Makita XPH102 Review – Take A look At The 1/2″ Hammer Driver-Drill Kit In More Detail

Makita XPH102 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2

If you are after a drilling tool for a wide range of applications, the Makita XPH102 may be the right choice for you. It may not be in the same league as a professional grade tool, but coming with a lot of settings, it can be an excellent bang for the buck. In this article, we will discuss the main features of this product and how it can benefit you.

At this time of writing, the Makita XPH102 is ranked #1 on Amazon’s best selling list of power hammer drills. The versatile tool offers three action modes that include drilling mode (rotation only), hammer drilling mode (rotation with hammering), and screwdriving mode (rotation with clutch). A changing ring lets you easily change between modes.

Coming with a variable 2-speed design (0-600/0-1900 RPM under no load condition), the battery-operated tool covers a wide range of drilling applications. The 4-pole DC motor is rated at 480 inch-pounds of torque. It does not have the most torque at just 480 in-lbs. The Makita XFD07MB 18V LXT BL drill/driver, for instance, offers an astonishing 1090 in-lbs. That said, this product would be poowerful enough to tackle numerous everyday jobs.

When it comes to hammer drilling, the variable-speed drill can turn out up to 28,500 beats-per-minute (BPM) in the high-speed setting (0-9,000 in low). The low speed setting is very useful when dealing with tough materials that a standard drill would not be able to drill through. Cordless hammer drills are ideal for occasional drilling of concrete or masonry, not for production construction drilling. Shop for a rotary hammer for that.

As mentioned above, this cordless tool from Makita comes with lots of excellent adjustments. It has forward, reverse, 2 gear ratios along with variable speed in all modes. The standard drill chuck fits up to 1/2 inch bits. There are no drill bits included but any should work as long as it has a standard shaft. The bits can be changed without any tools. The fastening torque can be adjusted in 21 steps to reduce stripping of fasteners. The torque clutch mode only applies while in the screw driving mode.

The Makita XPH102 comes with a battery (BL1830), and a rapid charger (DC18RC). It can be powered by Makita 18V LXT and Compact Lithium-Ion batteries with a star symbol. Definitely, the fast charging battery is one selling point of this product. The 3.0Ah battery reaches a full charge in only 30 minutes. Less time charging means more time working. Various amp-hour batteries are available in case you need an extra. Charger input is 110V. To optimize battery life, the smart charger communicates with the battery during the charging process.

Weighing 3.9 lbs (net weight 3.4 lbs), this tool is ideal for you who are looking for a cordless hammer drill that is not too heavy. At only 7-3/4″ long, positive comments have been made for the design of the unit. The all metal gear construction adds a level of durability to the product. Other features of the machine include the rubberized soft grip and the little front LED for dark areas. The hard shell case is a nice bonus.

The XPH10 definitely has its place in Makita’s lineup. User reviews of the tool are excellent. Owners posting to Amazon.com give the product an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 that suggests it is a very good value bargain.

This product is highly rated by many consumers but nothing is really perfect in this world. There are negative review about chuck wobble. Some users may have gotten a bad unit. Other criticisms of the product include that no drill bits in the box and no toggle for the light. The front LED keeps on lighting while the switch trigger is being pulled and goes out a few seconds after releasing the trigger.

Despite having a few downsides, most of the customers have been satisfied with their purchase. People have found that it is very powerful for an 18V tool. The battery charges quickly as promised and the charge holds for a good long time. Some customers would like to see a little more room in the carrying case for bits but it is not a serious issue. They are happy with the sturdy case. The price of the tool is agreeable to the majority.

If you want a heavy duty hammer drill/driver which is constructed to withstand extreme working conditions, this probably is not the right tool for you. But if you do many home improvement projects, then based on the customer reviews, this product is well worth the cost. People generally have been happy with the feel and performance of this drill.

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