"As a keen DIYer I thought I would invest in a Makita as it seems to be the brand of choice for many trade and DIYers with good reviews. On the few occasions I have used this drill, so far it has been a real pleasure. First impressions of using this drill was it’s much lighter and feels much more comfortable and balanced than the cheaper brands I have previously purchased, it also feels more robust than any previous drills I have had. Time will tell if it is as reliable as people claim."
"I have owned Makita battery drills for at least 20 years and this one looks like it is going to follow the tradition of being just brilliant. I am constantly amazed how much work can be achieved using just an 18 volt battery."
"I bought this drill to replace my old Black and Decker 12v cordless drill. As with all Makita's it is well made and feels robust. The brush less motor is very quiet and the battery life is much longer than the other Makita 18v drill I have.
Being that the drill is light weight and short in body length means you can get between joists and into awkward access areas much more easily.
Only gripes are that the max torque level reachable is lower than expected, that there is no metal chuck (a shame because the metal indexing chucks are beautifully made) and there is no screwdriver bit holder."
"After five years of extensive use, my old Makita drill (Ni-Cd), decided to give up (well, the batteries did!) Taken this opportunity, I decided to upgrade to a Lithuim-ion drill. I decided to go for this model, given its brushless motor that Makita suggest's gives double the runtime. Charged battery once and I have done amazing amounts of work with it, and the battery has shown no signs of wear. One month later, I eventually needed to charge it up, which only takes 22 mins, but seemed a lot quicker."
"This is a non trade review. I purchased this based on the reviews of tradesman. I cannot believe a cordless drill can work this well. Ok It's not cheap. I have drilled into brick and stone with only the slightest jitter it's not as quick as my old Bosch pro electric. It does a good job to match it without the hassle of cables. I am sure there are cheaper versions however this is quite and powerful and well worth the little extra cash in my opinion."
"I read that Makita's Brushless DC motor gives double the runtime from a single charge because there is no friction caused by brushes. This BL system reduces heat and increases output. I was impressed by this drill - it is compact, light but deceptively powerful, is well-balanced, has a smooth and precise response, is quieter than other drills and does remain cooler in use. It is a joy to use. I have had it a month now and used the hammer, drill and screw functions in many tasks including securing heavy wooden posts into masonry. The doubled runtime from a fast 22 minute charge lived up to the claims and I feel confident that a 2nd battery is not required. The LED job light is a very useful feature although a brighter one would be welcome. Overall am really pleased with this drill and unreservedly recommend it."
If you are thinking about buying any Makita drill buy this well worth the extra money. I have a Makita 18v li-ion a few years older and its great but this is in its own league its lighter, better looking, more powerful, BL motor & what the trade wants
"best drill iv ever had, battery last me 2/3 days average use, I was going to get a second battery but its not needed, unless you want to drill for England, when battery runs down half way though a job pop it back on charge for 5 min, compact body, so it fits in really tight spaces, light and powerful enough to drill a lot of 10 mm holes in steel overhead, LED light could be better, body of drill casts a shadow on drill bit, if i could switch it on independently and use it as a work light."
"Not the cheapest drill and only comes with 1 battery. Its true in this case that you get what you pay for though. fantastic drill and long life 3ah battery life. Super fast battery charge. Just need to save up for a second battery now!"
"Want a fantastic, reliable, hardworking and mature drill? Don't click anything else until you have had a real good look at this.
Bought this drill in November. This ticks all the boxes and more!! The only minor down side is only one battery comes with the drill, but bought another, no problem. Awesome 22 minute charger, even better when got 2 batteries, never had to wait for one to charge up. I use this drill every week, at least.
Lovely brake on the drill. Chuck has come a bit loose I think twice, thankfully not while drilling, just with a screw driver bit in