Makita DHP458Z Cordless Drill UK Review

Makita DHP458Z Cordless Drill UK Review

This is our review of the Makita DHP458Z Cordless Drill. This is an 18 volt combination, 2-speed drill, that has an average price of around £69. That is expensive enough, but it is very high quality. This is an effective and efficient drill, with a single keyless chuck, that also has a powerful torque.

For this price please note, that it is a body only drill and as such does not come with a battery. That will have to be purchased separately, if you don't already own one. I have included those details down below.

From the image above, you can see that the Makita DHP458Z is very much in the classic Makita style. It works off an 18 Volt battery (purchased separately), and this is a Li-Ion battery which charges quickly, and holds its charge for a very long time.

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How Do Buyers Rate the Makita DHP458Z 2 Speed Drill?

Buyer Satisfaction

One good way of finding out about a drill is to look at the actual buyer reviews.  

These are very useful as people have bought the product, used it and then taken the time to leave a review. I have summarised these below as percentages of reviews left by buyers.

At the time of writing this there were well over 500 online buyer reviews to go on. The average overall buyer rating is 88% buyer satisfaction

74 out of 100 buyers rate this drill with full 5 star reviews. 87% rate it 4 stars or higher. That is impressive for any product. The number of low reviews is higher than you would normally find for a high quality Makita product. We will examine why lower down this article.

We have completed a full review below. However if you are pushed for time you can click below for the best prices, any discounts and reviews over at Amazon

Who Would Buy this Makita DHP458Z?

This would be classed as a good all rounder for the home. It feels light in the hand, is powerful and the 2-speed gearbox makes drilling most materials a simpler task. The people who bought this used it both for screw driving and also for drilling.

This one is also suitable for people working outside as it has been improved for both dust performance, and also to be drip proof.

Compared to many drills out there, of this type of quality, this one is at the lower end of the price point. If you already own an 18 Volt Makita battery, then of course this would be a very good option for you. If you don't have a battery, then one of those can set you back around £60, and another £30 for a charger.

That is OK if you plan on buying other cordless Makita tools. If not, then buying all three parts can make this a very expensive choice.

Important Features of the Makita DHP458Z

Feature Specification

  • You get the DHP458Z (no battery)
  • It does have a twin LED job light
  • It has a hammer function and variable speed control
  • Has an electric brake
  • Has an optional side handle which can be attached quickly if required
  • Weighs around 2.1 Kg
  • Measures 7.9 x 22.5 x 25.9 cm
  • Has a large 13 mm chuck (Single Sleeve Keyless)
  • Uses a 100 watt motor (DC Motor FD-31-30)
  • It does have a depth gauge
  • 2-Speed gearbox
  • 21 torque settings
  • Bit Holder
  • Compact and Lightweight
  • Comes with a standard 1-year warranty which can be upgraded to 3 years online

Main Review of the Makita DHP458Z

Body Only

It is very important to understand that for the £69 price point this drill does not come with a battery. If you need to buy a battery and charger, then this drill takes the following battery pack and charger:

Battery Makita BL1830 18V 3Ah LXT Li-ion

Makita DC18RC 18 V Li-ion Fast Battery Charger

These will need to be purchased in addition to the drill. The battery pack costs around £45, and the fast charger costs just under £40. A full charge takes only 22 minutes which is pretty impressive. The battery also has a fuel gauge which you can check by pushing a button. 

The battery simply slides on to the base of the drill. You will feel it lock into place. Push until you see a small red light disappear and then you will know that it is locked in the right position.

  • 3 lights on: more than 50% of full battery capacity
  • 2 lights on: 20% to 50% of full battery capacity
  • 1 light on: less than 20% of full battery capacity

Drilling Depths

  • Maximum depth in wood - 65 mm
  • Maximum depth in masonry- 16 mm
  • Maximum depth in steel - 13 mm

The drill itself is small and compact, and powerful enough for all the basic drilling and driving jobs. It also has a hammer action, so good enough to drill through masonry as well. I don't think it would be able to do the bigger concrete drilling tasks, but for all the basic things like making a hole for a wall plug, this will do it no problem. Please note the drilling depths shown above.

What Buyers Liked About the Makita DHP458Z

  • Represents very good value for money
  • Very useful drill/driver to have for use around the home and garden for most DIY tasks and projects
  • Well designed, lightweight and easy to use
  • Feels well balanced and the hammer action is good

What Buyers Did Not Like About the Makita DHP458Z

  • The main source of customer complaints was that the drill stopped working. All of these were replaced under warranty, though that can still be very annoying


Value for Money



My Conclusion & Recommendation

If this is not the one for you, then check out our top 10 list of Makita drills.  This one is a good all round drill, though there were a few complaints about its durability. Nevertheless overall it gets really good reviews.

It is small, lightweight and yet powerful enough to handle most drilling and driving jobs around the home. As it has a hammer action, it can be used for doing the basic masonry drilling jobs. The twin LED lights are great for lighting up work areas. The variable speed and twin gearbox give you very good drilling and driving control.

It is also good that it has larger 13 mm chuck, that makes changing drill bits very easy.  It also has the basic forward and reverse functions which are changed by pushing a small lever. A wheel close to the chuck changes the action mode to drill, hammer mode or clutch rotation mode.

There are also 21 torque settings which are adjusted by a ring. And finally it does come with a bit holder. Overall a good drill, especially if you already have a Makita 18 volt battery.

About the author cordy

I am a retired construction worker and I also happen to love power tools. I have used hundreds over the years and offer my opinions on them here.

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