Compare Makita BHP454 Drill to BHP452 Features & Uses

What`s the difference between BHP452 & BHP454 hammer drills?


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To basically compare the 2 tools they both have the same functions, same gear settings, clutch settings, beats per/min on hammer mode and hammer settings. They both also have very similar tool speeds.
Both are similar size and weight, 454 a tad heavier, slightly larger, has a metal gear case & all metal chuck and has +200 rpm tool speed.
They also both have an all metal 2 speed gearbox. Made with similar components.
Do not be mislead by some sellers that claim the bhp452 has a plastic gearbox. This is not true and is just a cheap sales ploy that mis-informs people aimed to make you buy the 454. The plastic bit is the gear selector sleeve and gear box housing, which is plastic in both 452 and 454 makita models. These components are plastic in almost every brand of drill except the dewalt DCD950. Good or bad thing? Well it`s the weakest point, so you break the plastic sleeve and it`s a cheap easily replaceable part with no damage to the drive train. Break the DCD950 metal sleeve and your off to buy a whole new drill because chances are it will wreck the gearbox too.

The bhp452 hammer drill has an all metal 2 speed gearbox very similar to the bhp454. Just like any tool though if you push it to hard, get it too hot all the time, drop it off a roof, use it as a hammer, a frisbie, or drive over it with the ute, all the usual things that can happen to tools and you will most likely break either model.

Used as intended for light drilling tasks such as fitting door hinges, door locks etc, especially when you put a BL1815 lightweight battery in it you won`t find a better drill to use for small jobs than the bhp452 for the money.

But if your going to try to punch 30mm holes into sleepers or studs all day everyday then the bhp452 is simply not going to cut the mustard.

I’ve used both tools and personally own a bhp452 and a bhp454 and before i opened my tool business i`d been a carpenter for the previous 20 years. I`m also a person who stepped up from using the old 18volt ni-mh versions of these tools for years. I owned three of the older makita 6343d `s units with the re-ciprocating saw and circular saw kit, well before i ever used one of these. Just as a side note: after at least 7-8 years of hard trade use and numerous new batteries all my old 18volt nh-mh makita tools still work perfectly and are now days retired to an easy life at home in the garage which has to say something.

Where the 452 and 454 models mainly differ is the torque. The bhp454 has slightly more power and is slightly larger in size and has a couple of hundred more rpm. Basically making it a more robust version of the same drill. It`s heavier as well with the metal chuck and gear case making it a little nose heavy and a bit more of a hand full for smaller jobs.

I would never use my 454 to fit door hinges, drilling holes for pot rivets or drilling cabinets, etc, it`s just too big. The 452 is perfect for that job. Vice versa i wouldn`t use my 452 to drill lots of 32mm spade bit holes in studs either, i`d get the 454 out. It`s all about what you personally want to do with it, not your mate or some other tradie, you personally. So think about what you intend to do with the tool as it`s regular job and get what suits you.

BHP454 has 560 lbs vs BHP452 460 lbs of torque to be exact.

If used, for what is meant to be used for, make no mistake the BHP452 is also a great little drill and has to be the best most well balanced little drills i`ve ever used and that`s saying something since i`ve used every type of drill we sell.

Hence why i stock both models in my store.

They also differ in what battery can work the tool.
BHP452 takes both types the BL1815 ( 1.5ah slim ) & bl1830 ( 3.0ah ) batteries,
BHP454 can only be used with BL1830 3.0ah batteries.

(For more info on the differences in batteries check my guide for makita batteries and what tool they fit.)

The 454`s gearbox is not a lot stronger than the bhp452 and if you abuse either drill on a regular basis then just like any tool you will damage it and more likely sooner than later.

Under sensible conditions you would probably be correct in assuming the BHP454 will outlast a BHP452, perhaps, depending on what you do with it. I guess that`s the deciding factor with almost any tool most of the time.

Since the 454 is around $40 or so dearer than the 452 you would expect it to last longer or your going to be a little peeved to say the least. But don`t be all that surprised if it doesn`t, since i`ve heard many a story from customers with a mate who owns the little 452 and they have killed a 454, meanwhile their mates BHP452 still lives on. So BHP452 is not to be underestimated either.

The BHP452 is a tool more built for light duty tasks.
The BHP454 the heavier duty version.

The BHP454 is not the updated version of BHP452, they are both the current models and 2 totally separate tools designed with separate tasks in mind. The bhp454 is of course a more expensive unit. These drill have driver versions with no hammer mode which are usually dearer than the version with the hammer mode. Supply and demand determines that.
BDF452 & BDF451 are the Driver drills. As a note the BDF451 is a 3 speed driver drill, in my mind that`s more use full than a hammer mode that i`m unlikely to ever use. I have SDS drills for serious concrete drilling so i`d much rather have a third gear on my cordless drill over a hammer mode. So i actually prefer BDF451 over BHP454. But that`s just me.
The Product Descriptions for both tools are pretty similar :

BHP452: Product Description,

Makita built, 4-pole maximum torque motor delivers 450 in. lbs. of efficient torque in a compact size, powering the drill every 90 degrees for more power.
All metal – 2 speed gear box.
Shift-Lock drive system sleeve quickly shifts from “hammer drill” to “driver” mode.
2-Speed design (0 – 400/ 0 -1,500) covers a wide range of drilling and driving applications.
Compact design at only 9-1/2″ length and weighs only 3.9 lbs. for less operator fatigue.
Ergonomic grip fits like a glove to increases overall comfort and control.
Keyless chuck for quick, easy bit swapping.
BHP454 Product Description:

Makita built, 4-pole maximum torque motor delivers 560 in. lbs. of efficient torque in a compact size, powering the drill every 90 degrees for more power.
All metal – 2 speed gear box.
Shift-Lock drive system sleeve quickly shifts from “hammer drill” to “driver” mode.
2-Speed design (0 – 400/ 0 -1,700) covers a wide range of drilling and driving applications.
Compact design at only 9-9/16″ length and weighs only 4.9 lbs. for less operator fatigue.
Ergonomic grip fits like a glove to increases overall comfort and control.
Keyless chuck for quick, easy bit swapping.
The Specifications differ slightly with BHP454 having a little more torque

Specifications for BHP452:

* Capacity – Steel 1/2″

Wood 1-1/2″

Masonry 1/2″

* No Load RPM Low 0 – 400 / High 0 – 1,500
* Blows/Min.(BPM) Low 0-6,000 / High 0-22,500
* Max Torque (in.-lbs.) 450
* Watt Hours 54.
* Chuck type Keyless 1/2″
Specifications for BHP454:

* Capacity – Steel 1/2″

Wood 2-9/16″

Masonry 5/8″

* No Load RPM Low 0 – 400 / High 0 – 1,700 (200 RPM HIGHER.)
* Blows/Min.(BPM) Low 0-6,000 / High 0-22,500
* Max Torque (in.-lbs.) 560 ( This is the Main Important Difference Between the 2 Tools, MORE TORQUE. )
* Chuck type Key-less 13mm – 1/2″
So what are they like to use?

Well as soon as you first pick up either drill they both feel fantastic to grip and very well balanced. To me personally these feel better than just about any other brand of tool in your hand, i personally think the only other that feels as good is the Hitachi DV18DL. That`s a personal thing though and just me, everybody is different and others might not agree. With the 3.0Ah battery in either tool they are very noticeably lighter than a Ni-Mh 18Volt drill.

If you centre the drills resting on one finger with it sitting in the middle of the tool around the trigger the tool balances well on your finger without wanting to fall one way or another. The bhp452 almost balances perfectly! A big plus if you ask me. Versus something like a dewalt dcd950 which is really nose heavy and bad for small jobs drilling horizontally. Fine if your standing over the tool but otherwise it`s not nice to use.
The 454 is a little nose heavy and not so great for fine work like centering screw holes for door hinges and cabinets etc. Great for electricians punching 32mm spade bits through studs though. You get the idea i`m sure.
The body of both tools have a neat rubber body molding on the outside to protect the tool and whatever project you may be working on at the time, also a very nice feature. You don`t really need to worry about scuffing what ever you`re working on or the tool if you want to rest the tool down for a minute.

When it comes to drilling and driving.

I`ve used both tools for both drilling and driving into all types of materials from redgum and spotted gum, to pine & chipboard and holes in tiles & steel.

For the right task both tools are very enjoyable to use and very similar in most respects you really only notice a slight difference in the weight and until you really start to push the 452 to its power limit it performs exactly the same as the 454.
The 452 will struggle for power on the bigger jobs like driving a 100mm screw into timber or drilling 12mm holes into sleepers with auger bits, but it still will push on through. This is when you notice the difference between the two tools, once you load it right up. When the 452 starts to struggle the 454 soldiers on most of the time, it too though still has its limits of course but they are little bit beyond the 452.

If it comes down to light duty drilling and driving such as fitting a door lock or hinges, drilling the odd small hole here and there in some random bit of timber or metal then the BHP452 is a really great tool.

But if you`re going to push a drill hard and need it for heavy trade work then buy a BHP454 or BDF451, that`s my opinion, you`ll probably be happier at the end of the day.

To sum up,
Always choose the tool that suits the job you want it to do,
Stick with a decent, trade proven brand
and when you get the tool,

and unless you get unlucky they will usually do good by you.

That`s the basic rules, i say to most people.

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