Makita Adds a Mid-Level Hammer Drill to the 18V Lineup
When choosing the best cordless hammer drill, it can be tempting to go with the one with the most power period. However, many Pros don’t require all the bells and whistles that come with high-performance models. In these cases, we turn to mid-level power, such as in the Makita XPH16 Hammer Drill. We’re looking at how this tool rounds out Makita’s 18V hammer drill lineup by providing a middle ground between performance and size.
Makita XPH16 Performance
- Delivers up to 970 in-lbs of torque
- Max speeds: 1800 RPM
- Max impact rate: 27,000 BPM
- Variable speed trigger
- Brushless motor
The XPH16 hammer drill uses a brushless motor to deliver up to 970 in-lbs of torque, which puts it in the mid-level range of Makita’s lineup. The brand tells us it’s up to 70% more powerful than the previous hammer drill model, the XPH12.
It has two speed settings, with 0-550 RPM on low and 0-1,800 RPM on high. A variable speed trigger lets you further dial in your speeds for the task at hand. For impact rates, this tool sees up to 8,250 BPM on low and 27,000 BPM at the top end.
The XPH16 has a capacity of 5/8-inch in masonry material, a 1/2-inch capacity in steel, and a 2-inch capacity when drilling into wood.
Makita XPH16 Design
- Length: 6.9 inches
- Weight: 4.9 pounds (with 5.0Ah battery)
- XPT technology provides dust and water resistance
- All-metal 1/2-inch self-ratcheting chuck
- All-metal gear housing
- Dual LED lights
This hammer drill is 6.9 inches long from tip to tail and weighs just under 5 pounds, including a 5.0Ah battery. While it’s not a compact drill, it’s still certainly more than manageable for all-day use.
For durability, the XPH16 features a 1/2-inch, self-ratcheting chuck with all-metal construction, as well as an all-metal gear housing. Makita’s Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) also ensures it withstands harsh jobsite conditions, providing increased dust and water resistance.
Finally, dual LED work lights help illuminate low-light work areas.
Makita XPH16 Price
This hammer drill retails for $359 as a kit, including two 5.0Ah batteries, a charger, and a tool bag. We’re not seeing any bare tool options at the time of writing.
You can also get it as part of a 2-tool combo kit, which adds in an XDT14Z impact driver, for $329. We recommend this avenue while it’s available since it costs $30 less and includes an extra tool.
Makita backs your purchase with a 3-year warranty on the tool, battery, and charger.