicksilver screws) when the staple gun (makita as well) would not go through. One of the best things we have ever bought. We also have a Makita sliding mitre saw and a plunge saw all of our Makita things work really well (we have a 10 year old 14.4v combi drill which we still use)"
"I use Makita tools almost exclusively and have done for years. I run a construction company and I am myself a carpenter/kitchen & bathroom fitter/general builder etc. etc.
I bought one of these last year and sent it back because I though it had a fault with the screwdriver mode.... however when I got the replacement unit, it had the same 'fault'
Basically, the torque control on the front ring only kicks in when you put the unit into screwdriver mode, and it doesn't seem to matter what setting you put this on, it just can't handle anything more than a 35mm screw before the torque limiter starts slipping.
If you want to drive home screws, it will do it all day but you have to do it in either drill mode, or impact driver mode; both of which don't use the torque control so you won't have control over the depth. (Which I think is handy if your banging in loads of screws and you're in a hurry)
Other than that, it's great but at nearly £400 it's not ready yet to replace the four tools it trying to mimic.
I'm sending the replacement unit back for a refund."
"I have always used and rated makita gear but this is possibly one of the worst drills i have ever come across, stuggles to screw a 32mm dry wall screw! the makita 10.8v drill out powers it by a long shot! very over priced! stick with the impact and the 3 speed combi and you wont go wrong!!"