Cordless Drill / Driver Item ID: #254

Makita BDF451 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit

NOW $269.99

Product Information:

  • Makita-built 4-pole motor delivers 560 in.lbs. of Max Torque, with a variable 3-speed all metal transmission (0-300 / 0-600 / 0-1, 700 RPM) for a wide range of applications
  • Compact, ergonomic design; only 9-3/8 inches long and weighs just 4.6 lbs
  • Convenient features such as the Shift-Lock drive system to quickly shift between modes, 2 built-in L.E.D. light; and a rugged tool belt clip
  • Makita LXT Lithium-Ion battery and Energy Star rated 30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger produces 430% total lifetime work with 2.5X more cycles
  • 3-year warranty on tool; 1-year warranty on battery and charger

Item Description

We’ve come a long way from sweat and a screwdriver. A hundred years ago, builders would never have envisioned a tool as powerful and efficient as this one. Heck, even 20 years ago. Science has ushered battery technology along, and the LXT Lithium-Ion system that powers this impact driver has a ton of advantages over standard NiMH or NiCad batteries. The Lithium-Ion technology means 1,400 battery life cycles, longer run time, lighter weight, a great reduction in the self-discharge rate and built-in shock-absorbing features to protect your battery.

But perhaps the coolest innovation is what Makita calls its 45-minute Optimum Charger. It actually talks to the batteries it charges throughout the cycle, using a built-in memory chip in the battery and, believe it or not, a CPU chip in the charger itself, which analyzes the data stored in the battery chip to decide on the best charging method at that time.

The drill/driver itself is fairly compact and lightweight, weighing in at less than 5 pounds, yet it’s packing a powerful 560 in./lbs. of torque. It’s got a super speed range of 0 to 300 rpm in low gear, 0 to 600 in mid-range and 0 to 1,700 rpm in top gear. Sometimes, you may encounter a little resistance if you’re switching directly from low gear to high; if that happens, running the tool in mid-gear for a couple seconds completely alleviates any snag.

Makita’s always made ergonomically positive tools that feel good in your hand and take the strain off your body, and this one’s no exception. The slightly curved grip is so comfortable, and the auxiliary handle gives you supreme control. And because it’s super compact and lightweight, this driver’s an absolute pleasure to work with – even overhead. –Kris Jensen-Van Heste

What’s in the Box
Drill/driver, two LXT Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah batteries, 45-minute optimum charger, screwdriver bits, Carrying case (824754-3)

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