Makita is coming out with a new premium 18V LXT cordless hammer drill (LXPH03) that offers greater power, more speed, and a shorter overall length than their previous model. The new drill is said to offer higher torque delivery than any competing models.
Makita previously came out with a new 18V brushless compact hammer drill last spring, model LXPH05, and while it’s suitable for light to medium duty applications there are still many jobs that call for greater torque. It’s good to see an improved premium hammer drill hit the market, but we do hope the next one will be brushless.
The New LXPH03 18V Hammer Drill
- “industry-leading” 750 in-lb max torque
- all-metal 1/2″ ratcheting chuck
- 4-pole brushed motor
- 0-400/0-2,000 RPM
- 0-6,000/0-30,000 BPM
- 8-7/8″ overall length
- “XPT” extreme protection – internal components are sealed for greater water and dust resistance
- 21 clutch settings
- dual LED work lights with “afterglow” illumination
- high capacity batteries with 30-minute rapid charger
How it Compares
The brushed-motor LXPH03 does look to be king of the hill in terms of torque, at least for the moment. Bosch’s HDH181, Milwaukee’s 2604, and Dewalt’s DCD 985 18V/20V Max hammer drills come close when also paired with high-capacity batteries.
We always like to see a boost in power, and the increase in speed might prove useful as well. But will the drill’s extra 25-50 in-oz lead in maximum torque delivery mean a noticeable difference in real world applications? Possibly, but we put little faith in numbers these days.
From what we can tell, the new hammer drill is definitely a competitive model. If you already bought into Makita’s 18V or 18V LXT lines, it will be a significant upgrade. Makita says the LXPH03 delivers 25% more torque than their previous model (BHP454), but our calculations show the difference to be 34%.
(750 in-oz is 34% greater than 560 in-lbs, while 560 in-lbs is 25% less than 750 in-lbs.)
But whether or not the LXPH03 offers enough of an incentive to choose it over Dewalt Milwaukee, Bosch, or other brands’ premium hammer drills remains to be seen.