Here's a quick look at the specs, features, pros, and cons of the Makita XPH07T hammer drill/driver. This information was excerpted from a tool test in the Spring 2015 issue of Tools of the Trade. The main story contains an overview plus runtime and power test data for all tools tested.
Battery: 18 volts; 5.0 Ah
Battery gauge: 3 bars; on tool
Weight (pounds): 5.35; with handle 6.03
Rpm: 0-550; 0-2,100
Hammer Bpm: 0-8,250; 0-31,500
Other Features: Brushless motor; double LED headlights; 14 5/8-inch side handle; stop rod; belt hook; onboard bit holder
Price: Kit $349; bare tool $149
Includes: Tool; 2 batteries; charger; large plastic case
Country of origin: Tool China; battery Korea and Vietnam
Notes: Also available in a kit with 4.0 Ah battery packs—model XPH07M.
Performance: Rated excellent under heavy duty uses. Overall winner: tops in power, application speed, and runtime. (See comparison tables in Main Story)
Comments: A real standout brushless motor tool that mastered every challenge and posted the fastest times in every trial; this tool sets the bar for 18-volt cordless hammer drill/driver power.
Pro: Belt hook that mounts on either side of tool. Extra-long side handle maximizes leverage for resisting big bits. Side handle attaches to tool without having to slide over bit and chuck.
Con: Clutch settings too weak for driving larger fasteners so tool must be used in drill mode which can overdrive fasteners or subject user to high reaction torque since the tool is so strong. As with other Makita batteries marked with a star logo, the new 5.0 Ah pack will shut down when the tool is overloaded and require a full check-up charge—even if it is fully charged. This can slow you way down so avoid repeatedly pulling the trigger once the tool stalls.