Makita 18V Brushless 1/2″ Hammer Drill XPH14 – Their New High Torque Flagship

Back in 2014 Makita shook the tool world with their XPH07 flagship cordless high torque hammer drill that leapfrogged other brands high torque hammer drills with a then impressive 1090 in-lbs torque. While that number is still very high today, it’s been surpassed by other brands like Milwaukee, Ridgid, Metabo HPT to name a few with 1200 in-lbs of torque or more. Not wanting to stay behind, Makita announced a new flagship cordless high torque hammer drill with the XPH14 model that looks to stay competitive with the other brands.

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As you can see above it looks very similar to the XPH07 original however Makita claims that theirs is the “most powerful” in it’s class with a rated 1250 in-lbs of torque. While it is 50 more in-lbs than Milwaukee’s and Metabo HPT’s (Hitachi) offerings, it’s still 50 in-lbs less than Ridgid’s and Metabo’s 1300 in-lbs flagship models. While the XPH07 dominated the scene when it came out, Makita’s latest XPH14 simply plays catchup to the rest. This is still great news as Makita users can now upgrade to a new high torque model that can hang with the other brands monsters with a monster of their own. Makita didn’t just make it stronger but they also say that they’ve made it 14% more compact than their previous model which is great as a more compact drill can fit into more tight spaces, although no specific length measurements have been provided. At the time of writing, that’s the only info we have as far as specs are concerned, spec details like RPM, BPM, weight, actual length and other stats are not available. I will reach out to Makita for more info. We do know that this new model is stated for release the first quarter of 2021.

The image above is the new XPH14 model and has a similar side handle like the original although it’s hard to tell by the angle if they shortened it. It still is only two positions, right angle left and right, and comes with a depth rod so you don’t over hammer drill into concrete. The LED light is still above the trigger rather than below the handle. They also sacrificed the separate mode select collar in favor for a shorter length. I would have preferred they kept it since I’m a fan of separate mode select collars but this seems to be the popular course to remove this premium feature for the sake of a slightly shorter drill. Brands like Milwaukee and Dewalt have already gone down this path so no surprise Makita is doing the same. We can also see that it’s shown with a 5.0 ah battery which probably means kits will be bundled with them. I wonder why Makita doesn’t make it a standard practice to bundle their high end tools with 6.0’s. I’m still left wondering if it will have modern tech like an electric torque clutch or the tried and true mechanical torque clutch. I also hope they kept the speed 2 RPM under 2000 as high second speed RPM’s may look nice on the cover of a box when store shopping for a new drill, but the fact is that a high RPM’s require way more torque to handle larger drill bits at these speeds and usually don’t perform that well. I wish manufacturers would keep pushing higher torque but go back down to 1,500 RPM on speed 2 or even better if they went to 1200 or 1300 RPM, as you’ll be able to use much larger drill bits at high speed with these RPM’s. That’s what makes Dewalt’s premium 3 speed hammer drills so nice, is that their middle speed has a relative high RPM speed that can run much larger bits very fast without bogging down.


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dave jones

I contacted makita UK, they said that it will be known as the DHP486 in the uk.

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