Makita DHR171Z Review

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Here at ToolShelf we bring you the Makita DHR171Z review. Hammer drills are commonly used in today’s market for boring holes in masonry, concrete and stone. Makita is one of the leading power tool manufacturer and distributors in the word and is constantly coming out with top of the line power tools that are lighter, more compact and function better. The Makita DHR171Z is a powerful compact tool that is designed specifically for efficient hammer or impact drilling. 

Battery & Charger

Please keep in mind that the Makita DHR171Z version does not contain the battery, charger or case. However, if you already have 18v Makita batteries this is not an issue.

With that being said the Makita DHR171Z has other variants. If, for example, you do not own a 18V Makita battery or corresponding charger, I recommend the following option. It includes the Hammer drill, two 18V 4.0Ah batteries, the DC18RC charger and the corresponding MAKPAC carry case.

Makita DHR171Z Review Features

  • Cordless 18V DC
  • Brushless motor
  • Weight 3 kg
  • 17 mm max drilling for concrete
  • 10 mm max drilling for steel
  • 13 mm max drilling for wood
  • SDS-plus shank
  • Motor overload protection


A major advantage of the Makita DHR171Z is, of course, it’s incredible light weight. Even with the use of a powerful 18 V 5.0 Ah battery this compact drill only weights 3 kg. In order to minimize the unpleasant vibrations from impact drilling, the handle is vibration-damped and equipped with soft grip inserts also ensure safe and comfortable handling. The Makita DHR171Z also has built-in temperature monitoring and motor overload protection that protects the battery against overload. With the included side handle, depth stop and led light for low light conditions, you can guarantee comfort and safety with the Makita DHR171Z.


As already mentioned, the Makita DHR171 is built with a brushless 18V motor. Due to the brushless motor you get a more efficient battery life without the loss of performance. The speed of the motor is controlled by the variable on / off switch and depending on how much you press the switch, the speed increases or decreases. To change the direction of rotation, you also have a convenient right-to-left switch above the handle. The SDS-Plus drill chuck is provided so you can easily and comfortably drill holes in masonry, concrete or stone. Nevertheless, holes in metal, wood or plastic can also be achieved with the Makita DHR171Z by simply flicking the function switch to the drill position. Although the Makita DHR171Z does not include a chiseling function, it’s extremely light weight and compact design makes up for it. Perfect for drilling in tight areas or when drilling for extended periods of time.

Makita DHR171Z Li-Ion Lxt Brushless Rotary Hammer, 18 V, Blue, 17 mm

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  • Light weight and compact
  • Brushless motor for extended battery life
  • Side handle and depth guard included
  • Extremely comfortable

  • Battery and charger not included with base model
  • Does not have a chiseling function


With the purchase of the Makita DHR171Z you get one of the most compact 18V hammer drill currently available on the market. Accordingly, they benefit from impressive handling and a remarkably light weight. Thanks to state-of-the-art technologies and attractive performance, hammer drilling with the DHR171Z is a great experience. Quality workmanship as well as look and feel are typical in Makita products. The Makita DHR171Z is particularly suitable for tradesmen and homeowners who already have 18V batteries and charger from Makita. If you enjoyed our Makita DHR171Z review or have any review suggestions, please comment below.


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