Makita 8443DWDE Review

Makita 8443DWDE

Makita 8443DWDE Makita
8443DWDE

18V NiMH 1/2"
Hammer Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Discontinued
Torque

400

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1400

Max RPM
Weight

5.7

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2.6

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 8443DWDE is 15% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 68 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Makita cordless drill is 12% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 184 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 22% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
BATTERY This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 19% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.4 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


Makita 8443DWDE Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 400 in-lbs - The 8443DWDE is 15% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 68 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-450 / 0-1,400 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
1400 RPM - This Makita cordless drill is 12% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 184 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 16 Settings - The Makita 8443DWDE has a below average number of clutch settings, but is probably still adequate for many DIY jobs. The clutch helps you to avoid stripping a screw with too much torque.  
Power
Ratio
70 P/W - The Makita 8443DWDE power-to-weight ratio is 30% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 30 lower than the 100 average ratio for this class drill.  
Hammer 0-6,750 / 0-21,000 IPM - Generates a hammer impact rate that's 23% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 6000 less impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
All-Metal - The Makita 8443DWDE transmission has all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in many drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor External Access Brushes - Motor brushes must be replaced periodically and external access makes the job a much easier DIY task. No need to take your drill into the repair shop for complete disassembly.
Warranty 1-Year - Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) 193159-1 - Older rechargeable technology with higher capacity than NiCd batteries, but shorter shelf life. Inferior to Lithium Ion due to heavier weight and shorter run-times.  
Capacity 2.6 Ah - This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 19% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.4 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
60 min Universal Charger - Battery charge-time is about average for this class battery. If you only have one battery, or you go through multiple batteries on the job-site, charge-time is an important consideration.  
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Makita 8443DWDE that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5.7 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 22% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length 10-1/2 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
One-Hand Bit Change - This single-sleeve chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
LED
Light
No LED Light - The Makita 8443DWDE does not have an integrated LED light that Illuminates your work area. This feature is extremely useful, but is obviously not essential if you have secondary lighting available.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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