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.
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.
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.
Summary: I had this drill and it's a great machine on all parts except the badly engineered transmission. I know have the BHP458z. It has a far better transmission which you can rely on. I think Makita stopped making this 3-speed machine due to it's unreliability and they have now gone back to using only 2...
Summary: This is a nice drill. I use it hard and it has always worked well for me under all conditions. The light is a handy feature. The battery holds a charge for a long time and recharges fast. I gave it four stars because the chuck is difficult to tighten fully.
Summary: After doing a lot of research online and on consumer reports I decided I would spend the extra money and purchase this item to use around the house. Overall I can say that I am very satisfied with the drill. It is very light (compared to my old dewalt) due to the LI battery that it has.
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.