Makita 18V 1/2″ Hammer Driver‑Drill

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Makita 18V LXT Brushless Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Driver‑Drill Review – Model XPH14

Makita 18V Cordless 1/2" Hammer Driver‑Drill

Manufacturer: Makita
Model number: XPH14
Power source: (2) 18V LXT Batteries
Motor size: Brushless
Weight: 5.73lbs
Is more torque really required? Well, sometimes, everything is dependent on your application. Makita recently released the Makita high-torque hammer drill XPH14, a new and improved high-torque hammer drill. This hammer drill has a 2-speed brushless motor with a 1/2 keyless chuck.

The Makita 18V 1/2″ Hammer Driver‑Drill was designed to run more efficiently and draws less energy from the battery, allowing a cooler battery/motor and longer runtime

Makita has been producing high-quality professional tools for more than a century. While they sometimes appear to be behind their competition, in new tool releases, what comes out of Makita is high-quality tools that last a long time. That’s what matters when your using tools to make a living. Once a tool earns your trust like this, it’s worth the wait.


Compact and Powerful

This drill was designed for demanding drilling applications. Paired with a 6″ x 7/8″ auger bit, this compact drill will still fit in between studs which are 16″ on-center. In a basement remodel we assisted our electrician with running a new wire for a few outlets. Makita supplied us with their 6″ auger bit. The high-torque hammer drill, set on speed-2 was able to rip into 2×4’s like a hot knife through butter! The secondary handle is a great feature during this application supporting my non-dominant hand I was able to control the drill and hit my target area without any issue.

Makita also sent over their 2-9/16″ self-feed bit to use in the XPH14. We cut some holes on scrap 2×4’s to test out the torque on speeds one and two. Here’s what we concluded:

  • 26 seconds to drill through the 2×4 on speed 1.
  • 13 seconds to drill through on speed 2 with the bit getting snagged twice.

Makita XPH14’s Standout Features

  • Brushless motor
  • 2-speed transmission
  • All metal 1/2″ self ratcheting chuck
  • L.E.D. lights
  • Rubberized soft grip
  • Extreme Protection Technology (XPT)
  • Star Protection Computer Controls

Makita Ergonomics

Makita has a long history of success in ergonomics. They listen to what we [consumers] say and put in a lot of effort to create products that not only feel good in our hands but are also well-balanced and allow us to work without pains and strains. Having a well-balanced tool reduces fatigue and the risk of harm during extended periods of use on the job site. Makita’s handle has a great textured rubber over-mold that provides comfort while operating.

Makita XPH14 Manufacturer Specifications

  • Model: Makita XPH14
  • Power Source: Makita 18V LXT battery
  • Chuck Size: 1/2-inch
  • No-Load Speed: 0 – 550 / 0 – 2100 RPM
  • Max Torque: 1250 in-lbs
  • Blow Rate: 0 – 8250 / 0 – 31500
  • Wood Capacity: 3 inches
  • Steel Capacity: 1/2 inch
  • Masonry Capacity: 5/8 inch
  • Length: 7 inches
  • Weight with Battery: 6 pounds
  • Warranty: 3 years

Variable Speeds

The Makita XPH14 has a 2-speed clutch with speeds ranging from 0-550 RPM on speed one to 0-2,100 RPM on speed two. With 0-3,500 BPM [blows per minute], the hammer drill packs a powerful punch. The new XPH14 is also 1-1/8″ shorter than the earlier models, making it more compact.

The new XPH17 has a torque rating of 1,250 in-lbs, which is 160 in-lbs more than the previous model, the XPH07.


Overall Impressions

The Makita XPH14 drill was a pleasure to use. The drill’s features, combined with its compact size and power, make it an all-around great drill driver. It is priced competitively with other professional bands, and if you use the Makita battery platform, this upgraded high-torque compact drill driver is a must-have.

How to Purchase

The Makita XPH14 can be purchased in two ways. You can purchase it as a bare tool or in a kit.

Bare Tool – Makita XPH14Z – $149.00

  • Drill / Driver
  • Secondary Handle
  • Depth Stop Rod
  • Belt Clip

Kitted Version – Makita XPH14T – $319.00

  • Drill / Driver
  • Secondary Handle
  • Depth Stop Rod
  • Belt Clip
  • Single Bank Charger
  • (2) 18v LXT 5.0Ah Batteries
  • Carrying Bag

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About the author

Scott Arnold

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is the owner of Scott Arnold Remodeling LLC out of Waltham MA. Custom decks, fireplace makeovers, kitchens and bathrooms, Scott enjoys the frame to finish concept. Scott will share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on

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