The Makita brand is a Japanese company with over 100 years experience in the tool industry. They have a manufacturing plant here in the UK which is based in Telford.
In 1991 they bought over the Dolmar brand and that allowed them to branch out into outdoor power gardening tools.
Their drill/drivers are at the higher end of the price point and range between £70-170 for their best choices. They have a very distinctive blue and red colour scheme on their brand.
These would be more expensive for example that the average cost of a drill in the Black and Decker range. That said, there is no doubt whatsoever about the very high quality of all of their power tools. They use the best materials available and if you buy a Makita product, you will have purchased an excellent tool.
Makita firmly believe that the key to any good power tool is the motor. Dewalt have a similar philosophy and that is why they produced their brushless motor. Makita do produce excellent motors and they use premium grade steel for their gears and shafts.
They then thoroughly test all of their products before they leave the factory. The bottom line here is that they build and deliver some of the highest quality drill/drivers on the UK market and at an average price of around £70-100.
Over the years Jack (a site contributor) has used a lot of Makita tools. In the past he would have used a mixture of Bosch and Ryobi. He has switched almost every tool he owns over to this Makita brand. I have used many of his tools myself and can also assure you these are a very high standard indeed. I remain a devout Dewalt guy, but if they didn't exist, I would be using these.
Full List of Makita Cordless Drills
Please note in some cases, the drill model numbers are the same, but they may be sold as a body only, or with other items such as batteries, chargers and accessories. That can get confusing so we have separated those out.
Makita Cordless Drills Body Only
Just below you will find all the Makita cordless drill tool only options. You do not get a battery or charger with the tool only option. That is OK as long as you already own a compatible Makita battery pack and charger.
Makita WZ DHP482 - This is an 18V White Cordless Combi Drill - Body Only option (Average Price £55)
Makita DHP482Z - This is an 18V Cordless Combi Drill - Body Only option (Average Price £65)
Makita DDF453Z - This is an 18V cordless drill/driver - Body Only option (Average Price £65)
Makita DHP458Z - This is an 18V cordless compact combi drill/driver - Body Only option (Average Price £95)
Makita DHR171Z - 18V cordless SDS rotary hammer drill Body Only (Average Price £95)
Makita DDF484Z - This is an 18V cordless brushless drill/driver - Body Only option (Average Price £115)
Makita DHR202Z - This is an 18V cordless SDS Plus rotary hammer drill - Body Only option (Average Price £120)
Makita DHP481Z - This is an 18V brushless cordless hammer drill - Body Only option (Average Price £140)
Makita DHR171Z - 18V cordless SDS rotary hammer drill and case Body Only (Average Price £150)
Makita DHR242Z - 18V cordless SDS rotary hammer drill Body Only (Average Price £150)
Makita Cordless Drills with a Battery (No Charger)
Just below you will find all the Makita cordless drill tool and one battery only options. There is no charger so these are usually bought as a replacement for an older style Makita drill. You use your old charger if compatible.
Makita DHP482Z with battery - This is an 18V Cordless Combi Drill with battery (no charger) (Average Price £125)
Makita DHP482BL1830 18V Combi drill with a 3.0 Ah battery (No charger) (Average Price £125)
Makita Cordless Drills with Battery Charger & Accessories
Makita DHP453RFW 18V Combi drill with a 3.0 Ah battery, charger and case (Average Price £150)
Makita DHP453SFTK 18V Combi drill with 101 piece accessory kit (Average Price £210)
Makita HP457DWE10 18V Combi drill with 2 batteries, charger, accessories and case (Average Price £185)
Makita DHP453FX12 18V Combi drill with a 3.0 Ah battery, a charger and 101 piece accessory kit (Average Price £200)
Makita 18 V Cordless Combi Drill with 2 x Batteries, Charger and Accessory Kit (Average Price £200)
Makita DHP482RFWJ Combi Drill with 2 x 5.0 Ah Batteries, Charger and Case (Average Price £200)
Makita DHP482RTWJ with 2 x 3.0 Ah Batteries, Charger and Case (Average Price £200)
Makita DHR202RM1J with 1 x 4.0 Ah Battery, Charger and Case (Average Price £260)
Makita Cordless Drills Combination Kits
Makita DHP482Z DTD152Z - cordless combi drill and impact driver Body Only (Average Price £120)
Makita DK18015X1 - cordless combi drill and impact driver Body Only (Average Price £190)
Makita CLX202AJ - cordless combi drill and impact driver with 3 x 5.0Ah batteries, charger and case (Average Price £190)
Makita DLX2145TJ - Cordless combi drill and impact driver with 2 x 5.0Ah batteries and a charger (Average Price £290)
Makita DLX2131TJ - Cordless combi drill and impact driver with 2 x 5.0Ah batteries, a charger and case (Average Price £325)
Makita DK18015X2 Cordless Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Set
94% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews
Cordless Hammer Drill & an Impact Driver - 2 separate tools
Two 18 Volt Lithium Ion batteries
3 Years Warranty
Canvas carrying Bag
An Impact gold drill bit
Makita DHP482Z 18V LXT Cordless Combi Drill White
92% buyer satisfaction based on 200+ online buyer reviews
This is a "tool only" cordless hammer drill
It doesn't come with a battery and charger, so you will need to own a Makita LXT 18V battery, or be prepared to buy a battery and charger
It has a strong all metal gear transmission which means it will last for a long time
It has 20 torque settings, variable speed control and twin LED lights.
Makita - The Company and the Brand
Makita are without any doubt one of the very best when it comes to new and innovative technology.
Their main research and development is based in Japan and they do invest a lot of money in features like Lithium-Ion batteries, improved dust extraction systems and battery charging systems.
So that is our review of the best Makita cordless drills in the UK market at the moment. Hopefully this helps make your choice that little bit easier.