Makita XPH10Z 18V LXT Hammer Driver-Drill Review

Makita 18V LXT Hammer Driver-Drill XPH10Z Product Image

Editor Rating: 4.2/5


Makita 18V LXT Hammer Driver-Drill (XPH10Z) Full Review

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Published on: December 11, 2018

Last modified:

December 11, 2018 @ 4:45 pm



  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Makita XPH10Z Review Summary:

Hammer driver drills are a great tool for both professionals and novices. Makita is a well-known brand and they have been in the business for quite a while now. The reason behind them being on the market for so long is pretty simple – they manufacture quality tools suitable for anyone who’s willing to update their toolbox with a new addition.

The XPH10Z is an affordable model with a set of useful features both for big as well as smaller projects. It can cope with tough tasks and it’s engineered for applications that include concrete, masonry, metal, and wood.

If you’re looking for a good battery-powered hammer drill, take a moment and check this one out. We have covered its advantages as well as some shortcomings in order to bring it closer to you and make your choice much easier. Here is what we think about the XPH10Z model.

XPH10Z Specifications:

  • Weight – 3.4 lbs
  • Dimensions – 3.7 x 8.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Power source – battery powered (18 volts)

  • Max Torque – 480 in-lbs.
  • 2-speed design –(0-600RPM), (0-1900RPM)

Makita XPH10Z – The Basics

This model boasts a 4-pole motor that delivers up to 480 in-lbs of torque. Its variable speed design allows you to cover a wide array of applications including drilling through materials as well as driving and hammering through them. It weighs only about 3.4 pounds with battery which is not an alarming weight by anymeans. In fact, it’s quite lightweight and it reduces operator’s fatigue significantly.
The dual LED lights are also a nice addition to this versatile drill because they work well when it comes to illuminating dim areas and angles.  


The Features


As far as the design goes, it’s pretty conventional for Makita. The hand grip is rubberized and it ensures a firm grip. On top of that, it’s quite ergonomic and compact meaning you can use it anywhere without worrying about transport and issues with cumbersome designs. As we have mentioned, it weighs only about 3.4 pounds meaning you can easily use it for longer periods of time without worrying too much about fatigue.

The important thing to point out is the trigger sensitivity. This is one of the first features many professionals ask about because it can make or break a drill. The XPH10Z model offers relatively good trigger control, although it could have been designed a bit better. However, it’s sufficiently sensitive for the vast majority of applications that this unit is foreseen for. 


This unit does well in the power department, in general. It can achieve up to 480in-lbs of max torque which is more than enough for the vast majority of applications, especially when it comes to drilling through wood. You can rest assured it will drill through dense wood without breaking a sweat. Needless to say, this model isn’t the most powerful unit on the market by any means, but it does offer a sufficient amount of power for everyday projects.

The Battery

Even though this particular model comes without the battery included, it uses the standard Makita 18V Lithium-Ion battery. There’s not much to say about it in the first place apart from the fact that it offers a reasonable runtime as well as a somewhat short recharge time. However, we recommend buying two batteries at once so that you don’t have to worry about downtime. Instead, you can use one battery while the other is charging.

Side image of Makita Hammer Driver Drill



Affordable unit


Good torque


Ergonomic design



Battery not included


Brushed motor


Things we liked about it

The first thing we have noticed is the compactness of this tool. In other words, it’s quite portable instead of being a nuisance to carry around. On top of that, the power output is solid and deserves a mention.

The affordability of this tool is also worth mentioning in case you’re looking for budget-friendly machines. While it isn’t cheap per se, it definitely falls into the affordable category. The price-to-quality ratio is pretty good and thus could be a viable solution for people who are looking to expand their arsenal of tools without spending a fortune.


Things we didn’t like

One of the most noteworthy disadvantages is that the motor is not brushless. Many people consider brushed motors obsolete and not worth the attention, but it isn’t as bad as it may seem.

Brushed motors work just as well as the brushless ones but with certain limitations – mainly a shorter lifespan. On the other hand, brushed units are significantly more affordable in comparison to their successor.

General Impressions

If you’re not planning on tackling a massive project that requires a particularly powerful tool, this model should meet your expectations. It’s not the go-to solution for large projects due to certain limitations (battery life, max torque), but it’s a viable option for smaller repairs and tasks. The bottom line is that you shouldn’t expect a miraculous performance, but rather a set of consistent features and a nice and ergonomic design.

Thanks to the consistency of the brand and quality that accompanies Makita’s tools, this model should meet your requirements as long as you keep them on a reasonable level. The vast majority of people who bought this particular model have praised its consistency and efficiency.


Makita is a brand that rarely disappoints their users. By that token, we can conclude that this particular model continues to deliver good performance and it yields satisfactory results. It may not be the best thing out there, but it’s certainly a worthy purchase for individuals who are looking to tackle some home repairs and even some professional tasks.

The battery life is pretty good and it can last for quite a while, but bear in mind that this model does not come with the battery included meaning you’ll have to buy it separately.

If you’re struggling with your budget and can’t find the brushless equivalent for a reasonable price, the XPH10Z might be a reasonable substitute. One thing is certain – it won’t let you down in the middle of a project.

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