Makita DP4000 Review

Makita DP4000

Makita DP4000 Makita
DP4000

1/2" Keyed 7 Amp
Power Drill
1/2" Keyed Chuck
Price Level: $$
Power

7

Amps
Speed

900

Max RPM
Weight

4.8

Pounds
Capacity

1.5

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DP4000 generates about average power when compared to other corded power drills. The average power drill motor carries an electrical current load of about 7.2 amps.  
SPEED This Makita drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard power drills. The average corded drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1090 RPM.  
WEIGHT It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other power drills. The average corded drill weighs about 4.6 lbs.  
CAPACITY This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
WARRANTY Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


Makita DP4000 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 7 amps - The DP4000 generates about average power when compared to other corded power drills. The average power drill motor carries an electrical current load of about 7.2 amps.  
Capacity
Wood
1.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
Speed 0-900 RPM - This Makita drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard power drills. The average corded drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1090 RPM.  
Capacity
Steel
0.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average bit capacity for steel and ranks in the top 40% of corded drills. It can drill a hole in steel that is 1/8" larger than the average 3/8" hole capacity for corded drills.
Power
Ratio
1.5 P/W - The Makita DP4000 is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range power drills. The average P/W ratio is about 1.6 for corded drills.  
Gear
Reduction
Double - Gear systems with double reduction generally provide more torque for a given amperage. They operate more efficiently at lower speeds than single gear systems, which extends the life of the drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The Makita DP4000 is manufactured with an all-metal gear housing that protects the transmission and prevents the drill from cracking when dropped onto hard surfaces such as concrete.
Gears Non-Metal Parts - Some of the transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Warranty 1-Year - Makita's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4.8 lbs - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other power drills. The average corded drill weighs about 4.6 lbs.  
Length 12 in - Power 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
No Spindle Lock - This power drill has a keyed chuck with superior gripping ability. Spindle lock is only applicable to keyless chucks and allows the operator to change drill bits with just one hand.  
Belt
Hook
Integrated Belt Hook - Includes a belt hook or clip that allows you to temporarily hang the drill from your belt or a ladder while you're performing other job tasks. Helps prevent dropped and damaged drills.
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.
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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