Summary: I did not purchase this from amazon although my Makita purchase will be. My employer bought 6 of these sets in 2010 and I have personally been using them since 2011. Of those 6 kits 4 of been stolen from past employees or left at job sites and 2 are still being used and abused. Let me just say even though I am ashamed of it that we abuse the ever loving crap out of these drills. Pros: Still working after 3 years of abuse.
Summary: I have used three of the Makita BDF451s in my home furniture and cabinet business for three years now, and they are great drills to use. Just need to be a little tougher. I used to own a commercial cabinet shop and must have heavy-duty tools, as I demand a lot from them. I concur with what others have said about power, balance, the very helpful light, quick charge time, etc. But now, two of the three drills have developed transmission problems.
Summary: I am currently using this drill to build a deck. The battery life is impressive. I thought the light on the drill was nothing more than a gimmick but after working outside on a few late nights it really came in handy. Have been using it for a couple weeks and haven't found anything negative with it yet. **UPDATE** 01-27-2012 Wow, can't believe my original review was over four years ago. Just to follow up...
Lightweight, NOT a "Hammerdrill", Really paying for lithium.
Been There "BeenThere", Amazon
11 September 2014
Summary: I have used Craftsman, Ryobi, DeWalt and Makita from 7-18 volts. Makita has again produced a tough, handy design. But somehow the Amazon product description slipped on the features. Makita specs for the BDF451 show NO hammer on this drill. Unlike the drill, the lithium packs are warranted for only 1 year. Standard issue.
Summary: First, let me say that, overall, I like this drill (although I haven't used it that much yet). It's fast, runs long on one charge, and is comfortable. I also really like the chuck - you can tighten and loosen it with one hand without a key and without running the drill. This is very convenient. The storage compartment on the case is nice too. I have a few negative points to make, though: 1.
Summary: Over the years i have used nearly every brand of cordless tool imaginable. There has always been advantages and disadvantages to each. Not with the Makita LXT line though. I own the Drill/Driver and the impact driver and each is everything advertised. They are lighter than other 18v models. They are tough, the battery charge lasts at least twice as long as any I have ever used and four times longer than the craftsman I upgraded from.