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This is a professional grade makita drill, with metal gears. Not to be compared with the cheaper makita 453 thats on offer at screwfix.

Comes with a 3.0AH Li-Ion battery and a charger and case. I have just got this drill and am really impressed.

For those who know about Makita's the number at the end of the model code denotes where they are in the range (**1 is the top end, dropping down the range as the number climbs). Dont be misled, they have broken with convention on this drill the 456, is the new 452 (see here: http://www.makita.nl/images/files/onderdelen/nl/BDF456-TE.pdf).
Its a lot more money everywhere I looked.

Mine came with the free torch. Which is pretty good, but as they state 'while stocks last' I would buy presuming you wont get it, then if it turns up its a bonus.

(Hope I have posted this correctly, its my first deal - hope it helps somebody. Realise this wont get hot, as most people arent in the market for high-end drills)
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Red Hot. Excellent price. Thanks
I have the previous BDF452 drill/driver and it's a superb compact and powerful drill, batteries last ages. This looks a stonking price for this model, heat added.
bargain price at this. just treated myself.
Thanks for the find, Was looking for a decent one for some time... Having heard issues with Makita's 3 speed gear box settled for this. 
You were spot on in saying "Realise this wont get hot, as most people arent in the market for high-end drills"

Voted hot... 
Thanks Maverik - happy it has helped someone. Let me know if they send the torch. I wouldnt have paid for it previously, however now I have it, I use it all the time.
After deliberation over the holiday period i upgraded the BDF456 to a BHP458 by paying the difference of £50 yesterday before they could ship the BDF456 . The increase of power and hammer mode swayed me away. I was reluctant to get the BHP451 due to gearbox issues and them running batteries to death. The BHP458 being their new line should have fixed all the old niggling issues. The BHP458 is a 2 speed combi but packs more power than the mighty BHP451 (40/80 Nm for 451 vs 44/88Nm for 458). It has the new motor from Makita, which i think is stubbier and heavier than the one in BHP 451.. For sure this is a wrist breaker if not used with care. At the current BHP451 price of £199 the BHP458 seems to be a bargain. 

One thing i noticed from other drills is that how big the re-designed grip was (I have used 451 and other Bosch 18v ones). It feels great for my above average sized hands but my other half found it tough and has told me that she will only use the old drill.

I know this drill is too much for occasional DIY use, but i do not want a tool to fail after 2 or 3 years when the warranty has run out... i know batteries will, but those are easy to replace.

BTW Kingb4,  they did not send the torch as i changed the order, but send me a tool belt and pouch, which not being a tradesman i don't think i will ever wear. That being said, I don't think i would have used if they had send me a torch because i have a Lithium powered 3 LED XML-T6 with me already.
Thanks maverik. I have a 451 which has served me well for many years. Never had gearbox issues, other than occasionally struggling to get the 3rd gear. Have changed brushes on it a few times. The 458 should last years... just be careful how you treat the li-ion batteries. 
Thanks maverik. I have a 451 which has served me well for many years. Never had gearbox issues, other than occasionally struggling to get the 3rd gear. Have changed brushes on it a few times. The 458 should last years... just be careful how you treat the li-ion batteries.

Makita seem to have fixed their new drills for the battery drying issue. In 458, the inbuilt battery tester showed that that the battery still had low charge, but the drill would not budge which is good news for the li-ion batteries.
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