Makita LXPH01 Review

Makita LXPH01

Makita LXPH01 Makita
LXPH01

18V LXT Li-Ion
Hammer Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$$
Torque

480

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1500

Max RPM
Weight

4

Lbs w Batt
Battery

3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The LXPH01 is 3% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 12 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Makita cordless drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1584 RPM.  
WEIGHT It is 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Makita's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Makita LXPH01 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 480 in-lbs - The LXPH01 is 3% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 12 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-400 / 0-1,500 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
1500 RPM - This Makita cordless drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1584 RPM.  
Clutch 21 Settings - The Makita LXPH01 has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
120 P/W - The Makita LXPH01 has an 20% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 40% of efficiently designed 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 20 higher than the 100 average ratio for this class drill.
Hammer 0-6,000 / 0-22,500 IPM - Generates a hammer impact rate that's 17% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 4500 less impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
All-Metal - The Makita LXPH01 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 3-Year - Makita's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) BL1830 LXT - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
30 min DC18RA Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
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 LXPH01 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 8-1/8 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
Integrated LED Light - The Makita LXPH01 illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
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
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased 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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