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£40 off MAKITA DHP485SFE 18V LXT Brushless combi hammer drill - £159.99 @ Screwfix
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£40 off MAKITA DHP485SFE 18V LXT Brushless combi hammer drill - £159.99 @ Screwfix

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£40 off MAKITA DHP485SFE 18V LXT Brushless combi hammer drill - £159.99 @ Screwfix
Posted 15th Sep

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Similar deal to the one posted earlier in the month. The differences I've noticed are that the
  • Batteries on these are smaller (3.0 Ah vs 5.a Ah).
  • 3 year warranty as opposed to 1 year warranty
  • Low battery indicators
  • Hammer drill functionality

This is £20 cheaper than the other deal but I suppose it's what you would rather prioritise, bigger batteries or a longer warranty. This drill has hammer functionality but it doesn't look like the other one does
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Edit

As someone has commented below, the other deal should have the same length of warranty as the rule applies to all Makita drills, it's just Screwfix not having the same info down.

I've stated that this one has hammer drilling whereas the other deal doesn't mention it has this. I'll keep it as it is unless Screwfix has missing info, happy to change if someone more knowledgeable says otherwise.
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All the Makita drills come with 12 month factory warranty which can be upgraded to an additional 24 months by registering on the Makita site within 30 days of purchase.
As far as I am aware, Makita 3.0 Ah batteries and below all use 1 set of 5 cells, where as the 4.0/5.0/6.0 batteries all use 2 sets of 5 cells (so 10 in total). Whilst all the batteries output 18v, the ones with 10 cells will output that same power for longer sustained hard loads - especially useful when impact driving, using circular saws etc. For lighter loads all will suffice, but I’d definitely spend the extra £20 for the 5.0 Ah batteries in the other deal.
undercover8215/09/2020 15:37

As far as I am aware, Makita 3.0 Ah batteries and below all use 1 set of 5 …As far as I am aware, Makita 3.0 Ah batteries and below all use 1 set of 5 cells, where as the 4.0/5.0/6.0 batteries all use 2 sets of 5 cells (so 10 in total). Whilst all the batteries output 18v, the ones with 10 cells will output that same power for longer sustained hard loads - especially useful when impact driving, using circular saws etc. For lighter loads all will suffice, but I’d definitely spend the extra £20 for the 5.0 Ah batteries in the other deal.


Just to say the 3 Ah do in fact have 10 cells too, just lower 1500 mAh capacity cells are used. These are connected in parallel giving the 3 Ah rating. The 4Ah packs use 2000 mAh batteries and so on.
Brainfart15/09/2020 16:48

Just to say the 3 Ah do in fact have 10 cells too, just lower 1500 mAh …Just to say the 3 Ah do in fact have 10 cells too, just lower 1500 mAh capacity cells are used. These are connected in parallel giving the 3 Ah rating. The 4Ah packs use 2000 mAh batteries and so on.


Ah - thanks for clarifying. That would explain the larger physical size over the 2.0 Ah battery (I always assumed it was wasted space).
BubbaShaboo15/09/2020 14:59

All the Makita drills come with 12 month factory warranty which can be …All the Makita drills come with 12 month factory warranty which can be upgraded to an additional 24 months by registering on the Makita site within 30 days of purchase.


Thanks, I suppose thats Screwfix not filling in all the details! I'll update.
It says this one has a hammer drill function (also in spec has two torque ratings) whereas the other one doesn't. Is it correct to think the £179 one doesn't have hammer functionality?
mohaipod16/09/2020 09:15

Thanks, I suppose thats Screwfix not filling in all the details! I'll …Thanks, I suppose thats Screwfix not filling in all the details! I'll update.It says this one has a hammer drill function (also in spec has two torque ratings) whereas the other one doesn't. Is it correct to think the £179 one doesn't have hammer functionality?


Not always best to go by the info/specs given by the retailers. Both are the same drill - mode DHP485. The letters and numbers after model just denote the package it comes in (ie body only or in a MacPac with batteries and charger - and then further variants of this ie 3.0Ah batteries or 5.0Ah batteries).

Checking the usual manual on Makita’s website shows this drill has all the essentials you’ll want - brushless, gearbox with 2 speed settings, drilling and hammer action. The other deal with the 5.0Ah batteries is definitely the better value for money. It’s a great deal even for someone who just wants the batteries and charger as those alone will come to around £140-£150. So you essentially get a backup drill for £20.
undercover8216/09/2020 11:38

Not always best to go by the info/specs given by the retailers. Both are …Not always best to go by the info/specs given by the retailers. Both are the same drill - mode DHP485. The letters and numbers after model just denote the package it comes in (ie body only or in a MacPac with batteries and charger - and then further variants of this ie 3.0Ah batteries or 5.0Ah batteries). Checking the usual manual on Makita’s website shows this drill has all the essentials you’ll want - brushless, gearbox with 2 speed settings, drilling and hammer action. The other deal with the 5.0Ah batteries is definitely the better value for money. It’s a great deal even for someone who just wants the batteries and charger as those alone will come to around £140-£150. So you essentially get a backup drill for £20.


Yeah it's a minefield with the model numbers! I ended up with Milwaukee earlier in the year because you couldn't get brushless Makita at that price point!
mohaipod16/09/2020 11:54

Yeah it's a minefield with the model numbers! I ended up with Milwaukee …Yeah it's a minefield with the model numbers! I ended up with Milwaukee earlier in the year because you couldn't get brushless Makita at that price point!


Tbh bro it’s not just about the one tool. You need to keep in mind the family of tools under that brand and what you’ll need and fits your requirements. Milwaukee are equally brilliant and massive in the states, but like they don’t offer the same range of garden tools as Makita do over here - so it’s all about looking at the bigger picture and what else you’ll want and need. Also Milwaukee currently have collet issues with their top of the line impact drivers which they still refuse to address - so this put me off them, but other than that they’re another brilliant brand and I expect to grow massively in Europe.
Great deal
Thanks for sharing this @mohaipod
After a good drill.. Any recommends for a newbie?
1988dave22/09/2020 09:55

After a good drill.. Any recommends for a newbie?


What are you looking to do with it? Budget? Those would help recommend something suitable.
mohaipod22/09/2020 11:27

What are you looking to do with it? Budget? Those would help recommend …What are you looking to do with it? Budget? Those would help recommend something suitable.


Yeh basic househhold jobs.. Maybe 1 or 2 outside jobs... Nothing to major
1988dave22/09/2020 11:31

Yeh basic househhold jobs.. Maybe 1 or 2 outside jobs... Nothing to major


Any budget mate?
1988dave22/09/2020 11:40

Id say around £140


To be honest, this drill would have been a good fit! It's £200 now though.

I'd recommend this. It's Dewalt XR, the XR models are their better range and you get two 5.0 Ah batteries. They will last you ages between charges. It says on Screwfix it will go up to £229 eventually!
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You want to look for a Combi hammer drill . It's a good all rounder which will be able to comfortably drill into brick / concrete on occasion. I didn't think I needed battery powered but after trying it once I couldn't go back, definitely worth it without lugging around extension leads.
1988dave22/09/2020 11:45

I did see this one in very £139.99[Image]


I don't know Makita well but I know their higher end stuff is brilliant. I imagine as that's the same price as the Dewalt with all the drill bits that it's probably a lower end drill. I'd say best to get the best drill you can afford and get the drill bits as and when you need, they're replaceable after all.
@undercover82 Any thoughts on the Dewalt XR vs the Makita Dave has asked about?
mohaipod22/09/2020 11:55

I don't know Makita well but I know their higher end stuff is brilliant. I …I don't know Makita well but I know their higher end stuff is brilliant. I imagine as that's the same price as the Dewalt with all the drill bits that it's probably a lower end drill. I'd say best to get the best drill you can afford and get the drill bits as and when you need, they're replaceable after all.@undercover82 Any thoughts on the Dewalt XR vs the Makita Dave has asked about?


Tbh guys they’re all pretty much equal to each other no matter which price bracket you’re looking in - they all have drills/drivers/saws etc etc with similar power and similar features. Personally I would have recommended one of these Makita deals as I genuinely believe they offered great value, so it’s a shame they’re gone now. One thing I would say, and this is personal to me of course, but if I could only have one tool, it’d be my impact driver - it simply has sooooo many uses. I have a Makita DTD170 impact driver and DHP481 combi drill. The Combi despite being the daddy of all combi’s, unless I need to drill heavily into brick/masonry, I find my impact does the job fine despite obviously not having hammer action. The impact driver is small and light (I use it with a 2.0 Ah battery when going up ladders only) and it balances well in my tool belt. Coupled with this impact set, it’s a dream to use. I personally find Makita ergonomics the best, and I love how the impact drivers can get into such small spaces, and balance well in the hand too.

That Bosch drill bit set is incredible value for money. I always had low opinions of multipurpose drill bits that say they go into all materials, but seriously these are really good. And their hex shank means I can (and mostly do) use them in my impact driver and they go through brick like it’s nothing. Keep the speed medium so you don’t burn them out and it’s a formidable setup.

Long post apologies but offering some insight how I’ve changed from using mostly combi drills to now mainly the impact. It may offer you some food for thought.

Finally like I always tell people who ask me about photography gear, don’t just get a certain camera or lens because it’s supposedly the best. You’re investing into a system, so look at what else you may want further down the line and plan accordingly.

But after everything has been said and done: Makita/Dewalt/Milwaukee even Bosch - there really isn’t a bad choice.
undercover8222/09/2020 14:22

Tbh guys they’re all pretty much equal to each other no matter which price …Tbh guys they’re all pretty much equal to each other no matter which price bracket you’re looking in - they all have drills/drivers/saws etc etc with similar power and similar features. Personally I would have recommended one of these Makita deals as I genuinely believe they offered great value, so it’s a shame they’re gone now. One thing I would say, and this is personal to me of course, but if I could only have one tool, it’d be my impact driver - it simply has sooooo many uses. I have a Makita DTD170 impact driver and DHP481 combi drill. The Combi despite being the daddy of all combi’s, unless I need to drill heavily into brick/masonry, I find my impact does the job fine despite obviously not having hammer action. The impact driver is small and light (I use it with a 2.0 Ah battery when going up ladders only) and it balances well in my tool belt. Coupled with this impact set, it’s a dream to use. I personally find Makita ergonomics the best, and I love how the impact drivers can get into such small spaces, and balance well in the hand too. That Bosch drill bit set is incredible value for money. I always had low opinions of multipurpose drill bits that say they go into all materials, but seriously these are really good. And their hex shank means I can (and mostly do) use them in my impact driver and they go through brick like it’s nothing. Keep the speed medium so you don’t burn them out and it’s a formidable setup. Long post apologies but offering some insight how I’ve changed from using mostly combi drills to now mainly the impact. It may offer you some food for thought. Finally like I always tell people who ask me about photography gear, don’t just get a certain camera or lens because it’s supposedly the best. You’re investing into a system, so look at what else you may want further down the line and plan accordingly. But after everything has been said and done: Makita/Dewalt/Milwaukee even Bosch - there really isn’t a bad choice.


I'm canon through and through
undercover8222/09/2020 14:22

Tbh guys they’re all pretty much equal to each other no matter which price …Tbh guys they’re all pretty much equal to each other no matter which price bracket you’re looking in - they all have drills/drivers/saws etc etc with similar power and similar features. Personally I would have recommended one of these Makita deals as I genuinely believe they offered great value, so it’s a shame they’re gone now. One thing I would say, and this is personal to me of course, but if I could only have one tool, it’d be my impact driver - it simply has sooooo many uses. I have a Makita DTD170 impact driver and DHP481 combi drill. The Combi despite being the daddy of all combi’s, unless I need to drill heavily into brick/masonry, I find my impact does the job fine despite obviously not having hammer action. The impact driver is small and light (I use it with a 2.0 Ah battery when going up ladders only) and it balances well in my tool belt. Coupled with this impact set, it’s a dream to use. I personally find Makita ergonomics the best, and I love how the impact drivers can get into such small spaces, and balance well in the hand too. That Bosch drill bit set is incredible value for money. I always had low opinions of multipurpose drill bits that say they go into all materials, but seriously these are really good. And their hex shank means I can (and mostly do) use them in my impact driver and they go through brick like it’s nothing. Keep the speed medium so you don’t burn them out and it’s a formidable setup. Long post apologies but offering some insight how I’ve changed from using mostly combi drills to now mainly the impact. It may offer you some food for thought. Finally like I always tell people who ask me about photography gear, don’t just get a certain camera or lens because it’s supposedly the best. You’re investing into a system, so look at what else you may want further down the line and plan accordingly. But after everything has been said and done: Makita/Dewalt/Milwaukee even Bosch - there really isn’t a bad choice.


Interesting about using the impact for other jobs, I've only relegated mine to screw driving but yeah I guess I should cut it more slack haha
Lol bro in my years of photography I’ve been Canon > Nikon > Fuji > Nikon > Sony. So much money wasted on bodies (but luckily not on the glass as the expensive stuff always sells well) but that’s just how it goes. We’ll never learn because we love our toys, and power tools is no exception either lol.

But yeah the impact driver has been one of the best inventions of recent years. The ability to drive in 6 inch screws with no torsion on your elbow - this matters a lot for a lot of people. But above that, it can be easily used for drilling too. Enjoy bro!
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