About 8 months ago, Makita announced that their XPH07 18V brushless hammer drill would lead the industry in torque, speed, runtime, and have the fastest battery charge time.
A recent Makita advert boasts that the new brushless hammer drill delivers the most jaw-dropping inch-pounds of torque in its class, and with a rating of 1,090 in-lbs, that’s not an exaggeration.
However, now that Bosch and Dewalt 18V 5.0Ah battery pack are available, Makita seems to have changed their tune about the drill’s runtime standing. Makita’s 4.0Ah battery pack still isn’t available in the USA, but a Makita rep confirmed that it is scheduled to be released sometime in August or September. It looks like XPH07M drill kit will ship with 4.0Ah batteries. When we asked about the availability of a 5.0Ah battery, they responded that no information or updates were available.
1,090 in-lbs is impressive for an 18V cordless drill. As we discussed in a post about drills, auxiliary handles, and UL requirements, more power, or reactionary force, means the tool must be bundled with a longer handle.
Makita’s comparison shows that the XPH07 drill comes with an appropriately sized auxiliary handle.
Features and Specifications
- 1090 in-lbs max torque
- 8-1/8″ long
- 5.9 lbs weight
- On-board battery fuel gauge
- LED work light
- 0-550, 0-2100 RPM gearbox
- Brushless motor
- 4.0Ah battery charges in 40 minutes
Compared to Dewalt’s 20V premium brushless hammer drill, the new Makita drill is a hair over 1/4″ shorter, and about 1.2 pounds heavier.
Compared to Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel brushless hammer drill (with XC battery), the Makita is marginally longer and nearly 1 pound heavier.
There will be two XPH07 hammer drill purchasing options available – a kit with charger and batteries (XPH07M), and a bare tool (XPH07Z), and there will also be two XFD07 drill/driver versions as well (XFD07M kit, XFD07Z bare tool).
ETA: Summer 2014
Price: ~$150 for bare tools, $300+ for kits
I find myself wedged between two opinions. On one side, I am impressed that Makita managed to build such a powerful hammer drill. On the other side, I think that the drill’s very long auxiliary handle might make it unwieldy or cumbersome to use.
While you could use the drill without the auxiliary handle, that wouldn’t be recommended. To my knowledge, Makita has not implemented an accelerometer, motion sensor, or other safety feature similar to Bosch’s anti-kickback technology that would protect users from the unanticipated rotation and loss of control that could occur when a bit jams or binds. With the drill capable of delivering 1,090 in-lbs of torque, users will definitely want to hold on with both hands for maximum control.
I’m glad that Makita designed a battery fuel gauge into the tool, but wish that this feature would be implemented into their 18V battery packs instead. This would make it easier to determine if a detached battery is charged or not, and would potentially drop the price of bare tools. I simply don’t understand why Makita did not engineer their upcoming 18V 4.0Ah and hopefully eventual 5.0Ah battery packs without built-in fuel gauges.
It will be interesting to see what US tradesmen and professionals think about Makita’s new hammer drill. It’s more powerful than any heavy duty 18V drill or hammer drill that Bosch, Dewalt, Milwaukee, or any other leading brand has released to date. Will such power make the drill appealing as an everyday drill, or will it only appeal to users who work with higher torque applications a majority of the time? If you ask me, I think this is more destined to become a specialty tool.