Makita 18-volt Brushless Hammer Driver/Drill
Issue: Issue 347
Posted Date: 3/11/2014
Adding to its lineup of more than 70 cordless tools that run on the same 18-volt LXT® lithium-ion batteries, Makita
has just added the new XPH06 1/2-in. Brushless Hammer Driver/Drill. At its heart, the drill contains Makita's BL™ brushless motor, which is electronically controlled to optimize battery use while matching the torque and rpm requirements of the tool as the demands of the application change. The absence of carbon brushes also enables the motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life.
The new XPH06 Hammer Driver/Drill delivers 530 in./lbs. of maximum torque, with 16 clutch settings and variable speed. It also has two speed ranges (0 to 400 or 0 to 1,550 rpm), provided by an all-metal transmission. In hammer mode, the drill delivers from 0 to 6,000 blows per minute (BPM) in "low" gear, or up to 23,000 BPM in "high" gear. These drilling or hammering modes should cover a wide range of applications. From the end of its tool-less, 1/2-in. chuck to the back of the motor housing, the XPH06 measures 7-7/8-in. long. It weighs 3.9 lbs. A built-in LED light and rubberized grip add convenience and comfort during use.
Makita has also engineered this hammer driver/drill with harsh jobsite conditions in mind: it features Makita's Extreme Protection Technology (XPT), which amounts to a protective seal inside the tool that improves water resistance by channeling water away from key internal components.
The XPH06 is available in kit form ($299) with two 18-volt LXT lithium-ion batteries, an Energy Star® qualified Rapid Optimum Charger that replenishes depleted batteries in 30 minutes, tool belt clip and a hard carry case. Or, you can buy the Hammer Driver/Drill without batteries or charger as the XPH06Z "bare" tool for $119. There's also a larger two-tool kit that includes the XPH06 plus an 18V LXT® Brushless Impact Driver (model XDT08Z). This bigger kit (model XT248) sells for $329.