Makita 18V Lithium-ion Combi Drill with 2 Batteries £102 online and instore B&Q / diy.com (3 years warranty !) - HotUKDeals
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Weight (kg): 1.7
Warranty/guarantee details: 3 year warranty
Volts: 18
Category: Hammer Drills
Corded/Cordless: Cordless
2x Li-ion battery
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Just a word of warning for those considering purchasing... the batteries are not standard size and do not fit other Makita products. Not a problem for most people, but might be an issue for some

Edited By: loueylemon on Jul 01, 2014 22:07

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20 Likes #1
Just a word of warning for those considering purchasing... the batteries are not standard size and do not fit other Makita products. Not a problem for most people, but might be an issue for some

Edited By: loueylemon on Jul 01, 2014 22:07
#2
Decent price
#3
Yup, they now have a sticker on the boxes on these in B&Q stating the batteries aren't interchangeable with their similar looking LXT batteries. But for £100 you're getting a half decent DIY drill and 2 batts that will suit most people.





Edited By: spannerzone on Jul 01, 2014 22:14
banned#4
toy drill
#5
Dammit. I thought that'd be a good deal for 2 18v batteries to power my Makita site radio. Gerrard.
#6
Dammit. I thought that'd be a good deal for 2 18v batteries to power my Makita site radio. Gerrard.
1 Like #7
I bought one at this price a few weeks ago but made sure to take an OAP with me for the 10% extra off on a Wednesday.
It's a good drill so far seems durable and doesn't lack power as some have previously suggested in reviews.

I was pleasantly surprised and at £102 - 10% = £91.80 it's a good deal with two lithium ion batteries
2 Likes #8
err 2x Li-ion batterys + the drill.. thats a deal.. damn batterys are worth that alone -_-
1 Like #9
adrianwood
I bought one at this price a few weeks ago but made sure to take an OAP with me for the 10% extra off on a Wednesday.
It's a good drill so far seems durable and doesn't lack power as some have previously suggested in reviews.

I was pleasantly surprised and at £102 - 10% = £91.80 it's a good deal with two lithium ion batteries

LOL you sly dog.. nice touch with the 10% oap discount lol :)
#10
this will handle masonry bolts no problem with it having impact function wont it?
#11
simba2585
this will handle masonry bolts no problem with it having impact function wont it?
yeh its good
#12
This is Makitas most basic drill, heavy DIY at best. It is a Makita though, so battery and warranty makes it a decent deal.

Edited By: themorgatron on Jul 02, 2014 00:04
#13
Apart from only having one battery, how does this compare: http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/drills-drivers/hammer_drills/DeWALT-18V-XR-Lithium-ion-Combi-Drill-13748703?icamp=recs

Metal clutch and apparently, more DeWalt is more reliable than Makita now.
1 Like #14
The batteries are non standard and so once they die you have to buy a new drill.

I bought the next model up with 2x 1.5Ah batteries (The LXT version) in January for £10 more from B&Q. So far it has handled everything I've got without a sweat (100 year old stone walls, concrete window lintels, IKEA furniture ;) ) and the Li-on battery fast charge is incredible. Charges them faster than i can drain them!
#15
Also thinking of the dewalt for 85£ (model 735)

Which is better ?

This makita or
Dewalt xr 18v? (£95)
Or dewalt at 85?

Hayyylp
#16
Alright for occasional puttering work I guess. Better going the extra 36 quid and buying the Li-lon LXT version, the extra money will more than compensate in time.

http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/drills-drivers/Makita-18V-Li-Ion-LXT-Combi-Drill-with-2-Batteries-13378564?skuId=13849270
#17
I agree but LXT model battery fits all other LXT gear good to chop and change if you need too
1 Like #18
Screwfix has a better deal thats just gone on sale - its the superior LXT model. Just one battery but double the size of the B&Q ones. Also comes in a nice case with a decent Makita 101Pc Accessory Kit - currently £129.99

http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-bhp453rftk-18v-3ah-li-ion-cordless-combi-drill-w-101pc-accessory-kit/20547?_requestid=116033#

incidentally the cheaper £102 model is now discontinued on the Makita site

http://www.makita.com.sg/products_details.asp?id=1&prodID=43&itemID=441&typeID=2
#19
Excellent price for makita kit including charger, 2 battery and a high quality drill.

Shame doesn't fit my LXT collection of tools.
#20
Im still looking for a drill set.
I posted this, but I am not clued up on drills:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/2-drills-hitachi-kc10dfl-10-8v-cordless-li-ion-drill-impact-driver-drill-42-piece-1934563
#21
rossysaurus
The batteries are non standard and so once they die you have to buy a new drill.

I bought the next model up with 2x 1.5Ah batteries (The LXT version) in January for £10 more from B&Q. So far it has handled everything I've got without a sweat (100 year old stone walls, concrete window lintels, IKEA furniture ;) ) and the Li-on battery fast charge is incredible. Charges them faster than i can drain them!


Fast charge = fast death.

I wish more chargers gave you a charge speed option.
#22
MrHot
rossysaurus
The batteries are non standard and so once they die you have to buy a new drill.

I bought the next model up with 2x 1.5Ah batteries (The LXT version) in January for £10 more from B&Q. So far it has handled everything I've got without a sweat (100 year old stone walls, concrete window lintels, IKEA furniture ;) ) and the Li-on battery fast charge is incredible. Charges them faster than i can drain them!

Fast charge = fast death.

I wish more chargers gave you a charge speed option.

Agreed. Fast charging just boils battery.... these are 1.5Ah so you have to charge them more often. Also all Makita batteries have pcb controlling cell life. When it finds weak cell it will just cut battery out... 3-4Ah batteries more job done, less recharges, longet lifetime ;)
#23
Cant go wrong with Makita
#24
canada16
Im still looking for a drill set.
I posted this, but I am not clued up on drills:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/2-drills-hitachi-kc10dfl-10-8v-cordless-li-ion-drill-impact-driver-drill-42-piece-1934563
Depends what your needs are - the drill in your post is limited compared to this as no hammer action and this is 18v so more powerful, but then heavier. So this is better for masonry drilling etc. However yours is lighter and includes the impact driver which is great for driving screws in such as when doing decking. If you only need one all round drill /driver, then something like this is better, but if, say, you already have a corded hammer drill, then your deal may be ideal.
#25
I love my Makita drill. I paid more than this and only have one battery. HOT!
1 Like #26
WillieGallimore
toy drill
Troll?
banned#27
patg2005
WillieGallimore
toy drill
Troll?


It's makitas basic drill. If comparing to makitas range, this could perhaps be described as a toy drill.
#28
The last Makita I bought was crap: The chuck slipped with drills and it had no real power. Maybe they are simply "badged" now and consumer / generic drills.
Get the DeWalt 100 KA at Screwfix: 2 Batts, superb drill and very powerful torque. Can drive a 4" screw straight into timber no probs. I've bought 2 of these and no probs.
emztastic
Also thinking of the dewalt for 85£ (model 735)

Which is better ?

This makita or
Dewalt xr 18v? (£95)
Or dewalt at 85?

Hayyylp
#29
adrianwood
I bought one at this price a few weeks ago but made sure to take an OAP with me for the 10% extra off on a Wednesday.
It's a good drill so far seems durable and doesn't lack power as some have previously suggested in reviews.

I was pleasantly surprised and at £102 - 10% = £91.80 it's a good deal with two lithium ion batteries
]

Did exacly the same a few months back:)
2 Likes #30
you can modify LXT to fit this battery
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-fit-the-Makita-LCT-battery-onto-your-LXT-co/

Voids warranty, but how often do you use warranty on LXT
#31
i agree get the next model up LXT though for your average DIY'er this is a great buy.
#33
good deal - thanx
#34
Anthonis
MrHot
rossysaurus
The batteries are non standard and so once they die you have to buy a new drill.

I bought the next model up with 2x 1.5Ah batteries (The LXT version) in January for £10 more from B&Q. So far it has handled everything I've got without a sweat (100 year old stone walls, concrete window lintels, IKEA furniture ;) ) and the Li-on battery fast charge is incredible. Charges them faster than i can drain them!

Fast charge = fast death.

I wish more chargers gave you a charge speed option.

Agreed. Fast charging just boils battery.... these are 1.5Ah so you have to charge them more often. Also all Makita batteries have pcb controlling cell life. When it finds weak cell it will just cut battery out... 3-4Ah batteries more job done, less recharges, longet lifetime ;)

"Fast" charging doesn't necessarily "cook" the battery, what you need to be concerned with is non optimal charging of the battery (if its very hot after a charge thats a good indication of that). I'd be surprised if a reputable manufacturer such as Makita shipped any product with a charger that significantly impacted battery life time.

While its true Li-ion batteries will have a finite life time and number of charge cycles will affect that, what ultimately matters is how much work you get out of the battery over its life. Two 1.5Ah batteries will deliver the same as one 3.0Ah battery from a single charge. So everything else being equal the two 1.5Ah batteries will not require any more charging then one 3.0Ah battery and thus they should last the same amount of time.

In reality there are so many variables that affect battery life time, that everyones mileage will vary. As a result using anecdotal evidence people formulate "facts" about what kills batteries and these then propagate. The following will definitely impact battery life time (LI-ion batteries):

- Extremes of temperature (therefore avoid leaving them in the van/shed/etc when its cold, or in direct sunlight etc on a very hot day).
- Charge Cycles
- Variation in manufacture
- Repeated heavy discharges (draining every iota of power from the battery)
- Leaving them fully charged for extended periods when unused
- Letting them get extremely hot during operation

For optimal battery life, if not using them for a while, store them half charged, at room temperature. When using them let them cool down if they get very hot and try to avoid discharges.

Therefore, two smaller capacity batteries (which together have the same capacity as a larger battery) may well be better for the casual DIY'er. As with one large battery you're more likely to leave it fully charged, drain it fully, etc. Whereas if you have two, you can leave them half charged, stick one on charge while you're working and rotate them to avoid deep discharges.

Having said all that, one needs to remember they are consumables. Its a case of you can't have your cake and eat it. Worse still, in this case if you don't eat it, something else will. As even sat there unused at 50% charge, they have a finite lifetime :/

Edited By: Mentos on Jul 02, 2014 14:12
#35
adrianwood
I bought one at this price a few weeks ago but made sure to take an OAP with me for the 10% extra off on a Wednesday.
It's a good drill so far seems durable and doesn't lack power as some have previously suggested in reviews.

I was pleasantly surprised and at £102 - 10% = £91.80 it's a good deal with two lithium ion batteries

If you also go through TopCashBack you will get an extra 4.04% back :)
#36
k2fnm
adrianwood
I bought one at this price a few weeks ago but made sure to take an OAP with me for the 10% extra off on a Wednesday.
It's a good drill so far seems durable and doesn't lack power as some have previously suggested in reviews.

I was pleasantly surprised and at £102 - 10% = £91.80 it's a good deal with two lithium ion batteries

If you also go through TopCashBack you will get an extra 4.04% back :)

Isn't it 3.53% for reserve and collect (assume you can't get OAP for home delivery)?
#37
I've reserved one as my Dad can grab it later today and get me the 10% off aswell. Still unsure if this is the way to go though. I'm just a casual DIY'er mainly and thinking this would be a good all purpose drill and for heavy duty stuff I have a corded drill.

On the other hand I'm thinking maybe I should go for one where the batteries will work on other drills (since the batteries appear to be a large portion of the cost, have seen good drill only deals). That way I can get a light rail drill and a heavy duty one to save me faffing around with my corded drill.

I'm sure which ever way I go, it won't be long before the day comes that I wish I'd gone the other :/ But thats DIY and tools for you
1 Like #38
Mentos
I've reserved one as my Dad can grab it later today and get me the 10% off aswell. Still unsure if this is the way to go though. I'm just a casual DIY'er mainly and thinking this would be a good all purpose drill and for heavy duty stuff I have a corded drill.

On the other hand I'm thinking maybe I should go for one where the batteries will work on other drills (since the batteries appear to be a large portion of the cost, have seen good drill only deals). That way I can get a light rail drill and a heavy duty one to save me faffing around with my corded drill.

I'm sure which ever way I go, it won't be long before the day comes that I wish I'd gone the other :/ But thats DIY and tools for you

I think you will be pleasantly surprised for home use even "heavy" stuff should be a breeze for this. I've got the older version with the NiCD batteries and that has had some serious abuse over the years I've owned it. The batteries still hold a charge and I've used it to punch a hole in a cavity wall for a tumble dryer vent so a big core drill bit on a cavity wall. Sure it got through two batteries doing it but it did it in the end.

I've accidentally left my drill outside in the snow a few years back. It was covered in about 6" of snow for a week and i only found it when the snow cleared. The drill still functions fine - I'm lucky I guess -.

The screwfix deal is a better deal imo and if my trusty drill died today I'd buy that without hesitation.
#39
After spending the whole day searching for my first proper power tool I settled for this
I just couldnt resist. This is the best for my needs. I was going to spend 70quid and ended paying over 160. I am scared to go home and face my OTH now.:|
#40
WillieGallimore
toy drill

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